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Street Price: $1,930
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:50,000:1
Lumens:2000
Weight: 14.8 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:2,000 Hrs
2,500 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI 1.4 (x2), USB, RS232, 12Volt Out
Video Formats:  480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 1080p/50

BenQ W7000
1080p DLP 3D Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, February 13, 2012

Key Features

Image quality. In both 2D and 3D, the W7000 puts a great picture on the screen. Cinema mode is bright enough for even the largest screens in 2D, so you never have to worry about the picture looking dull or washed out. The projector's dynamic range is such that the image looks more like a window into another world than a two-dimensional representation of such. Detail is always clear, and the image is tack-sharp without any edge enhancement. Color, after calibration, is well-saturated and accurate. In 3D, there's no sign at all of crosstalk, which speaks for itself. While black level is a touch anemic, there's little to complain about on the W7000 when it comes to image quality.

Sharpness and clarity. Even compared to other modern 1080p projectors, the W7000 is sharp as a tack. Minute detail in Blu-ray or other HD content is easy to see, and the razor sharpness of the image makes it pop even more.

The W7000 has two options designed to increase edge definition. One is the standard Sharpness control, while the other is called Clarity Control. Clarity Control, like Super Resolution on Epson's home theater projectors and Detail Clarity on Panasonic machines, enhances the appearance of detail while trying to avoid the appearance of artifacts related to edge enhancement. It is a testament to the W7000's inherent clarity of detail that we left Sharpness at 0 and only brought the Clarity Control to 1, both out of 15. The projector simply doesn't need very much help.

Placement flexibility. DLP projectors have typically lagged behind their LCD counterparts when it comes to zoom range and lens shift, but the W7000 makes as good an effort as any DLP home theater projector we've seen. It has a 1.5:1 manual zoom lens and manual H/V lens shift. The vertical shift has a total range of about 2.5 picture heights, so you can place the image either completely above or completely below the centerline of the lens and still have a good amount of space to work with. This is especially useful for placement in a ceiling mount or on a low table. The horizontal shift has a total range of 1.8 image widths, so you can move the projected image 40% left or right. Remember that maximum lens shift cannot be achieved in both directions simultaneously. Applying significant vertical shift will prevent you from applying much horizontal shift and vice versa.

Frame Interpolation. The W7000 has a frame interpolation system, which the W6000 lacked. What's more, the W7000's FI system works in 3D, which is still something of an unusual feature these days. Whereas FI systems can sometimes make 2D film look unrealistically smooth (the so-called "soap opera effect"), in 3D the effect is much less noticeable. Instead, video looks smoother and less jittery, but not artificial or over-processed.

Picture-in-picture. One of the cool things about putting a big screen up is being able to display two pictures at once and having both be clearly visible. The W7000 can display a picture-in-picture view from two different inputs, though there is one major limitation: the second input has to be either composite or s-video. You can't display, for example, HDMI and VGA, or VGA and component. Still, most projectors can't do picture-in-picture at all.

3D. As BenQ's first Full HD 3D projector, expectations are high for the W7000's 3D performance. The W7000 uses DLP Link rather than infrared or radio frequency for glasses synchronization. This means you don't need to wire a separate emitter, and it also means you should not have any trouble getting the remote control to respond when watching 3D -- a common problem for projectors using IR sync.

DLP Link glasses are all more or less interchangeable, though there are reports that some are better than others. BenQ's own 3D glasses cost $99 each and none are included with the projector itself. The glasses themselves have large lenses and non-folding arms and take two button-style non-rechargeable batteries. The battery compartment is accessed via a small Phillips screw.

3D picture quality is excellent. The picture is high in contrast, and that impressive sharpness seen in 2D carries through to 3D as well. Crosstalk is nowhere to be seen, even in the scenes other projectors struggle with. There is a strong impression of depth to the image. All in all, 3D on the W7000 is a very dramatic presentation and should make enthusiasts very happy.

ISF. In the W7000's menu system is an ISF option which requires a password to access. Inside this menu are the tools an ISF technician needs to bring the W7000 into perfect color balance. Most of the options within this menu are different versions of what is available in the regular user menu, including a color management system where measurements from a color meter are used to automatically adjust the projector. The same results can be accomplished without the use of this menu, so do-it-yourselfers don't lose much.

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Reader Comments(16 comments)

Posted Jul 30, 2014 8:50:49 AM

By Jeffy

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If you compare the W6000 - W7500 models with the old W5000 the things may look ok.

But compared to the 8 Year old W9000 - W20000 the new projectors are inferior in any aspect.

I agree that quality of any Benq projector is really bad.

Posted Aug 23, 2013 3:24:13 PM

By Ken Fink

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BenQ makes decent projectors and we have been happy with our BenQ with the exception of the reliability. From other comments, it looks like we are not the only ones. We have a W5000 that is just over 4 years old. System board has been replaced once already and has failed again. BenQ quoted us $200 to repair it, but then alerted us that it cannot be fixed. It appears that there was a manufacturing defect that caused an unusual number of failures and there are no more parts available. So now I have a $3,000 projector that is useless, with no program in place to do the right thing for existing customers. Based on history of customer service, if you purchase a BenQ, consider it a disposable asset after the 1 year warranty is over. If you have the financial assets to consider it a disposable asset, you should be happy with the unit.

Posted Jun 5, 2013 1:12:44 AM

By Jacob John

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I am looking at setting up my Home theatre and am considering the BenQ W7000. The room size is 17.5 ft x 14.5 ft. I plan to ceiling mount the projector at the back of the room and so approx throw distance would be around 15.5 ft. This is a dedicated media room but has windows and hence the ambient light - I possibly would use dark curtains. I was planning to go with a 140" diagonal screen. Now in your review you mention that this projector is good enough even for a 140" screen for 2D, but for 3D you mention a 100" diagonal screen. I want to know if a 140" screen will be good for both 2D and 3D movies viewing and also given my room size will I be able to get a 140" image.

Posted Apr 7, 2013 1:05:33 PM

By Victor Leonard

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Can anyone tell me if the Oppo BDP-103 3D player will stretch the 16x9 lens on the Benq W7000 to 2.35:1 if you have a 2.35:1 screen and are watching a 3D movie filmed in the 2.35:1 mode? Currently i get black bars on the side and want to eliminate this. Thanks!

Posted Mar 20, 2013 4:11:28 PM

By Dave

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mine is doing the same thing as scubasteve mentioned. . . . Dimming and turning off. Mine is only a month old. Not sure what's up there.

Posted Jan 10, 2013 2:20:15 PM

By DeeWayne

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I am actaully glad to see your post. Mine does this ALL THE TIME!! I had contacted Benq and of course they blamed my cable, or source, or anything but the projector. I have replace EVERYTHING and it is still doing it. I finally got them to take it in for the firmware upgrade. I hope it fixes it

Posted Sep 4, 2012 3:47:52 PM

By gary boyce

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let's cut right to the chase-is the epson5010 worth the extra $600 compared to the benq7000 in a moderately controlled light envirament?

Posted May 31, 2012 7:13:56 AM

By Humberto Martinez

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I agree with Mr. Livolsi's review of the BenQ W7000. I have owned one since January of 2012. I am very happy with the the 2D and 3D image quality. My only complaint is that it takes almost a minute to switch between 2D and 3D mode. This is annoying if the Blu-ray disc was authored poorly and there are 2D segments before the main feature which causes the projector to switch back and forth between 2D and 3D. There will be some black screen time between switches.Fortunately, as 3D blu-rays are becoming more propular, with imroved authoring, this now rarely happens. Regarding the 3D DLP-link glasses, I hated the Ben Q glasses, which I returned. They were just too heavy. I bought several ULTRACLEAR glasses at a great price that work great and do not loose synchronization. Amazon carries them for about $60, or you can get a better deal from the manufacturer directly if you by them in bulk.

Posted May 23, 2012 10:52:31 PM

By scubasteve

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Had my W7000 projector about 4 months now. Yesterday, out of the blue, it would drastically dim for a few seconds or even go all to black. Only 400 odd hours on the lamp. Switched from Normal to Econ mode and it worked for a while but now the sudden dimming is starting to occur again. Anyone else experianced this or heard of it happening?

Posted May 10, 2012 5:15:37 AM

By jJohn

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Dos anyone know if the Epson 5010's sharpnes can be improved via its "super-resolution" feature? I am considering either the BenQ W7000 or the Epson (I own the Epson 1080UB and it was/is a GREAT projo). I really love a detail rich, very sharp image...but also want great blacks and contrast. (My only complaint about my 1080UB is that I wish it was more sharp and detailed, not as "film-like" in its smoothness). I know the BenQ W7000 is sharper and more detailed, but lacks the black-level of the Epson...so, can the visible sharpness and detail of the 5010 be IMPROVED via its 'super-resolution' feature?

Posted Apr 22, 2012 11:03:49 AM

By ayprof

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pls do i need 3D glasses with BenQ W7000 projector

Posted Apr 20, 2012 1:43:11 AM

By JoJo

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Thanks for your explanation Bill, my mistake. Now i will be having second thoughts about the Benq, because i wanna use it for gaming also. Hmmm difficult choice to make.

Posted Apr 19, 2012 6:59:28 PM

By Bill Livolsi

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Jojo,

Both are correct, but you made a slight error in your reading.

In the article you linked, I reference 3.0 frames, not 30ms. 3.0 frames, at 16.67 ms per frame, is 50.01 ms.

Posted Apr 19, 2012 12:22:41 PM

By jojo

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In the article below (31 january 2012) there is talk about a input lag of 30 ms. In the review (13 february) you talk about 50 ms. Can you please tell me which number is correct please?

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projector_news.cfm?2012-01-31-Gaming-tests-and-upcoming-reviews&entry_id=487

Posted Mar 20, 2012 9:43:45 PM

By john low

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I'm a home theater projector user,present unit is vivitek h5085 1080p,what I'm surprise is Ben Q projectors all along are main for business function or lecturers use.I will consider or may be compare the differences of 3D and non-3D.Especially the 'Price'.

Posted Feb 13, 2012 1:21:58 PM

By Badas

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Sold. This is my next 3D projector. I will use my Cineversum Blackwing 3 for 2D ant this for 3D. Sounds like I might have to turn off that Iris tho.

Ta Dono :)

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