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BenQ W1000+ - Contrast, Sharpness and Verdict
The W1000+‘s punchy colour palette gets decent extra definition, too, from what’s a really good contrast performance for the price. Dark parts of the picture look a fraction deeper than those of the original W1000, and peak whites look a touch crisper. And this is improving, let’s not forget, on what was already a very respectable contrast performance for such an affordable model.
The good news isn’t over yet, either. For the W1000+ deserves credit, too, for how sharp and detailed its HD pictures look. Its Full HD native resolution and quite aggressive (in terms of contrast and colour) approach to picture reproduction, especially with BrilliantColour engaged, makes its images look sharp and textured almost to a fault, at times. We noticed shortcomings in the complexions of some of our favourite stars, for instance, that even projectors many times more expensive don’t expose.
This sharpness is slightly better than it was on the original W1000, moreover, because the improved colour wheel appears to have also boosted the projector’s clarity when showing objects moving across the screen – or camera pans.
The sharpness is so acute, indeed, that it might not to be to everyone’s taste. In fact, now we come to think of it, there’s a general brashness about the W1000+’s pictures, with their high brightness, strong colours and exaggerated detailing, that might not sit too well with very refined home cinema palettes.
But then it seems unlikely that a truly refined home cinephile would only be looking to spend £750 on a projector. Instead the W1000+’s most likely buyers are relatively casual projector fans unlikely to have the sort of totally blacked out, perfectly organised home cinema room higher-end projectors might like to find themselves in. And to those people, who will likely have a relatively poor screen (or just a matt wall) and likely some ambient light around too, the W1000+’s in-your-face approach is just what the doctor ordered.
One last point to mention concerns the W1000+’s running noise. The cooling fans can be quite noticeable when you’re running the projector in its Normal mode - which we’d recommend if you’ve got some ambient light to contend with. But the racket diminishes quite nicely in the lamp’s eco setting, without brightness being compromised as badly as you might expect.
If you’re after genuine big-screen thrills without the big wallet spills, then the W1000+ is simply the most ridiculously great-value entry-level projector we’ve seen to date.
Sure, spending more can get you a much-enhanced performance. But the bottom line with the W1000+ is that it performs well enough to rival projectors costing hundreds of pounds more, making us wonder if a lovely new round of industry-wide projector price slashing might be just around the corner...