Out of the box the way the BenQ W2700 (europe model name) / HT5500 (US) will quite simply amaze you with how incredible the colours are reproduced, it is also jam packed full of other features that makes this a contender for one of the best projectors in 2019.
The full video review below demonstrates some of the stunning pictures the BenQ can produce, this is all made possible bu the DLP chip that uses the ‘pixel-shifting technology to display a true 4k display of over 8 million pixels.
Before you even turn it on you will already be feeling warm and gooey about the way this projector looks, it’s simply stunning. Not since the BenQ GV1 have we seen such a good looking machine and all this in a product category where ‘black and boxey’ is the norm.
Hardware and software combine to create an almost perfect sub £1500 ($1500) machine that really needs to be seriously considered when either, entering the projector market or maybe upgrading from a lesser spec model.
With features like HDR10 and Dynamic Iris included, this makes this model exceptional value, these are often not found on projectors under £2000 ($2000) BenQ have thought about the consumer and with the addition of it being relatively short throw and having vertical lens shift, this is designed for almost any home.
Another item to consider is DCI-P3 and its 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and 100% Rec709 coverage. The 95% DCI-P3 coverage this has and is (as far as I know) unique to previous 4K DLP projectors. The overall result is designed to an does bring you a colour range as cinema like as possible therefore delivering as close to the image the movie director was intending.
This is a contender for Best Projector of 2019 in the sub £1500 ($1500) category as it offers features like Dynamic Iris, HDR10 and a out of the box colour calibration that rivals any other projector. For movie lovers in this budget then this could be for you, gamers may not be completely happy wit the input lag but this is a minor flaw.
The other slight issue, and we will test this, it may not be quite as sharp as rival Optoma’s similarly priced models, but we will cover this in our forthcoming tests, we will also look at how this does in our test against the BenQ TK800 which is also 4K but comes in around the £1000 ($1100) price point.
Full Specs from BenQ
Projection System: DLP
Resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Resolution Support VGA (640 x 480) to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Brightness (ANSI lumens) 2000 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio (FOFO) 30,000:1
Display Colour 30 Bits (1,07 billion colors)
Native Aspect Ratio Native 16:9 (6 aspect ratio selectable)
Light Source Lamp
Light Source Wattage 245W
Light Source Life Normal 4,000 hours Economic 10,000 hours SmartEco 15,000 hours
Throw Ratio 1.13 - 1.47 (100" @ 2.5 m)
Zoom Ratio 1.3X
Lens F/# = 1.9 - 2.47, f = 12 - 15.6 mm
Lens Shift Vertical 100%~110%
Keystone Adjustment 1D, (Auto) Vertical ± 30 degrees
Projection Offset 105%
Clear Image Size (Diagonal) 40"~200"
Image Size 30"~200"
Horizontal Frequency 15K-135KHz
Vertical Scan Rate 23-120Hz
Bright / Vivid TV / Cinema (Rec. 709) / D. Cinema / Silence / User 1 (HDR / HLG / ISF Night / ISF Day / 3D*)
Colour Wheel Segment 6-Segment (RGBRGB)
Colour Wheel Speed 2D: 96Hz; 100Hz; 120Hz 3D: 120Hz
Rec.709 Coverage 100%
DCI-P3 Coverage 95%
Speaker Chamber Speaker 5W x 2
HDMI X2 HDMI (2.0a/HDCP2.2)
USB Type A
X1 (5V/2.5A power) X1 ((Media Reader, FW download)
USB Type Mini B X1 (FW download, service)
Audio out (3.5 mm Mini Jack) X1 (mini jack)
DC 12V Trigger (3.5 mm Jack) X1 (3.5mm Jack)
IR Receiver 2 (Front/Top)
Motion Enhancer (MEMC)
ISF Night/ Day
HDTV Compatibility 720p 50/60Hz, 1080i 50/60Hz, 1080p 24/25/30/50/60Hz, 2160p 23/24/25/30/60Hz
3D Compatibility Yes
Power Supply VAC 100 ~ 240 (50/60Hz)
Typical Power Consumption Max 350W, Normal 340W, Eco 280W
Standby Power Consumption 0.5W Max. at 100 ~ 240VAC
Acoustic Noise (Typ./Eco.) 30/28dBA (Silence mode)
Operating Temperature 0~40 degrees (Celcius)
Dimension and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)(mm) 380 x 127 x 263
Net Weight (kg/ lb) 4.2 kg / 9.2 lbs
Remote Control w/ Battery x 1 (5J.JKC06.001)
Power Cable (by region) x 1 (3m)
User Manual CD Yes (27L)
Quick Start Guide Yes (21L)
Warranty Card (by region) Yes
Lens cover Yes
OSD OSD Language
Arabic/ Bulgarian/ Croatian/ Czech/ Danish/ Dutch/ English/ Finnish/ French/ German/ Greek/ Hindi/ Hungarian/ Italian/ Indonesian/ Japanese/ Korean/ Norwegian/ Polish/ Portuguese/ Romanian/ Russian/ Simplified Chinese/ Spanish/ Swedish/ Turkish/ Thai/ Traditional Chinese (28 Languages)
* In 3D Mode: Resolution is 1920x1080 in 3D Mode.
** The Contrast is measured by Full On Full Off standard.
*** Lamp life results will vary depending on environmental conditions and usage. Actual product's features and specifications are subject to change without notice.