Projectors

BenQ W1200 DLP Projector

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Design of the BenQ W1200 DLP Projector

The BenQ W1200 is one of the smallest projectors I’ve ever worked with. At just under eight pounds, it’s also the lightest. Don’t let the small form factor fool you; this thing is packed with features. The case is a basic white box with ventilation on each side and something unusual – speakers. If you want audio, you can hook up RCAs or a mini-headphone cable and get sound by connecting only a disc player. This makes the W1200 ideal for a quickie movie night where you just plop the projector on your coffee table, whip out a roll-up screen and sit back with some popcorn. On top of the case are large rings to adjust focus and zoom. Also included are basic keys for power, input selection and menu navigation.

Underneath, at the rear, there is one fixed foot and one adjustable one, and a single extendable foot at the front. Ideally, the projector should always be level; but sometimes you will be forced to tilt it upward to place the image properly. The extendable foot extends about one inch giving you a fair amount of flexibility. Of course, standard threaded fittings are provided for a universal ceiling mount. The back jack panel has connections for every type of video source including two HDMI 1.3; one each of component, composite and S-video; and a VGA input. There is also a VGA output which makes the W1200 useful as a presentation projector where the operator can monitor the show from another location. For control, RS-232 and USB ports are provided. Audio connections include RCA stereo and mini-headphone. They provide a signal for the on-board 10-watt speakers located on either side of the chassis.

The remote is small but includes everything you need to control the W1200. Power is a toggle but discrete keys are included for all inputs which I like. Below the center-located menu controls are more discretes for the three user modes and all the basic picture adjustments – brightness, contrast, color, tint and sharpness. Next are the PIP controls and the bottom row of keys accesses the gamma offsets, the color temp presets and the brilliant color feature. The backlight is strong and the key labels are printed on the buttons so you know what everything does in the dark. Response was quite good when I pointed at the screen and the handset never gave me a moment’s trouble.