BenQ W600 DLP Multimedia Projector Review

A summary of the BenQ W600 projector’s pros and cons.

10-14-10 -Mike Rollett

BenQ W600 Projector: Bottom Line

While the main focus of this review was to look at the W600 as a multimedia projector, its self-classification as a home entertainment projector also required us to look at it from that aspect as well.  The excellent brightness and the ability to adapt to different wall surface colors can be equally welcome in the home or the classroom.  The solid color reproduction and decent black levels also bridge the gap between home and business quite well.

Digital inputs (in this case, two HDMI) are always welcome on a multimedia projector and are a necessity in the home.

Compared with the similarly priced Dell 1610HD (also a widescreen DLP projector), the W600 offers more for the home video viewer, but doesn’t reach the brightness level of the Dell, which might be a more important concern for the business user.  With video or photo presentations, the W600 certainly is among the best in its class, with very good skin tones and good contrast.

While it also performs well with standard text or PowerPoint presentations, there are other projectors in its price range that provide equal performance, but with features more attuned to business or classroom use.

The result is that while the W600 has a lot going for it as a multimedia/business projector, its lack of networking capability and meager warranty coverage make is less desirable for the classroom or conference room, except where the majority of presentations are video presentations.

BenQ W600 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

BenQ W600 Projector: Pros

  • Very good brightness, even in Cinema mode
  • Solid color rendition and excellent readability with native resolution or higher
  • Very good video reproduction
  • No dust filter to clean or replace

BenQ W600 Projector: Cons

  • Mediocre warranty
  • Limited zoom range
  • Built-in two-watt speaker not usable in all but the quietest locations
  • No network display capability or wireless networking

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