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Street Price: $1,999
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

Shootout:
BenQ W7000 vs Epson Home Cinema 5010

The BenQ W7000 and the Epson Home Cinema 5010, both full HD 3D projectors, are within $200 of one another when it comes to real retail price. There are some obvious differences between the two; one is LCD while the other is DLP, for starters. However, the really important distinctions between these two projectors are more subtle.

2D image quality. In HD, the W7000 is visibly sharper and more detailed than the 5010, even with all sharpness settings at 0. There is likewise a slight, but visible, difference in dynamic range and three-dimensionality, with the W7000 edging out the 5010. On the other hand, the 5010 has much better black level, with shadows appearing significantly deeper. The 5010's picture has more of a smooth, film-like quality, while the W7000 can appear slightly artificial in comparison. There's really no other way to describe the difference -- the 5010's picture looks a little more natural. However, this last difference is a highly subjective one, and while we prefer that naturalness, others will prefer the tack-sharpness and impressive three-dimensionality of the W7000.

3D image quality. The Epson 5010 and BenQ W7000 are two of the brightest 3D projectors around, but the experience of watching them is completely different. The W7000 uses DLP Link, while the 5010 has an Infrared emitter. Both have their benefits. The 5010's glasses seem to lose sync less often than the W7000's glasses do. The W7000 has a cleaner picture with less crosstalk; in fact, the W7000 has one of the cleanest 3D pictures we've seen lately. One final note: the W7000 allows the use of both its frame interpolation and auto iris systems while watching 3D, while the 5010 does not. If you plan to watch a lot of 3D, the W7000 is probably the way to go.

Features. On the features front, both projectors have good placement flexibility, though the 5010 wins out in the end. While both projectors have long zoom lenses, the W7000's 1.5:1 lens cannot match the flexibility of the 2.0:1 lens on the 5010. When it comes to lens shift range, the Epson projector once again comes out on top. The 5010's lens shift is also easier to use, as it has two knobs for adjustment compared to the W7000's joystick system. It is easier to precisely place the image where you want using the 5010's adjustments.

Both projectors, coincidentally, offer picture-in-picture, which is somewhat of a rare feature (on the 5010 the feature is called Split Screen, but the concept is the same). However, the W7000's PIP system can only display composite or s-video and one other source, while the 5010's system can make use of other inputs. For example, the Home Cinema 5010 can display VGA and HDMI simultaneously, while the W7000 cannot.

While both the W7000 and the 5010 have frame interpolation systems, there are significant differences in their performance. The W7000's FI system is more aggressive overall, so the Low setting appears more similar to the High setting on the 5010. This comes with commensurate increases in the appearance of the digital video effect and the "bubble" artifacts sometimes seen in frame interpolation. The 5010's Low setting is ideal for film, as it smooths the appearance of judder without making the picture look unduly artificial. Both systems look wonderful when watching video, though, and the W7000 has the added benefit of allowing FI use when watching 3D, a feature that the 5010 lacks.

Light output. On the quantitative side, the 5010 is brighter in its brightest mode than the W7000 at over 2500 lumens to the W7000's 1936, but neither is a slouch when it comes to ambient light. The 5010 can power a slightly larger screen or reject a bit more ambient light, but the difference is not dramatic. Meanwhile, in Cinema mode, the W7000's 909 lumens and the 5010's 827 lumens are functionally the same, as differences that small cannot be seen except when using a meter. In 3D, the W7000 splits the difference between the 5010's 3D Dynamic and 3D Cinema modes when it comes to brightness. Both projectors rank among the top projectors for 3D brightness, regardless of price.

Gaming. At less than $3000, both projectors are attractive propositions for the gaming crowd. However, neither has especially fast performance when it comes to input lag. The W7000's three frame delay is good, but by no means great, while the Epson Home Cinema 5010's laconic 5.5 frame delay makes it all but unusable for many gamers. Neither projector has a "Game" mode, so that's as good as it gets.

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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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