BenQ Introduces World's First Wireless Projector With Built-in 5-GHz WHDI™ Technology
W1500 Introduces Cable-Free Flexibility, Full-HD 1080p Resolution, Mobile Device Integration, and 3D Support
IRVINE, Calif. — Aug. 7, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., the world's No. 1 DLP® projector brand and globally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the availability of the new W1500 wireless full-HD (FHD) home entertainment projector supporting the Wireless Home Digital Interface™ (WHDI™). Designed to provide complete source connectivity without the need for cabling, the W1500 enables simple installation, easy operation, 3D support, and full mobile device integration. The projector delivers an amazing one billion stunning colors with Colorific™ image quality for accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color, in addition to BenQ's world-leading SmartEco™ lamp-saving technology to deliver a hassle-free home theater experience at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
The world's first wireless projector with built-in 5-GHz WHDI technology, the W1500 projects uncompressed full-HD 1080p content from sources such as Blu-ray™ and DVD players, AV-R players, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles without the need for HDMI® cables. The projector also supports wireless connectivity with any mobile device such as an iPad® or Apple® TV. The result is future-proofed setups and a simpler installation process by enabling complete freedom of projector placement.
"By releasing the world's first wireless FHD projector with 3D support, BenQ is reconfirming its position at the forefront of the home projector marketplace," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. "The W1500 brings complete wireless connectivity to all popular home theater applications, resulting in easier setup, cleaner-looking entertainment spaces, and lower installation costs. We've also included our world-leading SmartEco technology to enable up to 6,000 hours of lamp life, giving our customers access to bright picture performance, energy savings, and a lower TCO."
Using BenQ's Colorific image quality, the W1500 provides vivid and accurate color reproduction, high brightness, crisp contrast, and long-lasting quality. The projector features 2200 ANSI lumens, Rec. 709 color gamut, and DarkChip3™ DLP technology, which further increases brightness for deeper blacks. Featuring a six-segment color wheel to produce realistic color depth and frame interpolation, the W1500 uses motion estimation/motion compensation (MEMC) technology for smooth picture quality. In addition, the projector is ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation® (ISF®), enabling viewers to enjoy a professionally calibrated picture with two optimized modes — ISF Day and ISF Night — for an enhanced entertainment experience.
Using the 5-GHz radio transmission band, the W1500 projector transfers both 2D and 3D HD video and audio with the same seamless quality and zero latency as a wired connection over distances of up to 65 feet. For the total 3D experience, the projector supports HDMI, full 3D timing, NVDIA® 3DTV Play™, and 2D to 3D conversion. With the W1500, BenQ is introducing its newly redesigned 3D glasses, which are optional. To add convenience for portable applications, the W1500 features 2x 10-W speakers, audio inputs and outputs, as well as SRS Wow audio sound, vertical lens shifting, and 1.6x big zoom capabilities. For installations where space is at a premium, the projector's short-throw ratio of 84 inches at 6 feet from the screen ensures maximum flexibility for any environment.
Now offered across the BenQ home entertainment projector lineup, the leading SmartEco technology automatically adjusts lamp power based on input content, providing optimal contrast and brightness output while saving energy. As a result, the W1500 increases lamp life up to 6,000 hours without any image-quality compromise. In "Eco Blank" mode, the projector blanks out the screen whenever projection isn't needed, saving up to 70 percent of lamp power while a "No Source Detected" mode automatically lowers brightness to 30 percent when no display has been detected for more than three minutes. In "Standby" mode, the W1500 lowers power consumption to less than 0.5 W during periods of inactivity.
BenQ's W1500 FHD wireless projector is now shipping at an MSRP of $2,299. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.
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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life," fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP® projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat-panel displays, and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it's interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.
More information is available at www.BenQ.us.
About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life." With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world's consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.
About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group's vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company's vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.
The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world's top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.