BenQ W1500 specs

John Archer

By John Archer


Quick Glance
Projector Type Single-chip DLP
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio 10000:1
Brightness 2200
Native Aspect Ratio 16:9
A/V Ports
HDMI 2 (v1.4)
Component 1
Composite 1
S-Video 1
Native Aspect Ratio 16:9
Projector Type Single-chip DLP
Brightness 2200
Contrast Ratio 10000:1
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Full HD 1080p Yes
3D Ready Yes
Lamp Type UHP


June 11, 2013, 2:45 pm

I cant believe that this reviewer did not realize that he was testing this projector with the old Benq glasses that do not support 144kz. That is why there is a problem with 3d.
Hope this review gets revised with the right glasses.


August 29, 2013, 2:14 am

it said the unit came with a pair of 144Hz active shutter, so where does it say he was using the wrong ones?


October 20, 2013, 12:31 am

"144Hz 3D. Many DLP Link 3D glasses top out at 120Hz, which was the maximum synchronization rate for a lot of first- and second-generation 3D projectors. The W1500 runs at 144Hz, so these slower glasses will not work. While the new glasses are not too much more expensive than the old ones, it is one additional thing that can go wrong when attempting to purchase your complete 3D system. At least one review rolling around criticizes the W1500's (excellent) 3D capabilities because the reviewer accidentally used a pair of 120Hz glasses to do their evaluation"(Retrieved from


October 20, 2013, 5:44 pm

He doesn't. But another reviewer (Bill Livolsi) claims that's
happened, without mentioning Archer's name. Livolsi says 'another
reviewer' used 120 Hz glasses instead of 144Hz. Doing searches for reviews, I only found Archer's to be critical of the 1500's 3D ability.

December 25, 2013, 2:05 am

Hi, I'm just publishing our review of the W1500. I've used the provided (144 hz) 3D glasses, and have found nothing weird. I have old BenQ glasses here, too, though, and they barely work, so I tend to agree that most likely the glasses were responsible for the issue. If there's one issue with the 3D, it's that you tend to notice that the blacks are a little dark red. That's very DLP-link, and one more great reason to move to RF 3D glasses on those projectors that give you the option, or are already standardized on the newer types.


March 8, 2014, 1:18 am

I recently purchased the W1500. In 2D it is hands down superb. Bright, clean, sharp imaging. Wonderful! However, I have consistently experienced some 'unusual' issues with 3D Blu Rays. I use a PS3 for Blu Ray playback. When I insert and begin playing a 3D disk, the projector switches to 3D and runs through a 'test' mode before the disks menu appears. This takes several seconds but is normal. The issue that arises though is that when I proceed to play the movie itself, the resulting 3D playback has some significant depth of field issues that frankly make it horrible and pretty much impossible to watch. The eye is extremely confused by what is being projected. It has nothing to do with the 'invert' option (I have tested this option several times in the projectors 3D menu) as there is some sense of correctness about the image, but it is barely watchable due to the above mentioned depth issues. The only way I have found to correct the issues is that while the actual 3D movie is playing, I must switch the projector off (which takes a minute or 2 while it cools) then switch it back on while the ACTUAL movie is paying, at which point the projector runs through it's test mode again. The resulting 3D image is now correct and perfectly watchable. I have tested with several disks and 2 separate 3D glasses (one of which is the Benq glasses that came with the projector) and the problem is consistent. I am in the process of contacting Benq to see if they have a resolve for this, but wondered if others had experienced the same problems as 3D issues are commonly reported in other reviews for this projector.

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