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Street Price: $1,435
MSRP:$1,999
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:10,000:1
Lumens:2200
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Color Wheel:6x speed
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.6x manual
Lens Shift:Vertical
Lamp Life:3,500 Hrs
6,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI 1.4a (x2), Network 802.11, RS232, 12Volt Out
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

BenQ W1500
1080p DLP Home Theater Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, August 19, 2013

Limitations

WHDI. Wireless HD technologies are still in their infancy, and there are more than a few bugs left to work out. The W1500's included WHDI system can introduce some artifacts into the image, the most obvious of which was macroblocking in medium-intensity color fields. This was most visible on test patterns in the 30% to 60% illumination range, but it could also be seen on the standard background of our Playstation 3 game console. We also encountered some synchronization issues when trying to mate the WHDI transmitter to one of our laptops -- the image would appear, then several seconds later it would drop to black again. Bottom line: for mission-critical applications, an HDMI cable is still the preferred method.

Lens shift range is limited. While the W1500 does deserve credit for including any lens shift at all, its range is extremely limited and ultimately only gives you a few inches of wiggle room. This is a limitation of many DLP projectors due in part to the design of the DLP light engine.

No VESA port. The W1500 uses DLP Link for 3D synchronization, which is a fine and capable solution in its own right. But the projector does not include a VESA 3D sync port, so DLP Link is your only 3D option. Several other inexpensive 3D projectors do include a VESA port, making it easy to switch to infrared or radio-frequency glasses systems if desired.

144Hz 3D. Many DLP Link 3D glasses top out at 120Hz, which was the maximum synchronization rate for a lot of first- and second-generation 3D projectors. The W1500 runs at 144Hz, so these slower glasses will not work. While the new glasses are not too much more expensive than the old ones, it is one additional thing that can go wrong when attempting to purchase your complete 3D system. At least one review rolling around criticizes the W1500's (excellent) 3D capabilities because the reviewer accidentally used a pair of 120Hz glasses to do their evaluation.

Menu quirks. At times, the W1500's menu system gave us a bit of trouble. The projector has optional wireless networking, but attempting to enable wireless sync when this module is not present caused our projector to freeze up completely. BenQ has typically been responsive to issues like these and typically releases firmware updates to correct these problems as they are found.

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Reader Comments(15 comments)

Posted May 27, 2014 5:38:50 PM

By Miguel Pradilla

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I want basically a home theater to watch movies and sports, you have a very good image in 1080. I've thought a Benq W1500 or the LG PF85U.

What do you recommend, or have a better suggestion.

Best regards

Miguel Pradilla

Posted Mar 7, 2014 5:08:52 PM

By John

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I recently purchased the W1500. In 2D it is hands down superb. Bright, clean, sharp imaging. Wonderful! However, I have consistently experienced some 'unusual' issues with 3D Blu Rays. I use a PS3 for Blu Ray playback. When I insert and begin playing a 3D disk, the projector switches to 3D and runs through a 'test' mode before the disks menu appears. This takes several seconds but is normal. The issue that arises though is that when I proceed to play the movie itself, the resulting 3D playback has some significant depth of field issues that frankly make it horrible and pretty much impossible to watch. The eye is extremely confused by what is being projected. It has nothing to do with the 'invert' option (I have tested this option several times in the projectors 3D menu) as there is some sense of correctness about the image, but it is barely watchable due to the above mentioned depth issues. The only way I have found to correct the issues is that while the actual 3D movie is playing, I must switch the projector off (which takes a minute or 2 while it cools) then switch it back on while the ACTUAL movie is paying, at which point the projector runs through it's test mode again. The resulting 3D image is now correct and perfectly watchable. I have tested with several disks and 2 separate 3D glasses (one of which is the Benq glasses that came with the projector) and the problem is consistent. I am in the process of contacting Benq to see if they have a resolve for this, but wondered if others had experienced the same problems as 3D issues are commonly reported in other reviews for this projector.

Posted Jan 6, 2014 3:19:10 PM

By ROBERT MCBEE

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This projector has an issue with Blu Ray 3D when using Frame Interpolation. Only half of the screen is smooth which is sad because FI is great when watching 3D which gives it more of a smooth realistic image. You can see image tearing down the center half of the screen when fast moving horizontal panning with or without the glasses. Don't know if the issue is just with a few or all of these BENQ W1500 models, but do hope they can get this resolved and notify customers when it is. Ruled out player, HDMI, disc, glasses, wireless, the issue was still there. Does anyone see this issue ?

Posted Nov 11, 2013 7:17:30 AM

By rxtheo

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Hi, I would like to know which Matt (White or Grey screen)of screen is better for W1500? Please comments. Thanks!

Posted Oct 17, 2013 3:17:10 PM

By jim chatterton

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Is this a replacement for the W7000? Also have you checked out the Oppo 103D? It sounds interesting.

Posted Oct 2, 2013 12:17:11 PM

By garratt

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Cedia is over now :) how about that article :)

Posted Aug 27, 2013 12:41:35 PM

By yvan

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Whit this projector can we whatch some sport like hockey ufc football

Posted Aug 23, 2013 10:03:54 AM

By Mr Dai

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Can I Buy it in Vietnam?

Posted Aug 23, 2013 9:36:49 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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Folks,

We fully intend to do a proper shootout between the W1500 and some other projectors. However, since the 2013 CEDIA expo is right around the corner, we have postponed the article until we see what else is coming out this year that may be relevant to the comparison.

As for the W1070, we were unable to do a direct shootout because we had to send our W1070 back to the vendor. They are, however, sending another sample of that projector so we can do a direct shootout of the W1070 vs. W1500 soon.

Thanks for your patience.

Posted Aug 22, 2013 9:11:16 AM

By SLN

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Could you please give some opinion as to how the W1500 compares to other projectors including the W1070

Posted Aug 22, 2013 8:23:52 AM

By JasonD

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I echo Garratt's question. In your opinion, is the W1500 worth the extra $600 when compared to the W1070? Especially if you don't need Frame Interpolation or Wireless HDMI?

would love to hear your thoughts thanks! JD

Posted Aug 21, 2013 8:12:22 AM

By HAT

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Hopefully the w1400 will be just as good...

Posted Aug 20, 2013 8:42:51 PM

By garratt

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I was wondering if you might be able to comment on the quality of picture on the 1070 vs 1500? If you dont need fi and wireless signal is it worth it? And this seems to be at the same price range as the 7000 is the 7000 a better buy in your opinion?

Posted Aug 20, 2013 12:07:24 AM

By Elessar

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Thanks for the review. I have one very important question (to me) for the reviewer, though. Does the W1500 support frame interpolation in 3D? I have been reading conflicting reports on that. And in case you have checked out other projectors, how good is the frame interpolation compared to other models, for instance the Acer 9500/9501? Please, could you elaborate on that? Thanks!

Posted Aug 19, 2013 10:26:01 PM

By lax

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Can you comment how this projector compares to the W1070 and other projectors in the under 2k price category?

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