Remarkably the BenQ W750 is equipped with Texas Instruments’s Triple Flash 144Hz technology, and as usual this delivers palpable 3D benefits when it comes to active 3D’s common crosstalk ghosting and flicker problems. In fact we’ve seen projector’s costing almost 10 times as much suffering more with flicker and crosstalk than the W750.
There’s a decent amount of sharpness in 3D images too within the bounds of the 720p limitation already discussed in the 2D picture quality section, and motion is surprisingly effective, with none of the extra judder seen on many 3D TVs we test.
The only real negative is that while normal crosstalk is fairly well suppressed, we did regularly see some unusual colour crosstalk – as in, quite solid (rather than ghost-like) double imaging around very colour-rich objects. Still, the fact that 3D is even functional on a £440 projector is pretty amazing really, even if you do have to spend more money on getting the necessary 3D glasses.
A projector as cheap but also cinematic as the BenQ W750 clearly has great potential as a gaming machine. So it’s very pleasing indeed to find it suffering only 33ms of input lag. This is a very low figure by projection standards, and shouldn’t in truth cause any significant damage to your gaming abilities.
Less impressive is the W750’s remote control. As well as being extremely small and crowded it isn’t backlit, making it almost impossible to use in a dark room.
The BenQ W750 runs a little more noisily than we’d ideally like, too. You can calm this by using the Eco lamp setting, though as we’ve discussed the SmartEco mode delivers the best picture quality, and this does require the projector to run more noisily.
If you have the budget for it you can undoubtedly better the W750’s performance by spending more. A decent step up option, for instance, would be the £830 Epson TW5910.
This sort of talk is kind of beside the point, though. For all that really matters is that the BenQ W750 is in a whole different world in home cinema performance terms to any similarly cheap projector we’ve seen.
Sure, if we could we’d spend £37,000 on the absolutely amazing Sim2 Superlumis we tested recently instead of buying the BenQ W750. But considering just how far at the opposite extreme of the projection spectrum the W750 sits, it’s almost as remarkable in value terms as Sim2’s dream machine is in performance terms.
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