We begin our tour of the BenQ W1500 projector in the front. BenQ's 1.6:1 manual zoom (with twice the range of the lower cost W1070's 1.3:1 zoom), is mounted off center, slightly to the right (if facing the projector. Further to the right and above, is the front infra-red sensor. To the left is a large exhaust vent. Down below are two screw thread adjustable front feet.
Overall, the W1500 projector is a modestly attractive box. There's definitely curved corners, and some sculpting, so I would say it's relatively attractive (to significant others), especially since it is relatively small, definitely when compared to the 3LCD competition.
The top of the BenQ projector has recessed focus and zoom dials, (above and slightly back from the lens in the front.
Just behind the lens focus and zoom, is a small spring loaded door, which hides the vertical lens shift control. Further back and further to the left is a full control panel, which we'll take a close look at, in a moment. Also accessible from the top, is the Lamp door, for replacing the lamp when its time. That's a good place for it, you won't have to unmount a ceiling mounted W1500, just to change out the lamp.
The rest of the action is on the back of the W1500, where we'll find all the inputs and connectors.
BenQ W1500 Projector - Inputs and Connectors
All the BenQ connections are located on the back of the W1500. Let's see what's there, starting from the far left:
The far left contains only the two HDMI 1.4 inputs, and below them, the normal, standard (US) three prong power receptacle. Then there's a large space, and after that, the rest of the connectors:
In that section, from the left, first is a USB port for service, that's followed by a standard DB15 connector for the usual analog computer input, or it can double as a second component video input. Below it, is a DB9 connector - a serial port for traditional command and control (controlling the computer from a room control system).
Next over from the analog computer input, are three color coded RCA jacks for the primary Component Video input. That's followed by a DIN connector for S-Video, and right below it, another RCA jack, this time for composite video. Next over is one pair of audio inputs (two RCA jacks) and on the far right is a second stereo audio input, this time using a stereo mini jack. Finally, below it, is an Audio output, which I talk about elsewhere - it allows you to add a powered subwoofer, or feed a larger sound system.
That just about covers the input panel. I should note that there are two screw thread adjustable rear feet, down below. Also on the back, near the bottom are a Kensington lock slot, and a security bar, both are anti-theft features.
Wait, I almost forgot one item. There's also a 12 volt screen trigger jack on the back, for those who wish to control a (suitably equipped) motorized screen. With that set up correctly, turning on the projector would automatically lower your screen, while turning it off, would roll it back up.