The X10 is now commercially available after it was launched at ISE 2019 whilst the X100 and X1000 UST models are due in March.
In a nutshell the ViewSonic X10 projector is designed for portability and combines 4k in one package with great speakers as demonstrated in the video below.
Video Review of the Viewsonic X100 and X1000 UST [Edit 26/02/2020 - The X100 and X1000 release date is set to be delayed until Aug/Sep 2020]
As part of the Viewsonic home cinema X range, there are multiple options such as X10 in portable 4k, the X100 in standard throw and the X1000 in ultra short throw. Check out the videos below on the Viewsonic X100 and X1000 models.
Overall the Viewsonic X range are great looking products although just be aware of the marketing versus ansi lumens when comparing with other home cinema brands like Vivitek, Acer or Optoma.
NEW: M2 LED Projector
The Viewsonic have launched a new model, the M2 LED portable projector which is due to come out in March 2020 time. It has a nice compact design with good speakers and although brightness is good don’t be confused by the marketing lumens which are advertised at 1200 lumens rather than the actual 500 to 600 ansi lumen measure.
Expected retail price will be around £700.
Speakers are harmon kardon speakers at x2 5 watts (10 watts total) with rec 709
A4 sized so very portable
USB C and micro sd
Auto focus and auto keystone
1080p Full HD LED
10gb available internal memory
Advertised at 1200 lumens but that’s marketing lumens and actual M2 lumens are more comparable to other 500 to 650 lumen projectors from Vivitek or Pico Genie
Its slightly heavier than other models out there at 1.3kg
No battery included
Don't get lost in the minefield of home cinema and portable projectors, just contact us by email, phone or live chat for more information or expert advice.
Having a big TV up to 85" is great but sometimes you want to feel like you're going to the cinema with a 100" or 150" screen.
The new breed of Ultra Short Throw projectors such as the Chiq B5U from Changhong allow you to discreetly hide away the projector up against the wall (with zero installation) but at the same time allow you to enjoy a bigger 4K cinematic experience than even the largest TV. So you can achieve almost double the normal screen size at a reasonable price (its cheaper per inch than a standard TV) at only £1899.
The CHIQ B5U is one of the most understated laser projectors with its ANSI Lumens and Contrast providing us with over double than what is stated on the specification, putting it as the best valued Home Cinema 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector on the market.
Check out these videos showing how understated the Chiq projector is and how bright it is in full daylight compared to it competitors.
The video compares the Viewsonic X10 projector in real non-photo-shopped conditions in the daylight and dark. These days its really hard to compare like with like in projectors especially in terms of lumens and general image quality without side by side comparisons like this Viewsonic X10 versus Changhon Chiq B5U.
Looking at the video it becomes clear the X10 is very overstated in terms of of lumens and contrast ratios as well as some other features. For example, the Changhong Chiq B5U shows only 1900 ansi lumens compared to 2400 on the Viewsonic X10.
Its contrast ratio shows the Viewsonic X10 at 3 million to one versus only 150k to one on the Chiq B5U. Yet when looking at the image compared side by side, the video shows the Chiq B5U has a far superior image despite on paper looking like the B5U is nowhere near as high a spec as the X10.
Its quite clear the Chiq has a far better image quality in terms of brightness and contrast / vibrancy of colour even in daylight. In fact in daylight its a superb spec thats worthy of comparable advertised lumens of 3500 - 5000 lumens such as the Optoma UHDZ65 UST.
Image Quality & Ultra Short Throw
The Chiq B5U is almost certain to give the WOW factor every time it is turned on with its gorgeous 4K Ultra HD Resolution.
The B5Us Ultra Short Throw feature projects a MASSIVE screen size of up to 150” (bigger than any 4K TV) from just inches away from the wall, making it much simply and cheaper to install and hide away in a cabinet up against the wall.
Images project in most lighting conditions and can achieve bright and clear images with the projectors high brightness of 1900 ANSI Lumens and contrast ratio of 15000:1. Also with the pure laser light source and wide colour gamut of ≥130% you can be guaranteed true and natural colours.
B5U also features an Eye Protection function to avoid accidental damages to your eyes. With its built-in sensor, when someone gets too close to the lens, the projector will shut down the light source temporarily (5 seconds) to avoid eye damage.
Get the best gaming experience when playing the latest titles such as Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare with the B5Us low input lag of around 45ms. See the CHiQ B5U in action playing fast motioned games such as: Formula 1, Street Fighter and Spiderman
Be able to project in almost any lighting condition with an Ambient Light Rejection Screen and achieve bright and clear images with the projectors high brightness and understated 1900 ANSI Lumens and contrast ratio of 15000:1. With the pure laser light source and wide colour gamut of ≥130% you can be guaranteed true and natural colours.
Whilst most home cinema afficionado's will connect external speakers to their projector, the Chiq B5U does actually have a better internal sound system than most projectors with its two 10 watt speakers built in.
You can easily connect to external speakers via Bluetooth.
Low noise is key for any projector and this one comes in at a relatively quite 30db helped by the laser light source which generally uses less power than a lamp projector.
The B5U offers full range of connection ports including Ethernet, coaxial output, audio output, VGA audio Input, VGA input, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x HDMI 2.0, built-in WiFi (5GHz/2.4GHz Dual Band) and built-in Bluetooth 5.0.
What's In The Box
1 x CHiQ B5U Projector
1x Power cord (UK/EU)
1x HDMI 2.0 cable (1.8m)
1x Bluetooth Remote control (Incl. 2 x AAA battery)
1x User Manual (English)
1x Amazon Fire Stick
Warranty & Lamp Life: Hassle Free
It can be a worry when purchasing a new brand that you may not have heard of previously so its good to know that Changhong has been one of the top 3 brands of high quality TVs (and now projectors) and is a household name to millions across Asia.
As a lamp-free laser projector, the B5U offers over 25,000 hours maintenance free lifespan.
To back up the quality of the projectors, all Changhong projectors include a 2 year UK warranty as standard and a 5 year right to repair. The latter ensures spare parts are guaranteed to be kept for 5 years so it can always be repaired within that time.
In addition, this is serviced in the UK so there is none of the usual hassle of returning goods to China, paying huge postage costs or arguing with Chinese sellers over warranties.
Projection Distance & Smaller TV Cabinet
The Chiq B5U is one of the shortest ultra short throw (UST) projectors on the market with 0.21 to 1 throw ratio instead of the usual 0.25 to 1.
This shorter throw actually makes a big difference since the B5U projector requires the shortest distance to project the biggest screen eg B5U only requires 19.5cm for a 100" screen !
This has the advantage of not requiring a large or specially made TV cabinet/table with a larger depth for the projector. Other UST projectors with longer throw ratio >0.21:1 may need at least 40cm distance to project 100" screen, plus the depth of the projector itself requiring a a TV cabinet with the depth of at least 90cm which most TV cabinets/tables do not offer.
However, it also means you need a perfect flat wall or a flat projector screen to project the image, any slight curves on the wall will cause distortion as you currently got.
Like most UST projectors, the Chiq B5U does not support keystone adjustment for a few very good reasons.
No Keystone means improved image
Keystone is managed by digitally altering or cutting a projected image. This creates a lower image resolution, leaves the altered part of the image slightly out of focus and creates grey shadows around the cut images. When this is magnified to large sizes and in 4k the image quality reduction is highly noticeable so its better to not have keystone.
Manual Correction is better for UST projectors
As the distance between the projector and the wall/screen is so short you can more easily manually adjust keystone by adjusting the kickstand screws underneath the projector so a manual operation keeps the lens focus sharp.
Uneven Walls are not cured with Keystone
If your wall is uneven, no end of keystone correction will assist it. Keystone adjustment will only adjust certain points in most of the cases, just the four or eight points of the image rather than iron out the multiple uneven points on most walls.
Hence the best option is always a tensioned or preferably fixed frame Ultra Short Throw Screen. If you’re on a budget then buy some rigid white MDF and mount onto that and cut it to size.
Content: Amazon Fire Stick included
Stream all your favourite movies/videos on your preferred streaming app straight from the projector with the Amazon Fire stick included with B5U.
The ChangHong Chiq B5U has a wide range of features, connectivity and inbuilt TV content and is a perfect 4K projector for anyone looking to enhance their living space and enjoy a true cinematic experience at a very reasonable price .
Q: Is the B5U Compatible at 50 Hz?
A: Yes it is compatible with no issues.
Q: What projection distance is needed for a 100” screen size?
A: The distance required for 100’’ is approximately 20cm.
Q: What is the input lag on the CHIQ B5U?
A: It has an input lag of only 44.1ms, making it great for gaming and watching sports.
Q: Where is the B5U shipped from?
A: All CHIQ Products listed on our site are shipped from the UK.
Q: What is the warranty on CHIQ products?
A: All CHIQ Products have a 2 year warranty with 5 year right to repair.
Q: What is the return period for CHIQ Projectors?
A: 14 calendar days (not working days)
Q: Does the CHIQ B5U HDMI input support ARC?
A: Yes, the HDMI 2 port supports ARC
Q: What is the throw ratio on the B5U?
A: The B5U has one of the shortest throw ratio on the market with a throw ratio of 0.21:1
Q: Can the B5U be ceiling mounted?
A1: Yes, ensure to change the viewing mode of the projector once mounted - Settings > Display > Display Mode.
A2: If you have an ALR Screen installed, the screen will need to be installed upside down or the light from the projector will be blocked by the screen.
Q: Does the B5U support Dolby & DTS?
A: The B5U supports both Dolby and DTS - here is the list of supported audio decoding: MPEG1/2 Layer1/2, MP3, Dolby(AC-3), DTS, AAC, HE-AAC
Q: Can you play media from a hard drive on the B5U?
A: Yes, video files (MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264/H.265, RM/RMVB) on external USB drive can be played directly from the projector.
Q: Is HDR processing done automatically on the B5U?
A: Yes it is all done automatically.
For videos that support HDR, the projector will detect the HDR metadata automatically and display the image in HDR, the whole process is an automatic process, users do not need to make any changes in settings.
For video that does NOT support HDR, the projector can use the SDR-to-HDR technology, to convert SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content into an HDR (High Dynamic Range) format.
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Have you ever dreamed of having your own home cinema? Well now you can, choose from a range of Projector Screens and Projectors and begin binge watching your favourite box sets and movies. Enjoy the big screen experience from the comfort of your home.
To take your home cinema to the next level, it’s worth looking into getting a screen to project on to. This will stop the imperfections from a wall showing through the image and create an overall better experience.
Here are some good examples of projector screens for your home cinema.
The Ambient Light Reduction Fixed Frame Screen- a perfect solution for bright and naturally lit environments. This 100" Diagonal Screen provides a colourful and more vibrant image to enhance your viewing experience with a projector.
Examples of popular projectors with screens bundled as a packaged system for home cinema.
BenQ W1600UST Projector – Enjoy a pure 1080p HD cinema experience right in your living room with 3300 Ansi lumens. This Ultra short throw projector (UST) can project a huge screen only inches away from the wall.
Get a incredibly bright projector with an ambient light reduction screen for a great price.
Acer P1350W Projector – An affordable but yet high performance projector, Enjoy an impressive image with 3,700 ansi lumens and great sound with 10 watt speakers.
NOW ONLY £445
Acer H6810 Projector – Experience an Ultra HD 4K Image from a great price with 3500 ansi lumens and get the authentic cinema feeling with the projector's Silent Mode, designed to offer a more immersive experience as you sink into the rich high contrast displays.
Home Cinema projectors have increased in popularity with the rise of 4k content, box set binging and streaming apps to create a personalised big screen experience from the comfort of your sofa. So here are the top 5 best performing projectors that can bring Cineworld to your living room...
From only £498 you can get a full HD 3000 lumen viewing experience with the Acer H6517ST, ideal for gaming, movies and big screen sports.
The BenQ W1600 Ultra Short Throw projector is fantastic for easily setting up the cinema experience in your home. With the Ultra Short Throw capability you can project large images to your wall from just inches away. Perfect for when you don't have the space for a traditional set up.
The Acer P8800 is the ultimate home cinema projector. The 5000 Ansi lumens projector combines Ti XPR technology, projecting more than 8.3 million pixels with UHD 4K to bring you crisp, rich and vivid images taking you closer to the onscreen action!
The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k projector choice, with near silent projection and deep rich colours you'll get that authentic cinema feeling without leaving the house.
The Acer V7850 is the 4k home cinema projector to choose if you want truly life-like immersion. The fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning even at giant proportions, so you can finally reclaim that big screen cinema experience whenever and however you like.
Plenty of 4K projectors boast about their eye popping picture quality but there is often debate over how well ultra HD images are digitally upscaled to 4k compared to a native 4k projector. The BenQ W1700 DLP CineHome Projector stands above the noise and proudly declares it's native 4k chip, offering an affordable true 4k option for consumers. This home cinema projector creates hyper-realistic cinematic experiences in native 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution at 2200 ansi lumens of brightness .
Such power in a projector that only weighs 4kg is certainly impressive but installation is made even easier with a 1.2 x optical zoom, vertical keystone correction and picture offset.
The Big Picture: HDR optimised for true-to-life visuals
Hyper-Realistic Video Quality is achieved with BenQ exclusive Auto HDR Color Rendition and Cinema-Optimised technology to balance colour saturation and rich colour scale, preserving dark details in total clarity.
The W1700 Projector's High Dynamic Range performance offers greater brightness, contrast range, and image optimisation in a single step. Meaning he 4k projector is continually working to produce the best picture, frame by frame. This feature on a native 4k home cinema projector would usually incur a large price tag but with the W1700 4k projector You can bring that Cineworld experience home for less.
Most people don't consider their cables when upgrading their home cinema projector, but with advances in 4K you'll need to think carefully about your setup. If you're looking to upgrade your home cinema projector but are still stuck with an old HDMI cable this guide can show you how your cable will perform.
How to setup my 4k projector
There is debate over whether HDMI cables should be listed as their 'version' number or just as 'standard' or 'high speed' but essentially version 2.0 and above is high speed. A 4K Home Cinema projector like the Acer V7850 has a HDMI 2.0 input specifically for 4K so you will need a HDMI 2.0 cable to get the full 4K experience.
HDMI 1.4 only supports up to 4k 30hz, whereas HDMI 2.0 can support 4k 60hz, ideal for 4k home cinema viewing. Connecting your HDMI 1.4 to a 4K projector will give you an up-scaled 1080p image, not quite the 4K clarity available.
Any High-speed HDMI cable will do for your home cinema, they are now relatively cheap, and 'high speed' is just the name for HDMI 2.0 cables which are now the most commonly available since 2013.
What is HDMI 2.1?
Essentially, HDMI 2.1 has the capability to double-down on what HDMI 2.0 can manage. 2.1-standard cables will be able to easily outstrip the 4K limit, future proofing your set up with a maximum sending a maximum of 10K content at 120fps down the cable. HDMI 2.1 can even handle dyanmic HDR and variable refresh, adjusting pixels on-the-fly for crystal clear depth and focus.
Will I need anything else for my 4K Home Cinema?
You also need to consider the source of the 4K content, whether it's a Blu-ray player, games console or a AV receiver you'll need something that can send a 4K signal.
The Bottom Line
Getting 4K into your home is far more involved than just buying a 4K home cinema projector. You need the right pieces of the puzzle for it to work, otherwise you're just watching up-scaled 1080i/1080p, which isn't bad, but it's not 4K.
Acer now has a full range of 4K Projectors offering a comprehensive range of 4k options, so now it’s time to see how they perform. We have broken down the key features of each projector for this Acer 4K Home Cinema review, with an at-a-glance table and all the latest 4k terms explained.
At-a-glance comparison table of Acer 4k Projectors:
The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k choice, only 100 lumens behind its mid range cousin the Acer H7850 which also offers an affordable cinematic experience. Both offer vertical lens shift for improved adjustability.
The Acer V7850 is what many consider the colour purist model due to its RGBRGB colour wheel. If you want life-like immersion, the fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning. The V7850 has won awards in the press with Home Cinema Choice and T3, proving itself a market leader in the 4k projector high end range.
At the Pro level the Acer V9800 produces similarly stunning visuals to the H7850 but has more image positioning options, allowing for more precisely adjusted home cinema. Uniquely this model also is one of the projectors to offer the rare horizontal lens shift as well as vertical lens shift so you can place the projector on the ceiling or in the corner of the room with little or no skewing of the image horizontally or vertically.
Some key technologies explained:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) definition of 4K Ultra HD (UHD, 3,840 x 2,160) states the display resolution must have at least 8 million active pixels. Acer4K Ultra HD resolution with TI XPR technology serves more than 8.3 million on-screen pixels —four times more of a Full HD. All details come alive.
HDR (High dynamic range) is a technique to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity. It preserves details in the darkest & brightest areas, and presents a similar range of luminance that the colour is close to how we see in real life. The expanded contrast & wider range of brightness produces true-to-life colour. Image comes to life with HDR compatible.
Rec. 2020 compatible
Rec. 2020, also known as BT. 2020, is the recommendation for UHDTV defined by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). With Rec. 2020 compatible, projector is able to read and translate rec. 2020 language into rec. 709 for superior colour reproduction.
Rec. 709 is a standard of HDTV. It is also the colour standard that movie direct or adopted for post-production. Thanks to the inclusion of Rec 709, Acer’s projector is able to reproduce faithfully the original colours and tones to give viewers an authentic movie-watching experience. Recreate colours exactly as they’ve been imagined by the director.
HDCP 2.2 is the specification required for HDMI ports to play full 4K video. If your HDMI port is older than V2 then you will need to check how well 4K video displays depending on your HDMI version. All the Acer projectors above have one HDMI 2.0 port which is HDCP 2.2 enabled for your 4K content.
There is now something for everyone in the Acer 4k home cinema range whether you are on a budget or looking for the best contrast ratio/features money can buy.
The award winning V7850 is also a great high end choice at a good price whilst the entry level Acer M550 and the H7850 models offer amazing value for a 4k projector.
4K has been threatening to become the next big thing in the consumer AV world for some time now, however 4K projectors have always been too big, too complex and most of all too expensive to make much of an impact in the world of consumer electronics.
Thanks to Acer, that is thankfully no longer the case! In creating the first DLP 4K projector, the V9800, the electronics giant has made an effort to bring 4K projection down to an affordable price. With the V9800 being under £4,000 on Personal Projector, it's a fraction of the cost of other 4K projectors on the market which can easily set you back an eye-watering £45,000. That's a quite remarkable difference in price, but how does the performance measure up?
In a word: great! The Acer V9800 makes use of a single DLP chip, which, for the videophiles out there, means there won't be any issues regarding misaligned panels which can affect the image quality. This means you'll get "ruthless clarity" and "blade-like detail" (Home Cinema Choice Magazine, May 2017 issue) in every frame. What's more, it's HDR10 compatible, offering high image clarity with "HDR performance that is genuinely surprising for a projector" (HCC Magazine).
Make no mistake, the Acer V9800 is a big unit that requires a proper install, but once that's done you'll be able to witness the full power of 4K projection, complete with vibrant colours, deep blacks and unparalleled detail. If you've been looking to set up the ultimate home cinema system, look no further than the Acer V9800!
"This 4K DLP debutant delivers a sometimes stunning UHD HDR performance, aided by clarity and luminance" ★★★★- Home Cinema Choice magazine
"The V9800 is a game-changer in home cinema projection." - 9/10Trusted Reviews