Let’s check out BenQ’s latest 4K projector.
I’ve had high praises for BenQ’s W1700 when I tested it early last year and it turned out to be one of my most favorite and highly recommended projectors made for home entertainment. That greatness continues with the W2700, an improved version of an already-great product.
The W2700 is big enough to handle the complexities of projecting 4K HDR content but is still compact enough to be placed anywhere. With the W2700, you’re getting all 8.3 million pixels offered by 4K content that enhanced by BenQ’s own CinematicColor technology.
Let’s dive into the technicalities: the W2700 projects a true 4K image, meaning that you’re getting 3840-by-2160 pixels. There’s also a 30,000:1 contrast ratio, and a maximum brightness of 2000 ANSI Lumens. The lamp inside the projector gives you around 4,000 hours of usage before you need to replace it, meaning that you’ll have years to enjoy the W2700.
From the outside, the W2700 is one good-looking projector. It has the right curves that would blend well in any home, and the colors give off a more premium look. There are some controls located on top of the projector that houses some of the manual functions. Also included is a backlit remote that also has all of the functions.
At the back, you will find two HDMI ports that support HCDP 2.2, compatible with 4K HDR content. There’s also an audio output, one USB port for powering external drives and another USB 3.0 port for reading connected media. There’s a good chance you’ll only use the USB and HDMI ports when viewing content, so with this in mind I think the ports are enough.
Once you turn on the projector you can start configuring it using the remote control or manual controls, whichever one you prefer. The on-screen display feels a little dated, and we would have preferred a more interactive way of navigating it instead of the current one. The projector has a built-in speaker, though I’ve barely used it since I hooked up the W2700 to my receiver.
I connected the W2700 to my Xbox One X which I used for viewing 4K content. This ranged from 4K movies available on my Microsoft account to the ones streaming on Netflix. Of course, I’ve tested every 4K Blu-ray I have in my collection to be able to see how it actually performs.
The W2700 performs wonderfully without any flaws. HDR content was properly showcased and mimics the same experience I had on my 4K OLED TV. Colors are brilliant, and the details and clarity are top-notch. There’s a slight downgrade when viewing with lights on, which shows the limits of the projector’s brightness. But these are generally minor things for me and overall I was happy with how the W2700 performed.
It also performed well with HD and SDR content – though at times, you’d notice the lack of pixels especially when seeing it on a larger scale. It’s best that you invest in a 4K HDR projector if you’re viewing 4K HDR content.
I’ve given high praise for the BenQ W1700 and the W2700 also gets the same recognition. It’s a great 4K HDR projector that should be a perfect fit for anyone wanting to upgrade their home cinema experience.
– Great picture quality and support for 4K HDR
– Good design
– On-screen display needs a revamp
Final Rating: 4.5/5