Projector Reviews

BenQ W1500 Projector – Performance 2

BENQ W1500 PERFORMANCE PAGE 2:  SHARPNESS

W1500 Sharpness

This player has several images that are good for viewing projector sharpness.  Keep in mind though, as with all other reviews, we are starting with a projected HD image that’s 1920 pixels across.  What you are looking at in most of these, is a finished product that has been cropped slightly, but more to the point, what you see here is only 1000 pixels across (as the largest size – when you expand the players, and they don’t all get that large), so we’re inherently viewing at not much more than 1/4 the true resolution of the projected image.

These pictures are therefore definitely a bit soft when compared to the original.  Fortunately, from a comparative standpoint, even with the loss, these images still serve well for comparisons, as a sharper projector would still look sharper than the same image from a less sharp projector.  These images were taken with default sharpness settings.

W1500 vs. Competition - Start-up screen close up ("Logo")

BenQ W1500
Epson Pro Cinema 4030
Panasonic PT-AR100U
BenQ W1080ST
BenQ W1070
Epson Home Cinema 3020
Panasonic PT-AE8000U
Acer H9500BD
Sharp XV-Z30000

Sharpness - Spiderman Close-up Of Wrist Control Comparison

These images are highly cropped, come close to showing true resolution
Epson Pro Cinema 4030
Optoma HD25-LV
JVC DLA-X95R ($11,999)
Sony VPL-VW1000ES (true 4K)
Mitsubishi HC8000D
JVC DLA-X35

Bottom LIne W1500 Projector Sharpness

The W1500, as expected, is very nicely sharp.  I found that overall, center to corner sharpness was respectable, but not great for a single chip DLP projector. This may have something to do with the 1.6:1 zoom which is more zoom than most under $2000 single chip DLP’s offer.  The more the zoom range, the more the compromise, or the more you have to spend on superior optics.

If all the BenQ W1500’s look this sharp, though, I doubt anyone will complain!  You really have to look at the 4K $25,000+ Sony to see a comparative image that’s obviously a lot sharper with more detail!