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BenQ W5000 DLP Projector Review

by July 23, 2008
BenQ W5000

BenQ W5000

  • Product Name: W5000 DLP Projector
  • Manufacturer: BenQ
  • Distributor: VisualApex
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: July 23, 2008 20:38
  • MSRP: $ 4999
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  • 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)

Pros

  • Support for anamorphic aspect ratio
  • Excellent post-calibration performance
  • Great value given street pricing

Cons

  • Anemic 1.2x zoom lens
  • No horizontal lens shift
  • Poor out-of-the-box performance
  • Overscan anomaly with SD material

Introduction

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.
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Recent Forum Posts:

Clint DeBoer posts on January 13, 2009 07:55
I don't typically post or save these unfortunately.
mike infinity posts on January 12, 2009 19:26
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!
ninedayfall75 posts on October 05, 2008 00:22
One other thing, how many posts do I need before I can post my own thread?
ninedayfall75 posts on October 05, 2008 00:21
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 15:51
ctac, post: 441225
Thanks Clint.
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?
I'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.
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