There's no doubt that the world is going 1080p crazy. In the TV world, 1080p is the new black and the same is true for projectors. Not too long ago I reviewed Panasonic's excellent, PTAE1000E, while recently, John was slightly disappointed with Epson's TW1000. When it comes to 1080p though, these are relatively affordable projectors, coming in at around £2,000. This BenQ W10000 is a somewhat more expensive proposition, having an RRP of £5,000, and available at online retailers for around £4,500. At that price, it needs to be a lot better than the likes of the PTAE1000E and TW1000.
The BenQ employs a Texas Instruments 0.95in DLP chip, the DarkChip 3, with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which BenQ claims has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. This is the only major difference to its sibling, the W9000, which offers 8.500:1. The BenQ features BrilliantColor, a marketing name that refers to the fact that the DarkChip 3 chip has an eight segment colour wheel. As such, it has cyan, magenta, and yellow on top of the basic red, green and blue delivering more subtle colour gradations. The wheel has a neutral density green (NDG) filter, which BenQ claims minimizes green dot noise - green, as that is the colour to which the eye is most sensitive. The W10000 is also a very bright projector, with a claimed maximum figure of 1,200 ANSI lumens, making it one of the brightest in its class.
The W10000 is finished in white, silver and blue and the styling is functional but impressive. A lot of this is down to the fact that it's a big 'ol beast, measuring 349 x 120 x 277 and weighing in at 3.9Kgs. It's really designed to be securely ceiling mounted for fixed installations and is certainly not the sort of projector you'll want to pop out of a cupboard and place on a table to watch the football.
The large lens in the centre dominates, with two large grilles on either side, and it chucks out quite a bit of heat, not surprising considering the size of the lamp and the brightness level. A large plastic cowling with the BenQ logo embossed onto is available, should you wish to hide the connections. Behind this you'll find only a single HDMI connection, which is a bit on the lean side these days, so a switcher will almost certainly be needed if you have multiple sources. You also get a Component input, plus a horizontal and vertical BNC connections for RGB. You'll also find S-Video and composite, perish the thought. There's a 12V trigger for use with things such as motorised screens, and an RS-232 port.