Epson 5050UB vs BenQ HT3550: Which Is Better?

Epson 5050UB Vs BenQ HT3550

The BenQ HT3550 and the Epson 5050UB are both good projectors, but which is better? And which will suit you better? And which to buy? All of these questions, we have answered in this article, hope you get help in deciding.

First lets discuss Epson 5050UB;

Epson 5050UB

It is one of Epson’s best-sellers nowadays. And for good reason, the quality of the image is really good, especially looking at all its features; 3LCD engine (you don’t worry about calibrating colors), REC.709 color support (For HDTV and blu ray movies), 10,000:1 high contrast ratio (for better black levels).

It is also quite quiet in operation (29dB low mode), not like other projectors that are noisy on low mode.

You can consider it as an ideal solution to produce vibrant, highly detailed content like watching movies and playing games.

The projector offers a true cinematic experience with an infinite contrast ratio that creates the optimal ‘black’ level unachievable by lesser projectors, whilst its exclusive image-enhancing technologies deliver superior color accuracy and image detail not found on other projectors.

Key Features of Epson 5050UB

  • 3LCD engine for better color accuracy and no need to calibrate the colors.
  • Supports REC.709 standard for HDTV and blu ray movies.
  • 16W stereo speaker built-in
  • 3-year warranty in the USA and Canada.
  • Native resolution of 1080p (1920×1080)
  • 3LCD imaging technology for brilliant images.
  • REC.709 color support (for HDTV and blu ray movies).
  • 10,000:1 high contrast ratio (for better black levels).
  • UHD upscaling; View content in 4K Ultra high definition.


  • It is a 1080p projector with a good contrast ratio and a great white color rendering that makes the colors pop out.
  • The 3LCD technology enables you to get accurate colors without calibration. Because it has an excellent native resolution of 1920×1080, almost all video sources have been optimized so there are no blurring effects, ghosting or distortion from analog signals.


  • It only comes with a standard lamp life of 4000 hours. Although it can produce dark blacks it can’t really produce deep blacks since this would require extra money to invest in high-quality screens and glasses (anaglyph).
  • If you also want to play stereoscopic 3D movies then be ready for more expenses because buying

BenQ HT3550

It is the best selling projector in the last two years. It is also one of the most popular projectors currently, and you can see why because it has everything up-to-date specifications which you would want in a good projector.

BenQ HT3550 is a Full 3D Projector, and it also has very good 2D to 3D conversion. It is the only projector in the market that can do both 3D and 2D to 3D conversion.

It’s an expensive projector with one of the best specifications available; with 6 colors (5 color wheels + 1 white) for amazing picture quality.

With Epson, you won’t need glasses even if you are watching in total darkness because it uses auto iris technology which will adjust brightness according to the lighting conditions of your room.

Key Features Of BenQ HT3550

I have used BenQ HT3550 for almost three months now; I do not use it every day but at least once or twice a week (for movies and gaming mostly).

And I really like this projector! For home entertainment, there is no better solution than BenQ HT3550 with current market offers. So let’s see what we get:

  • Full HD 1080p native resolution
  • 20000:1 contrast ratio
  • 2000lm light output (bright enough even for very large screens) –
  • 3D ready (glasses included already)
  • 6 colors wheel for best picture color quality
  • Auto “iris” for adjusting brightness automatically according to your room conditions
  • Very low lag in gaming mode (a lot lower than Epson 5050UB, and most projectors in the market with this kind of specs)
  • Up-to 200 inch screen possible in total darkness thanks to “auto iris” and amazing light output (2000lm max)


  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080 –
  • Contrast Ratio: 20000:1 –
  • Color Wheel: 6 color wheel + White –
  • Max. Light Output in Normal Mode : 2000lm –
  • Lamp Life in Normal Mode: 5000 hours –
  • 3D Ready –
  • Weight: 7.26 lbs (without lens cap and protective bag, including battery)


  • 3D ready (with 3D glasses included) –
  • Amazing picture quality if you do not mind the “rainbow effects” (not really noticeable at all, or very little) –
  • 2D to 3D conversion (a very nice feature for gaming or movies that you can not play/watch in 3D)


  • Needs to recalibrate your screen, or just move the image by 2 inches at the top of the screen to avoid “rainbow effects” –
  • Lag is not as low as stated for this kind of projector (for competitive gamers it’s better to look elsewhere)
  • Very bad remote control, makes you buy third party batteries which are expensive Price is quite high

Over To You

Those are the specifications of both projectors, and now it’s up to you to decide which one is better based on your needs.

If you have a dark room then go for Epson 5050UB because it’s much better in low-light conditions where BenQ HT3550 struggles a little bit.

And if money is not an issue, always go for the projector with the best specs available (although not always “the best” quality) since you will use it more often and this way you can justify buying such an expensive device (to yourself at least).

I hope that my review was helpful; thanks for reading! And if you liked it please share or like 🙂

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