BenQ W5000 DLP Projector Review
By Clint DeBoer —
- Product Name: W5000 DLP Projector
- Manufacturer: BenQ
- Distributor: VisualApex
- Performance Rating:
- Value Rating:
- Review Date: July 23, 2008 20:38
- MSRP: $ 4999
- Display Technology: DLP Technology by Texas Instruments
- Native Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080)
- Resolution Supported: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
- Brightness: 1200 ANSI lumens
- Contrast Ratio: 10000:1
- Image Size (Diagonal): 40" to 300"
- Throw Ratio: 98"@4m (98"@13.12 feet)
- Zoom Ratio: 1.2:1
- Video Processing: Silicon Optix HQV
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic/ 4:3/Wide/Letter Box/ Real screen selectable
- Lamp: 200W, 2000/3000 hours (Normal/Economic mode)
- Operational Noise: 28/25 dB (Normal/Economic mode) )
- Horizontal Frequency: 15 ~ 75 kHz
- Vertical Scan Rate: 50-85 HZ
- Input Terminals: HDMI (with HDCP) x 2; Component Video; RGBHV/BNC (shared as Component 2); Composite Video; S-Video
- Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SECAM
- Lens: F=2.4-2.7 f=38.9mm (wide) – 46.6 (tele) mm
- Lens Shift: Power +120% - 80%
- Control: 12V Out, RS-232C
- Adjustments: 100 to 240 V AC, 50 to 60 Hz
- Auto Switching Power Supply: Max 340W
- OSD (On-Screen Display) languages: English/ French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish/ Japanese/ Traditional Chinese/ Simplified Chinese
- Accessories (Standard): Users Manual, Safety Manual, Remote Control, Batteries, Micro Dust Filter, Power Cords (Euro and US), Component Cable
- Accessories (Optional): Ceiling Mounting Kit, Spare Lamp Kit, HDMI Cable
- HDTV Compatibility: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i
- Preset Modes: Cinema, Dynamic, Standard, User 1, User 2, User 3, Photo, Gaming Mode
- Functions: BenQ Senseye Technology, DynamicBlack, Powered Vertical Lens Shift, Motorized IRIS Adjustment, Dust Proof with Air-Filter, ISFccc, Panamorph Compatible
- Dimensions (WxHxD) 19.4" x 7.7" x 15.5" (492 x 195 x 393 mm)
- Weight: 21 lbs (9.6 kg)
- Support for anamorphic aspect ratio
- Excellent post-calibration performance
- Great value given street pricing
- Anemic 1.2x zoom lens
- No horizontal lens shift
- Poor out-of-the-box performance
- Overscan anomaly with SD material
If you think you're having a hard time deciding which projector is the best, think about my job... I actually get to see, use, and calibrate most of them and yet I still have a hard time determining which is "best". Let me tell you that I do NOT envy the job manufacturers of projectors have these days. The market is ripe with bargains and price points are all but written in stone, with very clear distinctions between $1000, $2500, and $5000 models - all of which are competing for consumers' wallets. BenQ is clearly going after the custom installer market with its new W5000 DLP projector and that's good - because it gives them some leeway that wouldn't be granted for those pursuing consumers directly.
Clint DeBoer posts on January 13, 2009 06:55
I don't typically post or save these unfortunately.
mike infinity posts on January 12, 2009 18:26
I wonder, Clint, if you could post your calibration settings for the w5000? I only noticed the brightness and contrast settings in the review but not the colour decoder control.
Thanks for the great review!
Thanks for the great review!
ninedayfall75 posts on October 04, 2008 23:22
One other thing, how many posts do I need before I can post my own thread?
ninedayfall75 posts on October 04, 2008 23:21
I was seriously thinking about the W5000, until all the new projectors were announced. I might be leaning toward the Infocus X10, or Mitsubishi 6000 now.
Clint DeBoer posts on August 18, 2008 14:51
ctac;441225I'd do the math but I like to have ~12 fL bouncing off at the screen. You'll want/need a higher gain I think, especially if you crank down the iris.
Do you recommend a particular gain screen? The one I was looking at has 1.1 gain, but considering the throw for a 120" screen will need to be 16+ feet, do I need a higher gain? Also, is grey vs white screen consideration relevant in this case?