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BenQ W1700 4K UHD HDR CineHome Projector, Home Cinema, DLP, 2200 Lumens, Movie Mode
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- True 4K UHD resolution: 8.3 million distinct pixels deliver awe-inspiring 4K UHD image quality with high clarity and crisply defined details
- Projector-optimised HDR: Supercharged by HDR10 support with BenQ Auto HDR Colour Rendition and Cinema-Optimised technology
- Cinematic image quality: BenQ CinematicColour technology accurately reproduces greater than 96 percent of Rec.709 colour gamut for authentic cinema experiences
- Unparalleled audio-visual experience: BenQ CinemaMaster Video+ and Audio+2 technology turns any room into a home theatre
- Small and light 4K HDR projector: W1700's light, sleek, compact design with auto vertical keystone and 1.2X zoom make installation quick and easy
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|Item Dimensions||27.2 x 35.3 x 13.5 cm||28.1 x 39.2 x 11.8 cm||38.05 x 27.7 x 12.17 cm||27.2 x 35.3 x 13.5 cm||39.2 x 28.1 x 11.8 cm||26.1 x 33.2 x 13.5 cm|
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BenQ W1700 4K HDR CineHome Projector with CinematicColour technology expands the thrill of giant screen visuals in your living room. Gather your friends and family in front of the 4K HDR images with immense video and resounding audio enhancement to enjoy an authentic digital cinema experience.
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Theater-Like Image Quality
4K UHD True 8.3 Million Pixel Perfection
Producing 4K UHD 3840x2160 resolution with 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame, W1700 utilises revolutionary 0.47” single-DMD DLP technology to minimise the projector’s sleek, compact profile for modern lifestyles. With four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p, 4K UHD reduces pixel blur for awe-inspiring clarity and crisply defined fine details.
Accurate Colour and Image Integrity
With single DMD DLP technology to avoid inherent alignment issues of multiple panels, W1700 ensures immaculate image integrity and colour accuracy. W1700 generates razor-sharp images and accurate colours devoid of artifacting such as blur, shadowing, and interference patterns for immaculate clarity.
Hyper-Realistic Video Quality with HDR
Supercharged by HDR10 support with BenQ exclusive Auto HDR Colour Rendition and Cinema-Optimised technology, W1700’s High Dynamic Range performance offers greater brightness, contrast range, and image optimisation in a single step, bringing out every detail in 4K video content for superior cinema enjoyment.
See the Wonders with CinematicColour
CinematicColour for Colours as Directors Envisioned
Enhancing optimal colours for precise picture quality, CinematicColour technology delivers Rec.709 HDTV colour accuracy, RGBRGB colour wheel technology, and high native ANSI contrast ratio to ensure incredible image performance with crisp visuals and sharp details for your home cinema enjoyment.
Only True Colours Convey Deep Feelings
True colours evoke feelings of sorrow, joy, romance and thrills by preserving the original image. BenQ home cinema projectors embody our belief to Convey the truest colour and impart the deepest feelings to the viewer. Our engineers, who have both THX and ISF certification, lead a great CinematicColour technology team of professionals who provide Rec.709 HDTV standard colour coverage to ensure perfect colour consistency.
Authentic Rec.709 Colour Accuracy
Rec.709 is the international HDTV standard that assures cinematic colours the director intended. With the RGBRGB colour wheel, W1700 achieves over 96% Rec.709 coverage, assuring Delta E performance less than 3 to reproduce authentic colours of Hollywood films.
Unparalleled Audiovisual Experience
Pixel Enhancer is a motion-adaptive edge enhancement feature that detects changes in colour between an object and its background to produce sharp edges and precise surface textures.
Colour Enhancer modulates complex colour algorithms to flawlessly render saturated colours, fine gradients, intermediate hues and subtle pigments.
The Flesh Tone feature prevents discolouration of skin tones from the light of the projection beam, portraying every skin tone in its most beautiful shade.
Advanced CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 for Massive Sound
Upgraded with dramatically wider frequency range from powerful 5-watt audio housed in a resonant sound chamber for deep bass and soaring highs, BenQ CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 audio-enhancing technology combines exclusive EQ algorithms for pure clarity and exotic materials such as magnesium and rubidium alloys to produce pure vocals, delicate details, and sensual sound quality as used by Hollywood studios, without distortion or noise.
Fast Setup with Hassle-Free Installation
Simple & Convenient Lifestyle Design
W1700’s lightweight design and sleek, compact profile accentuates beautiful aesthetics as well as intuitive functionality. A chic addition to your living room décor, W1700 makes your home simple and comfortable for immersing in movies with friends and family.
Auto Vertical Keystone for Easy Setup
Countering the trapezoid effect when the projector must be placed off-center, such as simple placement on top of a table, the vertical keystone function adjusts the image for a professionally squared image. Keystone correction makes it simple to project ideally aligned images from a variety of locations.
1.2X Zoom for Big Pictures in Any Space
Big zoom maximises available space with a range of throw distances for big-screen entertainment without the hassle of complicated instalation.
Smart Power Saving and Long Lamp Life
An ingenious solution that intensifies your viewing pleasure while saving money, BenQ SmartEco technology automatically adjusts lamp brightness based on content to project richer blacks and increase contrast for image details. LampSave Mode further extends projector lamp life up to 15,000 hours, minimising lamp replacements and maintenance.
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Now, I will start this review by admitting I’m not an audiophile or a cinephile or other any kind of phile really. I already have a projector, a modest Epson EH-TW570. I only say modest after having the BenQ W1700 to play with, I never thought of it as modest before. I’ve always been happy with the Epson and every weekend we have family cinema nights with popcorn and stuff.
So, why am I not a cinephile? Well, our projector isn’t mounted on the ceiling in our cinema room (ha, if only). We get the projector out of its box from under the stairs. We move our dining room table, take the picture off the wall (but leave the nail in), stick the Epson on a chair and watch our movies straight onto the white walls of our dining room. We don’t hook the projector up to the sound system but use its internal speaker. Sometimes we may use our £20 soundbar to improve the sound.
Enter the BenQ W1700. First off I’ll get the price tag out of the way. Wow! It’s a lot of money, a hell of a lot of money, I think how many LPs I can buy for the price tag, but then I read reviews in WhatHiFi and such who state what a bargain the W1700 is. I then look at prices of other similar spec projectors, which can match the price of a pretty decent family hatch back and I get it. The W1700 IS a bargain at the price.
Firstly, I unpack the thing in front of my son and we both let out an “oooh” when we first see the projector. It is nice. It’s white and it’s curvy and it just looks quality. It looks gorgeous. I tell my wife it’s a thing of beauty. She rolls her eyes. I could imagine if you have the space or the layout then it has the kind of looks that a good speaker or other similar gadget would have; it could easily become part of the furniture.
There are two HDMI connections, one is dedicated for 4K input. A USB, which we use to power a cheap soundbar. Another mini USB input, an old school VGA input for a laptop and something called a 12v trigger. I don't know what that does.
Set-up was easy. Within a few minutes the W1700 was on the chair, waiting to do its stuff. Then it hit me. I don’t own a 4K tele or a UHD blu-ray player or anything. Our Android TV box is apparently 4K, so we connected that, via ethernet and a powerline adapter and searched YouTube for some 4K content. We watched some 4K demos. You know the kind of thing, running water, sunshine on mountains, rain forest, colourful lizards and the like. Where we impressed? Hell, yes. Looked absolutely stunning. Even my wife was impressed. And gadgets never impress my wife.
You can also watch stuff in 3D. We don't have any 3D content or glasses so can't comment on the merits of 3D on the W1700
We watched some HD content from Netflix and the difference between the BenQ and our old Epson (which is 720p) was breathtaking. I upgraded my account to Netflix UHD straightaway and searched for some 4K content. Worth pointing out here if you plan to do this then Netflix advise a minimum DL speed of 25MB. We have Virgin Media 200 meg cable broadband it coped admirably with Netflix in UHD. I was immediately blown away by the quality of the image, even though it was being viewed on a white wall and not a dedicated white screen, the quality was simply unbelievable. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of choice of UHD or 4K stuff on Netflix, but enough to keep us going and marvelling at the picture. I’m sure once 4K takes off in a big way then Netflix will add more content.
Unfortunately, Virgin Media doesn’t show anything in 4K. Whilst BT Sports is available in 4K to it’s own customers, it is not available to Virgin customers, which is disappointing.
Anyway, I wasn’t too downhearted, we have plenty of blu-ray DVD and even humble (by 4K standards) blu-rays look amazing. We don’t have a dedicated blu-ray DVD player, but we dug out our son’s old PS3 and watched some blu-rays from that. Again, amazing quality.
There are various modes which can extend lamp life, so I dug around in the menus and found an eco setting, which should – in theory – extend the lamp life to around 8000 hours. The fan is very quiet and is hardly noticeable thanks to the built-in 5W speaker, which I found to be surprisingly good. However, the sound was much better with our soundbar. Although yet again stating I’m no expert or anything, once you have such beautiful pictures you yearn for a better sound to go with them. Maybe something I will think about in the future.
The remote is good, simple and well laid out. The best feature though is the back lit keys. No longer do I have to use my phone as a torch in our darkened room if I want to use the remote. A great feature, but to be fair, when paying out £1500 for a projector it is something you would expect to have as standard.
There are calibration tools and stuff, but as I said we stick ours on a chair and the picture we got was stunning, so I didn’t feel I needed to mess about with it too much, although I did try all the different picture modes.
You may read elsewhere about colours, hues, blacks, bleeding and washing effects, etc. As I only have human eyes, the picture looked perfect to me. The colours were vibrant and the blacks were well…black. One thing I did notice on the Epson – particularly during frantic scenes of a movie – the picture did seem a little odd as if the projector couldn’t quite keep up with the furious action on the screen; I’m sure there is a special name for this effect. However, I didn’t experience that on the W1700 at all.
In conclusion then, this is a wonderful piece of kit. The pictures are vibrant, colourful and simply breath-taking. You really can see every detail on the screen, whether that be the lines on someone’s face or the hairs on an animal. It really has made our family cinema nights even more special for us.
I can’t wait for tonight. We’ll stick the popcorn in the microwave, the W1700 on the chair and we’ll see Blade Runner, Star Wars or some other film as we have never seen them before. Stunning.
For everybody to know, 4K UHD standard is not just about the resolution (4 times greater than FullHD), but is MOSTLY about HDR (High Dynamic Range) of the images shown, and the projectors have not (yet) a good implementation of HDR and NONE of Dolby Vision.
BEWARE when you decide to spend this amount of money on a 4K projector!
I was delighted to be able to trial this BenQ W1700 4k HDR projector, it being a big upgrade to my current projector.
You can get the projection image as large as you want as long as this is set back from the screen. This has a throw ratio of 1.47 to 1.76. so, for example, for a diagonal screen size of 100” the projector must be set-back 128-153”. It’s also worth noting that you have 25” to “play with” in positioning. My Optoma only had 10 inches meaning that positioning was quite difficult whereas it’s much easier with this one.
If you have questions about screen size & positioning feel free to ask in the comments as I have a calculator in Excel. There are also some online calculators; just search “BenQ throw distance”.
The unit has a number of connectios; PC, USB and 2x HDMI etc. Note that you only get 1 HDCP compliant HDMI which means only 1 input will accept 4K HDR. If you’re using a 4K HDR AV amp then this won’t be an issue (BTW don’t buy Sony AV amps)
You get a 12V trigger to connect to an electric screen; mine’s manual though.
I was extremely impressed by my Optoma projector but this one blow it out of the water! I DID notice a very slight rainbow effect BUT only when rapidly wiggling my eyes… which I don’t normally do anyway! I didn’t try 3D ‘cos nobody really watches that stuff anymore.
I connected my Fire TV box directly to HDMI1 of the projector and it played 4K HDR content from Netflix with no problem (Altered Carbon is a good test of HDR). Note that this unit is HDR10 compatible and NOT DolbyVision compatible. To be honest I don’t think a projector will give the best result for HDR compared to a LED TV so this probably isn’t a game-changing feature anyway. I found that HDR contect on the projector only slightly better than non-HDR content on the TV.
The Focussing is critical to get the benefit of 4K but after some playing around, the picture was crisp and noticeably better than 1080P sources.
Colours were natural and had plenty of contrast compared to my old projector. There were plenty of options to alter the image (I’d be interested if anyone has found the perfect set-up) I did notice some slight stuttering on certain panning scenes, but this could have been due to the stream rather than the projector. I’ll load-up a Blu-rays to test this out further.
The included speaker is acceptable; certainly better than my old unit but you will want to upgrade very soon. I recommend using an AV amp to feed the projector anyway. (just make sure you get a 4K HDR amp with sufficient HDCP I/Os)
The fan noise is barely noticeable. The lamp is, of course replaceable but I could only find bulb+housing replacement which costs around 190 pounds. This means that once the bulb goes, you’ll need to spend nearly 200 quid. This is probably not too bad for a 1850 pound projector though.
It also has a lens cover
The remote control of actually pretty good although the menu system is quite old-fashioned but perfectly usable.
The unit takes a long time i.e. a few seconds, to switch picture modes, which was rather annoying when playing with picture settings.
Overall I’m extremely happy with this product and I’m pretty confident you will be too. At RRP of 1850 this probably sits towards the lower end of the price band for 4K projectors and I really can’t see any flaws with it. Any questions please feel free to ask. If you’ve find my review helpful don’t forget to hit the ‘Yes’ button.
It boasts 8.3 million pixel perfection and true to form, I wasn't disappointed. The picture was crisp, clear and without any blurring or shadowing. You do need a good quality screen for this as we have found out. The one we were using wasn't fit for purpose and really affected the viewing quality.
As far as design goes, it is compact and sleek, suited for any decor.
The keystone function allows for viewing from a variety of angels and we have had no problem thus far. It is compatible with sources such as TV's, DVD and Blu Ray players, computers and smart phones.
We will really enjoy our family film nights using this home projector. It is definitely a big hit with all of us!!
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