Review: BenQ EH600 Projector

BenQ is a brand well known for quality projectors and display technologies. The company announced the launch of the EH600 projector, which is an Android-based projector aimed at businesses. It comes with wireless capabilities, built-in business applications, and over-the-air firmware updates.

The BenQ EH600 also features a wireless display and mirroring capabilities across various platforms for easy and efficient use in any professional setting. The EH600 is also a Full HD projector offering a total of 1920-by-1080 resolution and it uses DLP technology and a brightness of 3500 lumens to deliver top notch picture quality.

BenQ says its SmartEco mode delivers an extended lamp life of 15,000 hours reducing cost of ownership as well as energy consumption. One of the standout features of the EH600 is its wireless capabilities. It can project content from a variety of sources, including smartphones, tablets and laptops, regardless of the operating system.

The projector is compatible with PC, Mac/iOS and Android and hence you do not require any sort of device adaptor and cable clutter to project your content across multiple devices and systems. The projector features a unique Launcher page, which can be used for picking the source, starting its internal apps, and visiting websites. It can also connect to a phone or Bluetooth keyboard.

Under the hood, the projector is powered by an Android 6.0 computer, which has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. The EH600 can project images from 70 to 300 inches diagonally. For our review period, we tested all the content on a 100-inch projected screen.

You also get a wide range of built-in business applications. For video conference calls, you can use the Blizz online meeting application for quick connections and to share screens with multiple colleagues. There’s also the TeamViewer application, which allows for remote access of the projector to provide easy transitions between team members, as well as troubleshooting by IT support.

In addition, you get the Firefox app that allows you to browse the internet during meetings, and through the WPS Office application, content can be presented in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the USB connection or built-in storage on the projector.

The BenQ EH600 comes with a set of ports at the back. This includes audio in and audio out jacks, a monitor out socket, an RS-232, and a PC out port. You also get two USB A ports, one mini USB-B, and an HDMI port. On the top of the projector housing, there is a power-on button, navigation and directional keys, a home key, a source key, and an eco blank key. When pressed, the screen goes black, saving up to 70% of the lamp’s power.

Since the EH600 supports wireless projection, you don’t have to bother with multiple cables to connect and view content. All you need to do is push the wireless dongle into the slot and connect to the projector wirelessly from your PC or mobile phone. A simple wizard then walks you through the connection process.

Once you connect the projector to a wireless network, open Google Chrome browser, and click cast. You can then broadcast your browser screen, your desktop, or a file. Alternatively, you can also use the USB-A slot to insert a USB stick and play your media files and presentations directly from there. The projector supports Office format files, music, video, images, or PDFs.

There are six buttons on the top part of the projector, surrounding the four-way navigation keypad and actuation button, including dedicated keys for blanking the screen, going to Settings, or opening the Launcher page. The remote-control unit adds useful extras, such as volume (and muting), a laser pointer, and the ability to quickly change the brightness, contrast and picture mode.

In terms of picture modes, the EH600 comes with seven factory colour presets. This includes Bright Picture Mode, Presentation Picture Mode, Infographic Picture Mode, Video Picture Mode, sRGB Picture Mode, and User 1-2 Picture Mode. Overall, the image and video quality was good for a business or classroom projector. The overall colour accuracy was very good, with natural looking skin tones, and reasonable image contrast.

The BenQ EH600 also offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000:1. The EH600’s black levels were quite good, while the overall contrast was good enough to satisfy an average user. What makes this projector stand out from rest of the crowd on the market is that it come with Android OS integration. It also comes with built-in smart features focused on business applications. You can wirelessly project documents, videos and images from a computer or mobile device.

The EH600 is an excellent solution for businesses looking for a compact smart projector that offers high brightness and low cost of ownership with up to 15,000 hour lamp life (smart ECO mode).

Price: AED 3299

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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