Review of BenQ CinePrime W5700 Projector (True 4K UHD HDR Projector)June 16, 2019
When we talk about the projector, one of the brands always comes in the mind is BenQ. They have been in the market for more than a decade. With all the latest development in digital and technology, BenQ has been providing the latest technology in providing realistic cinema experience at home.
With the recent update from the research companies, BenQ has retained its top spot in the 4K projector market in the Asia Paciﬁc and the Middle East for ﬁve consecutive quarters. With 65.54% market share in Saudi Arabia and 33.76% in UAE in Q1 2019, while leading the market in Japan, India and Thailand, during the same period, BenQ has been leading the race in 4K projector market in the Middle East. As per BenQ, they have a total of 10 4K models with 4 laser models within the 4K range, amplifying the brand’s leadership position in the 4K segment.
On 24th April 2019, BenQ unveiled the two 4K UHD projectors for the Middle East market – W2700 and W5700. The BenQ Middle East showed the actual working of the projector at the Aloft Hotel’s cinema theatre. The BenQ PR team send me the BenQ W5700 projector for review which is an expensive, big projector and made for consumers who want have 4K UHD projector for their plush home and possible indoor theatre in their house.
Body & Specification
The BenQ W5700 Projector comes with a dimension of 492mm(W) x 168mm(H) x 349mm(D) and weighing 6.5kg. It comes with resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) with brightness 1800 ANSI Lumens with a contrast ratio of 100,000:1. This is a DLP projection system which can support VGA (640 x 480) to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) and provide 30 Bits (1.07 billion colours). As it is a DLP projector, so it has a lamp which takes 245 watts of power and has a life of 4,000 hours but in the smart eco mode it can give you 10,000 hours of lamp life and if you are watching in LampSave mode you can get 15,000 hours of lamp life.
The lens of the projector can give you 100″ diagonal projection from distance of 3mtrs and has a zoom of 1.6x. You can get 60″ to 200″ with a clear focus and get maximum image size at 300″. It has a Lens Shift with Vertical: ± 60% / Horizontal: ± 23% and keystone adjustment vertical ± 40 degrees.
The Benq W5700 box is a quite big projector for small home but with the capabilities, size doesn’t matter. It is ideally designed for a fixed place setup which has to have a fairly generous table or counter space ready in the viewing room. It wider in design, so don’t need too much of depth place to keep it. The matt black curved body design not only helps to keep dust collecting also avoid body reflection of the projector in the room. The vents are in front with the cooling fan on the right-hand side and the control panel and interface on the back panel.
The bootup time from switch on to the appearance of the BenQ logo is around 38 secs and the fully ready bright lamp is around 1:10secs. The cooling fan is quite silent compared to other projectors I have reviewed.
As this product had come for review, I had placed the W5700 on a table and got it projected on the white wall. Both front legs can be unscrewed to raise at least 2inches from the table at least giving 20-degree angle up from a straight line.
So if you are placing the W5700 on higher pedestal/shelve or above your head like the cinema screening room, the interesting feature in the W5700 is the lens shift option whereas you can shift the lens vertically ± 60% and Horizontal: ± 23%.
Lens control has to be done manually, with a lever on the outermost ring of the lens barrel controlling zoom, while the innermost ring controls focus. Both horizontal and vertical lens-shift are adjusted via dials mounted on to the chassis.
The W5700 does offer keystone adjustment. However, it shouldn’t be required with the range of lens controls. Keystoning digitally manipulates the image and in the process, softens it. The W5700 is a single chip DLP projector, there’s no need for panel alignment- align the image correctly to your screen, focus it using the inbuilt test pattern.
Another interesting fact which I liked in the packaging, it comes with a letter from BenQ factory mentioning that each of the W5700 projectors is individually colour calibrated at the factory, making sure that you receive something that’s going to give you the best possible picture right out of the box.
For the consumer who is very particular about colour and calibration while setting up the unit, there is always the option of colour test pattern which you can switch on from the setting or from the remote and set it up as per your preferences.
BenQ CinePrime W5700 4K HDR projector with CinematicColor™ technology, powered by the super-wide industry standard DCI-P3 colour space and Cinema Rec 709, W5700 delivers precise colours and authentic emotions to perfectly preserve the director’s vision in immersive film-like cinematic experiences.
W5700 provides 100% coverage of the super wide DCI-P3 colour space and 100% of Rec. 709 while the W2700 covers 95% of DCI-P3 and 100% of Rec. 709, backed by individual factory colour calibration reports ensuring Delta E≤3 colour accuracy.
As mentioned by BenQ, the resolution of the projector is “True 4K” a native resolution of 3840 x 2160. In reality, there’s only a handful of projectors include Sony and JVC’s new range of 4K projectors that offer full 4096 × 2160 4K resolution used more commonly associated with cinemas. The W5700 shares the same resolution used by today’s televisions and specified as the standard by the UHD alliance for 4K. The fact that the W5700 is a DLP projector with 8.3 million pixels joined together to give you the visuals that you see, and that means extreme detailing.
The other thing which I liked while using the W5700 compared to other projectors I have reviewed; it doesn’t have the rainbow effect. Like all DLP projectors, the W5700 can create extremely film-like images, which many are going to favour over the more digital clean look provided by other technologies. The downside of this technology, however, is that it can cause the Rainbow Effect. With the W5700, I didn’t witness any instances of Rainbow Effect (RBE).
The Backlit remote makes a difference
The remote control of W5700 has backlit buttons which are very cool as I didn’t have to struggle to look at the buttons on the remote and I could change things to my preference in the dark without switching the room light. The remote control is responsive and gives all the necessary requirement which are also present on the back panel of the W5700.
Play 4K Videos from USB Type 3 drive
The W5700 comes with USB Type 3 input, so you have an option to download 4K movie on your USB Type 3 device and connect it with W5700 and watch it directly and control it from the menu on the remote. W5700 has 2 (HDMI 2.0b & HDCP 2.2), USB Type A – 1 (5V/2.5A power supply), 1 (USB 2.0 Media Reader/ Firmware upgrade), 1 (USB 3.0 Media Reader/ Firmware upgrade) and USB Type mini B 1 Firmware upgrade and it has 1 Audio out (3.5mm Mini Jack). It comes with 1 LAN (RJ45), 1 RJ-45 LAN input jack (10/100M)
W5700 can produce “True 4K” UHD resolution and images are sharp, bright and pleasing to the eye. Even watching continuous back to back 3 movies, there was no tiredness in my eye. However, after a period of 5-6 hours, the W5700 went blank for few minutes as I assume, the DLP lamp needed to cool down maybe, but giving rest for few minutes, it was working like a horse. I even tried to view some movies during daylight (I don’t have dark curtains to avoid sunlight) and with 1800 lumens, it was not bad and had quite a good viewing experience.
Recommendation for BenQ CinePrime W5700 4K HDR projector
W5700 Projector cost $2575 and so it is not a product for the masses. The consumers who have deep pockets and are crazy about cinematic movie viewing at home surely should look at this projector. Off course, the people who are investing in this projector, I assume they have a very good sound system to compliment this projector.
People who are into film production, ad agencies who need to view the adverts and films to show to their clients in actual quality and colours. Corporate offices, who have a big conference room and need to have a sharp quality projection of their data, corporate videos. Even hotels could use W5700 projector in the banquet hotels and conference rooms.
Make sure you have 4K HDMI Cable to connect with your devices and enjoy the full experience of “True 4K” as the package doesn’t come with a 4K HDMI cable.
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