BenQ W20000 Full HD DLP Projector Review - BenQ W20000 Review


Also promising great things for the W20000’s image quality is its employment of Realta’s Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) image processing engine, a step up from the fairly bog-standard Faroudja system BenQ usually opts for. This should, hopefully, result in reduced scaling noise, smoother contours, enhanced detail subtlety, and more besides.

There are a trio of further processing tricks devoted to colour that warrant a mention, too. First, you get the full hardware (colour wheel) and software (processing) implementation of Texas Instruments’ BrilliantColor processing to boost mid-tone colours and increase overall brightness. Second, you get VIDI lighting technology to boost by up to 15 per cent the brightness with which the W20000 shows reds and blues. Finally, 4:4:4 colour sampling eliminates compression from the video source by handling each colour signal in the video output individually, so that each colour’s brightness ‘value’ can be rendered directly into the video.

One last image processing element worth running by you is something dubbed ‘Ultra Smooth Video Stream’, which extends the elimination of jagged angles and edges to cover moving video as well as stationary objects.

The simple and reasonably attractive onscreen menus for the W20000, meanwhile, contain plenty of manual fine-tuning options beyond anything just mentioned, including gamma selection, colour management, and clarity control.

Thanks to the neat presentation of the onscreen menus and a helpfully spacious, backlit remote control, I generally found the W20000 pretty easy to use on a day to day basis, while impressive lens shifting and keystone correction options made getting a workable image on screen reasonably straightforward.

There is one potentially significant setup problem you might need to be aware of, though: the projector’s zoom range is only 1.2x. This lack of zoom flexibility could make it tough to get the size of image you want, depending on your room layout. And it certainly means that if anyone’s trying to use the W20000 in a very small room, the picture size they’ll be able to accomplish will be disappointingly limited.

First impressions of the W20000’s picture quality are very strong. Immediately, for instance, your attention is grabbed by the remarkable dynamics of the contrast range, as rich, deep blacks sit right alongside exceptionally luminous peak whites. For a simple example of what we’re talking about here, check out the black and white opening to ”Casino Royale” on Blu-ray.

As well as enjoying very deep black levels, dark parts of the picture also look pleasingly stable, generally avoiding the brightness ‘jumps’ sometimes seen with projectors that use dynamic iris systems.

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