Bend W3000 Projector review

Cinema quality image up to a 100 inches? Yes, please

Earlier this year, BenQ launched its top-of-the-range home cinema projector, the W3000, following on the from successful W2000 and W1110.

This impressive projector is designed to take home cinema to the next level, and it does so through the use of BenQ’s Cinematic Colour Technology, which achieves the Rec. 709 standard for high-definition color reproduction, as well as a better lens, vertical and horizontal optical image shifting and motion interpolation processing.

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The single chip DLP engine manages a decent 2000 ANSI lumens, with a 1920 x 1080 resolution image at 100 inches from 2.5 metres. The six-speed RGB color wheel is highly accurate and has been calibrated to produce some spectacular results. The result is a bright, clear and colorful image that performs with aplomb, even in a well-lit room.

As well as the hardware color enhancement, the W3000 also includes numerous software-based image improvements. There’s a motion enhancer, color enhancer to complement the color wheel, a pixel enhancer and a flesh tone enhancer. All these combine to create as realistic an image as possible, and it works well too.

Connectivity on the W3000 is impressive, covering just about every type of port you can think of. You get a pair of HDMI ports (one of which is MHL enabled), a single VGA port, Type-A USB, mini-B USB, RS-232, a 12V trigger for powering a motorised screen, component and composite audio and video, and a further collection of stereo audio in and out ports.

The design of the W3000 is slightly different from its predecessors. It still has the glossy white outer shell, with function buttons on the rear right of the top, but the W3000 is somewhat more angular and offers more ventilation than previous models. It also comes with a pair of active 3D glasses – something that’s missing from one or two of the previous projectors.

It’s hardly surprising to discover that the W3000 is one of BenQ’s more expensive projectors. At around £1,400, it’s quite a large sum of money to part with, especially considering the BenQ W2000 comes in under £1,000 and isn’t too far off the same specification as the W3000.

The extra expenditure, though, gets you a far better projected image and plenty of options in the calibration of the image. Other factors such as being able to position the projector on one side of the viewing area and still have a non-trapezoid image, an optical zoom, the vertical and horizontal lens shift and having more options via the projector’s menu than you’ll probably ever need make for a top-end home cinema setup.

We think the extra cost is worth the upgrade to the W3000, because the image quality is significantly sharper, clearer and more colorful. We were even impressed with the 3D image. If you’re considering using a projector as your main home cinema display, then you’ll want the best possible image, and that comes at a high price, mm David Hayward

A superb movie projector, but at a high price

8 Total Score
Bend W3000 Projector review

A superb movie projector, but at a high price

Quality
9
Value
6
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