BenQ W750 720p 3D DLP Projector

Monitors and Projectors, Reviews

Testing Methodology

 
Again, the best way to test a projector (save for advanced analytical equipment) is just to try it out. The house I’m staying in currently has a bookcase set up on one side of the living room and a blank white wall on the other, so again I was able to avoid needing a separate projector screen.

At about 10 feet from projector to wall, the projected image was approximately 105″ across the diagonal. The arrangement looked something like this (image from BenQ’s excellent projection calculator).

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Once installed, I took the projector through its paces with a range of 2D and 3D media, including Galaxy Quest (2D), Avatar (3D) and SNSD’s Run Devil Run MV (3D). We also played a few games, including Saint’s Row 3 and various Ouya games, all of which were in 2D.

Testing Results

 
Similarly to our first projector review, I’d like to examine the W750 across three major lines: 2D video quality, 3D video quality and overall usability.

2D

So, 2D video quality comes first. Here the 1280 x 720p resolution was something of a bother, with games and particularly text in web browsing looking noticeably worse. Still, the lowered resolution meant that games could be easily played at their highest settings by a typical gaming PC and at moderate to high settings on a typical non-gaming laptop. In addition, 720p is the resolution of choice for current generation consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, so there’s no real need for 1080p here.

Outside of gaming and web browsing though, the 720p resolution was quite sufficient. Downloading video files and streaming in 720p is much more rapid than in 1080p, and the difference in quality isn’t that noticeable. While I’m still more likely to go for the 1080p option when it’s available, in many cases it’s just not essential.

It’s worth noting that you can still give the projector a 1080p input and it’ll continue to function – but the output will be scaled down to 720p, meaning there’s no reason to provide more than a 720p source.

Outside of mere resolution, the W750 performed admirably. The colour balance was spot on pretty much out of the box, and greyscale performance was similarly excellent. Both could also be improved through rather rapid calibration as well. I’ve never seen such an excellent looking 720p projector, which is particularly impressive given the low price of the W750.

Of course, audio quality wasn’t amazing. This projector has the same 10W speaker as was in the W1060, which I found quite underwhelming. While the speaker is fine for low volumes in small rooms, you’ll really want to hook up a set of speakers for a true cinematic experience.

3D

The 3D experience was also top-notch. With plenty of 3D options available, it was easy to get things set up rapidly. While there are relatively few 3D films out there, those that did include 3D support looked fantastic. While I’m not sure that 3D will continue to be pushed (as 4K resolutions get closer), 3D support is definitely a nice bonus for any projector.

I didn’t find that the 3D hurt my eyes, and the glasses only became a bit uncomfortable near the end of Avatar, a two-and-a-half hour film.

The only slightly vexing issue was that the projector only came with a single set of glasses, leading to a rather solitary viewing experience. If you want to watch movies with your partner or friends, then you’ll need to invest in additional 3D glasses – which cost around €100 per pair. That very quickly adds up; if you wanted to watch a 3D movie in a group of 4 then you’d be spending almost as much on the glasses as you did on the projector!

Usability
 
Again, the W750 scores very highly here. The on-screen menus are very easy to use, although the remote isn’t great. The inputs and buttons on the projector are easy to access, and the quality of the box and that lens cap meant I wasn’t worried about transporting the projector across town.

Noise and heat seemed to be less of a problem here than with the W1060. The different setup was most likely a factor as well, as the distance between projector and seat was increased between the two setups.

Regardless, the W750 proved quite easy to use and definitely underscores the importance of a solid physical design backed up with a well-written OSD.

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Last modified: February 7, 2018

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