Review Projector BenQ MW705

  • PROS

    WXGA (1,280-by-800) native resolution. Bright 4,000-lumen rating. Light enough to carry with you. Near-excellent image quality for data images. Hidden compartment for wireless streaming module.

  • CONS

    With data images, some colors are a little dark. Shows rainbow artifacts with full-motion video. Weak audio.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Bright enough for a midsize room and light enough to carry easily, the BenQ MW705 projector will be of particular interest to anyone who wants to take advantage of its hidden compartment for a wireless streaming module.

Rated at 4,000 lumens and weighing 6 pounds 10 ounces, the BenQ MW705 is bright enough for a midsize room and light enough to tote easily. Like a growing number of projectors, it also features a hidden compartment for a wireless streaming module, if you want to add one. The combination of light weight and the hidden compartment, which gives you a convenient place to connect the module permanently, helps make the projector particularly attractive for anyone who wants the convenience of quick, cable-free setup with mobile devices, including laptops.

Brightness

As always with DLP projectors, brightness comparisons are a little complicated. Both Epson models are built around three-chip LCD engines, which ensures matching levels of color and white brightness. In contrast, both the MW705 and the Ricoh WX5460—like most single-chip DLP data projectors—have a lower color than white brightness. The difference in the two levels means the MW705 won’t be as bright for full-color images as you would expect from the white brightness.

Keeping that qualification in mind, and strictly as a point of reference, according to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) recommendations, the 4,000-lumen rating for the MW705 should make it bright enough in theater-dark lighting for a 241- to 326-inch image (measured diagonally) at its native 16:10 aspect ratio and assuming a 1.0-gain screen. With moderate ambient light, the appropriate size drops to 160 inches. For smaller screen sizes, you can lower the brightness level by using one of the projector’s lower-brightness predefined modes, its Eco mode, or both.

Rainbow Artifacts and 3D

One of the key disadvantages of single-chip DLP projectors is that, unlike three-chip LCD projectors, they can show rainbow artifacts (red-green-blue flashes). That’s at least somewhat balanced by the advantage that most offer 3D support, which is rare for LCD data projectors.

In my tests, the MW705 showed rainbow artifacts infrequently enough with static data images that it’s unlikely anyone will find them bothersome. The only time I saw any was with one image that’s designed to bring them out. With full-motion video, however, they showed often enough that anyone who sees them easily may find them annoying. That makes the projector suitable for showing video clips limited to a minute or two at most.

If you need 3D, the MW705 supports all HDMI 1.4a 3D formats, using DLP-Link glasses only. However, this won’t matter in most cases, since few people need 3D for data projector applications.

Hidden Compartment and Setup

The hidden compartment for the wireless module is on the MW705’s upper side on the back left. The cover, which is held on by a screw, lifts off to reveal an HDMI port. Unlike similar compartments on some other projectors, there’s no USB Type A port in the compartment for providing power. However, the HDMI port is MHL enabled, which means it will work with any device that can get power over MHL, including the BenQ QCast Wireless Streaming module ($59).

Hidden compartments for wireless streaming modules are showing up on more and more models. However, the MW705 adds a notable convenience that we haven’t seen on other projectors: One of the image source buttons on the remote is labeled QCast, which means you can switch to your wireless module by pressing a single button on the remote. According to BenQ,the QCast button will switch to any streaming module you choose to connect to the hidden HDMI port, QCast or not.

The compartment can be particularly helpful for portable use. If you set up your projector and mobile device to connect directly using the module, setting up on the road will be quick and easy, with the module already plugged in and no need to connect a cable. Alternatively, if you set the projector up in one room permanently, it provides a convenient place to store the module. Needing a screwdriver to remove the cover also offers some modest protection against someone walking off with it.

Setup is otherwise standard, with a manual focus and manual 1.1x zoom. Image inputs on the back include a second HDMI port, one VGA port for a computer or component video, and both composite and S-video ports. There’s also a USB Type A port, but it’s strictly for providing power. The HDMI port on the back does not support MHL.

Image and Audio Quality

The MW705’s quality for data images is near excellent overall. On our DisplayMate tests, some colors were dark in terms of a hue-saturation-brightness model with every preset mode, that that’s expected for projectors with a lower color than white brightness. Color balance was excellent, with suitably neutral grays at all levels from white to black in every preset mode.

More important for most data images is that the MW705 does a good job holding detail. With text, for example, white text on black were highly readable at 9 points in my tests and black text on white were crisp and readable at 6.8 points.

With full-motion video, the MW705 delivered near-excellent color quality in my tests with good to excellent shadow detail (details based on shading in dark areas). However, long video sessions are still best avoided, since there may be people in your audience who see rainbow artifacts easily and find them annoying.

The audio system, built around a 2-watt mono speaker, is severely underpowered for this bright a projector. The sound quality is more than acceptable, but it doesn’t fill even a small room. If you need sound, plan on connecting an external sound system to the stereo audio output.

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Epson EB-U04 review

PROS

  • Good price
  • Ships with a carry case
  • Sharp and bright

CONS

  • Unimpressive black-level response
  • Patchy colour temperature
  • Various running noise issues

KEY FEATURES

  • LCD projector with 1920×1200 resolution
  • Presentations and Cinema picture presets
  • Two HDMIs
  • 3,000 lumens maximum brightness
  • Dynamic Iris system
  • Manufacturer: Epson

WHAT IS THE EPSON EB-U04?

The EB-U04 is an LCD projector with a Full HD resolution. Epson pitches it as a projector that can be used for either home entertainment or office presentations.

EPSON EB-U04 – DESIGN AND FEATURES

While it isn’t outright ugly, chiefly thanks to its glossy white top cover, the EB-U04 looks a bit utilitarian versus the more living room-friendly Epson EH-TW5300 that I tested recently. It’s smaller and squat, with a noticeably more compact lens – none of which raises great hopes about its picture quality versus the EH-TW5300.

Its relatively petite size does make it handily portable, though – and this useful trait is enhanced by the inclusion of a padded carry bag with the projector.

Connectivity is pretty good. Two HDMIs back up its home-entertainment claims, while its potential as a workhorse is enhanced by a USB port capable of playing multimedia files, a VGA PC input, and the ability of one of the HDMIs to handle MHL mobile phone playback.

You can even add an optional wireless adapter (the ELPAP10), which opens up the potential for using Epson’s iProjection app to stream a range of content – including photos, videos and documents – directly from your mobile phone or tablet through the projector.

The projector’s key picture specifications include a native Full HD resolution, a claimed dynamic contrast ratio of 15,000:1, and a very high maximum brightness of 3,000 lumens. On paper, this combination of brightness and contrast seems weighted towards the business market rather than home-cinema, but it’s entirely possible that the EB-U04 will have the controls necessary to adapt its optics to suit both movie and PC content.

For those looking for a projector for home use, there’s one other point of concern. For while I described the projector as “Full HD”, its resolution is in fact 1,920 x 1,200 rather than 1,920 x 1,080. This means it has a PC-friendly 16:10 native widescreen aspect ratio rather than a video-friendly 16:9 one.

Epson EB-U04

As you’d expect, the projector carries the option to show 16:9 widescreen sources in their native ratio; you don’t have to see them stretched vertically to fill the EB-U04’s full resolution. But there’s no getting round the fact that 16:10 image clips are designed for PC rather than video use.

With the EB-U04 potentially getting used at work and home, it’s good to find Epson claiming a huge lamp and filter life of 10,000 hours – roughly enough to deliver one movie a day for 15 years!

Note, though, that to achieve this life span you’ll need to keep the projector running in its reduced brightness Eco mode. This may not necessarily be possible if your office or home environment has much ambient light.

On a positive, I should remind that this LCD projector won’t suffer with the rainbow striping problem common with rival DLP technology. In addition, it should also deliver more bright images more consistently because, unlike DLP technology, LCD projectors don’t use a colour wheel to produce.

On the flip side, the EB-U04’s LCD technology will lead to a reduction in image quality over the projector’s life than you’re likely to see with a DLP model.

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Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review

The Acer K335 is a versatile WXGA (1280 X 800) DLP pocket projector with enough light output to deal with less than ideal lighting conditions despite its small size!

Acer K335 Specs
Projector Model K335
Technology DLP (1)
Price 699
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 1000
Brightness Description Rated Brightness in ‘Standard’ mode
Contrast Ratio 10,000:1
Projection DLP (1)
Native Resolution 1280×800
Max Resolution N/A
3D Yes
Blu Ray 3d No
Ultra Short Throw No
Native Aspect Ratio 16:10
Video Compatibility NTSC, PAL & SECAM
HDTV 720p, 1080i & 1080p
Lamp Life 20,000 hours
Noise Level (-db) N/A
Audio 3.0W mono
DVI or HDMI Yes
Power Zoom/Focus Yes
Lens Shift No
LAN Networking No
Zoom Lens Ratio None
Optional Lens No
Classroom Yes
Speakers Yes
Special Features Automatic Vertical Keystone Correction, 1.7X Digital Zoom
Wireless Networking No
Dimensions 1.8″ H x 9.1″ Wi x 6.5″ D
Weight 2.87 lbs.
Warranty 1 year P/L
Year 2014

Acer K335 Projector: Pros

  • Up to 668 lumens (measured) output is adequate for most lighting conditions
  • 20,000 hour light source life means no lamp replacement for the life of the projector
  • Sharp image with all resolutions
  • Fair color accuracy in all but brightest mode
  • No dust filter to keep clean
  • Works with iPhone and iPod (requires optional adapter) and Android Phone & Tablets
  • Can present from SD card or USB drive
  • Built-in support for MS Office documents allow presentation without connecting a PC
  • Short lag times make this model suitable for gaming

Acer K335 Projector: Cons

  • Lack of zooming ability and minimal height adjustment ability makes for slow setup
  • Poor  color in brightest mode
  • Only fair color accuracy in the best mode
  • No battery powered option

Acer K335 Projector Overview

The Acer K335 projector is a WXGA (1280 X 800) DLP projector that offers an increase in light output from the earlier Acer K330 model.  The K335 has  a similar size, weight and control layout as the K330.  However, the new model has a somewhat different front panel layout for the lens and IR remote sensor while the rear panel connector layout is very similar to the earlier model  The K335 is rated to 1000 lumens, which is double the rated light output of the earlier K330 model.  In our tests neither the K330 nor the K335 were measured to produce the manufacturer’s rated light output, but the K335 is significant brighter than the K330, as well as producing more lumens of light output than most other competitors LED portable/pocket projectors.  This makes the K335 a very versatile pocket projector that offers adequate light output to deal with less than ideal lighting conditions.  The K335 LED light source is rated to last 20,000 hours, which is typical for recent LED-based portable projectors.  The K335 has a fixed lens, with no optical zooming or optical lens shift.  It does offer a digital zoom function but this simply enlarges a portion of the image and is not a substitute for an optical zoom lens.  As a result, the K335 will need to be  placed at the proper distance from the screen in order to obtain the image size desired.  Also it will need to be positioned at the proper height relative to the screen, if use of digital keystone correction is to be avoided.  When the ideal projector height (relative to the screen) cannot be provided the K335 has very good automatic digital keystone correction to facilitate setup.  The works thru the K335 having an internal tilt sensor that applies the correct amount of keystone correction within a couple of seconds after the tilt of the projector is changed.  The K335 has a throw ratio of approx. 1.25:1 meaning with a projector-to-screen throw distance of 8 feet (96 inches) the image will be about (96/1.25=) 76 inches wide.  Note this the width of the image and not the diagonal size.  The K335’s rear panel offers connection for the most common video inputs, including HDMI, VGA and composite video as well as an analog audio input.  It can also project from a USB thumb drive, an SD card, from an iPad /iPhone (w/ iOS 5.0 or later and with optional adapter), or from Android tablets/phones (w/ Android 4.0 or later).  The K335 has provisions for displaying not only photos, video and audio files directly from a USB or SD memory card, but the K335 can also display Microsoft Office documents.  This capability for PC-free presentations could be a useful feature on a portable mini-projector for the ‘road warrior’ that likes to travel light

There is also a built-in three watt speaker that is adequate only for small rooms, but fortunately, there is also an audio output jack for use with amplified external speakers. The K335’s light weight and compact size makes it a good choice for traveling.  Like many other small, portable projectors the K335 does not have a battery option, but with the relatively high light output of the K335, a battery option is probably not feasible.  Unlike some other small portable projectors, the K335 has its power supply is built in, so it only uses a standard power cord, thus improving its portability.  The K335 also comes with a nice carrying case with a front pocket just large enough to accommodate the remote control, power cable and a couple small accessories (e.g., memory card, HDMI cable).  The Acer K335’s combination of fairly high light output (for this class of projector), decent contrast, acceptable color accuracy, long LED light source life, and modest price will appeal to those in the market for a pico or pocket projector for business use, but need more lumens of light output than is found in many projectors in this class.


Acer K335 Special Features

20,000 Hour LED Life – The Acer K335 uses an LED light source that is rated to last 20,000 hours.  This is likely longer than the life of the projector

Presentations from USB flash Drive, SD Card, iPhone/iPad/iPod or Android tablet/phone – The Acer K335 has built-in ports allowing for presentations from a USB flash drive or SD memory card.  Through the use of an optional adapter, the Acer K335 can present photos and videos from iPhone/iPad/iPod or from an Android tablet or phone.

Display of Microsoft Office Documents -The K335 can directly accept Word, Excel and Powerpoint files from a SD memory card or USB drive and project the contents of the document.  The allows for MS Office documents to simply be loaded into the projector from a flash memory drive (USB or SD card) without the need to connect a PC to the projector.  The Acer documentation does not specifically indicate which versions of MS Office documents are supported.

Game Ready – The Acer K335 has ‘Game’ mode and along with a relatively short lag time make this model suitable for gaming.

3D Ready – The Acer K335 is 3D ready via its implementation of DLP Link.  It can only accept 3D from a suitably equipped source (e.g., PC) that is capable of providing 3D in a alternating frame mode.   The K335 is not compatible with the most common 3D video signal formats that are used with Blu-ray Discs and for 3D channels distributed by satellite or cable TV services.  The 3D capabilities of the K335 were not evaluated for this review.

Support for Wireless Input – The K335 supports a WiFi input with the addition of an optional Wi-Fi adapter.  The Acer Wi-Fi adapter was not provided with the review unit and as a result the Wi-Fi capabilities of the K335 were not evaluated for this review.

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Projector BenQ W3000 review

PROS

  • Beautifully cinematic pictures
  • Fair price for such picture quality
  • Impressive 3D, with one pair of glasses included

CONS

  • Occasional traces of rainbow effect
  • Exhibits high input lag – an issue for gamers
  • Minor brightness uniformity errors

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Full HD projector
  • Single-chip DLP optical system
  • Cinematic Color wheel technology
  • 3D playback with one pair of glasses included

 

WHAT IS THE BENQ W3000?

The 64,900 THB W3000 is the second projector I’ve seen from BenQ to use the brand’s new Cinematic Color technology, for accurately hitting the Rec. 709 video standard right out of the box. It uses better lens glass than the previous model, BenQ W2000 projector, I tested recently; adds horizontal as well as vertical optical image shifting; introduces motion interpolation processing; offers more optical zoom; and ships with a pair of 3D glasses.

 

BENQ W3000 – DESIGN AND FEATURES

The W3000 doesn’t follow the design sported by the new W2000 and W1110 BenQ projectors. Instead, its angular, top-heavy style is more akin to BenQ’s 2015 home entertainment range. It isn’t unattractive – especially with the silver fascia contrasting so tastefully with the gloss white of the projector’s other sides – but it does make you wonder if this model is actually built on an older chassis design than the W2000 and W1110.
BenQ W3000

The W3000’s rear is crowded with connections. Among the highlights are two HDMIs, a D-SUB PC port, and RS-232 control port, a component video input, a composite video input, a 12V trigger output, a stereo audio input and a 3D Sync output.

The projector features a built-in 3D transmitter, which you can take advantage of from the get-go thanks to a single pair of active-shutter glasses included in the box – provided you’re actually interested in 3D, of course!

You can also get an optional wireless HD system for the W3000, which would enable you to transmit HD video from source to the projector.

The W3000’s basic picture specifications find it rocking a Full HD single-chip DLP engine capable of hitting a peak brightness of 2000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. This contrast figure is slightly down on the W2000’s 15,000:1 – although as noted in the introduction, the W3000 certainly makes up for this in the form of some extras that the W2000 lacks.

Heading up the feature list is the Cinematic Color system. First seen on the W2000, this technology claims to deliver a picture that gets very close to the Rec. 709 video industry standard right out of the box.

It’s built around a series of manual calibrations of every W3000 on the production line; software optimisation of the blacks, whites and greys; plus a specially angled 6x speed RGB colour wheel, which has been coated in a new type of phosphor found to deliver the most accurate colour results.

Cinematic Color did a very credible job on the W2000, so there’s no reason to assume it won’t be at least as useful on the W3000.

BenQ W3000

Also carried over from the W2000 is BenQ’s surprisingly effective CinemaMaster audio system. Here, the combination of 10W speakers housed in resonant sound chambers with powerful audio processing delivers a powerful yet effectively dispersed soundstage than anything you’d usually hear from built-in projector audio systems.

One of the W3000’s key features over the W2000 is Motion Enhancer processing, which can interpolate extra frames of image data to reduce common projection issues such as jitter, blurring and image lag. Some will argue that this feature is at odds with the Cinematic Color tool, given that the sort of film fan most likely to embrace Rec. 709 accuracy won’t be inclined to use motion processing. Personally, though, I’m happy to keep an open mind – for now.

The W3000’s video processing also includes “enhancers” for both colour, detail/sharpness and flesh tones. Again, these are arguably at odds with the Rec. 709 idea, but I’ll refrain from making a prejudgement.

BENQ W3000 – PICTURE QUALITY

Prior to testing the W3000, I’d feared that it wouldn’t offer enough of a step up on the BenQ W2000 to justify the price bump. But, the W3000 subtly improves on the previous model in a number of picture areas, adding up to an overall step up in performance that makes it well worth the extra outlay.

For starters, the W3000 is capable of producing deeper black levels than the W2000, leaving less greyness hanging over dark scenes so that they look instantly more immersive and cinematic.

The enhanced black-level response also means, critically, that you can see far more detail in dark areas. In fact, for me the W3000 is in a class of its own in this price bracket of the market. In terms of contrast and shadow detail handling, it reveals subtleties and a sense of depth during dark scenes that other, similarly affordable projectors just can’t deliver.

 

It’s great, too, to see the projector’s rendition of black colours looking so neutral, with no infusion of the blue or green undertones that affect lesser projectors.

The W3000’s deft shadow detailing also means that dark scenes look far more “equal” of bright scenes than is usually the case with affordable projectors, making for a more consistent viewing experience with films that regularly shift between dark and light scenes.

Dark scenes also seem slightly less infiltrated by the gentle green speckling noise associated with single-chip DLP projector systems. Nor is there any sign of the fizzing noise over moving skin tones that was once a common flaw with single-chip DLP projectors.

Actually, the W3000’s pictures in general are startlingly free of almost all types of noise – I’ll come to the exception to this later.

Even natural grain in films such as 300 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows prove no challenge to the W3000’s optics and processing. It’s even possible to run the motion processing on its low level without grain starting to look forced and unnatural.

BenQ W3000

I’m not implying here that the W3000’s pictures are in any way soft. On the contrary, they do a brilliant job of bringing out every pixel of detail, texture and definition from a good-quality HD source. The point is that they do so naturally, without looking processed and without revealing any hint of the DLP chipset’s pixel structure.

And now to what movie fans will actually consider the W3000’s crowning glory: its excellent colour handling. Using the Cinema picture preset with minimum manual adjustment, colours look gorgeously natural in terms of both the natural feel to their tones and the outstanding subtlety with which even the finest blends are handled. This means there’s pretty much zero striping or blocking, even over tricky skin tones.

The tonal balance is immaculately judged too, with no hue standing out unnaturally above the rest. As a result, you always take in the image as a whole rather than having your eye drawn to specific areas of exaggerated colour.

Actually, the precision of the W3000’s colour handling is also the reason behind its images looking so detailed and full of depth.

BenQ W3000

Movement in the frame is handled well even if you don’t use the W3000’s motion processing system. And finally, it’s important to stress that despite the impressive black-level response and focus on accurate colours, pictures still look bright and punchy.

I have only a couple of issues with the W3000’s pictures. First are some brightness uniformity errors – but nothing that shows up often with regular video, rather than uniformity test signals. Second are the occasional traces of DLP rainbow noise: stripes of red, green and blue flitting over really bright highlights of the picture.

The rainbowing isn’t something that you witness routinely; it’s visible only over small, extremely bright image highlights when they appear against dark backdrops. Also, it’s reasonably subdued. However, if you’re one of those people who’s particularly sensitive to seeing it, it’s definitely something of which you should take note.

BENQ W3000 – SOUND QUALITY

There was a time when reviewing the sound quality of a projector – assuming it had speakers built in at all – was a pointless task; the majority sounded uniformly poor. Recently, though, this has started to change.

The W3000 plays its part in this shift by delivering a soundstage that offers more clarity, detail and distortion-free volume than you’d ever expect a projector to manage.

Inevitably, it isn’t perfect. Bass sounds pretty boxy, and the soundstage doesn’t project as far from the projector’s body as I’d like. If the projector is sat some distance from your screen, then you’ll likely be rather distracted by the dislocation between the image and the source of the sound. These sorts of issues are pretty much par for the course with integrated projector audio solutions, though.

A less typical issue noted with the W3000, though, is a tendency for its audio to appear slightly out of sync with lip movements in its images. I suspect this is related to the input lag issues (discussed below). If this is the case, the only way to get round it until BenQ finds a permanent fix is to run the audio through an AV receiver that lets you add delay to the audio stream.

SHOULD I BUY A BENQ W3000?

If you’re a movie fan then you’ll struggle to find better picture quality in a projector that costs less than 64,900 THB

However, if you’re likely to be gaming on your projector as well as watching movies then the W3000’s problems with input lag mean you’d be better opting for BenQ’s W2000. Unless, of course, BenQ comes up with a solution to the issue, which is a possibility.

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