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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

Limitations

Black level. The W7000 includes an automatic iris, which is called Dynamic Black in the menu system. Dynamic Black is engaged by default, and black levels are quite good, especially for a $2500 DLP projector. However, the projector still cannot match the deep, dark, black-hole performance of some of this year's best black level performers, namely the Epson Home Cinema 5010. On the other hand, the W7000 costs less than the 5010.

No 2D to 3D conversion. While 2D to 3D conversion is rarely as impressive or immersive as actual 3D content, the fact remains that nearly every other Full HD 3D projector on the market has such a system, while the W7000 does not. 3D enthusiasts can work around this by using a Blu-ray player that supports conversion, but it is a shame that the projector can't do it too.

Lamp life. These days, a lamp life of 2,000 hours in Normal lamp mode and 2,500 hours in Eco mode is not as impressive as it once was. Other projectors in the same price range offer 4,000 to 5,000 hour lamp lives and less expensive replacement lamps -- the BenQ replacements are $349 each.

4x-speed color wheel. The W7000 has a 4x-speed, six-segment color wheel with RGBRGB segments. For most people, the rainbow effect disappears on projectors using 4x speed wheels, but some highly sensitive individuals still report seeing the artifact. While this will not affect the vast majority of users, those individuals might want to look into a projector with a faster wheel speed (like the 6x-speed Optoma HD33) or an LCD or LCoS projector, neither of which use color wheels.

Locked ISF presets. According to the manual, the ISF menu contains a color management system that adjusts the projector based on numbers taken from a user's color meter. Using this system will engage the "ISF Day" and "ISF Night" image presets in addition to the standard Dynamic, Standard, and Cinema. However, this menu is locked for end-users, requiring a password that BenQ does not distribute. The only way to get at this menu is to hire a professional calibrator and have him or her take a whack at your projector. If anything, this is standard practice; few projectors if any allow the user to access ISF controls. But considering that the W7000 costs only $2500, we wonder how many potential buyers are considering professional calibration in the first place.

Lens shift. "But wait!" you're saying. "Lens shift is a good thing!" And you're right, it is. But the W7000's lens shift uses a small joystick-like adjustment lever, the movement of which is not especially smooth, and the twist locking mechanism does not always hold the lens as still as we would like. Sometimes, the lens will shift slightly after locking it down, which defeats the purpose of locking it at all. And while it is good that the W7000 has lens shift, the range is not as extensive as some other projectors in its price range. If you need to place your projector significantly off-center from the screen, be sure to measure out your installation before purchasing.

Loud iris. The W7000's Dynamic Black auto-iris does a good job pulling black level down, but it is also noisy. When going from a dark scene to a bright scene or vice versa, there is a brief high-pitched squeal. Granted, our projector was situated only a few feet from the audience, which made the noise more noticeable, but in a quiet room the sound can get annoying. The solution here is to turn your speakers up. You could also disable Dynamic Black, but that would have a deleterious effect on black levels.

Uncomfortable glasses. BenQ's DLP Link glasses are large, heavy, and have non-folding arms. While the large lenses make it easier to immerse yourself in the movie and less likely that you'll see the glasses frames, they are also less comfortable to wear than some other DLP Link glasses. Luckily, you can use just about any DLP Link glasses with any DLP Link projector, so feel free to use the glasses you like best.

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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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