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BenQ W7500 Projector - Arriving Tomorrow

BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector

The BenQ W7500 lists for $2799, is DLP, and claims 2000 lumens, making it a "light canon". Expect great black level performance

Greetings all,  Great news, BenQ's new W7500 Home Theater Projector has been shipped to us.  It will be calibrated early next week (2/18/2014), and I will start the review as soon as I finish the Sony 4K projector (previous blog). Because projectors are getting stacked up, I will definitely put out a "First Look" mini-review or blog, by the end of that weekend. Mind you, I've always been a big fan of the W7000 projector's predecessors.  The W6000 was always my favorite DLP home theater projector around the price, and the W7000 basically had minor improvements, plus the addition of 3D. Here comes the BenQ W7500, the direct replacement for the W7000 in the US and the W7000+ in the EU. The W7500 projector has the same 2000 lumens claim, so it should be an exceptionally bright home theater projector (as opposed to home entertainment projectors which have lower quality pictures, but are often very bright). Contrast has been improved from 50,000:1, to 60,000:1, which on paper isn't a really significant amount, but who trusts contrast claims any more?  There are projectors claiming 60,000:1 that have better blacks than some with 300,000:1 claims… (That's why our analysis of black level performance is subjective.  The numbers don't provide much useful info. Well, getting back on topic, the W7500 is supposed to be shipping right about now, a good thing, since I'm seeing that some BenQ dealers in the US are already out of the older projectors. What else does the W7500 bring to the party?
  • CFI - creative frame interpolation oft called "smooth motion"
  • Single chip DLP, with 6X, 6 segment color wheel (for minimum rainbow effect)
  • 3D, and 2D to 3D conversion (3D glasses are optional)
  • 1.5:1 manual zoom lens, plus lens shift
  • Vidi - a new video entertainment platform (I'm not very familiar, but will know a lot more for the review)
MSRP is $2799 I believe. This should be a very serious competitor.  For those that love the DLP look and feel, it may well be the best game in town, under $3000, doubly so if you need a bright projector.  In 2D the BenQ W7500, in a home theater type environment, after calibration, likely will be able to handle screens up to 150" diagonal, maybe more.  It should be a great gamer projector too.  We'll certainly run input lag tests. That's all for now.   This is going to be a fun one.  And I again have an Epson HC5030UB here for direct comparisons.  -art

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