BenQ W1700 (HT2550) 4K DLP Projector Review & Comments

StratManSi

Active Member
It will be interesting to see how this stacks up against the HT2550 when it is released at the same price point - I'll be in the market for a budget "UHD" projector in the next 6 months so here's hoping for a price war!
 

daveb975

Well-known Member
Thanks for the review. The long throw (by Benq standards) put this out for me, unfortunately.

I am relieved to see that it now supports 1080p in 3D mode, as initial rumblings (confirmed on their website) showed that they might have hobbled 3D output to 720p). The website has now been updated to show this.

Not a big point for most people, but there are still some of us out there who like 3D!
 

Idle Bull

Active Member
After living with the noise of my W1070 my next projector needs to be quiet.
Black levels have never been a strong pont with budget projectors, I use an ND2 filter which helps, but it needs a dark room to reap the benefits.
I yearn for the black levels I had on my old Barco BG808 CRT :) (however, the W1070 is actually far quieter in comparison)
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
I yearn for the black levels I had on my old Barco BG808 CRT :) (however, the W1070 is actually far quieter in comparison)
Had one of those myself back in the day. But the JVC and Sony's are now miles ahead of the old CRTs for just about every attribute, including black levels and just above black.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Say what? There are a few optoma models available for less. Please update your review for accuracy
Looking at RRP pricing there are no Optoma models cheaper that I could see with the same features. Some retailers are discounting so I have changed the wording slightly to reflect that. But as far as I am concerned it is accurate.
 

Idle Bull

Active Member
Had one of those myself back in the day. But the JVC and Sony's are now miles ahead of the old CRTs for just about every attribute, including black levels and just above black.
Good to know, but I'll need a mammoth ebay-a-thon to save up my pennies for a JVC or Sony. Although, I'm not too fussed about UHD, so could probably grab a second hand bargain HD model.
 

dhts

Active Member
I'd add that the recent price reduction on the Epson 7300 to £1799 (at least at Forum Sponsor Ideal AV) makes justifying purchasing a pseudo 4k DLP harder still.
 

Geofio

Active Member
Purchased this Projector 2 weeks ago had to be returned due to faulty colour wheel, one side of image had yellow cast and a line down the middle of the screen, other side was normal, purchased the Optoma uhd 550x instead that Projector is stunning on 4k blu ray. and whisper quiet.
 

EENJEC

Standard Member
There are reports all over the place of the HT2550 losing 3D sync after a few minutes, requiring a factory firmware upgrade to fix, so it's a real shame that 3D couldn't be tested here...
 

iainl7

Well-known Member
When neither the colour space nor the dynamic range are good enough to beat Rec. 709, I do find myself wondering - is this really worth approximately twice the price of Benq's W2000? It'll actually display a 4k source, so there's that, but is much, if anything, going to be gained over just playing the Blu-ray disc (which is mastered with this sort of display's limitations in mind) through a standard HD projector of similar price?

Not that I've got either projector so I can't answer from experience, sadly.
 

digger99

Banned
When neither the colour space nor the dynamic range are good enough to beat Rec. 709, I do find myself wondering - is this really worth approximately twice the price of Benq's W2000? It'll actually display a 4k source, so there's that, but is much, if anything, going to be gained over just playing the Blu-ray disc (which is mastered with this sort of display's limitations in mind) through a standard HD projector of similar price?

Not that I've got either projector so I can't answer from experience, sadly.
You will find at around the same price the mid-range 1080p projectors will give you a better picture, they are what you say more or less budget projectors accepting a 4k source.
 

stack1

Standard Member
no idea why anyone would use star trek discovery on a test as it looks dog sh*t on any platform. everything about the picture is messed up
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
no idea why anyone would use star trek discovery on a test as it looks dog sh*t on any platform. everything about the picture is messed up
And your qualifications and evidence for that are?
I happen to think it looks superb with excellent cinematography and is well graded to create different worlds, scenes etc. it also has no issues with clipping or crush and with a good Netflix stream can stand up to large screen viewing and is relevant to what many users will be viewing on such a device. So it is absolutely right that one of the many tests uses such material. Of course we also tested higher quality formats so it was balanced overall.
 

TechieSarah

Well-known Member
There are reports all over the place of the HT2550 losing 3D sync after a few minutes, requiring a factory firmware upgrade to fix, so it's a real shame that 3D couldn't be tested here...
I had mine fixed and it played Star Wars all the way through (Force Awakens) in 3D using Benq Glasses without missing a heartbeat. But in the end it went back.
 

superman3245

Novice Member
Can someone reply me the best settings for this projector ? And how is the input lag for gaming ? I keep on dying in Fortnite.
 

StratManSi

Active Member
It will be interesting to see how this stacks up against the HT2550 when it is released at the same price point - I'll be in the market for a budget "UHD" projector in the next 6 months so here's hoping for a price war!
Just clicked it’s the same thing - D’oh!
 

Abacus

Banned
A video comparison with the Optoma UHD 50 has now appeared on the TVS Pro YouTube Channel (Go for the long version) which is interesting.

Bill
 

Abacus

Banned
You got a link for the above cheers
It might contravene the AVForums terms and conditions if I post the link (As it could be classed as being in competition) but if you type “Optoma UHD50 vs BenQ HT2550 4K UHD Comparison” into YouTube it should come up.

Bill
 

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