BenQ America just introduced the i500 projector, a short-throw LED projector that’s just 3.3 pounds and 3 inches tall (about the size of a tablet). The i500 can project an 80-inch image from 3 feet from the wall or screen. The i500 is a 500 lumen, single-chip DLP that’s native WXGA (1280×800) resolution and uses an LED light source rated for 20,000 hours without lamp replacement and is integrated with vertical keystone correction. The back of the projector is integrated with a pair of 5-Watt mesh-covered speakers that can, even when the projector is off, can double as a portable Bluetooth speaker system.
The i500 comes out-of-box-ready and pre-loaded with streaming services and apps such as YouTube, Spotify, Vimeo, Netflix, Hulu and many others.
The i500 includes a wireless LAN connection and it can play video or music content from a USB stick or display Excel, Word, or PowerPoint documents without a PC but inputs include HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, audio I/O as well as a mic in.
The BenQ i500 is now shipping and lists for $749. Here are all the specs.