1080p DLP Home Theater Projector Review
August 19, 2013
The BenQ W1500 is a fully-featured home theater projector with a stellar HD picture. It packs in features typically only found on more expensive projectors, like frame interpolation and vertical lens shift, without compromising one iota when it comes to picture quality. It is easy to use thanks to an intuitive remote control and menu system, easy to set up thanks to 1.6:1 zoom and vertical lens shift, and easy to fine-tune thanks to comprehensive color controls and three User memory banks. The picture it produces is bright and engaging, and it has the power to light a large screen even when viewing 3D.
At $1599, the W1500 is not as inexpensive as some other DLP video projectors released this year, but the W1500 includes features not found on those projectors as well as an incrementally more refined picture better suited to home theater, not home video. It is not without flaws; the WHDI system has its quirks, and input lag is not quick enough for the most demanding gamers. That said, its stereo speaker system and included carrying case make it easy to take the projector on the road, should you so desire. All in all, the W1500 is a do-it-all package for film and video that won't break the bank.