BenQ debuts W1800i 4K HDR projector with Android smarts and Filmmaker Mode

BenQ is expanding its range of Android TV-enabled 4K projectors with its new W1800i.

Available next month priced £1,100 approx, the W1800i deploys DLP 4K optics and supports HDR10 and HLG playback (plus 3D at 1080p), while Google's Android TV platform enables voice-control and access to apps via the Google Play store.

Quick access to Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ is integrated, but Netflix playback requires either casting wirelessly from a Chromecast device or via a wired source.

The projector claims a brightness output of 2,000 Lumens and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio (it misses out on the Dynamic Iris of pricier BenQ models). Setup tools include a 1.3x optical zoom, vertical keystone correction and picture rotation. The lens throw ratio is 1.127-1.46:1.

Although the W1800i supports 4K HDR playback via dual HDMI 2.0b inputs, it's not a wide colour model, instead guaranteeing 100 per cent reproduction of the REC.709 colour space. BenQ says every model is factory-calibrated to this standard, and ships with a calibration report.

New to the BenQ projector armoury is the W1800i's support for Filmmaker Mode, the image quality initiative established by the UHD Alliance.

Other connections are a powered USB-A port for connecting to a streaming stick, and a 3.5mm audio out. The compact projector (312(w) x 110(h) x 246(d)mm) also has its own onboard 5W sound system.