June 13, 2024

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BenQ Launches New Premium 4K Laser Home Theater Projector

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Renowned projector brand BenQ has today taken the wraps off a new premium model focused (pun intended) on film fans looking to set themselves up with a dedicated home theater system.

The W5800 gets off to a strong start by combining what BenQ calls a true 4K UHD resolution with high dynamic range video support. Some might take issue with the W5800’s 4K claims given that the 4K resolution is achieved by ‘flashing’ the mirrors DLP projectors use to make their pictures multiple times per image frame, rather than the projector carrying a full 3840×2160 mirror count. The independent Consumer Technology Association in the US, though, considers the W5800’s approach to 4K to be the real UHD deal.

The W5800’s HDR capabilities go further than those of most projectors by including an HDR Tone Mapping system designed to optimise an HDR feed’s contrast and detail to the projector’s capabilities, as well as support for the HDR10+ HDR format alongside the more basic HDR10 and HLG formats. This means the projector can take advantage of the extra scene by scene image data the HDR10+ format provides.

The HDR support is backed up, too, by precision-calibrated coverage of a claimed 100% of the digital cinema DCI-P3 colour range (with a sub 2 Delta E level of accuracy), ensuring that tones shouldn’t start to look washed out or bleached even in the brightest parts of HDR pictures.

Talking of brightness, the W5800 claims a peak light output of 2,600 lumens. This isn’t as high as the 3000 and (sometimes much) more we’re starting to see these days with more ‘casual’ HDR-capable projectors – but on paper, at least, I don’t have a problem with that. After all, while 3000 lumens and more can be useful for combatting ambient light in regular living room situations, coping with so much brightness can make it hard for projectors to also deliver good black levels and contrast. So 2,600 lumens feels like a potentially well-judged number for balancing punchy brightness in a proper blacked out home theater against strong black levels and contrast.

It likely won’t do any harm to this situation that the W5800 benefits from BenQ’s proprietary Local Contrast Enhancer algorithm, where pictures are divided up into more than a thousand separate zones to enable more advanced, effective analysis by the projector’s picture optimization processing.

The W5800’s brightness is considered enough to drive a screen as big as 200 inches, leaving even the biggest currently available TV screen looking like a portable by comparison.

As we’d expect with a serious home theater projector these days, the W5800 offers an impressive array of both basic and advanced set up features. A 1.6x motorised zoom helps you achieve the screen size you want in almost any size of room, and there’s a wide-ranging vertical/horizontal image shifting system to help you get pictures on your screen without having to use any image-distorting keystone correction.

The projector is also ISF certified, meaning it can be calibrated by a professional ISF engineer to deliver peak performance for your specific room set up. Among the features available to calibrators are 11 levels of colour temperature tuning. If this all sounds like too much hard work for you, though, or calling in a professional calibrator is too expensive, BenQ has equipped the W5800 with a Filmmaker Mode that seeks to deliver as accurate a picture as possible according to settings defined by the Ultra HD Alliance.

Other features that will hopefully help the W5800 deliver truly premium picture quality are a 14-element, tailor-made lens system, and BenQ’s Dynamic Black system for dynamically adjusting the laser projector’s light output to suit the image content. While other projector brands offer similar features, BenQ claims its approach delivers 20% more contrast than those rival systems do.

As usual with dedicated home theater projectors, the BenQ W5800 doesn’t carry a built-in smart/video streaming system or any integrated speakers. You can, of course, always add a streaming stick if you want to, though, and the W5800’s connections include eARC support over HDMI so that you can pass full-resolution 7.1-channel/Dolby Atmos sound through the projector to a connected soundbar or AV receiver.

The BenQ W5800 is available to order from today (May 20) in the US, priced at $5,999, and should be available in the UK from around the end of the month for £4,599.

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