This lamp based projector is capable of displaying 2, Lumens at its brightest setting with a native resolution of x , and is 3D capable. The internal DLP technology touts higher contrast, less visible pixels and more portability. The unique projector lens has the ability to be shifted to allow greater flexibility in positioning the projector relative to the screen. This projector was first available for purchase in March and has been discontinued by BenQ.
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Our Highly Recommended designation is earned by products offering extraordinary value or performance in their price class. This p DLP projector is built with home theater in mind and incorporates a number of significant upgrades that make it a worthy successor to the W The projector's high light output makes it a great choice for those who want a really big screen, while its razor-sharp image, dynamic range, and accurate color can be appreciated in just about any setting.
The Viewing Experience The W is BenQ's new flagship home theater projector, built for use in darkened spaces on medium-sized screens. We set up the W on a rear shelf in our darkened theater space, connected it to our Oppo BDP Blu-ray player, killed the lights, and turned on the power.
The image that sprang to life on the screen isn't too dissimilar from the one produced by the BenQ W, BenQ's previous flagship model released in late The W has a crystal clear, highly detailed image, and it really shows its full potential when you're watching a high-quality HD source. Clarity is one of the W's stronger features, and the projector easily holds its own against similarly-priced competition.
The W produces quite a bit of light -- our test unit measured slightly over lumens in Cinema mode out of the box and over lumens after calibration. Black level is more than adequate for the display of film and video, though it is not the W's strongest suit.
Good dynamic range gives the image some serious three-dimensional pop, especially in bright scenes. After a quick calibration, color on the W is close to ideal, with strong saturation, high brightness, and a gamut that hews very closely to the Rec.
By all the technical criteria, the W produces a very good image. Once you've set up the projector and started watching a movie, though, the technical criteria go right out the window. The W has a natural, life-like image, and the projector brings out every scrap of detail in the source material. Setup and Configuration With a 1. Rear shelf mounting is popular due to its simplicity, but the W could just as easily be ceiling mounted.
Due to the projector's throw ratio, coffee table mounting isn't ideal; the projector must sit slightly behind the audience if you want to watch from 1. Since the 1. The W can project a " diagonal image from throw distances between 14' 1" and 21' 2", giving you a good range in which to place the projector. The BenQ W will look its best in a darkened home theater, but it also has enough power to be used in a living room.
Cinema mode measured lumens after calibration, which works out to 33 foot Lamberts on a " diagonal 1. That's just over double the 16 fL required for 2D viewing in a light-controlled room.
Even a " diagonal screen with the same 1. You might also consider a low-gain gray or black screen, which will also help to improve the W's black level. The pre-programmed image modes will remember your settings, but the projector also includes three User modes in case you need additional flexibility.
You can also use one of the presets as a baseline for your User calibrations. So, for example, you could calibrate Cinema for film, then copy those settings over to User 1, turn off the iris, and boost color saturation for video gaming.
Copy those settings again to User 2 and enable frame interpolation for your TV setting. Key Features Image quality. The W's cinema image is full of detail and has excellent dynamic range. The projector is brighter after calibration than most other home theater projectors, allowing you to use either larger screen sizes or low-gain contrast-enhancing screen materials.
Color after calibration closely mirrors the Rec. The image is well-saturated, and color brightness is high thanks to a color wheel that uses only red, green, and blue segments.
From a qualitative perspective, the W's image is bright, three-dimensional, detailed, natural, colorful, and easy to watch. Sharpness and detail clarity. BenQ's flagship home theater line has long had a reputation for highly detailed images, reaching all the way back to 's PE The W does not have a dramatic sharpness advantage over most of its competitors, but it definitely wrings every scrap of detail out of HD content.
The W has a detail enhancement system, appropriately called Detail Enhancement, that boosts the appearance of fine detail by applying selective, subtle edge enhancement. However, the W's picture doesn't need a lot of help, so we ended up leaving the Detail Enhancement slider at 1 on a scale from 0 to 4. Placement flexibility. Vertical lens shift has a total range of roughly 2. Frame interpolation. The W's frame interpolation system can smooth out judder found in film and video.
Even on Low, film content appears slightly too smooth, more like video than film. This is the digital video effect, also sometimes called the "soap opera effect. The system is unambiguously useful when it comes to video, such as sports and live TV, where it smooths motion without affecting the "feel" of the picture. W vs W Though it doesn't look very different from the outside and the specifications are similar, the BenQ W is a significant upgrade to the previous flagship model, the W The two projectors share some features in common; they have the same casework and the same 1.
But the W keeps all of the W's strengths while also addressing all of its significant weak spots. The following areas were considered weaknesses on the W, but have been improved on the W Black level.
The W's black level was not up to par with its competition, most notably the Epson Home Cinema The W's black level is much improved, giving a deep, more satisfying black.
This may be due in part to the W's use of the DarkChip3, whereas its predecessor was built around a DarkChip2. And while the competition is no less fierce now than it was in , the W is a stronger competitor in this area than the W was. Color wheel.
That ought to eliminate rainbows for most people, though some folks will still be able to see color separation artifacts on occasion. And since the color wheel uses only red, green, and blue segments, the projector's image has excellent color saturation and balance. Auto iris. The W has an automatic iris, but its operation is quieter than it was on the W The iris helps to deepen black levels during dark scenes, bringing out the deepest shadow detail and improving perceived contrast.
Full HD 3D. Unlike the old model, the W has a Hz refresh rate and is capable of 2D to 3D conversion. Lens shift. The W's lens shift has the same range and basic layout, but the joystick-type control is much easier to use this time around. Adjustments are smoother, it's easier to make fine tweaks, and the screw-type locking control holds adjustments in place quite well.
Lamp life. The W's lamp is rated to last 2, hours at full power or 3, hours in Economic mode. Performance Light output. Straight out of the box, the W's Dynamic mode measured lumens, which is close enough to the projector's lumen specification that the difference can be chalked up to measurement error.
Dynamic mode is very bright, somewhat green, and perfect if you need a lot of light and can sacrifice black level and color balance to get it. The W has several features that boost light output, all of which are enabled in Dynamic mode's factory settings. Each of these features can be enabled or disabled independently.
Lamp native can be selected in other image modes, but only in Dynamic does it boost brightness by such a large amount. Dynamic also uses the BenQ gamma preset, and switching to 2. The W only has three pre-calibrated image modes. After Dynamic is Standard, a slightly blue mode with better contrast and color balance than Dynamic. At lumens, Standard doesn't give up a lot of light compared to Dynamic mode, and would be a good choice when watching video or playing games with some ambient room lighting.
The cool tint of Standard's color balance helps to cancel out the warm temperature of most interior lighting. Last but not least is Cinema mode.
Using factory settings, Cinema mode measured lumens on our projector, which is too bright for a light-controlled home theater even at very large screen sizes.
Two settings you'll want to change right away are BrilliantColor turn it off and Lamp power set it to Economic. Those changes reduce light output to lumens, which is still more than enough light to power even a " diagonal, 1.
Since the W has a 1. So, even using the longest possible throw distance, Cinema mode with the tweaks outlined above still produces lumens. When it comes to black level, the W certainly shows improvement over its predecessor.
Black is black, not gray, at normal viewing sizes and distances, and the projector's automatic iris ensures that dark scenes look right. But the W doesn't have the ultra-deep black performance of the best of its competitors in this price range. In other words, the W's black level is very good, and definitely improved over its predecessor, but not class-leading. Dynamic range, on the other hand, is superb. The W produces an image that is rich and three-dimensional, creating excellent separation and pop in most HD content.
The default gamma setting of 2. Out of the box, the W's Cinema mode needed a bit of work. Color temperature was too red in the shadows, too blue in the highlights, and green was overdriven in both. This was not difficult to fix, though, because the projector has comprehensive controls for both color temperature and color gamut.
Using the W's "Color Temperature Fine Tuning" control, we increased red gain and blue offset until the color temperature leveled out. This gave us a near-perfect K across the entire brightness range.
However, for those who have the necessary equipment and enjoy fiddling with their projector, the W's gamut adjustments are easy to use. Each notch of adjustment applies a meaningful amount of correction, which make the process much less frustrating.
BenQ W7500 DLP Projector overview
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BenQ W7500 Projector
Our Highly Recommended designation is earned by products offering extraordinary value or performance in their price class. This p DLP projector is built with home theater in mind and incorporates a number of significant upgrades that make it a worthy successor to the W The projector's high light output makes it a great choice for those who want a really big screen, while its razor-sharp image, dynamic range, and accurate color can be appreciated in just about any setting. The Viewing Experience The W is BenQ's new flagship home theater projector, built for use in darkened spaces on medium-sized screens. We set up the W on a rear shelf in our darkened theater space, connected it to our Oppo BDP Blu-ray player, killed the lights, and turned on the power. The image that sprang to life on the screen isn't too dissimilar from the one produced by the BenQ W, BenQ's previous flagship model released in late
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review