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Benq W1500 Projector

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10000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 33dB Aug 2013
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W1500 integrates the latest technology for one of a kind, big screen, at home entertainment enjoyment. As the world's first home projector with built in wireless feature, enjoy Full HD 3D video,... More
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28 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

This data projector is one of the most awarded by experts of all the projectors that were released more than two years ago.

The editor of Avmax.tech2.in.com gave this projector a "Best Buy" award and wrote it would make a great purchase and it received a "Recommended" award from F1cd.ru. Additionally, the reviewer at Ixbt.com gave this data projector an "Excellent Package" award, confirming their endorsement.

The reviewers at three other expert review sites all said that this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector was good. Projectorcentral.com gave this projector a "Highly Rated" award, it received an "Special Interest Award" from Projectorreviews.com and it received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com.

Les Numeriques.com gave this Benq multimedia projector a "5 Star" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on twenty-one expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, PC Mag and bigpicturebigsound.com the average expert rating of this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector is 78 out of 100.

Good 3D Picture Quality

A few Benq W1500 reviewers who reviewed this projector concluded that it had a good 3D picture quality. Whathifi.com wrote in their review of the Benq W1500 “Full HD 3D”. Whathifi.com also mentioned “Impressive 3D”. Whathifi.com also mentioned “Brilliant 3D performance”.

Good Picture Quality

Three customers who purchased it mentioned that it was good for watching blu-ray discs. Whathifi.com mentioned in their review of the Benq W1500 “Works directly with HDMI 1.4a devices like Blu-ray players for full 1080p 3D” and rated it 80 out of 100. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of this projector “If you'd like to enjoy high-quality Blu-ray 3D, you won't do much better than this at anywhere near the price”. Three years ago Expertreviews.co.uk said “Running an HDMI cable from your Blu-ray player can quickly leave a mess of cables running across the room, unless you opt for a wireless system like” in their review of the Benq W1500 yet they only gave the product a score of 3 stars.

Two Benq W1500 owners agreed that it had good picture quality.

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Good Product Quality

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Expert website Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review “For us, its quality leap from BenQ's cheaper models isn't quite extensive enough to justify a £1,400 price tag – especially as the 3D playback on the”. Expert website Techmagnifier.com mentioned two years ago “BenQ W1500 has stunning picture quality and is capable of projecting images that have a razor sharp contrast” in their review.

Good Size

Some customers who reviewed it thought it was compact. Last year Whathifi.com said in their Benq W1500 review “Compact, portable unit”. One Benq W1500 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was a good depth. Expert website Avmax.tech2.in.com mentioned “There is depth in its 3D that is hard to find in o”.

Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

We calculated the average ratings for all Benq multimedia projectors and also specifically for Benq 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors and found that in both cases Benq had good ratings compared to other brands.

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Easy to Use

One customer who bought it considered that it had a good experience. Expert website Gadgetspeak.com said in their Benq W1500 review “Strict projector aficionados like to make a distinction between true "home cinema" machines, permanently installed and tuned to deliver the best possible visual experience in suitably darkened surroundings” .

One Benq W1500 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this projector was easy to handle. Whathifi.com said in their review “Excellent motion handling” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. One person wrote that the product was easy to use.

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Good Technical Features

Several people who reviewed it considered that it had good features. In October last year Whathifi.com mentioned “Great set of features”. Three years ago Projectorcentral.com said “Their entry-level W1070 sells for less than $1,000, while the W1500 has more advanced capabilities and convenience features and sells for around $1,599”. Expert review site Avforums.com gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this projector “The latest addition to their growing line-up is the W1500 which includes a number of useful features aimed at making inst”.

Robust

Two Benq W1500 owners reckoned that the product was well made. Last year expert review site Whathifi.com gave the Benq W1500 a score of 80 out of 100 and said “A compact build, easy to use” in their review. Avmax.tech2.in.com mentioned in their review of the Benq W1500 two years ago “It has all the essentials built just right”.

Reasonably Priced

Five Benq W1500 owners agreed that it was good value for money. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said “In recent years, setting up a projection-style home theater has gotten a whole lot more affordable”. Whathifi.com scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review “Strong value for money”. Expert website Audioholics.com said in their review of this projector “They haven't been quite this accessible—and they certainly haven't been aimed square at the affordable home theater market”.

One Benq W1500 owner who reviewed the Benq W1500 reckoned that it was cheap. Expert website Cnet.com.au said “After releasing a couple of very budget friendly, bare-bones home-theatre projectors earlier in the year, BenQ has followed up with the W1500” in their review.

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Good Sound Quality

A number of people who reviewed it wrote that it had good sound quality. Whathifi.com wrote “Puny builtin speakers” in their review. Expert review site Channelpronetwork.com said “Mirroring some of the trends in the audio market, value reigns supreme with homeowners cautiously spending on upgrades” in their review.

Good Remote Control

One Benq W1500 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this projector had a good remote control. Whathifi.com mentioned “Good remote”.

Nice Design

One Benq W1500 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was well designed. Expert review site Avforums.com said “BenQ has been developing a reputation for well designed projectors that can deliver a decent big screen image at an affordable price”.

Good High Def TV

One Benq W1500 owner mentioned that this projector was good at displaying high definition TV.

Good Connectivity

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it was wifi compatible. Whathifi.com mentioned “Decent wireless video system” in their review of the Benq W1500. Cnet.com.au wrote on CNET.com.au “Includes a very useful wireless HDMI c”.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Expert website Projectorreviews.com wrote in their review “1 zoom and wireless HDMI, for convenience, plus plenty of brightness” .

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Benq W1500 supports WiFi connectivity, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors that were launched around the same time as the W1500 do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Supports Full HD Projection

The Benq W1500 supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec which do not support Full HD projection.

It is worth also looking at other multimedia projectors which also support Full HD projection including the W1070[pl_1522360_price], or the W1300[pl_1998671_price] both from Benq.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq W1500 supports 3D image projection, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the W1500 do not support 3D image projection.

There are a number of other projectors which also support 3D image projection that you might want to consider including the W1070[pl_1522360_price], or the W1300[pl_1998671_price] both from Benq.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq W1500 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the W1500 also have a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other projectors which also have a built-in speaker to this data projector and we think the Benq W1070[plb_1522360_price], or the Infocus IN1146[plb_2100767_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq W1500 is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800). Data projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W1500 native projector resolutions range from SVGA (800x600) (worst) to WUXGA (1920x1200) (best).

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Benq W1500 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors of this age and spec. In addition, this multimedia projector supports a graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) graphics resolution is in fact the best supported resolution across all data projectors of this type and age.

Across similar types of multimedia projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

Comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the W1500 have noise levels of between 28dB and 49dB, and the average noise level is 35dB. The Benq W1500 has a quite quiet noise level (only 33 decibels) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the W1500.

If you don't mind having a louder noise level then you might want to consider the Benq W1070[plb_1522360_price] (32dB).

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Very High RMS Rated Power

The RMS rated power of data projectors of this spec and age range from 1W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 8.9W. With an RMS rated power of 20 Watts, the Benq W1500's RMS rated power is one of the highest amongst projectors of this spec and age.

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Two Built-In Speakers

The Benq W1500 is a two built-in speaker projector.

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Fairly Big Offset

The smallest offset of data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the W1500 is 8% and the biggest is 140%. With an offset of 130 percent, the Benq W1500 has a fairly big offset compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Two Audio in Ports

Most similar spec multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago have between one and two audio in ports, including the Benq W1500 which has two audio in ports.

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Very High Number of Colours

The lowest number of colours of multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the W1500 is 1M and the highest is 1,100M. With a number of colours of 1,070 million, the Benq W1500's number of colours is one of the highest amongst data projectors that were launched around the same time as the W1500.

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2 Reasons Against

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The Benq W1500 has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 2,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago. The average projector brightness of projectors of this spec and age is 3,300 ANSI lumens, and the projector brightness range from 300 ANSI lumens to 12,000 ANSI lumens.

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Quite Short Lamp Service Life

At only 3,500 hours, the Benq W1500 has a quite short lamp service life compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the W1500. Across all the comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the W1500 the lamp service lives range from 500h to 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 6,400h.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Benq W1500

Running Costs Are Average

The W1500 is typical compared to the other 136 comparable spec data projectors that have been available for more than two years that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the W1500 will cost £124 over 1 year to run.

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Benq released the W1500.

Specification

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Native Projector Resolution
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Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
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Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
3D Format
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
AUX Input
S-Video Input
Component Video in Port
Progressive Scan Output
Serial Interface Type
DC-In Jack
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Windows Operating System
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Plug and Play
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Timeshift
Design
Form Factor
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Certification
Weight & Dimensions
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Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
3D Glasses Included
Other Features
Built-In Touchpad

7 Awards

avmax.tech2.in.com Best Buy projectorreviews.com Special Interest Award projectorcentral.com Highly Rated 01net.com 5 Star Les Numeriques.com 5 Star f1cd.ru Recommended ixbt.com Excellent Package

Expert Reviews

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30 March 2015

The W1500 can't quite muster enough punch or subtlety of the Epson EH-TW6600, but there's no doubting its appeal: a decent all-round performance (good detail and a natural palette), a compact...

Clear picture
Realistic colours
Decent contrast
Wireless connectivity
Compact, portable unit
Class leaders are punchier and more insightful
Limited vertical lens shift range
Many remote control button labels are hard to discern
Some noticeable offaxis light leakage
Wireless HDMI not up to the mark
28 July 2014

Strict projector aficionados like to make a distinction between true "home cinema" machines, permanently installed and tuned to deliver the best possible visual experience in suitably darkened... Read more…

In recent years, setting up a projection-style home theater has gotten a whole lot more affordable. Still, even as projectors have gotten less expensive, the budget models have left something to... Read more…

Compared to BenQ's entry level 1080p 3D DLP projector (the W1070, which goes for $899 at the BenQ US web store and on Amazon), the W1500 provides two upgrades. The wireless HDMI is obviously the...

2 May 2014

Trade-offs. That's typically what display technology is all about. Fancy crazy-high 4K resolutions, or maybe ultra-fast refresh? Bottom line: you can't have it all. And if anything, that applies...

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 29 October 2013 by IndusSwistikaArya
IndusSwistikaArya would recommend the BenQ W1500

Excellent projector very bright and razor sharp picture...

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