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Street Price: $1,929
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

Performance

Light output. Dynamic mode, which is the projector's brightest preset, measured 1939 lumens on our test sample. This is very close to the W7000's 2,000 lumen specified maximum output. The Dynamic setting has a greenish tint and tends to exaggerate colors and contrast, so it is best reserved for bright settings where the extra light output is required to combat ambient light.

Standard mode, the next preset, measured 1019 lumens with the lamp at full power. The huge difference between Dynamic and Standard can be attributed to the former's use of the Lamp Native color temperature preset, which cranks light output at the expense of color accuracy. Both Dynamic and Standard enable BrilliantColor by default, which boosts highlights. Disabling BrilliantColor in either of these image modes results in a more balanced picture and a 22% reduction in light output.

Cinema is the last preset available in 2D and our preferred mode for film and video. Cinema mode measures 909 lumens with the lamp at full power and the lens at its widest angle setting. What's more, the W7000 manages 88% brightness uniformity while cranking out this kind of light. The result is a bright, shining image that is evenly illuminated from edge to edge. This is enough light to power a 140" diagonal, 1.0-gain 16:9 screen, if you're going for the SMPTE-standard 16 foot-Lamberts.

On smaller screens, 909 lumens is far too much light. In this case, engaging Eco lamp mode reduces light output by 19%, which brings Cinema mode to 740 lumens. This is still a little bright for a 100" diagonal screen (25 fL at 1.0 gain) but will help if there is any ambient light in the room. Aside from using the long end of the 1.5:1 zoom lens, which will reduce light output by 9%, there's no convenient way to reduce light output further without purchasing a separate neutral density (ND) filter and placing it in front of the projector's lens.

On the upside, all of this light makes the W7000 plenty bright for 3D display. The projector has a dedicated 3D mode that is automatically engaged when displaying 3D content, and while adjusting this mode can be tricky (not everyone has access to 3D calibration materials), it will retain color temperature adjustments made in 2D.

Our measurements indicate that 3D mode puts out 1100 lumens on our test sample, and BenQ's 3D glasses transmit 28% of the total light they receive. If you have a 1.0-gain screen, that works out to 11 fL on a 100" diagonal screen. For 3D, that's not bad at all. Bump your screen gain to 1.3 and you have 14 fL at the same diagonal.

Color. The factory default settings on the W7000 show some improvement over BenQ's previous home theater projectors. The W6000 clearly, obviously needed a calibration before use. The W1200 was the same way. Both times, we asked BenQ to work on their factory presets, and it seems like they've listened. The W7000 comes out of the box in usable form, and calibration only makes it better.


Post-calibration RGB levels on the BenQ W7000

Cinema mode, our preferred mode for watching films and video, defaults to around 6100K on our test sample. Shadows are slightly redder, around 6000K, while highlights are a bit cooler at 6200K. Some quick adjustments gave the projector a smooth, consistent, even grayscale, never deviating from 6500K by more than about 50 degrees. The settings we used, while tailored to our projector, may provide a useful starting point for your own:

R Gain 47 R Offset 253
G Gain 38 G Offset 255
B Gain 37 B Offset 255

While this does not give the W7000 perfect grayscale performance (you'll note small divergences at 20%, 50%, and 100% illumination), it is difficult to get any closer due to the coarseness of the adjustments. A one-point change in any control makes a significant, visible difference on the screen, so be careful in your fine-tuning to avoid getting lost. On the upside, there is a reset button in case you make a mistake.

Input lag. Certain video games (those wherein exact timing is crucial) require the projector to process and display an image as quickly as possible. The time it takes a signal to reach the screen is called input lag. Our measurements indicate that the W7000 creates a delay of approximately three frames on a 60Hz signal, or around 50 milliseconds. That puts the W7000 squarely in the middle of the road -- not fast, but not slow either. Serious gamers, those for whom gaming is the primary reason for buying a projector, will want something faster. Casual gamers who nonetheless value performance will have to judge for themselves what level of input lag is acceptable.

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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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