BenQ this week introduced its latest DLP-based laser projector targeted at in-home and commercial golf simulation experiences.

The BenQ LH820ST Full HD (1080p) short-throw laser projector features 3,600 lumens of peak brightness, a 3M:1 contrast ratio and 90% coverage of the BT.709 SD color gamut.

The easy to set-up and use BenQ LH820ST is available now at an $1,899 street retail.

The projector has a 0.5 throw ratio and HDMI connectivity. The laser light engine has a listed life expectancy of 20,000 hours.

BenQ said the projector is optimized for indoor golf range simulations in garages, basements, and other shared spaces.

“Golf sim has become mainstream, creating demand for laser projectors that are not only affordable but also work for small sim spaces and have great picture quality,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ Education. “BenQ has been at the forefront of the golf simulation market since we introduced our 4K UHD LK953ST and WUXGA LU935ST short-throw laser projectors two years ago. The LH820ST checks every box for golfers wanting to put in a golf sim but are tight on space or wanting to update their existing projector for the best quality. It’s the first golf sim laser projector under $2,000 offering incredible value.”

In developing the LH820ST, BenQ said it teamed up with color experts to develop an exclusive Golf Mode that optimizes color accuracy to reproduce natural-looking images of popular golf courses around the world.

The 3,600 lumen light source is said to be well suited for bright projection on golf simulator screens even in bright environments.

The laser projection system uses a dual color wheel system for increased color ratios and pure laser-generated RGBY hues that enhance color saturation compared to conventional lamp projectors.

BenQ said a short-throw projector is key to golf simulation setups that fill the screen while being mounted safely outside the hitting area and without casting a shadow. It is even more critical for small- to-medium-size golf simulation rooms, the company said.

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The 0.5 throw ratio enables the LH820ST to project a 177-inch image (7.7-by-13 feet or 86- by- 154-inches actual viewable size) when placed within 7 feet from the screen, as an example.

This enables a large viewing surface without the need of expensive add-on lenses. The LH820ST also a good solution for golf simulators requiring floor-mounted projector placement.

The HDMI input will support direct connection to devices running golf sim software for reduced lag and signal degradation.

To aid with projector placement, the LH820ST offers a 2D keystone correction range of up to plus or minus 30 degrees on both the horizontal and vertical axes. Corner fit control adjusts each corner for perfectly aligned image geometry.

The screen-fill feature allows the projector to easily switch from native resolution to best match the desired aspect ratio with maximized pixel counts while avoiding image distortion, all with just a few clicks in the on-screen menu. Users don’t need to go into graphics card or Windows display settings.

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By Greg Tarr

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