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BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Art Feierman
The BenQ W7500 home theater projector is new for 2014.  An extremely bright DLP projector, it replaces one of our favorite projectors in last year's Best Home Theater Projectors report. I, and  other reviewers, not to mention a whole lot of home theater projector owners, are big fans of previous BenQ projectors in the series.  The W7500 replaces the two year old W7000, which is most similar.  Like its predecessor, the W7500 is a particularly bright single chip DLP home theater projector, one that is fully 3D capable. MSRP for the BenQ W7500 is $2799, but street price currently appears to be $2599.  No 3D glasses are included in the price.  In this review we will explore many of the special features, tour all of the hardware, discuss picture quality, and calibrating the projector.  We'll also look at the brightness measurements of the W7500, and demonstrations of its sharpness.

Specs Preview

BenQ W7500 Specs
Price 2799
Technology DLP
Native Resolution 1080p (1920x1080)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2000
Contrast 60,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.5:1
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 2000 Full Power/3000 Eco-mode
Weight 14.8 lb. (6.7kg)
Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor

BenQ W7500 Overview

This new BenQ W7500 projector serves up rather good black level performance, and a very sharp image.  We, of course, expect a sharp image in a home theater projector of this quality and price range, as single chip DLP’s have a distinct advantage over 3 chip projectors.  That said, the W7500 is very sharp!  True, many competitors have detail enhancement features, (and typically panel alignment) – which the W7500 wouldn’t need).  As it turns out, though, the BenQ does have its own detail enhancement options.  The W7500 also comes with a few other “special features”, which I’ll address in some detail in the next pages, aptly named the Special Features pages.

If you’ve already glanced at the specs, you’ll notice that BenQ doesn’t rate their lamps as lasting as long as much of the competition.  Just remember, that’s fair enough, as there really aren’t any single chip DLP projectors around this price range and picture quality that are near as bright.  The BenQ  W7500 sacrifices something in lamp life, but you get a real light canon.

BenQ W7500 Highlights

  • Very Bright – claims          Lumens
  • High contrast for “ultra high contrast” black level perofmrance)
  • Very good placement flexibility
  • Creative frame interpolation for “smooth motion”
  • Detail Enhanmcent
  • Brilliant Color for a vibrant image
  • Excellent remote control
  • 3D that’s free of crosstalk (and bright)
  • Comes with relatively light weight 3D glasses
  • Very fast 6x color wheel so that those who are rainbow sensitive will barely notice, if at all
  • Overall very good price/performance (on paper, and in reality)

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