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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:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA In (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

The EP5920 is BenQ's new home video projector. Its 1080p resolution promises plenty of detail, while high light output and a built-in ten-watt speaker firmly establish it as a projector for the living room.

Home video projectors are a relatively new category of projector that bridges the gap between presentation and home theater. Built for use in rooms with some ambient light, these projectors offer high brightness, accurate color, and solid video performance for the consumer who wants to watch movies or play games but doesn't want to black out an entire room to do it. As a result, you get projectors that are more akin to a television than anything else, and can function in the same environments as a typical TV.

With a 5,000 hour lamp life in Eco mode, the EP5920 is well suited to being a home's primary display in lieu of a television. And with a street price of only $839, it won't break the bank, either.

The Viewing Experience

Our testing of the EP5920 began in a darkened theater. Upon startup, it becomes obvious that the projector is far too bright for a traditional theater space, while its black levels leave something to be desired in the absence of ambient light. This is typical behavior for home video projectors and did not come as a surprise.

Turn on some lights, though, and the EP5920 starts to show its stuff. The projector's 1800 lumen specification is a little generous; our test unit measured 1200 lumens in typical use. That's still enough for a good 80" diagonal image in mild to moderate ambient light, such as a room with the shades drawn. The EP5920 defaults to Living Room mode, which is a good choice for general video watching and game playing. It is not the projector's brightest mode -- that one is called Bright -- but Living Room has more accurate, better saturated color than Bright mode along with better black level and overall higher contrast.

As the EP5920 has no lens shift and a mild upward throw, it is best used on a coffee table or in a ceiling mount with an extension tube. If you have an exceptionally low coffee table, you might find that the image is a touch lower on the wall than you would otherwise prefer. In this case, you can either tilt the projector and apply keystone correction or simply place the projector on top of something to boost it up (a phone book works well for this if you're doing a temporary setup).

As far as the actual picture on screen, the EP5920 is bright and color is well-saturated, while contrast gives the picture a pleasant amount of pop, helping it stand out in ambient light. Detail is crisp and clean thanks to a native 1080p DLP chip.

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Reader Comments(9 comments)

Posted Jul 19, 2012 3:31 PM PST

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?

Posted Jul 20, 2012 8:28 AM PST

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 22, 2012 7:25 PM PST

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 Aug 2, 2012 1:28 AM PST

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 Aug 21, 2012 7:59 PM PST

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 28, 2012 1:06 PM PST

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 31, 2012 12:22 PM PST

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 Dec 17, 2012 7:41 PM PST

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 Jan 15, 2013 8:57 PM PST

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?

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