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BenQ W5000 among "Top Five Most Popular 1080p Projectors"!

BenQ W5000 among "Top Five Most Popular 1080p Projectors"!

As of this writing, the five most popular 1080p home theater projectors on ProjectorCentral are (in alpha order):

• BenQ W5000

• Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB

• Mitsubishi HC5500

• Panasonic PT-AE2000

• Sanyo PLV-Z2000

To no surprise, these five models also happen to be the least expensive of the 1080p projectors on the market--they are all available for street prices around $2,500 or less. In the home theater projector market, money talks loudly. Everyone wants the best for the least, and low-cost 1080p projectors are where it's at. From the perspective of sheer unit volume, these five projectors currently dominate the market in home theater projectors.

Which of them is the best? Well the fact is they each have unique advantages over the others that may or may not be important to you. They each have limitations that you may or may not care about. So we'll just do our best to describe the differences, and let you figure out which one is best for you.

BenQ W5000
When we reviewed the W5000 on release at the retail price of $4,995, we gave it 4.5 stars for value. However, with the street price currently below $2,500, if we were to review it today it would definitely rate a solid 5 stars. This is an impressive projector, and the only projector in this group to feature DLP technology.

Key advantages

• Outstanding contrast. Though it carries one of the lower official full on/off contrast ratings in the group, 10,000:1, in reality it is quite visibly higher in contrast than any of its LCD competitors. We measured its ANSI contrast at about 500:1, whereas the LCD projectors measured in the range of 250:1 to 300:1.

• Very sharp image. The W5000 edges out the LCD projectors in overall image sharpness. Part of the apparent sharpness is due to the higher contrast.

• Image depth. Due to the sharpness and high contrast characteristics of the image, the W5000 shows more apparent three-dimensionality than its LCD counterparts.

• Less motion blur. In certain scenes where a camera is panning across detailed, high contrast subject matter, one can detect better resolution of detail as compared to the LCD competition. The differences are subtle, and appear only occasionally in certain types of scenes.

The W5000 beats the competition in contrast, image sharpness and three-dimensionality. 

Overall, it is an outstanding value at prices below $2,500.

All five of the 1080p projectors in this summary will deliver a picture that you can easily get immersed in. The differences in image quality between the LCD models are not huge; rather they are to be compared more on features and price. Meanwhile, the image characteristics of the BenQ W5000 are notably different than the four LCD products. It is clearly higher in contrast, and side by side with any of the LCD projectors it appears incrementally sharper and more three dimensional. For many buyers, these are the critical factors, and nothing else is as important.


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