Projectors

BenQ W7000 Single-Chip DLP 3D Projector

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Design and Setup of the BenQ W7000 Projector

The BenQ W7000 claims to offer an impressive 2,000 lumens of light. Unlike many DLP projectors that have to be set above or below the screen for a fixed offset, the BenQ can be positioned in the center of the screen and offers both vertical and horizontal lens shift. This flexibility makes it much easier to install in a typical home theater, and works with retro-reflective screens as well.

The BenQ features a full CMS system, allowing Hue, Saturation, and Luminance adjustments for all six primary and secondary colors. With ISFccc controls, a calibrator can configure the projector and then lock those settings to prevent an accidental overwrite. A dynamic iris system can be enabled to help with black levels and frame interpolation helps with motion resolution.

This is a lot of power to pack into a projector that sells for just $2,500. To get here they paired a DarkChip2 chip with the dynamic iris to improve black levels, as opposed to using the more recent DarkChip3 or DarkChip4 models. The 1.5:1 zoom ratio provides less setup flexibility than some other projectors, but it's have internal support for anamorphic lenses allows it to work with cinemascope screens.

Installation of the BenQ W7000 is straightforward. The manual lens shift is awkward because the joystick wasn't always perfectly precise. Once it is setup correctly it is solid and did not move during testing. Choosing a colorspace and calibrating the display to the HDTV and Blu-ray standards was next, and is covered in-depth in the Bench Test section. After it was focused and setup, I was ready to watch some content.