Setup for the projector proved to be more difficult than with the LCD projectors – it doesn’t offer any horizontal lens shift, as Panasonic and Epson’s LCD projectors do. There is a vertical shift, but only to a limited degree. I tested with the projector on a table and found that it was difficult to get a even picture shape as the circular feet that rotate down we tricky to use. As I said earlier though, it’s really meant for fixed installations so in that situation, this will be a non issue.
What will be an issue is the fact that it has quite a long throw so I could only get a 70in image from around 2m back. On its web site BenQ has a nifty utility that will tell you how big an image you’ll get from what distance, and gives four metres as the minimum distance, producing a 100in image. What’s more, there’s only keystone correction on the X axis, which once again limits flexibility, though in a fixed install you’d want to avoid having to use keystone correction anyway as it can negatively affect resolution. Even so, these issues mean you need to check carefully to see whether the W10000 is suitable for your room.
The projector takes about a minute to come on once you’ve pressed the button, which is something to get used to – projectors aren’t like televisions in that respect. It’s worth the wait though. The first thing I did was fire up some PES 2008 football action on the XBox 360. This is a good opportunity to talk about the noise level of the projector – it’s pleasingly quiet, even on full lamp mode, which outputs at 250Watts, but in the 200Watt eco mode, it’s even quieter. This is a boon when watching movies – the atmosphere of quiet moments isn’t going to be intruded upon.
The projector was quite happy to receive the 1080p 60 signal from the XBox 360, and immediately delivered a bright punchy picture even during the day in a non darkened room. This really makes a difference. If you think you’ll be using it in a room with ambient light then this is an important consideration. The Gaming preset does the job here, with the rich green of the pitch and the vibrant shirt colours all a delight to behold.
We then fed the projector a number of HD DVD discs from a Toshiba XE1, and revelled in the sharp, smooth and pleasingly colours. I’d describe the overall colour balance as warm, even on the Normal setting. The colours had a nice natural tone, without being over saturated, which can be a real distraction. Moving to the enhanced reality colours on the HD DVD of 300, the Ben Q did a fine job. The BenQ can handle the native 24fps input of the Toshiba XE1 and the presentation was suitably big, bold, smooth and judder free. I also had no issues with the dreaded, ‘Rainbow effect’ where you can see the colours make up the image, but then I have never been sensitive to this. The fact that the BenQ uses an eight segment colour wheel would help here. My only criticism would be that there was a touch more picture noise that I was expecting in the image.