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BenQ EP5920 Projector BenQ EP5920
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:4,500:1
Lumens:1800
Weight: 7.9 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,500 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB (x2), HDMI 1.3 (x2), USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

BenQ EP5920
1080p DLP Home Video Projector

Bill Livolsi, July 19, 2012

Limitations

Light output. At only 1200 lumens of actual output, it's difficult to get behind the EP5920 as a full-ambient-light living room projector -- it just doesn't have the oomph for it. Now, 1200 lumens is a fair amount of light, but some home theater projectors can produce that kind of brightness while also supplying the contrast to make them contenders in the cinema. Other home video projectors can produce up to 3000 lumens but still cost about the same as the EP5920 -- though these projectors are typically lower in resolution. If you have a very bright living room, or windows that you can't cover up, you might want to consider a different projector.

Mild upward throw angle. The projector's mild upward throw makes it hard to use on a low coffee table, and nigh impossible to use under such a table. A ceiling mount will almost certainly require a drop tube, especially in a room with high ceilings. Despite this, it is still difficult to use the EP5920 on a rear shelf without placing it low enough that the audience stands a decent chance of getting in the way of the picture. While this is nothing unique to the EP5920, it is the sort of issue that folks often don't consider before purchase, leading to an unpleasant surprise later on.

Light leakage. On our test sample, there is a spill of yellow light from the front of the case, which cast a bright patch on the floor of our testing room. This can get kind of annoying if it falls on something important or, worse yet, reflective. We were forced to reorient the projector such that the light leak did not fall on our coffee table, as it reflected upward onto the screen and reduced contrast on one side.

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Reader Comments(9 comments)

Posted Jan 15, 2013 8:57:33 PM

By Carlos. Chavez

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I just bought this projector and the image quality is very necy, more then what i expected at this price rangem(699 amazon) . Can you recommend calibration settings?

Posted Dec 17, 2012 7:41:12 PM

By Kaidoz

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Just bought this projector from NewEgg, $620 new with no tax! Now if it's as awesome as the reviews say, I got a steal!!

Posted Aug 31, 2012 12:22:56 PM

By Petzer

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For those in the West (CA, AZ), Frys is selling this projector for $699 at local stores. Price should be good through 9/6/12.

Not sure whether they honor that price for internet or mail order.

Posted Aug 28, 2012 1:06:53 PM

By RickP

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Just recieved the EP5920 as my first projector. Im using it as home theatre purpose and i absoutly love it. Plenty of adjustment without it being over complicated. But as i said before it is my first projector so I dont have anything to compare it to.

Posted Aug 21, 2012 7:59:31 PM

By Stefanos

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Viewsonic's PRO8200 and Optoma HD20 are very similar. I wonder which one is the best value. Viewsonic offers very good warranty, Optoma is decent, but I like BenQ's design. Which one should I buy?

Posted Aug 2, 2012 1:28:43 AM

By Marco

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@CJ@dragonopolis Is the Epson's Powerlite Home Cinema 8350 realy a good projector ? I woud have to buy it but it has a problem with dust...

Marco Sorry for my terrible english ;)

Posted Jul 22, 2012 7:25:20 PM

By CJ@dragonopolis

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Until the consumer stops being able to purchase Epson's Powerlite Home Cinema 8350 brand new, this doesn't sound like a better offer when looking at a 1080p projector. The dynamic mode of the Epson is bright enough to compete. It has proven technology and fast response time for gaming. It has a 2.1:1 zoom lens and vertical/horizontal lens shift for easy placement. The other modes also allow it to be used as a home theater system as well. Looking online, ebay dealers have the Epson for a little under $1100 new with everybody else advertising between $1200 and $1300. With prices only $300 - $500 more, I'd make the sacrifice or wait til I have the cash to get the Epson. Otherwise, I would take the higher lumen of the 720p projectors over the BenQ due to the intended purpose. After all, Epson's H.Cinema 8350 did win Projector Central's 2010 editor's choice award. Actually, that would be a good shootout to hold these new Home Entertainment projectors up against since the Epson 8350 still represents a fantastic price for what you get....

Posted Jul 20, 2012 8:28:57 AM

By chris

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May I suggest that you refer to projectors as follows: 1. Commercial/Business Projector 2. Home Projector (instead of the long Home Entertainment Projector because it doesn't flow) 3. Home Theater Projector

Posted Jul 19, 2012 3:31:56 PM

By EeeCeeTee

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Bill, It would be useful to compare this to the entry level Home Theater projectors vis a vis brightness and black level. Your Acer H6500 review says it's much brighter and has seemingly better black level with dynamic iris for about $50 more. Also Optoma HD20 is about the same $. Would they be better than this Benq?

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