Summary

Our Score

7/10

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Colours impress greatly on the W20000 too. They're exceptionally vivid in a way you only tend to see on projectors with BrilliantColor, plus they're very natural in tone pretty much all the time. It comes as no surprise to discover that the projector has been accurately calibrated to the D65 colour standard rated as the best setting for video.

Perhaps the single most gratifying element of the W20000's pictures is their exceptional sharpness. The full HD resolution together with the HQV video processing manage to bring out every last detail of an HD source. Indeed, it almost does this to a fault, for if there's any noise whatsoever in a source (grain, MPEG noise, whatever) the W20000 will show it. But then it's hardly fair to hold a grudge against a projector for being too good for some of its sources, is it?!


Where I certainly can hold a grudge, though, is with the surprising amount of speckling noise that appears to be down to the projector's DLP mechanism. The most overt signs of this can be seen in shots of bright skies, such as those in the Bahamas in Casino Royale. Parts of the sky, especially where different colour tones blend into one another, are plagued by fizzing dots that definitely appear to be caused by the projector's optics rather than coming from the film transfer. Similar issues can be seen - albeit to a lesser degree - under less extreme picture conditions too.

Upscaled standard definition pictures look a touch fuzzier than we'd like too, and there's also quite a bit of general colour noise around from time to time, even during HD viewing. For instance, the shot of James Bond standing against a jungle backdrop holding a gun to the bomb-maker's head in the Casino Royale Blu-ray looks strangely gritty and flecked with colour noise to a degree I've never seen before.

This noise is all the more unfortunate because the W20000 does a rather good job of suppressing more common DLP artefacts such as motion fizzing and the rainbow effect.

Verdict

It's really sad when a potentially great projector gets turned into a good but flawed one by a single, niggly weakness. But that's the situation with the BenQ W20000 and its noise level problems, and no amount of sadness is going to make the situation any different.

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