BenQ W1000 – Projector Screens Posted on March 14, 2010 By Art Feierman 1. BenQ W1000 Projector Review - BenQ W1000 Projector Overview2. BenQ W1000 Projector Review2 - W1000 Projector Highlights - BenQ W1000 Special Features - Built in Sound - High performance Lamp, Lens, and Color Wheel3. BenQ W1000 – Physical Tour - BenQ W1000 Physical Appearance - W1000 Projector - Control Panel - BenQ W1000 Inputs and Outputs4. BenQ W1000 – Physical Tour2 - BenQ W1000 Menus - BenQ W1000 Remote Control5. BenQ W1000 – Physical Tour3 - W1000 Lens Throw - W1000 Lens Shift - W1000 Projector: No Anamorphic Lens6. BenQ W1000 Projector – Image Quality - W1000 Out of the Box Picture Quality - BenQ W1000 Projector - Flesh Tones7. BenQ W1000 Projector – Image Quality2 - W1000 Black Levels & Shadow Detail - Black Level Performance8. BenQ W1000 Projector – Image Quality39. BenQ W1000 Projector – Image Quality4 - Shadow Detail Performance10. BenQ W1000 Projector – Image Quality511. BenQ W1000 Projector – Image Quality612. BenQ W1000 Projector – Image Quality7 - W1000 - Overall Color & Picture Quality - BenQ W1000 Projector: Performance, HDTV and Sports13. BenQ W1000 Projector – Performance - BenQ W1000 Projector Brightness - Effect of zoom on lumen output (Cinema mode)14. BenQ W1000 Projector – Performance2 - BenQ W1000 Sharpness15. BenQ W1000 Projector – Performance316. BenQ W1000 Projector – Performance4 - BenQ W1000: Bottom Line Sharpness - Light Leakage - Image Noise - Audible Noise17. BenQ W1000 Projector Calibration and Settings - BenQ W1000 Color Temperature - Color Temp over IRE Range - BenQ W1000 Basic Settings - Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis)18. BenQ W1000 Projector Calibration and Settings2 - BenQ W1000 Post Calibration Grayscale: User mode - Color Temp over IRE Range (User 2, Normal color temp, Gamma set to 2.4) - RGB Settings - CMS settings - Brightest Modes19. BenQ W1000 – Projector Screens - BenQ W1000 Projector Screen Recommendations20. BenQ W1000 – Competitors21. BenQ W1000 – Warranty22. BenQ W1000 – Review Summary - BenQ W1000 Projector - The Bottom Line23. BenQ W1000 – Review Summary2 - The very bottom line - BenQ W1000 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities - BenQ W1000 Projector: Pros - BenQ W1000 Projector: Cons - BenQ W1000 Projector: Typical Capabilities24. BenQ W1000 Projector Specifications The BenQ W1000 home theater projector is sufficiently similar to the Vivitek H1080FD, when it comes to matching it with a screen, that we have repeated here, our Vivitek recommendations. The model names have been updated, but there are only a couple of other changes!BenQ W1000 Projector Screen RecommendationsSince the W1000 is an entry level projector, I’ll assume there isn’t a huge budget for a screen. Depending on the room, you may choose a fixed wall mount screen (more expensive), a motorized screen (can be more or less than a fixed wall screen, depending on brand), or a low cost pull-down screen.This section is basically the same as I am now using for most entry level projectors, where black levels are not as good as more expensive projectors:More important than that, is choosing the right surface. There will be two primary questions to ask yourself. How much ambient light will you have to deal with (and where in the room is it coming from), and how large a screen (within reason)? Additionally, what will you be watching – primarily movies, or a mix including lots of TV, both sports and regular programming.The black levels of the BenQ W1000 are definitely entry level, many will be tempted to go with a high contrast gray projector screen surface. This will lower black levels a bit, a very good thing for this projector when watching movies.This same type of screen will help with ambient light issues, if the ambient light is coming from the sides, be it your own lighting, or some light leaking in from mostly covered windows.On the other hand, if you have pretty good lighting control, and, are a sports fanatic rather than primarily interested in movies, and are more concerned with the next NFL game, than watching the new Star Trek movie for the 3rd time, then you might want to choose a white surface screen with good gain – 1.3 – 1.5. (An excellent example – and match -would be the fixed wall Carada Brilliant White, which I use in my testing room, for all the images in this review except for some sports shots). You can have even more gain, if your seating is close to dead center (the higher the gain, the narrower the good “viewing cone”). Keep in mind, that even if you are sitting dead center, a high gain screen, say 2.3, is going to have the sides, and especially the corners of the image appear noticeably darker than the center.So, what to choose? Based on the above, you might look at fixed screens from Elite or Da-lite (HC Gray, and CinemaVision HC respectively). Both are lighter gray surfaces, and good overall performance screens for the money. If you really want to try to drop down the black levels and have really good room lighting control, consider Da-lite’s HC Da-Mat surface. There are many other brands that make low to medium cost screens. I mention Elite, Da-lite, Carada and Stewart because I know their products best. Other well recognized brands that aren’t overly expensive include Draper, Vutec, and Grandview, to name a few.Again, match your screen to your room, and the type of viewing you are doing. I can’t understate how much help a high contrast gray surface can make, though if you are stuck with some side lighting. It’s not going to make your system perform like you don’t have an ambient light issue, but it really will help, compared to using a white surfaced projection screen.