In this day and age of 4K, we can’t deny that there are a lot of buzzwords around; and to have the ultimate experience, you will need to have a 4K screen that supports HDR, adequate HDMI wires, as well as the 4K Blue-Ray player or console that supports this. While a lot of people still prefer televisions as their screen of choice, projectors can also provide a great viewing experience since these devices can exhibit a much bigger screen for your screening experience. Wondering where you can find a projector that exhibits excellent image quality? This is where the BenQ W1700 4K Projector comes in.
Quite surprisingly, 4K projectors are still a rare thing even in this year; however, BenQ released one that’s not only excellent in performance and quality, but also reasonable for home budget. With how projectors are made today, with a lot of features and great functions, these devices have more competition than ever with televisions that grow rapidly in size and fall in cost. Yet despite these, if you’re someone who really wants to have a big image that is clean, clear, and crisp, then a projector such as the BenQ W1700 4K is the best and most affordable option to achieve this. If you’re also projecting to a wall at bigger sizes, it is necessary for you to have 4K60 quality to guarantee that the viewing experience isn’t just all about the size, but the image is also detailed, clear, and smooth.
So basically, BenQ’s W1700 4K Projector is definitely one that offers just that, with a 3840 x 2160 resolution to ensure that your content’s images look clear and amazing. If these few details have already piqued your interest about the projector, it’s best that we learn more about the W1700 4K Projector from BenQ, see what it’s all about, what its specifications and features are, and all the other things it has in store for you.
BenQ W1700 4K Projector Review – What’s in the Box?
The BenQ W1700 4K Projector comes in a sturdy white box with a carrying handle and if you look at the front and back portions of the package, you will see BenQ’s logo and the image of the product. On the sides, you will find information about the BenQ W1700 4K Projector, as well as a few encryption stickers. There really isn’t much to see on the box so after inspecting further, we decided to check out what’s inside the W1700 4K Projector’s package. Once you open the box, you will find the projector itself suspended between two pieces of EPS foam cutouts that keep the device protected; when you pull these out of the box, you will find a power cable, an installation CD, a remote control, and a user manual underneath the device; additionally, you will also find a lens cap which is attached to the projector.
For the quick start manual, it features a chart that shows the necessary distance the projector needs to be in when in use. However, you may also use BenQ’s throw distance calculator.
BenQ W1700 4K Projector Review – Eye Popping 4K at an Affordable Price!
The W1700 4K Projector is also included in the CineHome series of BenQ’s single-chip 4K Ultra-HD DLP projectors, and it is also among the cheapest devices we’ve seen in the market. In the United States, the same projector model is called the HT2550; so for all our readers from the US, you can search for BenQ’s W1700 4K Projector and simply refer this to the HT2550. The projector makes use of a much smaller Texas Instruments that measures around 0.47 inches; it’s a DMD-DLP chip that is about 1920 x 1080 in resolution but utilizes a very fast mirror-flashing technique to easily move these mirrors four times within a frame. This is to establish an image that has a total of 8.3 million pixels on the screen.
While it still may not technically be a true 4K Ultra HD resolution chip that’s being utilized, the W1700 4K Projector does provide you with the pixel count on your screen; just remember that the resolution is not always the basis of a good and quality projector, even on a large screen. And just like the whole line-up for BenQ’s projectors, these feature 3D support integrated at 1080p. The W1700 4K Projector also features an increased lumens output and also, it features High Dynamic Range or HDR compatibility. We are, of course, going to try out the BenQ W1700 4K Projector and see if this is the budget-friendly Ultra HD projector that you’ve been waiting for.
Just like the other BenQ projectors the BenQ W1700 4K Projector is definitely a well-built sample of their devices that feels sturdy and durable enough to be a portable piece if it’s really required. The projector has a measurement of 353 millimeters X 135 millimeters X 272 millimeters (specifically for the W x H x D) and it weighs a total of 4.2 kilograms.
The projector’s white chassis is made from a durable solid plastic while its gray front area is where you’ll find the lens offset featuring a gold ring on its right side; there’s also a 4K logo, as well as an emitter or remote sensor just to the right of it. If you take a look at the far-left portion of this area, you’ll also find the projector’s exhaust port. This is important for such devices since it discharges a lot of hot air coming from the bulb and the presence of this is to keep any projector from heating up.
Right above the lens at the top of the projector’s plate, you’ll see a recess with the lens’ zoom and focus controls – what we liked about this is that it’s completely manual. These are generally easy to utilize but you’ll need to be extremely careful when you’re focusing to ensure that the whole image is sharp and clear. From the front plate, take a look at the bottom portion and you’ll see a movable and adjustable white plastic stand that can elevate the front portion of the W1700 4K Projector when mounted on the table. Additionally, there are also two screw feet made of plastic to the rear of the device; this is to lift it back up if deemed necessary.
We also have to talk about the design of the projector, specifically the top portion of the unit, as well as the controls for powering this and entering the menu system if ever you lose the projector’s remote control. Around the back of the W1700 4K Projector, there’s a slightly hollow area where you can find the connections and power socket; the primary video inputs are the PC /VGA input and the two HDMI connectors.
The HDMI-1 is the HDMI 2.1 and HDCP 2.2 so it will allow the 3840 x 2160 HDR signals. As for the HDMI 2, it is 1.4 capable only, plus there isn’t any MHL support available. You’ll also find the RS-232-C port, audio in jacks, as well as two different types of USB – one for service use and the other for power. Lastly, there’s the 12 Volt trigger and power socket located at the bottom left portion of the projector’s back plate.
Now for its remote control: it’s actually a decent piece made of durable plastic and we really liked its clean, sleek, and white finish, as well as the bright backlight. We think that is a really useful feature especially when you’re using the remote in a dark room – definitely a must if you’re usually using your projector in such areas. If you look at the BenQ W1700 4K Projector’s length, it’s basically just a bit longer and slightly higher than a 4K-UHD Blu Ray case; it’s also just slightly wider than this. Most of the vital keys are big enough to be pressed without having to worry about accidentally hitting another option.
This also goes for the directional keys since these are positioned perfectly for easier access. We liked how the remote fits perfectly in your hand and it also has adequate weight to give it a sturdy and solid feel to it. We also thought that it fit perfectly with the W1700 4K Projector and because of how it was made, we’re assuming that it can surely last some years without encountering any major issues.
Now for the specifications of the BenQ W1700 4K Projector: it features a 0.47-inch DMD DLP projection system which gives the device its 4K resolution imagery; plus, it has a native resolution of 8.3 million pixels (3840 x 2160). The projector has a 240-Watt lamp with a brightness of 2,200 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 which makes the device even more impressive – this only means that you can get up to 15,000 hours of lamp life; however, this will depend on which mode you utilize and how often you use the device. The W1700 Projector has an integrated lens that provides you with 1.2x optical zoom, as well as a low-dispersion layer which corrects color errors in on-screen imagery.
Another interesting feature of the BenQ W1700 4K Projector is the built-in 5-Watt speaker: with this, you will no longer need a set of speakers or boom boxes to produce the necessary sounds. Additionally, this isn’t just an ordinary speaker since it also comes with a variety of pre-tuned sound modes that you can choose from based on what you are viewing. The selection includes Game, Cinema, Sports, and Music modes; you can also even personalize your own EQ settings. For the ports integrated on the device, you have two HDMI ports, one 15-pin D-sub port, an audio-in and audio-out port.
If you take a look at all the features that were integrated and utilized for the BenQ W1700 4K Projector to enhance and customize your viewing experience, it’s quite a long one but it’s definitely worth elaborating. The projector features the Auto-HDR Color Rendition which provides you with improved contrast and brightness range simultaneously. This allows for a great cinematic image development in just one easy step. Another feature is the Color Enhancer which adjusts intricate color algorithms to deliver finer gradients, richly saturated colors, and to also bring out subtler pigments. They also integrated the Pixel Enhancer which is a motion-adaptive enhancement feature that readily distinguishes the color changes between the background and its object; this is to easily create a much sharper edge, as well as a more precise surface texture.
The BenQ W1700 4K Projector supports HDR10 which is a feature that we think is necessary for you if you’re purchasing display solution. The HDR technology of BenQ provides you with excellent contrast range & brightness that is matched with image optimization to increase image detail which is more noticeable in shadows. If you have a Samsung QLED, it isn’t as dark as that; however, if you’re particularly serious about setting up your home cinema, then the BenQ W1700 4K Projector is just about the right device for this specific type of feature.
If you’re in need of a good upscaler, the BenQ W1700 4K Projector has this feature yet they refer to this as their Pixel Enhancer 4K. This specific feature takes 1080p or full HD content then employs a specific software algorithm to further enhance colors, texture, and even contrast. Moreover, the feature also provides you with the Detail Enhancement Technology of BenQ that functions by refining surface details; our testing for this was quite limited but so far, we did find that it worked perfectly so good job for BenQ when it comes to this.
Even if things were scaled up to a hundred inches, we didn’t experience any form of struggle or issue. If you decide to link this to one set-up box for broadcast television, then this upscaler of the BenQ W1700 4K Projector is definitely an excellent option, as well as a welcomed inclusion to the device.
We liked that the projector provides quality image integrity with accurate color, and with just one DMD-DLP technology to prevent essential alignment concerns of numerous panels, the BenQ W1700 4K Projector ensures to provide you with outstanding color accuracy and image integrity. We really like how the W1700 4K Projector is able to produce razor-sharp and crisp images, as well as accurate colors devoid of appearing with unnecessary interference patterns, blur, and shadowing for perfect clarity.
Another excellent feature of the BenQ W1700 4K Projector is their BenQ CinematicColor which is great for enhancing and improving perfect shades to get the most precise and accurate photo quality. The BenQ CinematicColor really delivers and we really appreciate BenQ for including this; it delivers a color accuracy of Rec. 709 HDTV, a high native ANSI contrast ratio, and an RGBRGB color wheel technology to make sure that you get outstanding image performance with crisp and clear visuals, as well as sharp details for your ultimate viewing enjoyment.
If you’re familiar with how projectors work, you probably have an idea of how troublesome the lamp replacement of these devices can be. We actually consider this as a downside of projectors but we’re glad that BenQ somehow addressed this issue in their W1700 4K. The company decided to incorporate a lamp that can be utilized continuously for up to a total of 15,000 hours, and if you use the Lamp Save mode of the device, things can last slightly longer. The Smart Eco technology of BenQ readily adjusts the brightness of the projector’s lamp based on the content; this is to exhibit richer black, as well as enhanced contrast for better image details.
Usually, your average daily usage is about less than eight hours on most days; so basically, you’re looking at about less than eight hours a day. If you think about it, you’re looking at around five to eight years before you actually need to replace the projector’s bulb. And since the W1700 4K Projector has an extended bulb life, it means that the total cost of ownership could probably be much lower compared to their competitors and it’s definitely something that you should seriously consider.
There are more notable features to the W1700 4K projector from BenQ and we’re really liking this since, in our opinion, it’s definitely much better compared to other similar products in the market. The BenQ W1700 4K Projector gives you the dual user modes and when it comes to the arrangement of picture settings, you’ll find an array of different presents such as Vivid TV, Bright, Silence, Cinema, and Sport – the nice thing about this is the dual user definable modes. If you’re a little confused about this, here’s the thing: if you and your family members, friends, or even significant other have different tastes when it comes to how images are exhibited, then you can readily switch between two settings to suit your tastes. It’s also possible for you to have different configuration preferences for different periods during the day, for instance, the first user can have the brightness increased for day use while the second user can have accurate and cinema-like settings for nighttime viewing.
The remote control of the BenQ W1700 4K Projector may not be much of a big deal at first, like us, we just assumed that it’s your regular remote for the projector; however, when you begin to understand that is your projector’s interface, then you will realize just how vital it is. Compared to the modern-day television remotes, those for projectors, do not feature rationalized and clean button layouts to make the whole operation more intuitive and simple. Luckily, the remote for this BenQ W1700 4K Projector is slightly more organized and clean so looking at what and where to press won’t be too much of a hassle. The remote is also backlit so even if you’re in a dimly-lit room, you will not have a difficult time looking at what buttons to press for, let’s say, the volume and such.
Lastly, setting up the W1700 4K Projector is very easy; when you turn it on, you might see a skewed image. Don’t worry, you can simply resolve this by utilizing the vertical keystone function that readily adjusts the image to get a professionally-squared image. This feature helps align the image in various locations depending on how you want it. As we mentioned earlier, the BenQ W1700 4K Projector has a ton of features and these may seem like an overwhelming and even mind-boggling amount of technical jargon, but don’t worry.
We promise you that most of these features are very easy to setup and activate, it would be just like pushing a button on your remote; and true to what they say about the W1700 4K being a high-quality and efficient home projector that everyone can utilize and enjoy, the company has made it extremely easy for you to take advantage and get the most out of the device.
Producing 4K UHD 3840×2160 resolution with 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame, W1700 utilizes revolutionary 0.47” single-DMD DLP technology to minimize the projector’s sleek, compact profile for modern lifestyles. With four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p, 4K UHD reduces pixel blur for awe-inspiring clarity and crisply defined fine details.
The addition of the BenQ CinematicColor to their latest projectors ensures that you will receive a precise and adequate reproduction of color gamuts in Rec. 709 and DCI P3. Generally, if you’re one of those discerning home-theater connoisseur’s, then your primary goal is to be able to appreciate and enjoy a film just as close to the director’s vision as possible. The company states that their BenQ CinematicColor technology, which is part of the CineHome, CinePro, and CinePrime home projectors, can do just that; this is possible since the BenQ CinematicColor is, according to the company, a very sophisticated color engine that definitely meets the highest standards of cinematic color-accuracy necessary for the film industry.
We’ve actually seen the statement of BenQ’s President, Conway Lee, and he says that the company’s long-standing belief is that only real and accurate colors can express true feelings such as sorrow, thrills, romance, and joy; so with the BenQ CinematicColor, you’ll surely get to enjoy deep emotions accurately since the images exhibited perfectly preserves the exact colors of the authentic cinematic content. It’s interesting that they are the only company in the whole world that introduced the BenQ CinematicColor to ensure that you will experience accurate color performance that has been certified by a single factory color-calibration report. What’s more is that the CinePro models from BenQ also achieve the digital cinema industry’s wide array of DCI P3 color gamut.
We’ve checked further to learn more about the BenQ CinematicColor and based on the company, they state that the technology begins at the origin of light where they make use of new leading edge light sources. These are said to have accurate waveform analysis to get the perfect color temperature for the images. The BenQ W1700 4K Projector can manage the light with extreme precision since the device is integrated with an opto-mechanical structure that is protected using a special heat-resistant black matte paint to remove any form of light overflow, as well as to achieve excellent ANSI contrast performance to acquire highly detailed images.
Making use of reference wavelengths at a nanometer level, the engineers of BenQ worked meticulously to acquire the perfect balance of color brightness and accuracy when it comes to formulating the exact combinations of coatings and wheel angles for the RGBRGB color wheel. This is to achieve the perfect and most precise color performance of the BenQ CinematicColor technology.
As mentioned earlier, it is said that only real colors can express deep feelings such as joy, romance, sorrow, etc. and this can only be done by conserving the original image and form. The BenQ W1700 4K Projector certainly does exhibit the best colors and images, thus, allowing you to enjoy the deepest feelings projected for your viewing pleasure. In our opinion, it’s actually good to know that the dual-certified engineers of BenQ are able to provide 100% color coverage to achieve the perfect color consistency and compatibility, so the company’s top projectors, including the BenQ W1700 4K Projector, can readily achieve the necessary color gamut to enjoy great cinematic viewing.
Now, let us focus more on color accuracy: generally, color perception can be quite subjective since some may see red as pink while others see this as orange. The Rec. 709 color standard was made by the International Telecommunications Union or ITU for television, A/V, and movie industries to make sure that all the HD products that you buy (such as DVDs, displays, and more) make use of the same resolution, color gamut, video specifications, as well as frame rates. So to make things better, BenQ ensures that their W1700 4K Projector provides you with color accuracy so that you can fully enjoy your viewing moments while also delighting in the accurately crisp and clean colors of your film.
BenQ CinematicColor is basically a leading light-source technology along with Waveform Analysis, and this specific technology allows the reproduction of all the colors without skipping any of the hardware details that are connected to imaging. The R&D makes use of the newest light source technology with great waveform analysis to make sure that the necessary color temperature of the discharged light correctly reproduces the perfect color of the given Rec. 709 color gamut.
We all know that having the proper lighting can create exquisite images; however, it can also, at times, damage the color. Surely you want to achieve precise lighting controls, this is possible with the W1700 4K Projector since BenQ R&D removed the projection light overflow to achieve the completely black effect for enhanced ANSI contrast and deeply improved layered 3D images. The company also ensures that all light from its main source arrives at the projection lens and DMD chip; plus, they also ensured that their opto-mechanical structure utilizes the special heat-resistant matte paint to fulfill all the color gamut requirements.
When it comes to DLP projector components, the color wheel is probably the one that has the greatest effect on the W1700 4K Projector and every other similar device for that matter. To achieve the perfect and best balance brightness and color accuracy, projectors require increased precision and rigid quality control. Since nanometer differences also produce huge differences in the color spectrum, the BenQ CinematicColor utilizes accurate nanometer-level references to be able to test over twenty combinations of the color wheel coating and angle.
Lastly, it’s also interesting that only BenQ gives you a calibration report straight from the factory. They utilize special software and instruments to test and adjust each of the BenQ CinematicColor projector (including the W1700 4K) to achieve precise D-65 color temperatures, white levels, gamma, neutral grays, gamma, saturation, hue, brightness, RGBCMY color, as well as output from various interfaces that are based on the ITU R Rec. 709. We’ve also learned that BenQ collects every data for each distinct CinematicColor factory calibration report and that they’re the only brand to actually adopt extremely high standards of gamma calibration and color gamut to outpace the standards of the Rec. 709.
Using the Product
For setting up the BenQ W1700 4K Projector, it’s basically a very straightforward process so you really don’t need to worry about making it work properly. You simply plug the device, switch on its power, and it will automatically help and run you through a variety of screens to verify the fundamental output settings on the device. Once you’re done with this process, you can either go straight to watching your favorite films or tinker further with the BenQ W1700 4K’s wide array of special features to find your preferred output.
Just remember to take a bit of care when setting up the projector; to be more specific, you should make sure that the W1700 4K Projector’s brightness setting is set to neutral mid-point especially for HDR viewing. If you set it higher, the image will appear washed out while setting it lower and the darker areas will appear short of detail and somewhat like a silhouette. This is quite normal for a lot of projectors so there’s nothing to worry about.
The BenQ W1700 4K Projector Pixel Enhancer 4K is also a great feature, and we had no encounters with noise even when we tinkered with its setting. With both the standard dynamic range and HDR content, we think it’s best that you set the lamp to the SmartEco option since the feature readily optimizes the contrast without causing any form of distracting lamp flickering or brightness jumps.
Of course, we won’t miss out on testing the BenQ W1700 4K Projector and it actually started off really well by being extremely bright in a good way since it’s brighter compared to its pricier 4K rivals. The brightness is an advantage since it can help produce a punchy peak-brightness with its HDR content; to make things even better, the BenQ W1700 4K Projector can also preserve a much higher level of brightness together with the HDR content compared to the common projectors that are available in the market. This instantly makes the HDR images appear more consistent in a believable and lifelike-manner – something that we greatly expect when it comes to HDR.
The additional brightness also delivers a more distinct difference between the SDR and HDR than you usually receive from other projectors. The W1700 4K Projector’s images also appear 4K – sharp, pristine, and detailed – definitely beyond HD so you can expect to have an enjoyable viewing session. The BenQ W1700 4K Projector’s precision and sharpness are also good, especially when it comes to enhancing the depth of 4K images.
Another element that contributes to the clarity of the W1700 is that it does not project any form of video noise; we also didn’t experience any green-dotting noise in the darkened areas which is often seen in those single-chip DLP devices. In terms of sharpness and color, the screen uniformity is also strong. Image motion is also great with the BenQ W1700 4K Projector since we didn’t encounter any signs of fizzing skin tones during instances of camera pans which can also often be seen with the single-chip projectors; there were also no occurrences of blurring or even a drop in the projector’s excellent 4K-like resolution.
During the process of testing, the BenQ W1700 4K Projector continues to appear punchy and clean with its classic dynamic range resources; and when it comes to another major strength of the projector, it has to be its color since it’s able to handle the limited tonal range of SDR footages with ease. It also impressively provides a genuine sense of a broadened color range together with HDR or wide-color gamut footage.
There were no issues on black levels as well – something that’s quite common with other projectors around. The BenQ W1700 4K Projector exhibits a nice and crisp image during dark scenes so we really liked its effect since we didn’t experience any greyness here. The details were clear and really good, there were also no instances where we felt like there was some shortness of contrast in the images nor did we see any colors that appeared washed out. We also really liked how the bright portions of combined dark and light HDR shots appeared – these were completely balanced and looked perfectly good; things were clear and natural so that’s definitely a thumbs-up for BenQ.
We were expecting to see some strained colors at some point when it came to the extreme HDR contents, but to our surprise, we also didn’t experience any of it while testing the BenQ W1700 4K Projector. The images also seemed to stand out and glow in some instances which is actually pretty cool, in our opinion. If you have a different preference, you can readily tweak the W1700’s HDR brightness setting depending on your choice. If you want to change the color balance of the image for a more aggressive HDR presentation, you can simply shift the projector’s preset to Cinema mode. Going for this option will make the black levels even better while also further improving the details on brightened HDR spots. The Cinema preset is another notable aspect of the W1700 since it appears extremely dynamic, as well as the Vivid TV preset.
Overall, the performance of the BenQ W1700 4K Projector is just awesome; colors appear really natural and every portion of the image that is being shown is clear and detailed. We’ve used the device continuously for quite some time and we didn’t notice any sounds coming from it; the W1700 surprisingly runs very quiet which surprised us since a couple of projectors that we tried had soft buzzing or humming sounds when utilized. To add to this, it even runs quietly under the HDR mode so that’s really something.
For its integrated sound system, we honestly didn’t expect much from this since we were assuming that BenQ focused more on the projector and not much on the speaker; we were amazed when we heard this and we can definitely say that the speakers are remarkably awesome. We even increased the volume almost to its maximum and we still didn’t experience any distortions which is really very good. Lastly, given that it doesn’t have a dedicated Gaming mode, the BenQ W1700 4K Projector measures about 33 ms of input lag – a great result for this home cinema projector. We actually tried it out for gaming and as expected, the W1700 makes for a great big-screen game display.
We have found out that the BenQ W1700 4K Projector is a fantastic product to use if you want to get that excellent home cinema experience. While it provides you with outstanding performance for watching movies on the big screen, it also brings your gaming experience to the next level.
For a reasonable price, this projector leaves you with 4K in your home theater or even when you’re on the go. Devices like the W1700 definitely beats the high-end 1080p projectors since 4K is the new trend in the projector market; it’s also not just an excellent device in terms of value, but it also offers great performance for an entry-level home cinema projector. With that, we’re definitely recommending the BenQ W1700 4K Projector if you want to have a great home theater setup to enjoy excellent viewing moments.
Where to Buy
If you want to add the BenQ W1700 to your entertainment setup (and we recommend that you should!), you can pick one up for around $2,199AUD. For more information head on over to the BenQ product page.