BenQ W10000 1080p Home Theater Projector
General Impressions / Feature Set
The BenQ W10000 shares the casework of BenQ's last home theater offering, the PE8720. The case is a stylish glossy white, with a large lens assembly centered in the front of the case. At 20 pounds, it's not a small projector, so a rear shelf mount would require a very large shelf. Hot air exhausts out the front through vents angled slightly to either side.
The W10000 has powered vertical lens shift with a range of two screen heights total. Neutral position places the projected image half above and half below the lens centerline. From there, you can move the image entirely above the lens centerline or entirely below it, which gives reasonable flexibility for rear shelf mounting, but may be a bit tight for ceiling mounts unless you use a drop tube. There was no detectable loss of brightness uniformity or lumen output when using the extreme ends of the vertical lens shift range.
The W10000's exhaust fan is nearly silent. When placed a few feet from the audience, our test unit was almost inaudible. The fan noise is also low in pitch.
The remote control is large, with a strong backlight. While there are many buttons and the remote is somewhat cluttered, labels are printed on the buttons themselves for easy reading in the dark. Included are buttons for all sources, aspect ratios, and some common image adjustments. The backlight button is centered at the bottom of the remote.
The W10000 includes a picture-in-picture function for use of two sources simultaneously, as well as an option to place two sources side-by-side. While one of these sources can be HDMI or component, the other must be s-video or composite. There is no way to display two component sources or HDMI and component simultaneously.
The W10000's 1.15:1 zoom and focus lens is powered, which allows for precise adjustment - you can stand near the screen and adjust focus to perfection using your remote. The projector will throw a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 13.1 feet to 15.1 feet. This requires placement of the projector behind the audience, such as in a rear shelf or ceiling configuration, if one desires to sit at 1.5x the screen width.
The menu system is easy to use and subdivided by category. However, some critical features are missing, such as overscan adjustment and horizontal and vertical adjust. The projector's service menu includes an overscan adjustment for each source, but the service menu is only available to qualified technicians. BenQ has stated that a firmware update is being released that will allow overscan adjustment by the end-user, but as of this writing the update is not yet available. This is important because the factory default overscan is 96% for progressive sources and 94% for interlaced sources. Our test unit gave its best performance when we went into the service menu and manually set overscan to 100% for 480p, 720p, and 1080i, and 98% for 480i material. Thus, owners of the W10000 will want to acquire the firmware update that moves overscan adjustment to the main menu as soon as it becomes available. Meanwhile, an ISF certified technician can adjust overscan as part of their installation and calibration service.
The connection panel on the W10000 is rather utilitarian. It includes one HDMI port, one set of YPbPr component inputs, and one set of five BNC inputs. These days, with the emergence of more and more HDMI-capable source devices, two HDMI ports would have been desirable on a projector of this size and price.
The W10000's price includes a three year warranty, which is about as long a standard warranty as exists in the projector industry. On many other projectors one must pay extra for the same coverage, if it is offered at all.
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