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BenQ Home Cinema HT2060 Review

This reasonably priced cinema projector is excellent for dark rooms and caters to all but the most discerning cinephiles when it comes to home entertainment
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BenQ Home Cinema HT2060 Review
Credit: Matt Lighthart
Price:  $999 List
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Manufacturer:   BenQ
By Sentry Kelly and Adam Stout  ⋅  Mar 22, 2024
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RANKED
#6 of 11
  • Entertainment - 30% 8.2
  • Business - 30% 7.5
  • Contrast Ratio - 15% 6.2
  • Brightness - 15% 4.2
  • Set up/Use - 5% 5.5
  • Input Lag - 5% 8.9

Our Verdict

If you're looking for a reasonably priced cinema projector that casts a beautiful image, the BenQ 2060 is well worth a look. We were impressed with its intuitive and well-placed controls, crisp picture, and fast response time for gaming. This projector is only hampered by its relative dimness in brighter rooms, its lack of smart features like native streaming apps, and the fact that some of its closest competition offers a better experience for not much more money. See how the BenQ 2060 fares versus the top-rated projectors in our roundup.
REASONS TO BUY
Fantastic picture
Reasonably priced
Nice remote and onboard controls
REASONS TO AVOID
Not as color-accurate as the best of the best
Not enough lumens for bright rooms

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Bottom Line This quality cinema projector is priced right and worth a look as long as you don't intend to use it in a bright roomA well-rounded projector with tremendous color, clarity, and features at a decent priceA very bright projector that excels in an office environment and offers a decent movie experienceThis bright and portable projector excels in the officeIf your expectations are low and you're deadset on an ultra-low-budget projector, this is the one to get
Rating Categories BenQ Home Cinema HT... Epson Home Cinema 2... ViewSonic PA503W Epson Pro EX9240 Happrun H1
Entertainment (30%)
8.2
9.0
6.8
5.5
3.7
Business (30%)
7.5
7.5
7.8
8.6
6.2
Contrast Ratio (15%)
6.2
9.5
9.0
8.0
3.2
Brightness (15%)
4.2
7.5
9.5
8.7
2.4
Set up/Use (5%)
5.5
8.4
4.9
6.6
5.0
Input Lag (5%)
8.9
6.1
9.1
4.0
9.3
Specs BenQ Home Cinema HT... Epson Home Cinema 2... ViewSonic PA503W Epson Pro EX9240 Happrun H1
Measured ANSI Lumens 875 Lumens 2000 Lumens 2664 Lumens 2378 Lumens 249 Lumens
Measured Fan Noise 38 dBA 41 dBA 41 dBA 43 dBA 45 dBA
Measured ANSI Contrast Ratio 288:15 313:10 775:26 778:30 43:5
Measured Input Lag 49 ms 76 ms 48 ms 83 ms 46 ms
Measured Dimensions (L x D x H) 14.4" x 9.5" x 4.6" 13.1" x 10.8" x 4.8" 11.6" x 8.6" x 4.3" 12.2" x 11.2" x 4.1" 9.3" x 8.1" x 3.5"
Measured Weight 8 lbs 9 lbs 4.9 lbs 6.8 lbs 3.5 lbs
Projection Technology DLP 3LCD DLP 3LCD LCD
Light Source LED Lamp Lamp Lamp Lamp
Claimed Brightness 2300 Lumens 2800 Lumens 3600 Lumens 4000 Lumens 9500 Lumens
Carrying Case Included No No No Yes No
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (With Additional 4K Enhancement Technology) 1280 x 800 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Smart Streaming Capability? No Yes No No No
Contrast Ratio 500,000:1 35,000:1 22,000:1 16,000:1 10,000:1
Aspect Ratio Native 16:9 Native 16:9 Native 16:10 Native 16:9 Not Specified
Zoom Ratio 1.3x 1.32 - 2.15 1.0 - 1.1 1.0 - 1.6 Not Specified
Throw Ratio (Wide to Zoom) 1.15 - 1.5 1.32 - 2.15 1.55 - 1.70 1.32 - 2.14 Not Specified
Backlit Remote Yes No No No No
Vertical Keystoning Correction Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizontal Keystoning Correction Yes Yes No Yes No
Lens Shift Yes Yes No No No
Lens Cover No Yes No Yes Yes
3D Capable Yes No Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The BenQ 2060 is a high-quality projector at a decent price. It produces a fantastic picture that will impress most people but requires a dark room to perform at its peak and produces slightly less accurate colors than the best of the best.

Performance Comparison


benq home cinema ht2060 - the  benq 2060 packs nice features and great image quality into a...
The BenQ 2060 packs nice features and great image quality into a stylish package.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Entertainment


For optimal performance in a home entertainment environment, a projector should deliver excellent contrast, high brightness, and a crisp picture overall. Additional smart features, such as built-in streaming apps, are often present in more advanced models, earning them extra points in this metric.

The BenQ 2060 is aimed at the home cinema market, and it does well there as long as you aren't planning to set it up in a bright room. The picture quality is super crisp, and it only trails behind some of the top contenders in the cinema category because it lacks their brightness and smart features. It produces slightly warmer colors than the most accurate projectors, but that would be easy to look past if you aren't comparing them all side by side like we have.

benq home cinema ht2060 - the benq 2060 has a nice selection of ports.
The BenQ 2060 has a nice selection of ports.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Business


The BenQ 2060 isn't ideal as a business projector, although it does check a few of the boxes. When projectors are used in business settings, they are brought out for presentations in well-lit rooms. Although it is relatively portable and compact, has excellent onboard controls, and produces crisp, clear text and graphics, it's so dim that it's hard to read under bright lights. The 2060 does, however, have an excellent range of input/output ports to accommodate a wide range of laptops and mobile devices: 2x HDMI, 1x USB, 2x1x RS-232, and an audio input/output. We also appreciated its focus, zoom, and lens shift controls being easy to find on the top of the projector.

benq home cinema ht2060 - this shot, even in a dark room, shows the benq 2060 (bottom right)...
This shot, even in a dark room, shows the BenQ 2060 (bottom right) has a dim projection that will translate to its weakness with well-lit rooms.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Contrast Ratio


The manufacturer lists a 500,000:1 contrast ratio for this unit, and we found it did do a pretty satisfactory job distinguishing between dark and light colors on the screen, but it was placed near the middle of the pack in our measurements. In our ANSI contrast test, the 2060 landed a 288:15 contrast ratio.

benq home cinema ht2060 - after hours of movie viewing, we were able to see the subtle but...
After hours of movie viewing, we were able to see the subtle but profound differences between our winners and runners up.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Brightness


Compared to other projectors in its price range and above, the BenQ 2060 is on the dim side of the spectrum. As we mentioned before, we don't find it to be at its best outside of pretty dark rooms. The manufacturer claims 2600 lumens. When we used a light meter to measure, we found an average of 286 luts, and our carefully conducted ANSI Lumens Test scored this BenQ at 870 ANSI lumens; not great. However, this unit does still offer a pretty spectacular picture in the right (dark) environment.

benq home cinema ht2060 - the epson home cinema 5050ub outshines the benq 2060 in brightness...
The Epson Home Cinema 5050UB outshines the BenQ 2060 in brightness and picture quality but also costs around three times the price.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Setup & Use


Projectors that score well in this metric are flush with convenience features like front and rear adjustable legs for uneven surfaces, backlit remotes for locating buttons during movie time, voice command recognition, and decent onboard speakers. We also award points for more robust keystoning and focus features, zoom capability, and ceiling and tripod mount compatibility.

The BenQ 2060 is a little below average in many of these areas. While it features a front leg for adjusting the level, it's not as smooth as some others, and it's missing the rear ones found on some other units. It also features basic horizontal and vertical keystoning, manual focus, but no automatic features found on more premium units. We did appreciate that it comes with a backlit remote and 5 watt stereo speakers onboard.

We always appreciate a projector with controls positioned on top.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Input Lag


A projector with low input lag is essential for competitive gamers looking to take the big screen. The BenQ 2060 performs pretty well here, with an average response time of 49 milliseconds at its 1080p resolution. With its combination of moderate price, good picture quality, and low response time, the 2060 positions itself as one of the most attractive options for someone who intends to use a projector for gaming

benq home cinema ht2060 - testing projector response time with a video input lag test device...
Testing projector response time with a video input lag test device requires readings at the top, middle, and bottom of the screen.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Should You Buy the BenQ 2060?


The BenQ 2060 packs a pretty good picture at an attractive price. If you're looking for a projector to set up in your dark home theater or a bedroom, this one might fit the bill, but if you have ambitions of using it in a bright room in the daylight, we recommend that you consider other options.

benq home cinema ht2060 - this is a great projector for movies and entertainment, but it...
This is a great projector for movies and entertainment, but it doesn't excel in bright rooms.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

What Other Projector Should You Consider?


If you're looking for a great picture and can pay a bit more, we highly recommend our Editor's Choice Epson Home Cinema 2350. It is a fantastic projector that exceeds the BenQ 2060 in every metric.

Sentry Kelly and Adam Stout