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The BenQ W has a look that’s a cross between a data grade projector and a more traditional home cinema projector. As a result the design uses a two-tone combination of gloss white and dark grey with curved and angular edges and a chassis made of hardened plastic. The off-centre lens uses a fairly cheap piece of ‘glass’ and, as is often the case with DLP projectors, there are limited lens controls so correct position is essential.

The W also has a long throw and limited zoom, so if you want a big screen image, you’ll need a big room. There are a standard set of connections at the rear, a simple but effective remote and a clearly laid out menu system.

The W is capable of delivering a reference greyscale after calibration, which provides the image with an excellent base and the video processing is also good except for a lack of 2: As we’d expect with a DLP projector, the bsnq handling is impressive with 24p content in particular being delivered without any judder or unwanted artefacts.

The W is capable of a bright image that means it would work well in a white-walled living room and its long life bulb means that it is well suited to watching TV and gaming. The W could deliver bright and bejq images with lighter scenes and the blacks in these scenes appeared reasonable.

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However, in darker scenes the limitations of the blacks became very apparent, in fact they weren’t black but grey. This meant that these darker scenes were robbed of impact and shadow detail was definitely lacking. There was also some video noise in these darker scenes which could be seen when close to the screen. Bebq use of a relatively slow colour wheel also meant that there were plenty of rainbow artefacts which were especially visible in the darker scenes and the combination of the fans and the wheel meant the W was quite noisy in operation.

Finally, despite the accurate greyscale, the colour gamut was under-saturated and could not be corrected with the Colour Management System CMS. There’s no denying the appeal of the BenQ W’s attractive price, especially if you’re henq a tight budget and in fact it would work very well for someone who wanted to use a projector for watching TV or playing games. Under these circumstances, the projector’s strengths such as its bright picture and long bulb life are a definite advantage.

However for critical film watching, its disadvantages such as the poor blacks, the rainbow artefacts and the noise of the fans and colour wheel mean there are probably better choices. Read about our review ethos and the meaning of our review badges. Write your BenQ W Projector review. A p projector for less than pounds, is it possible? BenQ W Projector But what if your budget doesn’t stretch to that price point? Well there are an increasing number of very low priced projectors, usually made by the big bnq grade projector manufacturers such as Epson and BenQ.


These companies can take full advantage of the economies of scale on offer to them and whilst some corners might be cut, they do offer big screen projection at a price that is affordable to most people. Is the BenQ W too good to be true?

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Design and Connections BenQ’s background in data grade projectors is fairly obvious when you look at the W, with its two-tone gloss white and dark behq finish familiar from many a classroom or boardroom. However BenQ have also tried to cater for the home cinema market with a solid plastic chassis and a design that combines both angles and curves. The result is a projector that certainly wouldn’t look out of place in a living room and despite its small size it feels weighty with a well-built construction.

In terms of dimensions, it measures x x mm and it weighs 3. There is a large intake vent on the front left, with an exhaust port on the right hand side of the chassis and a built-in speaker on the left, betraying the Behq data grade heritage. On the top of the chassis there are some basic controls in case you lose the remote control. The BenQ W has a simple but reasonably informative menu system that is composed of six basic pages – Picture: Advanced, Display, System Setup: The screens of interest to us are the first two – Picture: In terms of aspect ratio, if the majority of your viewing content is high definition then choose Real, which is BenQ’s name for their pixel mapping mode.

The W has a reasonably bright bulb that is rated at 2, ANSI lumens, which is unsurprising given BenQ’s background in data projection. BenQ also claim a 5, Thanks to BenQ’s cooling technology, the W claims a lamp life of 6, hours in Eco Mode, which is twice the norm bfnq it is very quick to cool down when turned off. Once again these features stem from BenQ’s experience in data projectors, which tend to be left on for long periods of time and get turned on and off a lot.

For similar reasons, the W is small and easily portable, comes with a carry case and includes a built-in speaker.

However in the preset Picture Modes, you can’t change any of the other controls so instead we chose User 1 and selected the Cinema Picture Reference. We then optimised the Brightness and Contrast controls for our viewing environment, left Colour and Tint at their defaults and set Sharpness and Flesh Tone to zero. We needed to drop the Contrast down by 8 notches in order to stop the W from clipping white and the bemq primary colours we also needed to leave Brilliant Colour on.

We chose a Gamma of 2.

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Calibrated Measurements For the calibrated measurements we used the two-point white balance control to adjust the greyscale and tried to improve the colour gamut as best we could.

Video Processing The video processing in the W was reasonably good and bena correctly scaled the full i and i images without any loss of detail or unwanted bsnq. Unfortunately it failed to correctly detect 2: The W was also good in the tests using high definition content and with the player set to i it correctly deinterlaced and displayed both the video and film resolution tests and showed good scaling and filtering performance, as well as good resolution enhancement.


With i material the W had no difficulties in showing video text overlaid on film based material and also handled 24p content without any problems. Well in all honesty, a pretty good one all things considered venq one that certainly belies its ultra-budget status. The use of a single-chip DLP configuration means that despite its small and cheap lens, the images produced by the W appeared sharp and fine detail was actually quite good.

Of course the benw of a colour wheel, and a rather slow one at that, means plenty of rainbows for bena that suffer from them. It also means that between the colour wheel and the extensive cooling, the W is quite noisy when in operation, which will be noticed during quieter moments. However, on the plus side, bebq is very bright which means it can be used in less than ideal environments such w0160 the average white-walled living room. Whilst in a blacked out room the image initially appeared be a bit too bright, this could be mitigated with careful setup and the result was a surprisingly effective performance with bright scenes.

Due to the nature of DLP, which tends to have a reasonable dynamic range when dealing with dark and light elements in the same image, the W managed to mask some rather poor blacks in these brighter scenes.

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However once we watched a dark scene, the poor blacks were immediately obvious and in fact blacks were actually grey. As a result day time scenes in The Dark Knight Rises looked quite good but night time scenes suffered from washed out blacks and limited shadow detail. There was also some noise in the image when you looked at the picture up close and in dark scenes the rainbow artefacts were exacerbated. On the plus side the accurate greyscale certainly helped with the image performance, whilst the colours looked reasonable, if a little under saturated.

As you would s1060 with a DLP projector, the motion handling was very good and with 24p content the W delivered lovely judder free images. The reasonably good video processing also meant that standard definition content looked very watchable.

bnq There’s no denying the appeal of the W’s attractive price, especially if you’re on a tight budget and in fact the W would work very well for someone who wanted to use a projector for watching TV or playing games.

However for critical film watching, the disadvantages such as the poor blacks, the rainbow artefacts and noise of the fans and colour wheel mean there are probably better choices. You own this Total 0. You want this Total 0. You had this Total 0. Your nickname or email address: Do you already have an account?

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