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BenQ W7500 Single-Chip DLP Projector

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Introduction to the BenQ W7500 Projector

Looking over Secrets' last few years of projector reviews, it quickly becomes evident that the pricing sweet spot has settled around the $3,000 mark. This makes sense since it's only a little more or less than you'd pay for a top-quality 65-inch flat panel. A few years ago, any TV over 50 inches carried a big price premium. When I bought my Pioneer Kuro in 2009 for example, I paid $2,900 for a 50-inch screen. I really wanted the 60-inch model but it was almost double the price at $5,600!

BENQ W7500 PROJECTOR SPECIFICATIONS


  • Design: Single-Chip DLP Projector
  • Six-Segment Color Wheel, 6x Speed
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • 3D Formats: Frame-Packing, Side-by-Side, Top-Bottom
  • 2D-3D Conversion: Yes
  • Lens Throw Ratio: 1.62 – 2.43
  • Lens Shift: Vertical ± 125%, Horizontal ± 40%
  • Light Output: 2,000 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 60,000:1
  • Iris Control: Auto or Off
  • Image Size: 28" – 300"
  • Inputs: 2 x HDMI 1.4a, 1 x Component, 1 x Composite, 1 x S-Video, 1 x VGA
  • Controls: 1 x RS-232, 1 x 12v trigger
  • Lamp Power: 300 Watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 3,000/2,000 Hours (Economic/Normal)
  • Dimensions: 5.7" H x 16.9" W x 12.5" D
  • Weight: 14.8 Pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • MSRP: $2,799
  • 3D glasses: Sold Separately, $69/each
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But I digress. The REALLY BIG screen experience is still only available from front projection. Sure you can get an 84-inch TV if you have the coin but there's just nothing quite like sitting 10 feet from a 92-inch screen when you're looking for the most immersive video experience.

We've looked at quite a few projectors in the $3,000 range and Epson's 3LCD line has pretty much dominated that market. But there are other players and technologies to consider. BenQ has always focused their efforts on producing value-oriented DLP projectors that bring a big-screen experience to the home for no more than the price of a decent HDTV.

Why would one consider DLP? Well if you first agree that no display technology is perfect, DLP does offer some advantages over LCD and LCoS. First is light output. DLP wastes almost no light in the imaging process and therefore offers a lot more brightness for a given bulb wattage. Second, with its single-chip design, there is no convergence error possible and therefore, theoretically, a sharper image. Third, the quality of motion is significantly better thanks to the fact that DLP scans its image like plasma and CRT; rather than using the sample-and-hold method like LCD or LCoS. If you don't like motion blur, DLP is definitely the way to go.

Another issue DLP puts to rest is that of filter degradation. LCD and LCoS imaging chips have a filter for each primary color that is constantly in the light path. Some users of those technologies have observed a shift towards yellow in their projectors after a year or two in service. While this is not a rampant issue, it's not something you'll have to worry about with this or any other DLP.

Last year, I got to check out Mitsubishi's DLP, the HC8000D. This time, BenQ sent me their new W7500. For $2,799, it offers some great features and very high performance coupled with tremendous light output. Let's take a look. Go to Page 2: Design