BenQ W500 home theater projector: Sharpness
The W500 produces a good, sharp image. Not quite as good as some of the more expensive 720p projectors, but a touch sharper than the entry level DLP projectors. click below for a larger closer look at two images. Both are from 1080p sources. There is also a little bowing of the image, especially if using most of the vertical lens shift. Of late, I've been reviewing a lot of 1080p home theater projectors, so, in switching to the W500, I have to say, about it's image sharpness, "not bad at all", and I'm definitely spoiled by the 1080p projectors.
BenQ W500 Overall Picture Quality
The "big picture" impression of the W500's image quality is really very good. As I am writing this I just watched a bit of Jay Leno on it, and then a hi-def concert of The Who. Despite its flaws, the W500 is enjoyable to watch. It is at its best on brighter scenes and is weakest in the really dark ones. That said, most without a critical eye, would not realize there is more detail that could be revealed.
Here are a few general purpose images, both hi-def DVD and hi-def cable:
This scene from House of the Flying Daggers really looked wonderful on the W500. (As did all the bright scenes in that movie:
And now a few off of HDTV (hd cable channels):
Bottom Line: Overall, good picture quality, a sharp image for an entry level 720p projector, plenty of brightness even in Cinema mode, for medium to larger screens. Black levels are just fine, with dynamic iris on, but there is some dark crushing - a lack of shadow detail, relative to the competition. Not bad, overall, in fact most enjoyable to just watch.