1080p DLP 3D Home Theater Projector
February 13, 2012
The BenQ W7000 is a bright, capable 3D projector, and at $2499 it is highly competitive in today's market. Its stunning sharpness and clarity of detail make it a great choice for the most demanding HD content, while crosstalk-free 3D and high overall brightness are must-haves for gaming. The three frame delay will keep some hardcore gamers from loving this projector, but most people won't notice.
In terms of image quality, the projector's main weakness is black level. While the W7000 has good black performance for a $2500 DLP projector, its LCD competition consistently outperforms it in this regard. Black level becomes increasingly important as ambient light control improves, so those with blacked-out theaters have a difficult choice to make. The W7000 earns 4.5 stars for performance due to its higher-than-average black level but otherwise excellent image quality.
The limitations of the W7000 are mostly related to usability, and its flaws can be frustrating to projection neophytes. As such, we've docked points in Features (no 2D to 3D conversion; limited lens shift) and Ease of Use (short lamp life; loud iris; uncomfortable 3D glasses). However, great image quality makes up for a lot. On the whole, the W7000 is a great projector and a strong competitor in today's market, and we are proud to recommend it as a great value.