BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

W7500 PROJECTOR – SUMMARY:  Gadgets, Assorted Comments, Warranty, The Bottom Line

I’ve had a lot of fun with the W7500, to the tune of over 100 hours.  In the $2000 – $3500 range there’s a need for an especially good DLP projector, and the W7500 fits the bill.  I think the value proposition is a very good one.

Feature Summary

I’ll just go quickly on some things discussed in the heart of the review.

The W7500 has good Creative Frame Interpolation, with some artifacts noticeable on the high setting, but not bad.  low and medium settings definitely work well for sports.  The W7500 projector’s Clarity Control seems of the “detail enhancement” variety, and adds a slight amount of definition on the first setting 1, compared to 0 off.  Moving the setting to 2 adds another small change in perceived detail.  Those two settings worked best, I start noticing changes to close-ups on faces and other areas, at the higher settings (3, 4).

The iris is generally smooth. I like it.  Perhaps not the most invisible iris, but I rarely noticed, even when “watching the projector”.

The Bottom Line: W7500

The BenQ W7500 is a serious contender.  It’s more than just a pretty picture.  Over 1700 lumens calibrated should be able to handle almost any theater.  I do imagine that some people who otherwise like this projector may pass because its too bright for many small screens.  That’s a personal issue though.  Plenty more will get to enjoy this projector, especially those who like the DLP look and feel, which includes the natural sharpness of a single chip design, with a good optic.  Gotta love the clarity.

Who’s the competition?   Well, I can’t really count the Sharp XV-Z30000, which may have an overall better picture, but is far less powerful, less than 1/3rd as bright calibrated!

The W7500 nets out slightly more expensive than the Epson 5030UB, and the Panasonic PT-AE8000U, but almost $1000 below the Sony HW55ES and the JVC DLA-X35.  Note though that the W7500′s 1 year warranty is the shortest of the group as well.

All fine projectors, these are my favorites in the price class.  The W7500 is a projector I could own, and I barely saw a rainbow thanks to the 6X wheel.  Of these, the W7500 excels at natural sharpness, and comes up representable but at the bottom of the pack in terms of black levels.  3D fans will be pleased with something hard to find:  The combination of bright and crosstalk free!  I like that!

Placement flexibility is, I repeat, very good, but all of these others mentioned have more zoom range, and most have a little more lens shift range.  No worries though, you start by eliminating projectors that won’t work for you because of the way your room is setup.  The W7500 will work fine for most.  Most people should be able to rear shelf mount, with this projector.

As I wrap this up, I’ve got The Hunt For Red October on (with sound low).  The iris is handling the underwater scenes smoothly, Sean Connery looks intense. And the interior lights of all the equipment are producing a vivid picture.  Looks good to me.

All considered the W7500 looks to be the best DLP in the general price range, and one that challenges the 3LCD and LCoS projectors.   I class it with the PT-AE8000U, in that, I respect that projector as well, but there are others that are, I think a little better overall.  It comes down to which one’s right for you, not which is the “best” projector!  The BenQ W7500 is going to be the “right” projector for a lot of people.

 

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News And Comments

  • Mishari Beragdar

    Great review and I have 2 points:
    1- Shadow detail screenshots show much less details than other, could be a calibration issue.
    2- Red tint in 3D is due to bad quality Benq glasses. If you tried Optoma ZD302 ( rebranded 3DTV corp blue heaven) there will be no red tint and colors will be a lot more crisp, it is night and day different.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Thanks, I’ll look into those. Still, there are better ways to go than DLP-link. In fact I have a pair of Optoma’s here, not sure of the model, will investigate. -art

  • Tim Tindle

    Very pleased with my new BenQ W7500!

    I installed the W7500 using the BenQ CM00G2 Universal
    Ceiling Mount which I purchased for under $60. Super easy to mount and made
    alignment and physical adjustment very easy.

    I am using a 120” 16 X 9 Elite CineGrey 5D screen.

    Source video from my OPPO 103D Blu-ray player

    Results: The Picture was incredibly clean, sharp, detailed, crisp….
    The lens / optics on this projector are obviously much better than average. Colors
    pop without being over saturated (the reason I stay with DLP projection). Black
    levels and dark shading detail was excellent and much better than I expected. 3D mode brightness levels were great! This is
    the one area I was concerned hearing that most projectors struggle with hitting
    the balance between 2D Picture quality and 3D picture quality and adequate brightness
    with the 3d glasses on. The BenQ W7500’s 3D is AWESOME!

  • José Ruiz Cristina

    Great review Art. What about noise level? It is the only thing that worries me, coming from a Infocus SP8602. Will I notice a definite improvement (aside from the light of course)?

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi, working on the second performance page right now (sharpness, audio, image noise). Should be up this evening… Short version. very quiet in eco, no so at full (“normal”). Normal is a bit higher pitched, probably a good 6 db louder as well. It’s higher pitched than say an Epson UB, at full power, but probably is slightly quieter by measure. I just don’t recall how loud the SP6802 is, but no one should have any issue, at least in eco mode with the BenQ, and the drop to Eco, in brightness, is a lot less than with many other projectors (around 20%). -art

  • Luke

    Hi art thanks for the review I really want this projector but I’m worried about the brightness wil be using it in two difrence rooms in my lounge it will be no problem cos there will be room for a big screen but in my bedroom there’s only enough room for about 75 to 80 inch screen would putting the projector in Eco and using the widest throw solve this problem or possably a grey screen with sum ambient light thanks

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Greetings Luke,

      You have options. While the W7500, even calibrated and in eco-mode is very bright, you could run it with brilliant color off. That should reduce overall brightness about another 25% That should bring you down to about 1000 lumens. A high contrast gray screen as you suggest, can reduce brightness a further 20% or more. That’s certainly reasonable for an 80 inch size. On the other hand you might not mind all that brightness. I certainly have been watching the W7500 at sizes from 100 to 124 inches in my theater, calibrated, brilliant color on, running mostly in eco. -art

      • Luke

        Cheers art thanks for the response mate

  • http://www.darkrealmfox.com/film_reviews/ FoxyMulder

    @Luke

    Google the secret menu, you can lower the brightness by clamping down the iris and thus tailor the projector to whatever screen size you have, this is a feature similiar to the JVC LCoS projectors and it should be offered in the normal menu. Other review sites have done this without any issues.

    I would add 3D calibration is done via a meter, software and the glasses, many sites now do this as standard practice and i’m not sure why this site doesn’t.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi FoxyMulder,

      I try to provide a good resource, primarily to first time projector buyers, and most of us on 2nd, 3rd and 4th projectors, who want an excellent projector and value, but mostly do not own their own test equipment, nor calibrate their projectors themselves. And we publish calibration info because in many cases it provides a good deal better results than the preset modes, for those that won’t spend the money to calibrate an $800 or even a $4000 projector.

      really am not trying to replace AVSforum and others where those into every last detail. I don’t have the audience size of projector fanatics to rationalize focusing energies on things hidden in menus that void warranties. If I say anything about it, it would be – look guys, this could void your warranty. Want more info, go visit the forums.

      I am sorry that I can’t be everything to everybody, but I hope you and others understand. I’m not AVSforum, owned by a Billion dollar company. Nor am I more than a small fraction of the size of Projector Central, which has many full time employees. When it comes to home theater projectors we are – rather I am, a one man company. Oh, I have Mike calibrating for a significant fee per projector, and Mike and a couple of other guys do about 75% of our business projector reviews, but in home theater space its me. My wife and daughter help out very part time, Lisa for videos and social, and Lori maintains the database, and proofs my reviews when she can find the time. That’s it. Period.

      I had hoped to expand our capabilities significantly including hiring a full time person, by creating a subscriber area. The #1 thing in the subscriber area for those that do adjust their projectors is our CMS calibration settings for the individual colors. In a month of promoting the subscriber area, and 2 months before that of it being open to subscription (with content such as the extra calibration and extra videos), total subscribers number in the few hundreds so far. Believe me, that’s not even enough revenues to pay Mike an extra $150/give or take, to calibrate each projector for 3D, let alone all the other things people are demanding, such as measuring contrast (which I definitely don’t consider a good use of resources).

      Sure what you ask for seems reasonable enough, but there is no extra time available, and no extra resources to pay for it, aka money. Now if subscriber signups jump to 1000+ a month much of that will change.

      I assume that even if I did provide service menu settings and calibrated 3D through the glasses, it would not buy me exclusivity, it doesn’t make sense. Those of you really “into” their projectors aren’t only going to visit my site if I provided that, you would still visit other sites for their opinions, so please understand, that since I’m not your only source of info, it isn’t necessary for me to provide all the information you need. (If I was calibrating through glasses how to handle this: Optoma and BenQ glasses are different color wise, yet on the forums the Optoma’s are normally recommended for the BenQ’s to get rid of the extra red in the blacks…) So, which would I use? Do I recalibrate in 6 months when better glasses come out? Also general feedback is that most people emailing me aren’t that into 3D. They may enjoy it from time to time, or like it for their kids, but they aren’t fanatical about it.

      I do watch a lot of 3D, so I wouldn’t mind one bit if the projectors I’m working with were all calibrated for 3D, it’s just not going to happen here, anytime soon. I’m too busy just trying to get the reviews done the way the are, finding advertisers, optimizing the site so we do well on search. It’s a struggle out here. What should be fun is a lot of hours and frustration, along with some fun.

      If someone else has calibrated a projector for 3D and wants to share that with our readers, have them send me the info, and I’ll put it in blog, or the review, or ask Ron, my “technical” blogger to point it out.

      Hang in there. The info you want is out there, it’s just not here, not now, perhaps some day. -art