BenQ has announced the launch of three new 4K projectors that
promise to deliver high color accuracy without breaking the
The new models comprise the W5700, W2700 and W1720, which are
set to cost around $3300 (£2500 / AU$4000), $1900 (£1500 /
AU$2500) and $1300 (£1000 / AU$1800) respectively – not bad for
high-spec 4K projectors.
However, pricing is still to be confirmed in the US and UK for
all three of the models, while Australian pricing for the W5700 and
W2700 has already been verified by BenQ.
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All three of the new projectors support 4K, and as such, come
with a UHD lamp. They also come fully calibrated straight out the
box, which means you can start enjoying your 4K movies without
messing around with the settings.
Super accurate color
The main calling card of these projectors is their high color
accuracy, something that BenQ found was very important to
filmmakers when it began the research process for the new
In a presentation, a spokesperson for the company told us that
the company had to make a choice between “favored” and “faithful”
color representation – in other words, a choice between highly
saturated colors and the colors that the filmmakers intended the
viewer to experience.
In the end, BenQ opted for the latter, and claims that the W2700
and W5700 models are the first “4K home theater DLP projectors
featuring DCI-P3 color.”
In short, DCI-P3 is the cinematic industry’s film projection
standard, which covers over
20% more “color space” than the previous standard, sRGB.
The back of the W2700
Image credit: BenQ
This, in tandem with BenQ’s own CinematicColor technology, means
that the W2700 can cover 95% of the color standard, while the W5700
covers the full 100%. In layman’s terms, this means colors should
look fantastic when you’re watching films with these new
As well as that, the W2700 supports a brightness of 2000 lumens
and 30,000:1 contrast ratio, while the beefier W5700 puts out 1800
lumens and sports a 100,000:1 contrast ratio.
This means that you films should look great, even if you can’t
watch your films in total darkness; that alongside the factory
calibration makes these new projectors fantastic for people who
don’t want to spend too long setting up.
While they share some similarities, the W2700 and W5700 have
been designed to suit different scenarios. Created for easy home
viewing, the W2700 has a modern, light design that will fit into
most living rooms unobtrusively, and features two built in 5W
speakers in a 2:1 stereo configuration.
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The W5700 however, is designed to be used in a dedicated home
cinema room, and features a matte black design so that it doesn’t
detract from the viewing experience in the dark.
Finally, we have the cheapest of the new projectors, the W1720,
which builds on the success of its predecessor, the W1700.
Thanks to a short throw feature, it can beam a huge 100-inch
image from just over 3 meters away, and have a 2000-lumen peak
brightness, and 10:000:1 contrast ratio.
If it’s anything like the W1700, this latest model could
represent fantastic value for money, but only time will tell –
all three of the new projectors are set to go on sale at the end of
March / beginning of April.
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Source: FS – All Tech News 2
BenQ's three new 4K projectors offer color accuracy at a discount