HARDWARE & HANDLING
The projector lens has a powerful 1.5:1 zoom and—good news—unlike most DLP projectors, the W7000 has a lens-shift function so you can move the projected image around to line it up perfectly on your screen or wall. That said, the image hardly moves at all on the horizontal axis and movement along the vertical axis is still tighter than in most LCD projectors.
The W7000 ships with a backlit remote, which is always handy when you've got the lights down low. Plus, the remote's relatively elongated design means there's room to pack in plenty of shortcut keys.
2D IMAGE QUALITY
Thankfully, though, all is not lost, as high and low levels of brightness in the image are managed perfectly. Plus, the colour temperature over the greyscale is a constant 6700 kelvins, which is perfectly respectable.
For anyone looking for ultra-smooth images, a frame interpolation function is on hand to reduce judder. A word advice, though—don't go any higher than the 'Low' setting. At higher settings, artefacts and a 'camcorder' effect are visible.
Finally, as with other DLP projectors, the W7000 can be prone to rainbow effects. Not everyone is sensitive to this effect, but those who are might get annoyed with the blue, green and red flashes in highly contrasted images (especially in black and white films, for example).
3D IMAGE QUALITY
To make the W7000 easier to use in 3D mode, BenQ has built the emitter directly into the projector. However, no 3D glasses are supplied, and pairs can cost up to £100. Note that DLP Link compatible glasses can also be used with this projector, and can prove a cheaper alternative.
We tested the 3D mode with two pairs of BenQ glasses. In spite of their rather square design, they're actually quite comfortable to wear.
We don't have any complaints about 3D picture quality—it's quite simply excellent. As BenQ promised, there's no crosstalk, and protruding objects are rendered well, as is the general impression of depth.
Below—the result as seen through 3D glasses (Top: BenQ W7000 / Bottom: Acer H9500BD):
NOISE & ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Finally, with the white at 900 cd/m² it's no surprise to see that power use is high in the W7000, at around 325 W in use and 0.5 W on standby.