BenQ always was in the list of top projector brands with various models. They always bring the latest features and successfully ruling the projector market with some other big names like Optoma, Epson, Viewsonic etc. But they were somehow leg behind when it comes to affordable 4k projectors. However, they have other 4k models on the market. But they are big in size and expensive.
To overcome the problem, BenQ recently introduces two affordable 4k projectors with smaller size (W2700 and W5700). They will be the best for your home cinema. In this article we are going to review W2700 as it is smaller and cheaper than W5700. Actually, it is an upgrade of W1700.
W2700 is from CinePrime series. It is a true 4K projector as it comes with many features along with HDR UHD. It can zoom upto 1.2X. If we talk about the UHD features, it comes with Razor-Sharp True 8.3 Million Pixel. The output video quality is superb as it is optimized with HDR10.
BenQ W2700 Specifications
|Resolution||4K UHD (3840 x 2160)|
|Brightness (ANSI lumens)||2000|
|Display Color||1,07 billion|
|Lamp Life (Hours)||Normal 4,000 Economic 10,000 SmartEco 15,000|
|Optical Throw Ratio||1.13 - 1.47 (100" @ 2.5 m)|
|Lens Shift||Vertical 100%~110%|
|Keystone Adjustment||1D, (Auto) Vertical ± 30 degrees|
|Audio Speaker||Chamber Speaker 5W x 2|
|Dimensions(mm)||380 x 127 x 263|
|Net Weight||4.2 kg / 9.2 lbs|
BenQ W2700 review
The design is very good. It is clean and compact. the ratio of the projector makes it even more convenient to set up the projector even in a tight space. It can throw a 100-inch image from only 2-meter distance.
As there is no lens shaft function in W2700, you need to do some work to set up the projector. It only comes with vertical keystone adjustment. But don’t worry. You just need to do some geometrical calculation. Once the projector is set, you can enjoy the full facility of a 4K projector.
BenQ W2700 comes with HDR Pro, Cinematic Color, 100% REC-709 and 95% DCI-P3 color space support which ensure great picture quality. BenQ CinematicColor™ technology is integrated which brings extra quality in the picture. These features keep a balance between brightness and contrast. We used our MacBook Air as a primary source to display HDR movies to W2700 (Check our article if you don’t know how to connect Macbook to a projector).
The quality of the movies we displayed through our Macbook was quite satisfying. We were amused to see the sharp picture in a comparatively cheaper 4k projector. It supports 3D as well. You can view 3D in home theater and enjoy a full theater experience.
W2700 supports HDR10. When an appropriate content is detected, it switches automatically. We liked how the deep black feature maintains the black level of pictures. It has a contrast ratio of 30,000:1, which is quite good. 1,07 billion colors ensure the optimum level of color accuracy.
Lamp Quality and Life
The lamp life of BenQ W2700 is normally 4000 hours which is not satisfying though if you compare it to its competitors. However, the lamp life can be extended to 10,000 hours in Eco mode. If you use it in SmartEco mode, it can be even extended to 15,000 hours.
These all are claimed by BenQ. However, we always saw that the lamp expires before these “dead-value”. But if you are using it in your home theater, I will suggest you to use the projector in Eco mode to save the battery lamp.
It supports HDMI to switch the power sources. It features USB Type-A 3.0 Port which is very fast (almost 10 times than USB 2.0) in transferring the data compared to USB 2.0. You can share media files through pen drive without worrying about the USB cable.
Build Quality & Structure
BenQ W2700 comes with a plastic body as like the W1700 though it feels sturdy. It weighs 4.2 kg which is almost same to W1700. The dimension of the body is 380mm x 127mm x 263mm. So this is obviously a portable projector and can be a good solution for your outdoor tour.
You will find the navigation button, manual control, focus shifting keys and zoom on the top of the projector. The keys feature backlit which help to control the device in a dark room. You do not need to put any other light on the keys to press the keys in a darker room.
It has adjustable legs so that we can get a perfect projection angle. I really liked the back part of the projector. The design is pretty smart and stylish. You will find every connecting ports with source port here. You will find 12v supply port, 2 HDMI ports, service port, USB 3 (type A) and media reader port and an audio output port.
It comes with two speakers which is also mounted at the back. Each speaker outputs 5w. The sound is a little bit better than W1700 and TK800.
To be honest, this one is one of the best cheap 4k home theater projectors. The features BenQ are providing in such an affordable budget is surprising. I personally like how they integrated the coolest color technology to make the picture quality even better from W1700. However, it could come with a better lens shifting. We also see that it produce some noticeable noise during a silence part of a movie.
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Raymond is a Product Support Specialist at Canon USA. He mainly deals with the projectors. He completed graduation in Computer Science from Broome Community College. He is a former Performance Improvement Specialist of Jewish Home Lifecare. He conducted a lot of webinar as a guest speaker.