Review Price £2,845.78
BenQ W6000 DLP Projector - BenQ W6000
The W6000's onscreen menus continue the ease of use theme by being clear and sensibly structured, and even the remote control - traditionally a weak point of projectors - is pretty much a paragon of sense, with its bright backlight and spacious, logical layout.
Don't let the W6000's approachability fool you, though. Underneath the cuddly surface beats a serious home cinema heart, complete with more than enough picture setup flexibility to satisfy tinkerers and even installers.
Among the most useful fine-tuning options are a gamma adjustment; a good degree of colour management; a Clarity control option that includes noise reduction, detail enhancement, Luma Transmission and chroma transmission tweaks; a film mode; and an on/off toggle for Texas Instruments' Brilliant Colour system, designed to soup up DLP technology's colour palette.
So very flexible is the W6000, in fact, that it's supported by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), meaning that it ships with ISF day and night picture presets that an ISF engineer could use to optimise picture quality for your specific viewing room conditions.
Digging even deeper into the W6000's specification, I discover first that the video processing comes courtesy of the impressive Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) system - a fact which should make the W6000 unusually good at showing standard definition sources.
Next there's VIDI Lighting technology, which ups the projector's brightness - and its red and blue colour response by around 15 per cent - by delivering more lumens to your screen than most rival systems and lamps. It has the numbers to back this story up too, combining an extremely impressive claimed contrast ratio of 50,000:1 with an even more startling claimed brightness of 2,500 ANSI Lumens.
As always, these sorts of figures need to be taken with a massive pinch of salt. But they still suggest that the projector should deliver that Holy Grail of home cinema projection: bright punchy images which don't have to have all their brightness stripped away to contain credible black levels.
The W6000's native resolution is, inevitably, Full HD, meanwhile, and there's a healthy 10-bit processing engine on hand to boost the intensity and gradation of colours.
The first thing that hits you about the W6000's pictures is how superbly intense and vibrant they look by sub-£3,000 projector standards. And there seem to be no less than four main reasons for this.
First and most obvious, the picture is extremely bright. Obviously you don't get the full 2,500 claimed Lumens on screen if you're using any half-sensible picture settings, but there's still no doubt that the image reflects off my screen much more aggressively than is usually the case on anything less than megabucks projectors. This makes the W6000 an unusually good option for its price point for anyone with a really large - 120-150in - screen.