For the lower price, it manages to deliver a far from budget performance
The BenQ W750 may well be a budget projector but it manages to deliver a far from budget performance. The chassis might be small and light, betraying BenQ's data grade heritage, but it's well built and the size makes installation easier. There is some fan noise and light spill but, on the upside, the W750 is very bright making it ideal for the average living room. The rear connections are fairly standard, with two HDMI inputs, and only the rinky-dink remote lets the side down.
Pretty hard to beat for the price
If you want a projector without 3D, you should go with a 1080p unit like ViewSonic's Pro8200. Otherwise, the W750 is pretty hard to beat for the price.
Packs in features typically only found on more expensive projectors
The BenQ W1500 is a fully-featured home theater projector with a stellar HD picture. It packs in features typically only found on more expensive projectors, like frame interpolation and vertical lens shift, without compromising one iota when it comes to picture quality. It is easy to use thanks to an intuitive remote control and menu system, easy to set up thanks to 1.6:1 zoom and vertical lens shift, and easy to fine-tune thanks to comprehensive color controls and three User memory banks.
Excellent motion handling and good colour performance
While it's certainly not a bad projector in 2D mode, nor is BenQ's W1500 the step-up hero we'd hoped for. For us, its quality leap from BenQ's cheaper models isn't quite extensive enough to justify a Â£1,400 price tag - especially as the 3D playback on the sample we tested is an eyestrain-inducing disaster.
Has a ton of features
The BenQ W1500 has a ton of features. With a wireless high definition streaming solution, 3D, ISF certification, 6000 hour lamp life, and much more, there is a lot to like here. At $2300, there better be. While it might be cheaper to buy a similarly featured projector and hire someone to run wires for you, that may not be possible for many. The only thing we can find left off the feature list is horizontal lens shift.
Offers a wider range of image sizes than the lower-cost model
The BenQ W1500 has a wider range of functions than the W1070â??another five-star projector from BenQ. As well as delivering excellent-quality 3D, this projector has an effective frame interpolation function, wireless HDMI support and offers a wider range of image sizes than the lower-cost model. However, there's no real gain in picture quality compared with the W1070. Given that the W1500 is a fair bit pricier, we'd still recommend the W1070 if you're looking for the best-value option.
Powerful, compact projector that packs a variety of presenting features into a tiny package
The Dell M900HD is a powerful, compact projector that packs a variety of presenting features into a tiny package. Its 30,000-hour LED light engine removes the need for lamp replacements, thereby reducing the number of things that can go wrong while you're out on the road. It has best-in-class connectivity thanks to its creative implementations of USB and WiFi projection.
Incredibly portable, and very convenient if you have a suitably equipped laptop, phone or tablet
The Dell M900HD is incredibly portable, and very convenient if you have a suitably equipped laptop, phone or tablet. It does get pretty hot, and a few more ANSI lumens would increase its versatility. Nonetheless, it compares very favourably to other similar models on the market, and will prove a great option for mobile executives and large businesses needing a projector that can service several rooms.
Works great with both PC and Mac
I just received this projector from Dell, opened the box and marveled at how small, i.e.: portable, it is. It weighs .8 pounds and easily fits in the palm of your hand. It's extremely easy to use with a PC - it comes configured to simply plug and play using an included VGA cable. Be sure your computer has a VGA port, or you'll have to figure out a work around for a connection.
One of the brighter 3D capable projectors under $5000
The picture - is accurate, and natural looking. Skin tones, as a general rule, are gorgeous.
Although a bit cool, even brightest modes have a most enjoyable picture quality, that I figure looks better than almost any LCDTV, and I'm talking this Sony at its worst. It's hard not to really revel in excellent skin tones.
Placement flexibility of the VPL-HW50ES projector is really good with 1.6:1 zoom and a good amount of lens shift.
Excellent color, Customizable light output
The Sony VPL-HW50ES is a videophile's dream. It combines a crisp, detailed 2D image with a nearly flawless 3D image and a light engine that is powerful enough to put both images on some seriously large screens. It provides excellent customizability, so the tinkerers out there will not be disappointed in their ability to fine-tune almost every aspect of the projector's performance without having to crack open a service menu.
Superb 3D pictures, Brilliant 2D pictures, Excellent value
Don't be put off by the little list of niggles we finished the main review with. For in reality all these issues do is explain why the Sony VPL-HW50ES is only £3,000 rather than £5,000 or more. Overall the HW50 is an absolutely outstanding effort that rocks with 2D and sets new standards for its price level with 3D. In other words, it's another red letter day in Sony's bid to get back on top of the AV game.
Very good native contrast
The Reality Creation mode helps to make poor transfers or soft films look better, though it can also distract from a really well done transfer unless you turn it off for those. The inclusion of a spare bulb is just icing on the cake, allowing you to use the Sony for years without needing to buy anything else. Unless you need a feature the Sony doesn't offer, it now becomes my go-to projector recommendation by offering a fantastic image and an amazing value. Incredibly highly recommended.
Looks smart, easy to set-up
While Sony's 4K Ultra HD kit might be grabbing al the headlines, for now we're much more excited by this £3k full HD 3D projector.
If you're serious about big-screen home cinema, then you'll know this is something of a sweetspot for projectors - and the Sony VPL-HW50ES is a very sweet performer indeed, which means this product class is once more getting very tasty indeed.
Razor sharp detail performance
Respectfully quiet in operation and capable of deep rich blacks with lush colours, the Sony VPL-HW50ES projector should delight even the most demanding film fans with its home cinema prowess.
An agile iris delivers a dynamic contrast range of 100,000:1, while the brand's proprietary SXRD light engine and Reality Creation picture processor throws images of astonishing crispness. Motion resolution is top notch too, making this projector a top choice for displaying big sporting events.
Incredibly compelling home cinema projector
The VPL-VW50ES is an excellent LCOS projector that can produce detailed, rich, and more uniquely, very film-like images, in a wide variety of installations. It has a lot of essential and desirable features present: high contrast performance, reasonably accurate (although imperfect) greyscale and gamma linearity, accurate colour reproduction, reasonably high quality optics, no visible pixel structure worth mentioning, and a dark frame insertion feature for lovers of the cinema look.
Capable of displaying 3D content in any of the formats
The Optoma HD25 is a great little projector. Its bright, sparkling HD image is perfect for home theater, and its bargain price of $949 makes it an exceptional value. While the HD25 has some flaws, those flaws are all related to usability, not image quality. The menu system can be complicated at times, and the lack of multiple User modes limits the HD25's calibration potential.
Bright HD Projector For Man Cave
I was torn between the Optoma HD25 and HD25-LV knowing that with higher brightness color fidelity would suffer a bit. In my recreation room I often leave reading lights on in the seating area (away from the screen) and full lights on in the back room, so the higher brightness projector made sense. Also, if I ever decide to view 3D videos or play 3D games a brighter projector helps to offset brightness lost when wearing 3D shutter glasses.
Excellent value for money
Almost inevitably, given its low price, the HD25 isn't perfect. Its minor rainbow effect and running noise issues might be an issue for some people, especially if they have to sit close to their screen and/or the projector. Overall, though, the HD25 remains comfortably talented and well-featured enough to make its £800 price tag look great value.
Accurate color out of the box
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD is an interesting proposition. While some users will be quick to write it off as a low-resolution alternative to the entry-level 1080p projectors in the marketplace, it distinguishes itself in several ways. It offers the best color available at its price point, it has full 3D capability, and it has more light output than either of its main competitors. This makes it a force to be reckoned with in the living room.
Respectable blacks on dark scenes
In summary, on both Blu-ray disc and HDTV, the color is accurate and the picture easy to watch. It's rather forgiving overall. When it comes to the "wow factor", it should blow away all your friends.
This BenQ W1070 has a great picture for the bucks, and is as solid a value as I think you can find without spending a good deal more, and I'm not just talking a hundred or two. Hey, it's cute too!
Great little projector for entertaining in your home
The BenQ W1070 is a great little home video projector that produces a 2D image that looks more expensive than it is. High light output and great shadow detail help the W1070 stand up to ambient light, while extensive color controls and solid factory calibrations make it easy to just plug and play.
Next Generation of DLP Home Theater Projector - Improved performance, Lower Price and Maintenance
In the past Brilliant Color was more of a liability than a benefit. It is improved with the new chipset used on the W1070. The W1070 is fairly well calibrated out-of-the-box but also includes a full color management system which works rather well.
Good 2D and 3D picture quality
Once we'd managed to work round its setup limitations and figured out how to avoid a couple of initial picture niggles, we were left with pictures from the BenQ W1070 that comfortably surpassed our expectations, making it just the latest entry on a freakishly long list of 2012 projector bargains. People on the hunt for an exceptionally cheap but still movie-loving projector have never had it so good.
Outstanding value, Massive 1080p images
If you're after an easy-to-accommodate Full HD projector, this smart looking DLP model delivers. It packs a bright 2,000 lumens punch, dispensing 1080p images which ping with detail. While the W1070 is Full HD 3D capable, no Active Shutter glasses are supplied in the box, so you'll need to budget extra if you want them.
On the plus side, an onboard mono speaker provides low-fi audio.
A wonderful projector in the right room, it is not for everyone
The fact that the X55 is built for home theater becomes clear as soon as you turn it on. For a few moments, there's nothing, just blackness, before a brilliant white JVC logo springs to life in the middle of the screen. That's when you realize that the projector is already warmed up, and black level is really just that good.
Awesome 2D picture quality, Good 3D picture quality
If you've read this whole review rather than just skipping straight to the verdict, you'll already know that we're just a bit in love with the JVC X55. On the other hand, if you have just skipped straight to the verdict, then let's swiftly sum things up like this: The X55 is - with its price taken into account - arguably the most all-round desirable projector JVC has ever produced. Which by default makes it one of the most desirable projectors we've ever seen, period.
Full HD 3D signal
The JVC DLA-X55R manages excellent performance in its own right, and if you want the supremely deep blacks without any annoying luminance shifting artefacts (which can and will happen even on the best "Dynamic Iris" implementations), D-ILA is the only way to go. With JVC's reputation for contrast in mind, we can't wait to go one notch higher and check out the DLA-X75 series!
Improved 3D performance
JVC has made some very worthwhile improvements this year to its already spectacular projector line. The refinements in 3D performance alone would make me want to upgrade from last yearâ?? s model. While it canâ?? t match the flawless 3D performance of some of the DLP projectors Iâ?? ve reviewed, it is a big step in the right direction. Couple that with 2D playback performance thatâ?? s second to none, and you have one of the most complete packages out there. Iâ??
A solid performer, particularly when projecting video images
The Canon LE-5 is a big step forward in light, inexpensive LED projectors. At less than $800, it fits many budgets, and its video performance is excellent for such a small projector. Even its 5-watt audio output is unusually high for its class although its fan noise can be a distraction. For home and portable environments where ambient light can be controlled, the Canon LE-5 is a solid performer, particularly when projecting video images. It richly deserves our highest value rating.
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