Epson 3800 vs Benq HT3550 

Getting a true 4K projector used to be a costly proposition. These days, you can find quite a few high-quality options in the mid-range price point with the best resolution available on the market—along with other impressive supporting features. Let’s take a look of the two projectors : the Epson 3800 and BenQ HT3550, through this article.

In fact,  there are definitely some differences between them that you should be aware of if you’re looking for a projector. Neither one is definitively better than the other for all users. Instead, each one is tailored to a different kind of user and home.


Brightness quality isn’t that much of a concern if you have a dedicated home theater space with light control—a projector as low as 1,500 lumens can cut it in this environment. For spaces with windows and other ambient light sources, however, you’ll want a minimum of 2,500 lumens, and 3,000 lumens or higher is better. In this environment, the 2,000 lumens of the BenQ HT3550 could experience wash-out. The Epson 3800 produces 3,000 lumens and will stay looking more vibrant in higher light conditions. So, in terms of brightness, Epson 3800 is over the expectation. Read also: Xgimi Halo Vs Mogo Pro.

Ease of Set Up

Other factors like the projector’s throw distance, zoom, and lens shift determine how much time and effort it will take to get it set up. The BenQ HT3550 excels on all these points. It has a 5% vertical lens shift, a 1.3x zoom, and a comparatively short throw distance. The variety of picture preset modes it offers also allow you to better optimize the picture to your content. All told, you’ll spend less time aligning the image and adjusting it to meet your needs. BenQ HT3550 is perfect for new user of projector, with easy set up and installation of it.

 Epson 3800Benq HT3550 
Product Dimensions12.99 x 16.14 x 6.46 inches
14.96 x 5 x 10.35 inches
Shipping Weight19.81 pounds
9.2 pounds
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Picture Quality

Both of these projectors have native 4K resolution, but that’s not the only factor influencing the picture quality. The color accuracy is also key if you want to experience movies just like you would in the theater. The 3-chip color processing of the Epson 3800 gives you a wide color gamut, but the technology used in the BenQ HT3550 edges it out slightly. Features like HDR tone mapping and Dynamic Black, paired with the advanced 10-element lens array, will give you a better overall picture.

Gaming Viability

A low input lag is the first requirement of any serious gamer. Ideally, you’re looking for something with a lag of 30ms or lower. The Epson 3800 delivers that in all picture modes, and can get as low as 16ms with the right settings. It pairs this with a fast frame refresh rate and real-time 12-bit image processing. The result is smooth on-screen action that responds instantly to your input.

Epson 3800

To begin with, the Epson 3800 has a high picture quality, no matter what’s on the screen. It uses a 3-chip color system and 12-bit video processing, which combine to eliminate common projector issues like blocking, banding, or the dreaded rainbow effect. 

Besides, gamers will love this projector. Because of the low input lag in the range a serious gamer is looking for and also because of a high processing speed, of 60 frames per second.  The only thing limiting the Epson 3800’s versatility is its throw distance. The Epson 3800 is a standard throw projector, means you’ll need quite a bit of space to get a large picture. Even a 100” screen will need about 12 feet. The adjustment options are limited, so setting up the Epson 3800 is on the whole trickier than with the BenQ HT3550.

Benq HT3550

On the oppsite, projector BenQ HT3440 makes it easy to set up anywhere. This starts with the short throw distance that gives a 100” image from around 8.2 feet away. Along with that, it includes a 1.3x zoom and a 5% vertical lens shift. You’ll be able to quickly and easily align the image in any space.

In a dedicated home theater, the BenQ HT3550 gives you an incredible picture. The use of active tone mapping enhances the color accuracy from the 3-chip color technology. You’ll get a lot more color options than from projectors with a Rec. 709 color wheel. While the contrast ratio is lower than on the Epson 3800, the Dynamic Black technology makes up for it. We didn’t notice any drop in sharpness or detail in black areas of the screen.

We also appreciate the specialized lens array on the BenQ HT3550, which uses Active Iris control to limit the impact of ambient light on the picture. This helps make up for the relatively low lamp brightness (2,000 lumens), although we still wouldn’t recommended it for well-lit rooms. Our only other quibble is with the input lag, which is a bit on the high side for gaming, especially if you like fast-paced or online multiplayer games. A more detailed review of BenQ HT3550 can be found here.

Epson 3800 vs Benq HT3550 

- 4K resolution processing — pixel-shifting technology precisely controls three individual, high-definition LCD chips to parallel process millions of pixels
- Full 10-bit HDR (2) — accepts 100 percent of the HDR source information to faithfully reproduce HDR content for an amazing visual performance, Plus hog support
- Digital video processing — Real-time, 12-bit analog-to-digital video processing for smooth tonal transitions; helps eliminate banding, blocking and other compression artifacts from the final visual performance
- Outstanding brightness — an impressive 3, 000 Lumens for both color and White brightness (3); contrast ratio up to 100, 000: 1 for rich black detail
- 10-ELEMENT LENS ARRAY: specialized all-glass lens grouping provides the right level of light penetration producing best-in-class sharpness, color, Quality and clarity
- INSTALLATION FLEXABILITY: vertical lens shift (5%) and short throw with 1. 3x big zoom lens enable 100” at 8. 2ft to be set up at a limited space
- AWARD WINNING PROJECTOR: Highly Recommended - Projector Central June 2019 - Best of Awards - HometheaterHiFI 2019
- INDUSTRY LEADING WARRANTY: BenQ's 3-year warranty vs. top competitor's 1-year warranty provides a greater peace of mind with coverage that makes you rest easy that our US-based customer service team is here when you need it.


Both of these projectors have their strengths and weaknesses. Picking the right one for your home is a matter of deciding what’s most important to you. If you have a dedicated home theater, you’ll get a faster set-up and a better picture from the BenQ HT3550. On the other hand, the Epson 3800 is more versatile because of its low input lag and higher lamp brightness.

Of course, whichever way you go you’ll get a bigger, better picture than you could ever hope to find in a standard television. We hope this comparison article helps you choose the perfect projector for you!

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