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Benq TH681 Projector

10000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 33dB Jan 2014
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Featuring a Full HD native resolution, a brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens and a high contrast ratio of 12,000:1, the TH681+ offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the finest details... More
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Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, Chip.de, hifitest.de and Les Numeriques.com the average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 78%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

The average user rating of this Benq data projector is 90% based on 233 user reviews.

Reasonably Priced

Thirty-six customers who reviewed this projector concluded that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Overall, great product for the price” and gave this projector a rating of 4 stars. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Excellent value for money”. Amazon Customer also wrote “Best projector money can buy”.

Fourteen Benq TH681 owners said in their reviews that this projector was a bargain for the price. Two years ago Badger39 gave it a score of 5 stars and said “The best cheap thrills around” in their review of the Benq TH681. Badger39 also mentioned “It is that kind of bargain”. Bill mentioned in his review on Amazon “The same features (minus the lens shift) I Bought myself a real bargain” but despite that he only rated the product 3 stars.

A few customers who reviewed it said that it was cheap. Konstantinos Vathakos wrote on Amazon two years ago “Really small, well built, definitely recommend this for a not expensive projector!”. Mr B N Armstrong wrote “I can highly recommend this projector to anyone wishing to create a home cinema system on a budget, you won't be disappointed especially when it comes to viewing 3d content” in his review of the Benq TH681. S C said in their review of the Benq TH681 on Amazon “I didn't have £1500 + to spare, I saw this projector on special offer and thought I would give it a try”.

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Good High Def TV

A few Benq TH681 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good at displaying high definition TV. A said in their review of this projector on Amazon two years ago “I don't think it can get any clearer and this didn't even true HD” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Dr. You gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon also two years ago “It gives a really bright color(most HD gives no greater than 3000lm.” in their Benq TH681 review. Drew mentioned in his review of the Benq TH681 on Amazon “Having owned a full 1080p HD projector which packed in earlier in the year, I was a bit hesitant on going back to a 720p projector” and rated it as very good.

Good Picture Quality

A number of Benq TH681 reviewers who reviewed this projector thought it had good picture quality. Amazon Customer mentioned two years ago “It's bright, with great image quality” and gave the Benq TH681 a score of 4 stars. Amazon Customer also wrote “The image quality is perfect”. Bluepie wrote on Amazon “Decent picture quality for a budget projector”.

Some customers who reviewed the Benq TH681 thought it had good colour saturation. Bluepie said on Amazon three years ago “Good clarity and bright colours”. Also three years ago Jon mentioned “Colours are great forget the rainbow effect I can't see what the other reviews are on about to my eyes”. Robert wrote on Amazon “So when I plugged this in I was immediately taken by how much clearer the image was and how vivid the colours appeared” in his review.

Two people thought it was good for watching movies. Alex mentioned two years ago “Perfect for movies” and scored the product very highly. In the same month Phil Uk mentioned “Loud enough so in edge cases can be used even for movies or console gaming - Great throw ratio” in his review and rated it 5 stars.

One Benq TH681 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it had clear images. Bill wrote in his review of this projector three years ago “I found the image clarity to be excellent” yet he only scored the product 3 stars. One customer concluded that this projector was good for playing games on. Expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned “Like its higher-end counterpart, this projector is designed for games, multimedia and movies”.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

Some Benq TH681 reviewers concluded that the product had a good 3D picture quality. Bill mentioned on Amazon “3d is simply stunning”. Christopher Atkinson wrote in his review of the Benq TH681 “Stunning 3D” and gave it a very good review score. Christopher Atkinson also wrote “I must confess I was sceptical how good the 3D would be”.

Easy to Use

A number of customers who bought it mentioned that it was easy to setup. A said on Amazon “It's very easy to setup, I made my own screen using blackout cloth, wood from B&Q” in their review of the Benq TH681. Dr. You mentioned in their review of the Benq TH681 on Amazon “Although most of the projectors are easy to setup, I like BenQ better comparing to Epson”. Geoffrey Bridge gave it a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this projector two years ago “Easy to set up with HDMI or VGA”.

A few Benq TH681 reviewers who purchased it thought it was easy to use. In January last year A. Sloggett wrote “Great picture, easy to use, definately recommended” in their review. D. Hazlie said in their Benq TH681 review “Excellent projector and easy to use”. Dr. M. Clayton mentioned on Amazon “It's easy to use, lightweight” in their Benq TH681 review and scored it very highly.

Some people thought it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Morgon scored it very highly and said “The out of the box settings are perfect unless you are into calibrating”. Morgon also said “Most reviews (not on amazon) confirm the out of box settings are near on perfect for its limits”. S C mentioned “These are the settings that work for me”.

Several Benq TH681 owners said in their reviews that it had a good experience. Dmitirjs wrote on Amazon “We find it really enjoyable cinema-like experience with no overwhelming noises”. Midland Bank wrote in their review of this projector on Amazon “We connected an external sound bar for a very good home cinema experience”.

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Good Connectivity

Several Benq TH681 owners said in their reviews that the Benq TH681 was good in terms of HDMI connections. Hafiz said in their review on Amazon “For its price brilliant, you get very marginally better ones same price ( this has one HDMI) 3d viewing is stunning”. Jon said on Amazon “Such a good deal on this offer! Great picture in hdmi at 100 inches, fan is much quieter than my Optoma I had” in his review of the Benq TH681 and rated it as very good. Two years ago Kevin Condron mentioned in his Benq TH681 review “Very easy to set up and added an android dongle to the HDMI which works great”.

One person said in their reviews that the Benq TH681 was good in terms of USB connections.

One Benq TH681 owner considered that this projector was good in terms of connectivity. Mr B N Armstrong mentioned three years ago “Connectivity is good on this projector, supporting two hdmi inputs, s-video, VGA, component, composite”.

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Nice Design

Several Benq TH681 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking. A. Kwabula wrote “It also looks gorgeous in while”. Badger39 said in their Benq TH681 review “The colorful big screen fast action and very visually contrasting elements and scenes in these movies, I suspected would test it's metal”. Bluepie wrote in their review three years ago “The remote has been upgraded and is pretty useful” .

One Benq TH681 reviewer who bought it mentioned that it was rough. Dr. M. Clayton wrote in their review of this projector on Amazon “It is not rugged for a lot of rough travel” and scored it very highly. One Benq TH681 owner who bought this projector concluded that it was smooth. Mr Jamie M Robinson wrote on Amazon three years ago “Moving objects very smooth” but he only gave it a rating of 2 stars.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people who reviewed this projector considered that it was good quality. Two years ago A. Kwabula wrote in their review of the Benq TH681 on Amazon “Amazing Picture Quality”. A. Kwabula also said “The picture quality is amazing”. Alan B. said in his review of the Benq TH681 “Quality is awesome”.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that it was quiet. Alex mentioned “When the room is silent we can hear it.” in his Benq TH681 review. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “It's quieter than I expected, easy to use”. Two years ago Dr. You scored it very highly and wrote “It is quite quiet to me” in their review.

A number of customers said in their reviews that it was noisy. A gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “It was louder and the picture wasn't as clear as this one, I saw this as a lighting deal”. Alan B. said in his review “Not too noisy either” . Krussel wrote in their review of the Benq TH681 three years ago “Perhaps the fan has a little more noise than I would really like”.

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Good Sound Quality

A few Benq TH681 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had good sound quality. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon last year “Only downside is the sound” in their Benq TH681 review. Cornwallnick said on Amazon “Bonus - surround sound turned up” in their review of this projector. Elena Miltseva rated it 5 stars and she mentioned on Amazon “Parcel packaged well, ordered the projector came to Russia safe and sound, fast delivery”.

Popular Choice

The TH681 is a popular choice amongst people who purchased projectors in the last 3 months.

Robust

Four customers who reviewed the Benq TH681 agreed that it was well made. Alan B. gave this projector a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his Benq TH681 review two years ago “Even has a built in speaker”. Amazon Customer wrote “It's got built in speakers, which don't product great sound.” in their review of this projector.

Benq Data Projectors Have Good Reviews

10000:1 contrast ratio projectors produced by Benq have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that Benq also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Technical Features

Some Benq TH681 owners who purchased the product wrote that it had good features. Two years ago Mr. P Le Page mentioned in her Benq TH681 review “Easy to setup and good features”.

Good Remote Control

Some Benq TH681 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good remote control. Mr B N Armstrong wrote three years ago “Make sure they are 144hz compatible (sainsonic are the ones I bought £25 for 2pairs) The only gripe I have with the projector is the remote”. Mr. P. J. Foster wrote on Amazon “Setup instructions from the manual were well set out and after a few attempts with the remote, found it fairly easy to get the keystone”.

Good Support

A few Benq TH681 owners concluded that this projector had good technical guidance. Morgon gave it an excellent review and wrote in their Benq TH681 review on Amazon “Again very pleased - help for new buyers in my review”.

Good Environmental Credentials

One customer reckoned that it was good in terms of power usage. Alan B. wrote on Amazon “If inactive it will turn off to save energy too” in his review.

Good Battery Life

One person mentioned in their reviews that this projector had a good battery life. Badger39 gave this projector a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “It can do presentations as it has an internal battery and a speaker.”.

Supports Full HD

The Benq TH681 supports full HD. Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the TH681 do not support full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative projectors which support full HD currently available including because of it's better review score, the H6510[pl_1557676_price], or the LED K132[pl_1564923_price] both from Acer or the NEC M322X[plb_2268469_price].

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Supports 3D

The Benq TH681 supports 3D, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the TH681 do not support 3D.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which support 3D to this projector and we think the H6510[pl_1557676_price], and the LED K132[pl_1564923_price] both from Acer which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq TH681 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the TH681 also have a built-in speaker(s).

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the NEC M322X[plb_2268469_price], the Acer H6510[plb_1557676_price], or the Infocus IN1146[plb_2100767_price].

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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq TH681 is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most common projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800). Across all data projectors of this spec and age the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600) and the best is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Benq TH681 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors of this age and type. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector. The worst resolution of all multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the TH681 is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

Across all the 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years the noise levels range from 27dB to 49dB. With a noise level of only 33 decibels, the Benq TH681 has one of the quieter noise levels amongst similar spec multimedia projectors of this age.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

Most projectors of a similar age and type to the TH681 have between one and three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, including the Benq TH681 which has three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The Benq TH681 is a two USB 2.0 ports quantity data projector. Most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the TH681 have between one and three USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

Comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the TH681 have service life of lamp (economic mode)s of between 3,500h and 30,000h. With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of 6,500 hours, the Benq TH681 has a fairly long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the TH681.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level (economic Mode)

The noise level (economic mode)s of data projectors that have been around for more than two years range from 26dB to 40dB. At only 28 decibels, the Benq TH681 has a quite quiet noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as the TH681.

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6 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

A few people reckoned that the Benq TH681 was not heavy and bulky. Mr B N Armstrong mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Its a little bit small for my chunky digits and it could had backlit buttons” in his review of the Benq TH681. Two years ago Phil Uk mentioned on Amazon “No rainbow effects, no artefacts - Great lamp power, 4m diagonally projection during beautiful english day (heavy rain) is just fine” in his Benq TH681 review.

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on data projectors of this type and age.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq TH681 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the TH681 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Very Low Number of Colours

Projectors of a comparable age and spec to the TH681 have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 590M. With a number of colours of only 1.07 million, the Benq TH681 has one of the lower numbers of colours amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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Only One HDMI Ports Quantity

Most similar spec data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the TH681 have between one and two HDMI ports quantitys, including the Benq TH681 which has one HDMI ports quantity.

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Only One Audio (L,R) in

Most projectors that are a comparable age to the TH681 have between one and two audio (L,R) ins, including the Benq TH681 which has one audio (L,R) in.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq TH681

OK Running Costs

The average running cost of the TH681 is £91 over 1 year based on average energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 131 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago.

Released Over Three Years Ago

Benq released the TH681 over three years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

The Benq TH681 has a pretty average projector brightness (3,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type.

There are a number of other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available that you might also want to look at including the Acer H6510[plb_1557676_price] which has better reviews.

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might also be worth considering include the NEC M322X[plb_2268469_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Supported 3D Formats
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
AUX in
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Preset Modes
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

(7)
26 June 2014

BenQ has done a good job with the TH681, offering a Full HD DLP projector with 3D for under £600. It's just a shame that colours are a bit on the gaudy side. In the end, £100 more gets you the...

BenQ frappe encore une fois très fort en proposant un projecteur DLP Full HD et 3D à moins de 700 ?. Dommage que les réglages proposés par ce TH681 soient trop flashy. Au final, pour 100 ? de...

9 April 2014

Globalement, le BenQ TH681 nous a fait belle impression et s'avère être une bonne surprise dans sa catégorie. Même s'il montre certaines limites en usage Home-cinéma, notamment l'absence...

17 July 2014

Optoma HD131Xe VS BenQ TH681VSIn deze review zal ik de Optoma HD131Xe tegenover de BenQ TH681 plaatsen. Hierbij zal ik kijken naar scherpte,kleuren,geluidproductie en contrast. Ik heb beide... Read more…

12 August 2014

Der BenQ TH681 ist mit Abstand der hellste Beamer im Testfeld. Mit einem Lichtstrom von 2.240 Lumen und einem Schachbrettkontrast von 237:1 eignet er sich auch perfekt zum Einsatz in hellen...

Slightly brighter image than the 1070
Excellent 3D rendering with no crosstalk
Low input lag (measured at 33 ms)
Image lgrement plus lumineuse que le celle du 1070
Rendu 3D sans crosstalk (sans ddoublement de l'image)
Colours are oversaturated and aren't rendered accurately
Remote isn't particularly practical
No lensshift
No motion interpolation
Rainbow effect visible to sensitive users
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User Reviews

(153)
Reviewed 28 April 2014 by Mr B N Armstrong

Having owned this projector for a few weeks now and watched numerous Blu-ray and DVD content, this projector never fails to impress. After much research and trawling the nets for reviews, I took... Read more…

Reviewed 7 March 2014 by Bill
(Verified Purchase)

This may be only a 720p resolution projector but I found the image clarity to be excellent. 3d is simply stunning. I have a 100 inch screen watched from about 10ft away.Now my eye sight is not... Read more…

Reviewed 14 October 2015 by Badger39
(Verified Purchase)

I love movies and so it seems does the BenQ TH681. It really handles well all genres of movie you throw at it. I broke it in with a visual sci-fi feast of Star Wars A New Hope, then Blade Runner... Read more…

Reviewed 1 September 2015 by MIDLAND BANK
(Verified Purchase)

Really happy with this projector. Quality with Blu Ray source is superb. On board speakers are not very good but we connected an external sound bar for a very good home cinema experience. 7ft... Read more…

Reviewed 18 December 2014 by RugbyMad
(Verified Purchase)

Have nothing more to add than has already been said. Just wanted to register our 5 Stars for what is a superb projector...

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Electricity cost when switched on £86.53
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

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