What is the BenQ W1500?
BenQ has been developing a reputation for well designed projectors that can deliver a decent big screen image at an affordable price.
Design and Connections
The W1500 performed well in the tests using high definition content and with the player set to 1080i, the projector correctly deinterlaced and displayed both the video and film resolution tests and showed good scaling and filtering performance as well as good resolution enhancement. With 1080i material the projector had no difficulties in showing video text overlaid on film based material and also handled 24p content without any problems. The one area where the W1500 fell down was the dynamic range test showing video levels above reference white (235) up to peak white (255). This revealed that the BenQ was clipping all three primary colours and white, thus losing detail above video level 235. However this isn’t a big deal and certainly wouldn't adversely affect the projector's overall performance.
BenQ W1500 Picture Quality SD/HD
Unsurprisingly these were rather mediocre and thus the dynamic range of the BenQ was somewhat limited, although the intra-frame contrast ratio is actually a strength of DLP panels. Of course the use of a colour wheel does mean that anyone susceptible to rainbows is going to see flashes of colour but this is a known limitation of the technology. Standard definition content looked reasonably good, allowing for the size of the projected image and the quality of the source. However the W1500 obviously performed better with high definition sources and the increased resolution meant that Blu-rays in particular could look very impressive. The overall performance was solid rather than spectacular but we have seen better at this price point.
BenQ W1500 Picture Quality 3D
The dimming nature of the glasses aside, we found the 3D to be excellent, with superb depth and dimensionality resulting in a highly immersive big screen experience. We then switched to the wireless connection and although it could handle the frame packed 3D signal we noticed that initially the 3D looked strange. It appeared that the image was essentially inverted, so we tried the 3D Sync Invert control and this fixed the problem. Quite why using the wireless connection resulted in the 3D image being inverted is a mystery but once corrected we had the same excellent albeit slightly dim 3D performance as before.
- Excellent greyscale
- Good colour accuracy
- Impressive 3D
- Great set of features
- Mediocre blacks
- Lens controls limited
- Rainbow artefacts
BenQ W1500 Full HD 3D Projector Review
As we would expect from a single-chip DLP projector, the image convergence and motion handling were excellent. As we would also expect, the black levels were mediocre and anyone who is susceptible to rainbow artefacts will likely see flashes of colour. Ultimately the BenQ W1500 is a perfectly capable projector that delivers a decent 2D image, especially with high definition content, and very impressive, if rather dim, 3D performance. However at this price point there are better and cheaper projectors, which makes it difficult to recommend.
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