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BenQ W500 720p Home Theater Projector

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3.5
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5000:1 Contrast Ratio
1100 Lumens
Street Price: n/a

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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