BenQ W6000 Projector Review

9/21/2009 – Art Feierman

BenQ W6000 Projector - Appearance

A shiny black case, with some sculpting and lighter trm make the W6000 fairly attractive. It’s not too big, so won’t overwhelm a smaller room. The 1.5:1 manual zoom and focus lens is center mounted with a large silver trim ring around it. There’s an infra-red sensor on the front (and a second one on the back). Just to the right of the lens (looking from the front) is a small joystick control to adjust the vertical and horizontal lens shift. Screw thread adjustable feet adorn the bottom of the W6000. All the inputs and other connectors are located across the back.

W6000 Control Panel

The control panel, located in the center of the top of the W6000, consists of an outer ring with five buttons: Power, Source, Menu, Preset, and Exit (for the navigation). In addition three indicator lights for lamp, temp and power. The second ring is navigation with the four arrow keys, and the third “ring” is a large round button in the very center, which is the Enter button.

Input/Output

Click to enlarge. so close.

The W6000 has the usual compliment of inputs, including 2 HDMI 1.3 inputs with Deep Color and CEC support. There’s the usual composite and S-video inputs, a component input with the typical three color coded RCA jacks, and a standard HD15 computer (monitor) input, which can alternately be used as a second component video. The W6000 also has an RS-232 and a mini-USB for “command and control”, and there’s one 12 volt screen trigger.

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W6000 Menus

Ahh, always the last item added, hang in there! If I haven’t added the menu section, by Nov 1 (2009), someone remind me, as it’s slipped off my radar.

BenQ W6000 Remote Control

BenQ has basically been using the same remote for most of their home theaters for at least 6 years. (I know because I owned the BenQ 8700+ way back then.) To match up with a particular projector’s features, there are some variations, but essentially they all use the same basic remote control. (A typical variation – the W5000 had motorized lens shift, the W6000 is manual, so the W5000′s remote had a button for lens shift, which the W6000 lacks).

The BenQ remote control has very good range, better than most remotes provided with home theater projectors. The orange backlight is just about right – not too dark, not too light, and all the buttons but a few, have icons right on the buttons so you can easily identify their purpose. There are several buttons for selecting user presets, that lack any icon on the button, but are labeled next to the buttons.

BenQ W6000 Lens Throw

The 1.5:1 zoom will let you place the front of the projector as close as 11 feet, 10 inches from a 100 inch diagonal, 16:9 screen. Or, the W6000 can be placed as far back as 17 feet, 8 inches from the same sized screen.

Lens Shift

Unlike most DLP projectors, the W6000 has both horizontal and vertical lens shift. As with other projectors, the range of the horizontal and vertical are affected by each other. Since most folks need vertical, here are the maximum numbers for vertical, assuming no horizontal shift is needed. The BenQ W60000 has 0 offset. Translated that means that the projector has just enough vertical lens shift to place the lens even with the top (or bottom) of the screen surface, or anywhere in between.

Anamorphic Lens

The BenQ W6000 does support an anamorphic lens. BenQ specifically speaks of the Panamorph, perhaps the best known brand, as fully compatible. As of this time, I’m not sure whether Panamorph as a custom package for the BenQ (with custom mounting plates), or just their standard mounting (adjustable to work with most projectors that support their lens and motorized sled.)

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