You don’t need to be a professional gamer to know that video games are getting bigger. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart on the PS5 has you hopping seamlessly between disparate dimensions without a single load screen. Racing games like Forza Horizon on the Xbox X|S maintain a wild amount of detail while hurling you 300 MPH off massive cliffside trails. And Elden Ring, oh Elden Ring. Like so many games today, Elden Ring is absolutely sprawling, and just begs to stretch past the confines of your tiny flatscreen.
TVs can no longer contain the might and majesty of modern titles like Elden Ring. You’re going to need a bigger boat. Enter, the BenQ Tk700 projector.
Now I should start by saying, the BenQ TK700 is a terrific lamp not only for gaming but also for movies, television, and everything in between. I could sing many, many praises for its prowess as a movie projector, and describe to you all the many stunning film vistas and big budget explosions I witnessed from the comfort of my bedroom (that mineshaft sequence at the end of Temple of Doom sure looked absolutely tremendous). But so many projectors can scale those heights for you already.
What’s really impressive (and even terrifying) about the TK700 projector is how good it is at immersing you in worlds beyond the walls of your home–towering, majestic worlds like The Lands Between in Elden Ring.
The $1499 TK700 lamp is marketed as a gaming projector because it touts 16ms input lag–meaning the time between a button press and the resulting action onscreen is less than a quarter of a second. Input Lag is key for gaming, especially in brutal, experts-only games like Elden Ring, where a moment’s hesitation can be the difference between life or death.
But this lamp packs so much more than just some speedy (or, effectively non-existent) input lag. With its True 4K UHD 3840×2160 resolution, HDR picture modes, 100”+ of screen real estate, 3200 Lumens of brightness, and some pretty nifty Black Detail Enhancement, the TK700 checks pretty much every box you need to turn your empty wall into a portal to distant, spookier dimensions.
And the best part is, you don’t have to bust your entire budget on the TK700. Sure, there are capable TVs out there for just a few hundred dollars, but if you’re looking to hang a projector in your pad, I’d recommend checking out the $1500-$2,000 range. HD is the way of the past, so 4k lamps like this one are your best bet for the years to come. With projectors like the TK700, which at five hundred bucks less than $2,000 are cheaper than a lot of TVs that are less than half the size, it’s beginning to seem like super fast, affordable projectors like the TK700 could be the way of the future for gaming. At least, BenQ has made it seem that way.
And did I mention it’s easy to setup too? The eARC HDMI port sends audio right from the projector to your sound system, supporting Dolby Atmos and 7.1-Channel audio pass-through. The unit actually has dual HDMI 2.0 universal connectivity. So, if you want to keep your Switch and your Xbox hooked up at the same time, it’s no problem. Flipping between Smash Bros and Halo Infinite is a breeze.
Assembling a home theater setup definitely takes a bit of work. You have to be willing to drill holes into your dry wall, precariously hang expensive electronics from your ceiling (or wall mount), situate some kind of screen that will catch your image at the perfect angle, and deal with the headache of getting your room dark enough to make it all shine. But if you want to go big, there’s no better way to blow up your video game to near-life-size than rigging up a home theater projector.
Hell, I built one for under a thousand bucks, so I’m sure you can do it too. Just, please, don’t ask me to beat the Fire Giant in Elden Ring again. I lost enough of my hair during COVID.
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