BenQ W2000 – Are projectors getting friendlier?

Typically BenQ is a brand always sitting in the sidelines producing quite good projects but never really reach mainstream. Here we have another projector, and this time its by BenQ, W2000 Home Movie Projector.

As the name suggests, this projector is designed specifically for home entertainment use and I can not wait to get started!

BenQ W2000 - Front lens

Projector Specifications

Let’s talk about some of the beast’s specifications but first starting with the key features of the W2000:

Rec. 709 HDTV Standard for Finest Cinematic Color
Vertical Lens Shift for Extra Installation Freedom
Side Projection with 2D Keystone
Two Enhanced Chamber Speakers (Powered by MaxxAudio) with Audio Enhancer
Ultra-Modern Design & Low Acoustic Noise of 27dBA

On to some more technical features:

The device runs on a DLP projection system offering a full 1080p viewing experience with 2000 ANSI lumens brightness.
Contrast ratio is stated at 15,000:1 with the ability to display 1 billion colors with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio projection.
The zoom ratio on the device is 1:3:1 and the Lamp is rated at 5000/6000 hours (Normal/Eco mode) and flexible keystone adjustment with automatic vertical and manual horizontal of upto 30 degrees. Like more expensive projectors, the W2000 allows vertical lens adjustment of up to 10 degrees.
The lamp uses 240W of power and is capable of 480i, 480p, 576i, 567p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p‎ projections.

The W2000 is a decent sized device at 380.5 x 121.7 x 277 mm‎

Walk Around

The box was fairly straight forward with the projector, power cable, a remote control and manuals. 3D glasses would be additional.

The device can be mounted in almost all positions and locations thanks to its Design providing table/roof mountability, adjustable lens and fairly adjustable keystone features too.

BenQ W2000 - Box Contents

In the box you will find the Projector, Manuals, Multi-language versions on the CD, Power cable and of course the remote control.

The lens up front has a protective cover, which although a bit flimsy, offers decent protection.

BenQ W2000 - Left Side

BenQ W2000 - Right Side

On either side of the device, you will find plenty of vents for air circulation and cooling. The rear has adjustable feet to aid positioning of the device even further, especially on uneven surfaces.

BenQ W2000 - Top Back

On the top, you’ll find very basic buttons, assuming that most users will use the remote control for operation but it provides the basic navigation requirements.

BenQ W2000 - Lens Control

Above the lens, you’ll find a little slider that gives access to the focus and zoom options for the lens. I like they’ve designed it in a way that it can be shut. Dust is the last thing you’ll want getting in your projector.

BenQ W2000 - Back Ports

Moving around to the back, the BenQ W2000 provides an array of connectivity options and has 2x HDMI ports, 2x USB ports (one being mini), VGA in and VGA out, RCA connectivity and Audio in and out.

There is also a Kensington lock for security.

BenQ W2000 - Remote Control

Lastly, we move on to the remote control. It provides all the basic elements required for quick operation and an array of advanced options. There are two praises I must give BenQ on their remote; One would be the ability to adjust Keystones right from the remote, comes in handy when moving the projector around and of course, back-lighting. I am definitely not a fan of the extreme back-lighting approach, but its better than its competitors that provide little to no back-lighting, especially when projectors are often used in the dark!

Setup & Menu

Plugging in the device is pretty straight forward, and once  you select the input type you used, you’re good to go in seconds.

 

Once connected, the menu options on the BenQ might be a little colorful, but it is the very basic menu i’d expect from the year 2000. I would expect a lot more of a user interface and user experience in 2016. I must admit that this seems to be the norm with most projectors.

BenQ W2000 - Size Chart

The manual has an impressive guide to how far your projector should be to project a certain size, along with other pieces of information, which really aided the setup.

Epson EHTW5350 - Picture Settings

Getting into the menu, picture settings allows you access to the basic visual settings adjusting mode, contrast, brightness, color, sharpness, lamp settings and advanced settings.

Epson EHTW5350 - Advanced Settings

Advanced settings allows you to adjust the colors, temperature, noise and color management a little bit further.

Next on the list is Audio Setup

Epson EHTW5350 - Audio Setup

This is just basic level of audio set up, volume and tones. More on the audio quality later in the review.

Display settings next allows you to enhance the display a little further.

Epson EHTW5350 - Display Settings

Here you can adjust the 3D settings, aspect ratio and quite importantly the color of the wall you’re projecting on to, if not a projector screen, which I think can enhance the user experience.

BenQ W2000 - System Setup

Next on the menu screen is the System Setup – basic, which essentially has all the basic settings of the projector from language, colors, position, power and automatic sourcing.

BenQ W2000 - System Setup Advanced

The advanced section of the System Setup provides a little more in-depth adjustability to adjust the lamp settings, HDMI settings, cooling, LED, passwords and more.

BenQ W2000 - Information

Finally we have the information section of the menu, where all the current settings are displayed.

How does it project?

To keep it short? Quite brilliantly!

During the day or with a lit room, the projector lacks a little as the colors are pretty washed out.

BenQ W2000 - BenQ Website

But once the light is cut out of the equation, the W2000 does a great job projecting on to a wall. Which would mean even better performance on a projector screen.

BenQ W2000 - Screenshot (1)

The cinematic color tones are really good, with bright, vivid and clear images being projected at up to 1080p with no issues. The blacks are not perfect but are very close, and have very minimal grey-ness to it. There is very little rainbow effect on bright objects but it is hardly noticeable.

During projection the device remained pretty quiet, and this is a great thing BenQ has done as fans always creep in when there is a quiet scene in a movie.

Speaking of noise, the W2000 has done an incredible job with its audio system. One does not expect to use the projector’s sound system for a home cinema experience, but if needed, it has a decent stereo speaker system with an audio enhancer running at 20W providing probably the best audio system directly out of a projector.

BenQ W2000 - Screenshot (2)

3D is an absolute delight on the W2000 and is capable of displaying 3D from vertical or horizontal sources.

Overall Impressions

Priced at nearly AED4000, the BenQ W2000 has taken all the elements that truly do matter for a home cinema experience and have applied it to a great looking and capable device. Specifications are quite good for the price point and definitely would be recommended as a TV replacement using a projector screen. After-all, the ability to adjust how big you want your projection to be is just an epic experience.

If I have one reservation, it would be the overall experience is great, but smart features have yet to trickle down to projectors, so I would recommend connecting it to a smart device to begin with, and reap all the benefits in one. Great job BenQ!

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