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BenQ W500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of BenQ W500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The image quality and price also get good reviews, whereas comments are divided on the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the BenQ W500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for BenQ W500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of BenQ W500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the noise and image quality. The usability and price also get good feedback.

price, usability, image quality, noise

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Bill Livolsi (projectorcentral.com)

BenQ W500 Review

 

High lumen output and first-rate image processing circuitry make the W500 a great budget option for video games, sporting events, and HDTV watching.

The BenQ W500 is an interesting mix of high-end and low-budget. High lumen output and first-rate image processing circuitry make it a great budget option for video games, sporting events, and HDTV watching. However, a 1.2x zoom range limits placement...

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (projectorreviews.com)

BenQ W500

 

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Very bright in best mode ; Very good black levels ; Good out of the box color and image quality, requiring only minimum adjustment to further improve it (issues mentioned, notwithstanding) ; Vertical and Horizontal lens shift simplifies placement ; 12...

Placement flexibility: Limited zoom lens range (1.2:1) ; Filter to clean (like all other LCD home theater projectors) ; One of the louder projectors in full power lamp mode ; Lamp door on bottom, requires removal from a ceiling mount, to change out ;...

Inherently, we all have to figure that any "entry level" home theater projector is a compromise. Afterall, for example, the W500 is the least expensive of five 720p and 1080p projectors they offer.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

BenQ W500

 

An entry-level 720p projector with some high-end quirks

Good brightness, decent black levels

Loud fan noise, only one digital input

BenQ’s W500 is an entry-level 720p home theatre projector with great brightness levels and high quality imagery. Colour accuracy isn’t perfect, and a short zoom limits options for placement. But with such a reasonable price, the W500 is a compelling...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : John Archer (trustedreviews.com)

BenQ W500 LCD Projector

 

BenQ turns to LCD technology for its latest budget movie projector, the W500.

Other specs of the W500 are quite promising, too. The claimed maximum brightness of 1,100 ANSI Lumens is very high for this price level, as is the claimed contrast ratio of 5,000:1. This contrast ratio is dependent - as usual with LCD technology - on a...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : TechRadar (techradar.com)

BenQ W500 review

 

This PJ is portable and stylish with a price tag that'll make you happy

Compact size ; Bold and bright presentation ; Affordable

Average contrast performance ; Blacks often appear grey

A great portable solution to your projector needs

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (pcworld.idg.com.au)

BenQ W500

 

An entry-level 720p projector with some high-end quirks

Good brightness, decent black levels

Loud fan noise, only one digital input

Jul, 2008

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BenQ W500 review

 

BenQ's W500 is the biggest and heaviest of the 720p home cinema projectors here, and the only LCD model.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : John Archer (avreview.co.uk)

BenQ W500

 

Perhaps inevitably the W500 rather looks its money, with a slightly plasticky finish around an uninspiringly 'officey' design. It just about covers the essential connections though, thanks to its inclusion of a single HDMI, a component video input and...

Crazily cheap, good sharpness and motion handling, and impressive brightness

The chicken wire effect, very average black levels, some odd colour tones

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Replacement Bulb Do not Exist.

 

Pros are moot since now this projector is worthless

Extremely disappointed. Newegg apparently sold a batch of these that require the replacement bulb: 6E.J2K01.001 (elsewhere the vast majority of the Benq w500 projectors sold, take the widely available 5J.J2K02.001 Bulb.) Amazingly, this lamp,...

May, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great entry HT projector

 

My girlfriend bought this PJ for me, and to be honest I was nervous about the fact that it is an LCD over a DLP. After my first movie I couldn't be happier. I wouldn't consider going back to a plasma/(non-pj)LCD for movie watching again.

This PJ is an amazing deal for it's price. I have this throwing a 100" screen and am sitting at about 11' from it. My room is about 90% light controlled (during the day some light does get in). The image is bright, easy to see and looks amazing. I have...

At 100" screen size, there is a screen door effect from up close until about 8-9 feet back. from where i am sitting it isn't noticeable at all.

Feb, 2009

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