Projector Reviews

BenQ W1500 Projector – Picture Quality 3

BENQ W1500 – PICTURE QUALITY PAGE 3:

Dark Shadow Detail, General Color and Picture Quality

Dark Shadow Detail - BenQ W1500 Projector

This is easy.  I was immediately impressed with the W1500’s ability to reveal dark shadow details.  Now, remember, this projector’s blacks aren’t all that black, and that means that anything that’s supposed to be just slightly lighter than black, will also be “all that black”.  That is, its easier to notice dark shadow detail with projectors that aren’t great at black levels.

For example, upon close observation, the W1500 might look like it’s revealing more dark shadow detail, than say the Epson Home Cinema 5030UB.  Both are about as good as things get in terms of shadow detail, but with all the dark areas blacker, most of those details are easier to spot when on the less black projector.

Remember, you don’t need a dark scene, to tell how well a projector does.  Looking at the details in Bond’s dark suit, for example will show differences between projectors.

It’s only been several months since I started using this image.  As a result, the comparisons are limited to those few projectors to date, where I captured this  dark image from The Hunger Games.

Dark Shadow Detail Comparison

Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
Epson Pro Cinema 4030
Optoma HD131Xe
BenQ W1080ST

Dark Shadow and Black Level Comparisons

Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
BenQ W1070
Epson Home Cinema 3020 e
Epson Pro Cinema 4030
Optoma HD8300