BenQ TW523P HD Ready 3D Projector £259.99 @ Amazon
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BenQ TW523P HD Ready 3D Projector £259.99 @ Amazon

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Found 18th Nov 2014
Hey everyone, I bought this on a whim a few nights ago. Cheapest it's ever been on Amazon. It's only 720p (wxga) but I never download anything in 1080p if I can help it, and most PS3/360 games are 720p or lower anyway (upscaled to 1080p), so I figure I may as well save some money and go for this one over a full HD. And by the time this pops its clogs, 4K projectors will probably be the norm, right?

So yeah, please vote and comment. I'd genuinely be interested to know if this is a good deal or not.

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I can't find it at a better price so it deserves heat. No idea why some lazy idiot has voted cold.
Edited by: "jdbigguy" 18th Nov 2014

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HereKittyKitty

It's only 720p (wxga) but I never download anything in 1080p if I can … It's only 720p (wxga) but I never download anything in 1080p if I can help it,



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how much are 3d glasses for something like this, and is the transmitter included?

These should work
amazon.co.uk/Sig…ses

I have these , they do have their faults but for the price , cant really complain ,dont need and extra emitter as one is built in just sync and go, should work okay with but cannot confirm that either, perhaps someone else could .

Great projector....had it 3 months....love the 3d. Bought the sainsonic glasses on amazon....work a treat. First projector can't fault it for the money.....hot deal...

Transmitter is built it in... the glasses work from the projected image in 3D...works really well....get no crosstalk...unlike my 52 inch sony TV...

paisa_vasool

how much are 3d glasses for something like this, and is the transmitter … how much are 3d glasses for something like this, and is the transmitter included?



£60 for 4 pairs of Sainsonics @ ebay.

This seems like a good buy..

I nearly bought this last month but one reviewer said he can see rainbows. Bought the Optoma HD141x instead for £417 via Flubit.
Edited by: "Speculator" 18th Nov 2014

hot for the price. if its a DLP projector check you dont see rainbow effect. make sure you measure out your room and calculate that the projector doesnt end up having to be inside the couch to get the picture you want so throw ratio all important aswell as this wont have lensshift. if you need cheap motorized screen check Duronic on fleabay.

Speculator

I nearly bought this last month but one reviewer said he can see … I nearly bought this last month but one reviewer said he can see rainbows. Bought the Optoma HD141x instead for £417 via Flubit.



Damn it, was looking for a projector that did double rainbows!

FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big screen. 1080p is really the minimum required on a bigscreen TV as the resolution is split between the eyes.

JtR

FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big … FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big screen. 1080p is really the minimum required on a bigscreen TV as the resolution is split between the eyes.



True for passive 3d tvs. These Sync on a white frame between each real frame and just switch eyes. So you would get full resolution and no crosstalk (I'm assuming this uses dlp sync)

Sorry to say this jtr but thats not true, it depends on what 3d versions you buy, 1st it splits it like you pointed out, 2nd It alternates 1080p each frame for each eye hence you have passive and active, each of which need different glasses..

JtR

FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big … FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big screen. 1080p is really the minimum required on a bigscreen TV as the resolution is split between the eyes.



No disrespect to you JtR but I have a 720p projector too, the source is split screen (sometimes proper blue-ray 3D) and converted to 3D by the projector and the effects are absolutely amazing. The screen size on my wall is around 85 inch. I've watched countless 3D films on it laid in bed and its mind blowing, I'm about 10ft away. It is not pointless at all. Everything feels touchable, you duck for cover when spears are thrown at the screen, the dust effects on Harry Potter look phenomenal, The spear thrown at the start of Star Trek forces you to blink and twitch cos you just cant help feel like it will hit you in the face. You may think it would look crap going by the numbers involved from the resolution but if you had tried it there's no way you'd say what you just did.

For comparison Cinemas are only using 2048 wide x 1152 high projectors (Except the few recently updated to 4k which is very very recent!) and they're projecting a what? 150ft image or something silly? so they're bearly better than 1080p so why on Earth would someone need something so powerful for a 80inch image?

Also dont forget its 720p downscaled from the original source which is WAY higher image quality than the source being native.

TLDR:

Basically anyone reading this, please don't be put off by the above comment, it is absolutely meaningless.

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Edited by: "adamm1982" 18th Nov 2014

Doing passive 3D with a projector would be pretty hard (though the cinema obviously manages it). You'd need two sources, with different polarization, and a screen which maintains the polarization (not just a simple white panel). It's much easier on a TV, where alternate lines have different polarizing filters in front of them.

As an aside, I've never understood why passive TVs always use alternate line 3D, yet 3D movies are almost always transmitted/recorded in side-by-side format. If you have a 1080p side-by-side video, then display it on an alternate line TV, you end up with effectively 980x540 resolution. Doesn't apply to 3D Blurays, which transmit a full 1080p picture for each eye (IIRC).

So what is required here for running a 3D movie ? other than a pair of glasses as listed above, do you require a proper white screen ? Could you run a 3D file through laptop via HDMI and the projector does the rest ? Sorry for the noob questions but I never had any intentions of considering a 3D solution until this went up.

Where can I get a screen? Wanna fit in my room however don't have a FREE flat wall for the image.

VincentGO

Where can I get a screen? Wanna fit in my room however don't have a FREE … Where can I get a screen? Wanna fit in my room however don't have a FREE flat wall for the image.




This was posted above.... if you need cheap motorized screen check Duronic on fleabay.

Heat left, and ordered - a nice Xmas present to myself!

adamm1982

No disrespect to you JtR but I have a 720p projector too, the source is … No disrespect to you JtR but I have a 720p projector too, the source is split screen (sometimes proper blue-ray 3D) and converted to 3D by the projector and the effects are absolutely amazing. The screen size on my wall is around 85 inch. I've watched countless 3D films on it laid in bed and its mind blowing, I'm about 10ft away. It is not pointless at all. Everything feels touchable, you duck for cover when spears are thrown at the screen, the dust effects on Harry Potter look phenomenal, The spear thrown at the start of Star Trek forces you to blink and twitch cos you just cant help feel like it will hit you in the face. You may think it would look crap going by the numbers involved from the resolution but if you had tried it there's no way you'd say what you just did. For comparison Cinemas are only using 2048 wide x 1152 high projectors (Except the few recently updated to 4k which is very very recent!) and they're projecting a what? 150ft image or something silly? so they're bearly better than 1080p so why on Earth would someone need something so powerful for a 80inch image? Also dont forget its 720p downscaled from the original source which is WAY higher image quality than the source being native. TLDR: Basically anyone reading this, please don't be put off by the above comment, it is absolutely meaningless. http://www.projectorcentral.com/home_theater_projector_buyers_guide.htm?page=Resolution



Quite sure my local Odeon uses 8K projectors...

gken74

This was posted above.... if you need cheap motorized screen check … This was posted above.... if you need cheap motorized screen check Duronic on fleabay.



Am I missing something searching for the seller on eBay they stopped operating in '08?

Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-

So that I can look for the ideal screen, what ratio is the image on this? I cant see it in the Amazon description. If a projector screen is advertised as 100" is this the diagonal measurement? As I cannot remember my pythagoras, how physically wide would that be?

Thanks guys.

Longy

Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-So that I … Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-So that I can look for the ideal screen, what ratio is the image on this? I cant see it in the Amazon description. If a projector screen is advertised as 100" is this the diagonal measurement? As I cannot remember my pythagoras, how physically wide would that be?Thanks guys.

i got a Duronic. actually off Amazon not fleabay sorry!;) it said 164cm but what arrived wasn 164cm diagonal but width of screen. the top bit which is motorized is 195cm though in length

adamm1982

No disrespect to you JtR but I have a 720p projector too, the source is … No disrespect to you JtR but I have a 720p projector too, the source is split screen (sometimes proper blue-ray 3D) and converted to 3D by the projector and the effects are absolutely amazing. The screen size on my wall is around 85 inch. I've watched countless 3D films on it laid in bed and its mind blowing, I'm about 10ft away. It is not pointless at all. Everything feels touchable, you duck for cover when spears are thrown at the screen, the dust effects on Harry Potter look phenomenal, The spear thrown at the start of Star Trek forces you to blink and twitch cos you just cant help feel like it will hit you in the face. You may think it would look crap going by the numbers involved from the resolution but if you had tried it there's no way you'd say what you just did. For comparison Cinemas are only using 2048 wide x 1152 high projectors (Except the few recently updated to 4k which is very very recent!) and they're projecting a what? 150ft image or something silly? so they're bearly better than 1080p so why on Earth would someone need something so powerful for a 80inch image? Also dont forget its 720p downscaled from the original source which is WAY higher image quality than the source being native. TLDR: Basically anyone reading this, please don't be put off by the above comment, it is absolutely meaningless. http://www.projectorcentral.com/home_theater_projector_buyers_guide.htm?page=Resolution



Agree I have a 720 projected onto a 100" wall. Looks amazing. I also have 1080 on a TV so do know the difference. When I show people they look surprised when I show them.

JtR

FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big … FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big screen. 1080p is really the minimum required on a bigscreen TV as the resolution is split between the eyes.




Lol....what a load of rubbish....

What would be the cheapest option to get films to play through the projector? Some kind of mini PC mounted near it? I won't be using any dvd's or bluray, everything will be on a harddrive of some sort.

JtR

FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big … FYI, anything in 3D will not be HD & therefore pretty pointless on a big screen. 1080p is really the minimum required on a bigscreen TV as the resolution is split between the eyes.



Rubbish its absolutely fine. The images are split so yes if you close one eye then resolutions looks crappy, but once each image is layed over one another (how your brain sees it) it probably looks clearer than non 3d on a 720p projector.

I talk from experience of several projectors.

slotcarbuff

Rubbish its absolutely fine. The images are split so yes if you close one … Rubbish its absolutely fine. The images are split so yes if you close one eye then resolutions looks crappy, but once each image is layed over one another (how your brain sees it) it probably looks clearer than non 3d on a 720p projector. I talk from experience of several projectors.



This is reactive 3d not passive. It shows a fullscreen imagine in each eye and uses the shutters in the glasses to quickly alternate images. Passive 3d is the one that halves the image and uses cheap £1 polarized glasses.

Bulb costs ?

DarkBat1

Bulb costs ?



Around £100?

Can this be connected to a ceiling mount?

Could you connect a chromecast using the mini USB for power?

And what's the minimum size of room you would need?

Thanks in advance.

Longy

Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-So that I … Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-So that I can look for the ideal screen, what ratio is the image on this? I cant see it in the Amazon description. If a projector screen is advertised as 100" is this the diagonal measurement? As I cannot remember my pythagoras, how physically wide would that be?Thanks guys.

Longy

Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-So that I … Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-So that I can look for the ideal screen, what ratio is the image on this? I cant see it in the Amazon description. If a projector screen is advertised as 100" is this the diagonal measurement? As I cannot remember my pythagoras, how physically wide would that be?Thanks guys.

RedFire14

[quote=Longy]Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on … [quote=Longy]Sorry some noob projection questions now I have this on order:-So that I can look for the ideal screen, what ratio is the image on this? I cant see it in the Amazon description. If a projector screen is advertised as 100" is this the diagonal measurement? As I cannot remember my pythagoras, how physically wide would that be?Thanks guys.

RedFire14

i got a Duronic. actually off Amazon not fleabay sorry!;) it said 164cm … i got a Duronic. actually off Amazon not fleabay sorry!;) it said 164cm but what arrived wasn 164cm diagonal but width of screen. the top bit which is motorized is 195cm though in length[/quote i got a Duronic. actually off Amazon not fleabay sorry!;) it said 164cm but what arrived wasn 164cm diagonal but width of screen. the top bit which is motorized is 195cm though in length


Thanks Redfire. That will be useful. Are you happy with the quality of the screen?

Hello, I would like to ask if this projector has got Triple Flash means frame rate tripled from 48 Hz to 144 Hz (48x3)??? And dou you think is BenQ W750 better. By specs it is nearly the same. Thank you for answer very much!!!

Dodge62

Doing passive 3D with a projector would be pretty hard (though the cinema … Doing passive 3D with a projector would be pretty hard (though the cinema obviously manages it). You'd need two sources, with different polarization, and a screen which maintains the polarization (not just a simple white panel). It's much easier on a TV, where alternate lines have different polarizing filters in front of them.As an aside, I've never understood why passive TVs always use alternate line 3D, yet 3D movies are almost always transmitted/recorded in side-by-side format. If you have a 1080p side-by-side video, then display it on an alternate line TV, you end up with effectively 980x540 resolution. Doesn't apply to 3D Blurays, which transmit a full 1080p picture for each eye (IIRC).


Hello, I would like to ask if this projector has got Triple Flash means frame rate tripled from 48 Hz to 144 Hz (48x3)??? And dou you think is BenQ W750 better. By specs it is nearly the same. Thank you for answer very much!!!

Does anyone know about the 3d spec, as the amazon reviews use different models making it seem like it's the same.

my projector turned up today and i have to say so far i'm impressed with the brightness and the clarity. I wondered if someone in the know could help though regarding the 3d playback. I have eventually managed to get the 3d working via a bluray and my ps3, but I have a microserver which I can connect and view fine in normal viewing mode but when I try and play a 3d film through xbmc the image comes out as a side by side 3d image but in my projectors 3d settings 'side by side' plus a few other viewing options are greyed out so I can't select it. The only option I have is 'frame sequential' but as the image i am trying to view is split into 2 on the left and the right of the screen it doesn't work. I have managed to get the option of side by side to be pickable by changing the resolution of my microservers windows display settings to be 1440 by 900 ( it is advised the default resolution is 1280 by 800 normally) and when picking the side by side option the image works but everything else on the screen (menus etc are all over one another and impossible to select the right things as the side by side option has been applied to all on the screen not just the film. I then have to guess my way back through the resolutions settings to return to the normal resolution. Surely there is a way of doing this properly? I'm new to this so haven't got the foggiest where its going wrong (projector, microserver, xbmc) but i've been working on it all afternoon and am stuck- is there anyone in the know that has any suggestions? Arrrrgghhh!!!!
Otherwise the projector seems great Thanks op
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