BenQ SP890 multimedia projector
The BenQ SP890 can be used as a home theatre projector or for boardroom presentations
- Good detail levels, high brightness is useful for presentations
- High levels of digital noise, overly sharp in default settings
BenQ's SP890 is a jack-of-all-trades multimedia projector that can display presentations and slideshows in a brightly lit room as well as reproducing Full HD movies with good contrast levels. It's not the best performer we've seen for either task, but if you're not looking for picture-perfect images or very high brightness levels then it's worth considering.
Price$ 4,799.00 (AUD)
The BenQ SP890 is a Full HD 1080p multimedia projector that's equally at home displaying slideshows and stock reports as it is with Blu-ray movies. Its high brightness level makes it a good choice for boardroom presentations, but good contrast detail and black levels means it can deliver high quality movie playback relatively easily. We did notice a few image quality flaws with some movie titles, but a casual user will easily be impressed by the SP890's versatility.
BenQ SP890: Design and connectivity
The BenQ SP890 has a similar design to home theatre projectors like the BenQ W6000, with a central lens mount and a glossy black finish. It's not an especially attractive, but the projector is well constructed and feels sturdy. The SP890's black finish picks up fingerprints easily, but if you're mounting it on the ceiling this shouldn't be much of a problem.
The remote of the BenQ SP890 is simple and easy to understand, although it looks cheap and generic. An inbuilt laser pointer might prove useful for presentations, and individual buttons for the projector's inputs allows easy switching between multiple devices.
A range of video input types makes connecting either digital or analog devices a simple task. Single VGA, component, composite, S-Video and HDMI connections mean that everything from brand new Blu-ray players to PCs and laptops can be attached.
BenQ SP890: Setup, picture quality and brightness
Setting up the BenQ SP890 is a surprisingly easy task thanks to a versatile 1.5x zoom lens and a wide range of horizontal and vertical lens shift. Whether the projector is positioned on a table or mounted on the ceiling, this adjustment makes it possible to position the projected image correctly. There's also keystone adjustment to ensure the projected image is correctly proportioned.
When displaying presentations and photo slides, we opted for the brightest image preset — the Presentation mode, which makes full use of the BenQ SP890's 4000 lumens. We found it had a slight greenish tinge, but this is easily sorted with custom colour adjustment. Our slides were sharp and detailed at the projector's native 1920x1080 resolution, with no softness at the corner of the image or distortion.
For watching movies, we found it was necessary to switch to the BenQ SP890's Cinema image preset for accurate colours. Even in this mode, there is still visible digital noise in darker areas of the projected image — it's not easily visible and shouldn't be distracting for a casual viewer, but better results will be achieved with a dedicated home theatre projector. Otherwise the picture quality of the BenQ SP890 is good, with plenty of detail and deep black levels. Shadowy scenes in movies are generally detailed despite the image noise levels. We did opt to lower sharpness levels to give video a more film-like look, as edges can be too hard in default settings.
BenQ SP890: Power consumption and fan noise
During typical usage the BenQ SP890 consumes 440 Watts. This is a lot more than even a large screen plasma television like the Samsung Series 7 (PS50C7000), but the BenQ SP890's maximum screen size of 300in is vastly more impressive.
The 33dB noise of the BenQ SP890's fan output, measured in low brightness mode, is audible but not annoying during quiet movie scenes. Switching to maximum brightness levels increases the fan noise to 36dB, which is more intrusive during presentations and slideshows — but is still easily drowned out with music.
BenQ SP890: Conclusion
The BenQ SP890 is a very versatile multimedia performer. It's able to display movies reasonably well with a little tweaking, and with the press of a few buttons it becomes a detailed and bright presentation projector.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Huawei Y5 (2017): Full, in depth review
- 3 LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- 4 First Look: Nikon D850
- 5 OnePlus 5: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Win an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab in the 2012 PC World Media Usage survey
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Jabra Elite Sport (2017) review
- Moto X4 review
- Opinon: Life after KRACK
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCSenior Project ManagerNSW
- FTNetwork AdministratorOther
- FTProgram Manager - Agile / DigitalOther
- FTSAP Lead Solution ArchitectOther
- CCMid-Level Oracle SQL DeveloperQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTEnvironmental Planner / Land Access CoordinationOther
- CCUI DeveloperVIC
- TPIT Project Delivery CoordinatorQLD
- TPAPS 6 Business AnalystACT
- FTCloud Engineer | AzureOther
- FTSenior IT Project Manager - Logistics/TransportOther
- FTChange ManagerOther
- TPProject CoordinatorACT
- FTConfiguration AnalystOther
- CCIdentity & Access Management ArchitectVIC
- FTJunior Java DeveloperOther
- FTChange ManagerOther
- FTChief Information Security OfficerVIC
- FTProject Manager - PLMOther
- FTTechnical Support OfficerOther
- CCAutomation Scripter - Data CentresWA
- CCEnvironment Support Analyst with .NetQLD
- FTSenior Project ManagerOther
- FTDigital Marketing Specialist - Senior roleOther