BenQ W100 Entry Level Home Theater Digital Projector Review
The vast majority of buyers of the W100 are likely looking for an easy to use projector. They’ll want to set it up on a table permanently, or maybe occasionally. Some will, however, want to ceiling mount it permanently.
What the vast majority of buyers of entry level home theater projectors seem to want to avoid, is spending time fiddling with the projector. This is more of a home appliance. It should be a product that you hook up and enjoy, and not have to spend hours tweaking, or visiting technical forums on how to milk the last bit of performance out of it.
In other words – it should be about affordably getting a huge image on a huge screen, with enjoyable colors and that big screen WOW factor.
It would seem that BenQ has built to that goal.
Out of the box, colors are extremely good. Flesh tones are very pleasing to the eye, and with the Color Temperature set for T4, the projector’s color balance is about as close to dead on 6500K (for DVD movies) as any projector we have tested. The results appear in our General Performance section. This is fine because, when movie watching, it’s not hard to notice that color is not consistent from one movie to another. One of the reasons most reviewers have several favorite DVDs to use, is that they pick ones that have superior production qualities… so if the projector handles them well, then its a good projector. If the production qualities are poor, flesh tones too reddish or yellowish on the DVD, well then, you might want to make a quick adjust to the projector to compensate, but most DVD movies should look very good, if the best ones are “on the money”.
Overall, I could occasionally detect a slight shift toward purple (or lack of green). My actual measurements barely indicated that, so again, I point out that the color is excellent out of the box!
As you can see from this grouping of the “usual” images that I use for looking at flesh tones, the colors are realistic. Images include Arwen and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, LeeLoo and also Bruce Willis, from The 5th Element…
I should point out now, that when feeding the W100 with a digital (DVI) source, besides the color temperature control (T1,2,3,4), you only have control of Brightness and Contrast. Color Saturation and Tint are not active with a digital source.
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