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BenQ W500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of BenQ W500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Views about the design and size are generally positive. The image quality and price also get good views, but views are divided on the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the BenQ W500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for BenQ W500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of BenQ W500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Amazon.com. Comments about the noise and image quality are generally positive. The usability and price are also appreciated.

price, usability, image quality, noise

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BenQ W500 Home Cinema ProjectorBenQ W500 Home Cinema Projector

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: TechRadar (techradar.com)

BenQ W500 review

 

This PJ is portable and stylish with a price tag that'll make you happy

Compact size ; Bold and bright presentation ; Affordable

Average contrast performance ; Blacks often appear grey

A great portable solution to your projector needs

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: John Archer (trustedreviews.com)

BenQ W500 LCD Projector

 

BenQ turns to LCD technology for its latest budget movie projector, the W500.

Other specs of the W500 are quite promising, too. The claimed maximum brightness of 1,100 ANSI Lumens is very high for this price level, as is the claimed contrast ratio of 5,000:1. This contrast ratio is dependent - as usual with LCD technology - on a...

Feb, 2011

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Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

BenQ W500 review

 

BenQ's W500 is the biggest and heaviest of the 720p home cinema projectors here, and the only LCD model.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: John Archer (avreview.co.uk)

BenQ W500

 

Perhaps inevitably the W500 rather looks its money, with a slightly plasticky finish around an uninspiringly 'officey' design. It just about covers the essential connections though, thanks to its inclusion of a single HDMI, a component video input and...

Crazily cheap, good sharpness and motion handling, and impressive brightness

The chicken wire effect, very average black levels, some odd colour tones

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (pcworld.idg.com.au)

BenQ W500

 

An entry-level 720p projector with some high-end quirks

Good brightness, decent black levels

Loud fan noise, only one digital input

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

BenQ W500

 

An entry-level 720p projector with some high-end quirks

Good brightness, decent black levels

Loud fan noise, only one digital input

BenQ’s W500 is an entry-level 720p home theatre projector with great brightness levels and high quality imagery. Colour accuracy isn’t perfect, and a short zoom limits options for placement. But with such a reasonable price, the W500 is a compelling...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Bill Livolsi (projectorcentral.com)

BenQ W500 Review

 

High lumen output and first-rate image processing circuitry make the W500 a great budget option for video games, sporting events, and HDTV watching.

The BenQ W500 is an interesting mix of high-end and low-budget. High lumen output and first-rate image processing circuitry make it a great budget option for video games, sporting events, and HDTV watching. However, a 1.2x zoom range limits placement...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: Anthony Arrigo (projectorreviews.com)

BenQ W500

 

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Very bright in best mode ; Very good black levels ; Good out of the box color and image quality, requiring only minimum adjustment to further improve it (issues mentioned, notwithstanding) ; Vertical and Horizontal lens shift simplifies placement ; 12...

Placement flexibility: Limited zoom lens range (1.2:1) ; Filter to clean (like all other LCD home theater projectors) ; One of the louder projectors in full power lamp mode ; Lamp door on bottom, requires removal from a ceiling mount, to change out ;...

Inherently, we all have to figure that any "entry level" home theater projector is a compromise. Afterall, for example, the W500 is the least expensive of five 720p and 1080p projectors they offer.

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: Craig (newegg.com)

Replacement Bulb Do not Exist.

 

Pros are moot since now this projector is worthless

Extremely disappointed. Newegg apparently sold a batch of these that require the replacement bulb: 6E.J2K01.001 (elsewhere the vast majority of the Benq w500 projectors sold, take the widely available 5J.J2K02.001 Bulb.) Amazingly, this lamp,...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: danielduck (newegg.com)

Great entry HT projector

 

My girlfriend bought this PJ for me, and to be honest I was nervous about the fact that it is an LCD over a DLP. After my first movie I couldn't be happier. I wouldn't consider going back to a plasma/(non-pj)LCD for movie watching again.

This PJ is an amazing deal for it's price. I have this throwing a 100" screen and am sitting at about 11' from it. My room is about 90% light controlled (during the day some light does get in). The image is bright, easy to see and looks amazing. I have...

At 100" screen size, there is a screen door effect from up close until about 8-9 feet back. from where i am sitting it isn't noticeable at all.

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications

The W500 features an iris-like lens design that mimics our own eye, adjusting the aperture after analyzing the incoming video signal. The aperture is contracted during dark scenes for truer black tones and enhanced detail, while it is enlarged for bright scenes to maximize light output and enable a wider dynamic range. No matter what type of content is on, the W500 ensures that you get the very best viewing experience. The W500 not only converts SD content such as analog TV broadcasts to HD-quality video, but it analyzes an amazing 1,024 pixels in the source for each pixel in the final HD version for native HD-like picture quality. The W500 analyzes multiple frames in source video to identify and then eliminate pixels giving rise to visual noise, and also corrects for distortions resulting from too much compression. Sophisticated Multi-Dimensional Diagonal Filtering (MDDF) technology smoothes away the "jaggies" that crop up along the edges of moving objects-even those lying at shallow angles of 5

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:27.7cm
Height:12cm
Weight:3.9kg
Width:34.9cm

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Colour Support:Up to 1.07 billion colours
HD Image Format:720p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1100ANSI lumens
Max Image Size:7.62m / 762cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 720
Max Screen Distance:8.2m
Min Image Size:0.6m / 60cm
Min Screen Distance:1.3m
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Portability:Non-portable
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:LCD projector

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:BenQ
Model:W500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:BenQ

Lamps

Bulb power:140
Service life of lamp:2000
Service life of lamp (economic mode):3000

Other features

Analogue video signal:NTSC, PAL, SECAM, EDTV, HDTV
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Compatibility:Video:\n-NTSC\n-PAL\n-SECAM\n-EDTV\n-HDTV(480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p).
Dimensions (WxDxH):120 x 277 x 349 / 349 x 120 x 277

Performance

Horizontal scan range:15 - 75
Noise Level:32
Plug and Play: Yes
Vertical scan range:50 - 100

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:2 / 3
Composite Video In:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Projector

Contrast ratio (typical):5000:1
Number of Colours:1.073 billion colours
Projection Technology:LCD
Projector brightness:1100
Projector native resolution:WXGA (1280x720) / XGA (1024x768)
Screen size compatibility:300
Zoom ratio:1.2:1

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:2000hour(s)

Video

Full HD: Yes

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / PAL / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:3.9