The BenQ TH585P home entertainment projector is an upgrade of the old BenQ TH585, which is still available. Both have the same list price of $599 and nearly identical specs, the only difference being the lack of VGA connectors on the newer version. Either one also offers low input lag for gaming and more than acceptable image quality for watching movies or videos. However, our tests showed enough differences in performance that the TH585P deserves a separate review.
A brilliant image, an easy setup process
As with the TH585, the TH585P is built around a 1920-by-1200-pixel DLP chip, but it lights up a maximum of just 1920-by-1080 pixels at a time, to give you native 1080p resolution. The extra pixels allow you to digitally shift the image a little more than 5% up or down from its vertically centered position. This saves you from having to tilt the projector and then use the vertical keystone adjustment, which can add artifacts to the image.
To help increase brightness and improve color accuracy, the TH585P also offers a six-segment RGBWYC (red-green-blue-white-yellow-cyan) color wheel. The white panel is a common choice for DLP projectors designed for use with ambient lighting, as it allows the projector to deliver a brighter image from the same light source (which is a lamp in this case) than an identical projector without a white panel. white board. would offer. However, adding it can also hurt color accuracy, which the yellow and cyan panels help compensate for.
At just 6.2 pounds and 4.3 by 12.3 by 8.9 inches (HWD), the TH585P is small enough to easily carry from room to room, to the backyard for movie night, or even to a friend’s house for gaming. However, it does not come with a carrying case. If you want one, you will have to buy it separately. The light weight also helps make it easy to handle for permanent installation on a stand. Whether you set it up permanently or as needed, the 1.1x zoom allows for some flexibility in placement, while the two HDMI ports let you connect to most video sources, gaming consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. .
Surprisingly for a gaming projector, the TH585P offers disappointingly low volume, both in absolute terms and for its 10-watt speaker. The audio system is suitable for a small room, but for larger rooms, or even a small room if you want an immersive audio experience, you’ll need to connect an external sound system to the audio out port.
Solid color accuracy, but some shadow detail missing
The menus offer five preset picture modes and two user modes. All allow customization and offer configuration options that even include a color management system to adjust hue, saturation, and gain separately for each primary and secondary color. However, overall picture quality in our tests at default settings was excellent for the price, so there’s nothing to adjust other than choosing the picture mode you prefer.
The brightest mode, Bright, was slightly shifted toward the green in our tests, but much less than the brightest modes on many projectors, putting its color accuracy in the tolerable range or better by most projector standards. people, at least occasionally on a bright day or in a particularly bright room for an ad hoc setup. All other modes delivered good enough color accuracy that I didn’t see any color errors that I would have if I weren’t so familiar with our test suite.
Cinema mode delivered the most accurate color. However, after some preliminary testing, I chose Game mode as my preferred option, even for watching movies and videos, because it offered almost the same level of color accuracy as Cinema, but it handled dark scenes better. That’s important for games, as well as movies and videos.
In my tests, Game mode delivered good color accuracy by most standards and good contrast in bright scenes. It lost some shadow detail in dark scenes, but showed enough, even in the most challenging scenes of our test suite, that I could see what was going on. Game mode also delivered a measured input lag of 16.4 milliseconds (ms) for 1080p/60 Hz input, using a Bodnar meter, which is a short enough lag for all but the most serious gamers.
For Full HD 3D, the TH585P offers a single 3D picture mode and is compatible with DLP-Link glasses. I saw no crosstalk in my tests and only a moderate level of 3D-related motion artifacts by today’s standards.
One potential issue for those who see rainbow artifacts (the red, green, and blue flashes that single-chip projectors can display) and are distracting, is that I saw them much more frequently with the TH585P than with most models. current DLP, and they were much more apparent than usual, too. As always, if you’re concerned about this issue, make sure you buy from a dealer that allows easy returns and doesn’t add a restocking fee.
Based on the recommendations of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the TH585P’s 3500 lumen rating should be enough to light a 270-inch, 1.0 gain, 16:9 screen in a dark room, or a 150 inches. with moderate ambient light. In my tests, even the lowest-brightness Game mode delivered a picture bright enough to illuminate a 90-inch screen in a family room at night with the lights on and remain visible, if a little washed out, using an 80-inch screen. on a sunny afternoon in a room with many windows.
Verdict: Decent for entry-level gaming and home entertainment
Whether your focus is on gaming, watching movies and videos in a room with ambient light, or both, the TH585P is worth a look. But be sure to consider whether your budget can stretch a bit to consider other options. The BenQ TH685P, for example, can accept 4K HDR input, takes advantage of HDR well, and shows fewer rainbow artifacts for only a slightly higher price. The Xgimi Horizon offers much more robust audio at the cost of only slightly longer input lag. And if you find rainbow artifacts unacceptably annoying, the Epson Home Cinema 2250 is guaranteed to show none, though its input lag is more appropriate for casual gaming than serious gaming.
However, for a tight budget, the TH585P, like the TH585 that came before it, is a good entry-level option and a solid value.