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BenQ W600
720p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector Review

Review Contents
Performance
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Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
DIY Home Theater
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:3,000:1
Lumens:2600
Weight: 6.0 lbs
Resolution:1280x720
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.15x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:2,500 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA In, HDMI 1.3 (x2), Audio Out, USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Limitations

2x speed color wheel. The W600 has a 2X-speed, 6-segment color wheel, with Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Yellow, and White segments. This configuration is standard in this class of projector, and the W600's main competitors share this same color wheel layout. However, people who are susceptible to seeing rainbows will very likely see them on the W600.

User interface. The menu system is the same as that on the W1000, but there have been a few modifications. Where the W1000 had named color temperature presets, the W600 has presets named T1 through T4, with no indication what they represent. The T1 preset seemed to be the warmest of the bunch, though it still had a noticeable green bias. Like the W1000, there is no system for the fine-tuning of RGB gain and bias. The projector does have a control to adjust the overall gamut, which is useful in some circumstances, but not nearly as effective or important as simple gain/bias adjustments.

Color saturation and Tint controls are grayed out in many instances, including when using 1080p/24 over HDMI. The projector supposedly has 3D capability, though we encountered difficulty getting it to function correctly (more on that shortly). In short, the W600's interface made normally easy tasks more difficult, and normally difficult tasks impossible.

The remote control is actually quite well-designed, but its range was so short that we ended up using the hardwired control panel more often than not. Even at a relatively short distance from the screen (about six feet), we were not able to bounce the signal back to the projector and were instead forced to turn around and aim directly at the sensor.

3D Capability. The W600 is billed as a 3D Ready projector, meaning it can handle a 120Hz refresh rate and incorporates DLP Link technology. However, we ran into the digital equivalent of a Mexican Standoff when we tried to use it. Sound confusing? Well, that's because it is.

The W600's "3D Mode" option is grayed out in the menu, and will only become available if the projector detects a 120Hz signal being sent to it. However, many devices, including both 3D-capable computers we have in our lab, will only send a 120Hz signal if the display is capable of displaying it. And the W600 does not report that it is capable of displaying such a signal until you turn on 3D Mode. But you cannot turn on 3D Mode until you send a 120Hz signal, so you loop back to step one.

If you can force your 3D source to output 120Hz, or somehow trick the W600 into enabling 3D mode, you can use 3D mode as intended. However, many people will find this system frustrating and difficult to use.

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Comments (19) Post a Comment
vlatko stanojkovski Posted Apr 23, 2010 12:27 AM PST
excelent
Francisco Posted May 14, 2010 9:42 AM PST
I am trying to decide between these two projectors BenQ W600 and Optma HD66, my primary goal is to project movies, music videos in my back yard after the sun goes down...which one do you think will provide better performance outdoors at night? thank you.
matta Posted May 18, 2010 6:19 AM PST
I hope for to buy a projector but I have no idea which one is the best. I need one that I can hook up dvd/vcr/gaming systems to, but they all seem so priceless. Are there and affordable projectors that will do what I need? http://2000direct.com/Projectors/Projector/
vesco Posted Jun 2, 2010 12:32 AM PST
I wonder if you can see rainbows in 3D mode.
cute Posted Jun 15, 2010 10:35 PM PST
Where searching for a good projector, is BENQ has a good performance than the other brand?
Craig Posted Jun 16, 2010 10:55 AM PST
Francisco: For outdoor settings, the BenQ will definitely be the better projector. It has a MUCH brighter image, which I feel would be much better when you are projecting outside, where the light levels will be MUCH LESS controlled. The HD66 is for rooms with little to no light, while the W600 is for situations with much more ambient light. For your specific application, you would get a much better, brighter image with the BenQ. It would enable you to project a bigger image, with plenty of background light in your outdoor setting, as bright as you need. I know I keep talking about "brightness this and that", but for outdoor projecting, that is the single greatest concern. Hope this helps!
Francisco Posted Jun 16, 2010 3:23 PM PST
Thanks Craig. I will order one this week!

Francisco
solmed Posted Jul 24, 2010 12:07 PM PST
The monitor settings must be changed to a refresh rate of 120 hz.This will enable the 3d function that is grayed out.
rene Posted Dec 15, 2010 10:32 PM PST
Tranlated - hej alle sammen jer der tror at benq600 er klar til 3d så er det en stor løgn..... men der er lavet to af samme slags den anden hedder benq-w600+ den er klar til 3d

hello all you who think that benq600 ready for 3d then it's a big lie ..... but has made two of the same kind the other is called benq-W600 + is ready for 3d
timothy Posted Jan 11, 2011 7:56 AM PST
I just owned w600+ for a week. To connect with the bluray player or laptop through HDMI, the effect is just acceptable. The color is not vivid, some kind of orange. only blue can be seen naturally. In 10 score max, I will give 6.
Deane Posted Apr 9, 2011 11:49 AM PST
I am trying to get the 3D working with my PS3 that has latest ver. installed ...I can enable 3D on the w600+ but it sill says it's 60hz and Tron 3D wont play what happens is the disc says the player or tv does not accept 3D ..... If anyone can help please email deane928@live.ca
Alan Posted Apr 10, 2011 10:56 AM PST
I have the exact same situation, between these two projectors BenQ W600 and Optma HD66. I want to get one for outside viewing
Moe Posted May 24, 2011 10:41 AM PST
I have a Benq w600 and have just purchasd a sony bdp-s470 blu ray 3d player,however when I cannot get the content to play on the projector, the 3D Option on the projector is always grayed out, any advice?
Kevin Posted May 25, 2011 8:33 AM PST
Moe,

You need to add an Optoma 3DXL DLP-Link 3D convertor (and glasses) to your system if you want to be able to display 3D content. A quick Google search will get you to sources and pricing. Expect to pay at least $350-400 for the 3D link and first pair of glasses (sometimes included). Additional glasses can be purchased for about $80-200 apiece. DLP-Link uses the native DLP "white frames" to make the glasses shutter properly for 3D, so you don't have to worry about setting up an IR transmitter. And, yes... these are active glasses.
Ravi Posted Jul 10, 2011 2:37 AM PST
Hi. I know that it is a year since you posted this comment. I have only just connected my W600 to a 3D Blu Ray player. How do I change the monitor refresh rate to 120hz?
Ray Posted Jul 14, 2011 7:49 AM PST
Solmed: "The monitor settings must be changed to a refresh rate of 120 hz.This will enable the 3d function that is grayed out." Could you please tell me how to change monitor settings?
Vincent Posted Jan 3, 2012 5:33 AM PST
good morning from France, The explanation from BENQ concerning 3D activation is that this feature is only available on PC source. So, even you can provide 120Hz source, BENQ 3D DLP cannot be actived if source is not PC. After paid my calamitous BENQ, I use OPTOMA EX 762, and that's feel good ! very fun ! No error : select OPTOMA for 3D.
kev Posted Feb 23, 2012 6:25 AM PST
Just bought the BENQ W600+ because the last model without the + couldnt play 3D. I bought a LG 3D Blueray player but the 3D option on the blueray player is greyed out and the Blueray manual says something about the special LG 3D systemy is mandetary. I will take the Blueray player back to the shop in the morning for a refund- as I explained it was to use with a Benqu 3D projector, but I guess they thought they would try conning me??
francis Posted Feb 23, 2012 8:27 PM PST
the Benq W600+ does not support blueray 3D. no movies available to play in 3D on this projector so don't buy it if you want to watch 3D movies, even though they sell them with active shutter glases!!

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