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5000:1 Contrast Ratio
1100 Lumens
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BenQ W500
720p Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, November 30, 2007

In addition to BenQ's two higher performance DLP home theater projectors, the W9000 and W10000, the company has rounded out its home theater line with an attractive entry level projector--the W500. This is a 720p resolution LCD projector rated at 1100 ANSI lumens and 5,000:1 contrast. The W500 is the first BenQ home theater projector to use 3LCD technology; the company has traditionally produced single-chip DLP projectors for home theater. While there are some quirks - as expected with a first-generation product - the W500 is a good value at street prices around $1,000.

Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1100

Contrast (full on/off): 5,000:1

Light Engine: 1280 x 720, native 16:9, three-panel 0.6" LCD with 140W lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.

Connection Panel: One HDMI port, one VGA port, two sets of YPbPr component inputs, composite video, s-video, USB, one 12v trigger, and an RS232 port for an external control.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.2x manual zoom/focus lens with vertical and horizontal lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10'10" to 13'.

Lamp Life: 2000 hours, 3000 in eco-mode

Replacement lamp price: $250 street.

Warranty: One year.



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