4K TVs are getting higher and higher annually, however should you’re on the lookout for sheer measurement, nothing comes near a projector. The trade-off is that for good dwelling cinema projection, there are particular limitations that come to play proper off the bat. There’s the area required for the projector and a display, the necessity for a totally darkish atmosphere, and some extra niggles like the suitable room color, seating, and extra. For sensible causes, projectors find yourself in film fanatic territory, for many who are aiming to recreate a theatrical expertise. A projector can be undoubtedly not as straightforward to make use of as a TV. But, in case you have all that taken care of, a projector is the way in which to go.
Now, narrowing our focus extra in the direction of the product at hand, the BenQ W1700 is a long-throw dwelling theatre projector able to displaying true 4K decision and HDR, at a price ticket of Rs. 2,25,000. That means you may get a 110-inch (most) show measurement at a worth that is a lot decrease than that of a premium 65-inch 4K TV. Interested? Read on.
BenQ W1700 design
The BenQ W1700 just isn’t too large contemplating its capabilities, and will be capable of match throughout the identical quantity of area as some other normal dwelling theatre projector. It’s sized at 353mm x 135mm x 272mm, and will match nicely on a shelf. Its weight of four.2kg makes it straightforward to mount as nicely. The zoom and focus rings have to be tweaked manually. There’s no such setting on the bundled distant so you will have to hold the projector inside attain in case it is advisable readjust these settings manually. On the underside of the gadget are three adjustable toes – a sliding one for peak adjustment within the entrance, and two screw-type ones on the rear. Between these three we discovered the projector to be fairly steady, regardless of the excessive velocity of the fan contained in the physique.
The lens has a useful cap that, once more, must be placed on or taken off manually. You can see distinguished air vents on both aspect of the W1700, each with followers for fixed airflow when the projector is in use. The entrance exhaust vent tends to get significantly scorching when the projector is in use. That could be value contemplating when planning the location of the projector in a room. Next to the suitable air vent is a grille for the gadget’s mono speaker, which we’ll get to in a bit.
All buttons are positioned on the highest of the unit, and also you won’t use them fairly often contemplating that the distant handles all the identical features nicely. The again has all of the ports, which embrace two HDMI ports, each supporting 4K and HDR enter. Only the HDMI 1 port, nevertheless is HDCP 2.2 grievance, which is essential to notice in case it is advisable play any content material that requires that stage of copy safety (choose 4K Blu-Ray titles). Other ports embrace a VGA enter, an RS232 management port, and two USB ports (normal and mini). Both USB ports are incapable of enjoying media from exterior gadgets, however the USB Type-A port may also be used to energy media sticks like a Chromecast. The Mini-USB port is supposed just for firmware updates and tech help, a BenQ consultant instructed Gadgets 360. There are three.5mm ports for audio enter and output, however sadly, no strategy to route digital audio. You should use a receiver or search for that individual choice in your media participant.
BenQ W1700 options and distant
There’s purpose why the BenQ W1700 is so nicely priced, particularly when in comparison with different premium 4K HDR projectors, and no, it has little or no to do with image high quality. The actual purpose is that the projector achieves its 4K decision utilizing pixel-shifting – a know-how that makes use of high-speed flashes of 1080p-resolution output and hundreds of micro-mirrors to venture 4 instances as many pixels on display. It’s a wise approach to get true 4K imagery on display at a decrease price, and in addition with none noticeable drawbacks. So regardless of the DLP (Digital Light Processing) chip rendering the 4K picture as 4 1080p frames, the ultimate output on display is 4K.
As we talked about, the W1700 additionally helps HDR, however solely utilizing the HDR-10 normal – there’s no Dolby Vision help. That isn’t a problem in any respect in relation to compatibility, as most gadgets together with gaming consoles, media streamers, and Blu-ray gamers help it. There’s additionally energetic 3D help, however solely at 1080p decision. We could not check this explicit characteristic as Active 3D glasses do not ship with the projector, and are offered as optionally available equipment. The BenQ W1700 has a mode wherein it may be used for rear projection as nicely, if that is your choice.
BenQ claims that the lamp brightness is 2,200 ANSI Lumens, which signifies that this projector will performs optimally solely in pitch-black darkness. This particularly applies to HDR content material, as a result of in any other case the colors will probably be drowned out. BenQ additionally claims that the distinction ratio is 10,000:1.
There’s computerized keystone adjustment, nevertheless it does are inclined to prioritise getting the picture on display straight from the edges. This comes at the price of the image showing skewed from the highest and backside, whereas the horizontal sides are completely straight. It’s greatest to maintain the projector as bodily aligned with the display as potential.
We had acknowledged earlier that the distant is sort of purposeful and handles nearly all essential features fairly nicely – apart from the bodily zoom and focus controls, after all. The buttons are a bit on the stiffer aspect and do require some quantity of effort to make use of. To make issues a bit extra cumbersome, the projector’s interface is barely laggy too, and it requires a little bit of endurance to get the preliminary setup performed. The distant buttons gentle up in brilliant orange when pressed, making it straightforward so that you can see what you’re doing in full darkness.
BenQ W1700 efficiency
We examined the BenQ W1700 projector primarily by connecting it to a PS4 Pro for media playback in addition to gaming. BenQ offered us with a 100-inch projection display for testing, and we had been capable of fill it up by putting the projector at a distance of round three.6m from the display. For 4K HDR video, we examined TV exhibits together with Stranger Things, The Punisher, Lost in Space, and extra – all of which appeared beautiful. The reds particularly had been visibly deep within the remaining battle of Stranger Things Season 2, and the nice and cozy outside faculty sequences had a stage of smoothness that you would be able to expertise solely with high-quality projection.
The brilliant sequences in Lost in Space stood out very well, however to not the purpose that we needed to squint, as we’ve got skilled with QLED TV panels. Still, the combination of measurement and depth did look very spectacular. Shows like Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix have a film-grain impact added on, which tends to look actually unhealthy on over-sharpened shows. We tried turning down the sharpening on the projector, and that resulted in a extra natural-looking picture. The movie grain then labored extra by way of including a ‘really feel’ to the present somewhat than hogging up the foreground.
Upscaling was dealt with fairly nicely by the BenQ W1700, to the purpose that we could not inform at instances whether or not the media enjoying on display was natively 1080p, till we checked. We even performed a variety of YouTube movies, and the outcomes had been nice. Across the board, there was no noticeable ghosting throughout quick motion segments – an issue that plagues many projectors.
Projectors, particularly DLP ones, aren’t often beneficial for gaming, due to their decrease refresh charges, however we gave this one a spin anyway. The end result was fairly spectacular. We did discover a little bit of enter lag when attempting to drag off combos in Injustice 2 – which could have an effect on aggressive first-person shooters extra – however God of War, which is a story-driven motion sport, ran completely nicely. We can undoubtedly suggest this non-twitch-based gaming, should you’re within the temper to play on a larger-than-life show.
What didn’t impress us in any respect was the projector’s black ranges, however once more, that isn’t one thing remoted to this explicit mannequin. Our testing room additionally had white partitions and ceiling, which might minutely have an effect on the general black ranges in a damaging approach as nicely. Watching darker exhibits and films does carry this subject to the forefront. Netflix’s Bright, which is an ideal instance of a 4K HDR movie shot virtually totally at evening, had washed-out blacks which affected the film watching expertise.
The built-in 5W mono speaker on the BenQ W1700 lacked depth, nevertheless it was fairly punchy, and was loud sufficient to fill a reasonably large 20x15ft room. That mentioned, we would undoubtedly suggest an exterior sound system over this feature.
For what it is priced at, the BenQ W1700 impressed us. It’s a bit Spartan in relation to frills resembling USB media playback, wi-fi connectivity, and even Dolby Vision help. But its core efficiency is rock strong. Black ranges had been a bit disappointing, however that has extra to do with DLP projectors normally. If your projection room is nicely arrange with darker supplies, the black ranges ought to theoretically enhance, however nonetheless gained’t be wherever near what you’d get from a TV. We would nonetheless say the professionals outweigh the cons, and the 4K HDR output of the BenQ W1700 was superb even on a 100-inch display. If you need to arrange a high-quality big-screen dwelling theatre with out spending an excessive amount of, then the W1700 could be match.
Price: Rs. 2,25,000
- Sharp 4K output
- Great HDR efficiency
- Upscaling works nicely
- Unimpressive black ranges
Ratings (out of 5)
- Design: four
- Features: three
- Performance: four
- Value: four.5
- Overall: four out of 5
Adapted From: Gadgets360