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Tech Review: BenQ W2000 Projector

BenQ sent over another projector for me to check out (I had previously reviewed the BenQ W1050). This one is the W2000 and, as with many of these home cinema projectors, it was a thing of beauty. There is something immensely satisfying about watching a film on a big screen in the comfort of your own home. It is also great playing video games that way and I was lucky enough to have the projector when God of War was released. Watching Kratos and Atreus talking to the World Serpent on a huge screen was amazing and just added to the whole immersion (it also made all the on-screen text so much easier to read. Why is it so tiny!) It is an amazing game, go get it.

Let’s get back to the projector.

Out of the box it the main body is white plastic with lovely rounded corners. The front is in gold as you can see in the top image. The dimensions are 38.1 x 12.2 x 27.2cms and it weighs 2.65-kg. The lightweight projector looks great and so I set it up on the coffee table. It does have a manual vertical lens shift, which allows for a projection offset between 102.5% and 107.5%. So you can use it as a ceiling mounted projector. When you first turn it on it gives you that as one of the various options for where you are placing it.

This DLP (Digital Light Processing) projector has a decent short-throw, able to create a 100-inch image from about 2.5 metres away, so if you are stuck for space in a small living room then this could work for you.

The initial set up was simple. Plug in the projector, attach the media player of your choice – Blu-ray, games console etc. On the back of the projector are two HDMI inputs, one each of composite and component video, RCA audio ins, a 3.5mm audio loop, a D-Sub PC port and an RS-232 port for control.

I always connect the console or player to my soundbar directly, but as with many projectors these days this one has its own speaker. What was unusual was that this 20W speaker was pretty good. They often sound rather tinny, but this one can go quite loud and had some depth to it. That gives you even more options as to where you can use it, but it does sound like it is coming directly from the speaker so you will want to make sure you have it in front of you.

There are a few different picture presets, but the Cinema Rec. 709 (others include Games, Bright, Vivid and two user-defined settings) was fantastic and offers amazing colours. The official blurb says it is “precisely calibrated for cinematic colour with Rec.709, utilizing a 6X RGBRGB colour wheel with precision-tuned coating and colour segments to replicate stunningly true colours and a superb viewing experience.” I have to agree with that.

It has 2000 ANSI lumens max brightness and does offer deep blacks. However, during darker scenes you don’t get quite the depth you would like and it can look a little washed out at times. During some fast moving scenes there was also a little bit of image judder, but that was few and far between in my viewing experience. They are just minor complaints and it is easy to live with.

All in all the W2000 gives amazing picture quality with great colours and is worth checking out if you are thinking of getting a projector.

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