The top of the projector is adorned with many logos for things such as Senseye, DCDi Faroudja, HDMI and Panamorph. The latter means that the projector is compatible with Panamorph’s range of anamorphic lenses. These are expensive add-ons that enable you get full resolution from 2.35:1 aspect ratio sources, which is very common in movies, without having to have black bars on the top and bottom. Of course this means that you then have an issue with 16:9 sources and require you that you have a 2.35:1 screen, but this is all explained on the Panamorph web site.
The buttons on the projector are all located on the central silver part above the lens. All of these are replicated on the remote control, which is what you’ll be using primarily. It’s not the very best remote I’ve ever seen but it’s good, with a button on the bottom providing an attractive orange backlight so you can see clearly what you’re doing. The buttons are also all nicely spread out so it’s easy to use.
There’s a good range of options available on the W10000 and many of them are directly accessible – input, aspect ratio, brightness, contrast, colour and tint. There are several presets designed for different lighting environments. These are Cinema, Home Theater, Family Room, Photo, and Gaming Mode. The preset button lets you scroll through them one at a time but it takes several seconds to move between each of them as the lens adjusts, which is a tad tiresome, but you can get to them directly through the menu as well. The iris is not dynamic, which will please the purists, but has several steps of manual adjustment, which you can get to directly via the remote.
One of the key features of the BenQ is that it has all the options that a professional ISF installer would need to calibrate the display. If you’re going to the expense of installing this in your home, it makes sense to get a qualified calibrator to get the best out of it.There are ISF Day and Night modes, so you can have your image perfectly set up for your viewing environment. These options are password protected once set, so can’t be messed with.
There are a great many options available if you delve into the setup menus. In the Advanced Picture options, you can choose between colour temperatures – Warm, Cool, Lamp Native and two user settings. You can boost individual colours, adjust sharpness and all of your options can be saved to presets. There is a Picture-in-Picture option too, but you can’t watch both an HDMI and Component source at the same time – you can only switch between one of those and S-Video and composite, so I’m not sure how useful the feature is.
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