BenQ W7000 Review – Update 1-26-2012

UPDATE: The BenQ W7000 projector review has been posted!

Greetings all,
As many of you who have been waiting, knew, I had expected to have a replacement BenQ W7000 projector with the “final firmware” arrive right about now – a week or two after CES, to check on how good the W7000’s black levels would be.
I heard from BenQ back three days ago (sorry, I’m late with this), that Taiwan likely would not be able get the finished firmware out the door to the folks here at BenQ, before the Chinese New Year. (which has begun).
With the vacation time associated over there, with the holiday, etc., I would now tend to expect to have a W7000 back in my hands with the new firmware, probably the week of Feb 6th. It will take me less than 48 hours to assess, update the review, and alert all of you. Thanks for your patience. BTW, here’s a short piece I found online about the Chinese New Year – and the year of the Dragon:

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4710 begins on Jan. 23, 2012.

Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

Breathing Fire into the New Year

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in dragon years are innovative, brave, and passionate. Salvador Dali, John Lennon, and Mary-Louise Parker were all born in the year of the dragon. (this from

Hang in there – and Happy Chinese New Year! -art

PS.  Year 4710 is a whole lot of years ago – to the start of the Chinese calendar, however if you are looking for the oldest, it’s probably the Hebrew calendar, which is currently at year 5772.   Both, it should be noted, are Lunar calendars, whereas most of western civilization now uses a Solar calendar.  Note, that they are talking about dropping the pure Solar calendar globally, which of course has a “leap day” every 4 years, but also leap seconds every so often to adjust atomic clocks for the wobble in earth’s orbit (if I got that correct).  If we drop the leap seconds, things should be really  screwed up in a few thousand (or was it million) more years?  There’s something for the curious to research -art

News and Comments

  • Steve Atkinson

    So Art… are the folks in Asia back to work yet?

    • Hi Steve, yes they are. The W7000 should be arriving today. I was prepared to drive the 20+ miles to get it, but they emailed this morning, that it shipped yesterday, so should arrive here in a couple of hours!

  • CarmineM

    Hi Art,

    I am seriously considering the Epson 6010, but I can’t find any recent reviews based on a postproduction model.

    Have you had a chance to review the postproduction model yet, and if not, do you know of any rigorous reviews that have been done.

    I am not looking for a cut and paste type from the Epson web page.

    Lastly is the advertized 480 refresh rate a true physical 480 hz refresh rate or is the refresh rate emulated, like 240 hz performing like 960 as some LED TV’s are now advertizing? I am seeing reference to both actual refresh rate and artificially enhanced in various sources and am confused.

    Thanks, Carmine

    • Hi CarmineM

      A short review (I’m watching the 6010 right now), will likely be posted tonight – tomorrow latest. I’ve finished it, and sent it to Lisa, to do some reformatting. -art

  • Fabio

    I own a Marantz vp-4001 (aka sharp z3000 I think), and I can’t find a single person that is able to tell me if a projector like this W7000 would have better contrast and black levels than mine. Ratings as we know don’t mean much…
    Art, you are my last hope 🙂

    • Greetings Fabio

      The W7000 should easily do better than your marantz in terms of black levels. The 4001 is a 5 year old DLP projector with a dynamic iris. (I never reviewed any version). However back then, none of the DLPs with irises were any match for today’s ultra-high contrast projectors. The Marantz spec, of 6500:1 is likely conservative, but still, I would think you’ll not only get a dramatic improvement in black levels, but you are also going from a 720p projector to a 1080p one.
      Good luck, you should love the change, and more brightness as well – art