BenQ TW526E/DLP WXGA 3200 ANSI Projector, HD Ready, 3D, HDMI, VGA, 16:10 Ratio £229.99 @ Amazon
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BenQ TW526E/DLP WXGA 3200 ANSI Projector, HD Ready, 3D, HDMI, VGA, 16:10 Ratio £229.99 @ Amazon

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Found 21st Aug 2015
Really good price for this 3D HD Ready Projector. 3200 Lumens and supports resolutions upto 1080p

Projection System DLP
Native Resolution WXGA (1280 x 800)
Brightness* 3200AL
Contrast Ratio 13000:1
Display Color 1.07 Billion Colors
Lens F=2.59-2.86, f=21-25.6mm
Aspect Ratio Native 16:10 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
Throw Ratio 1.5 - 1.8 (62" @ 2m)
Image Size (Diagonal) 39"~300"
Zoom Ratio 1.2:1
Lamp Type 203W
Keystone Adjustment 1D, Vertical +/- 40 degrees
Projection Offset 125% ±5%
Resolution Support VGA (640 x 480) to WUXGA_RB (1920 x 1200) *RB = Reduced Blanking
Horizontal Frequency 15~102KHz
Vertical Scan Rate 23~120Hz
Interface
Computer in (D-sub 15pin) x 2 (Share with component)
Monitor out (D-sub 15pin) x 1
Composite video in (RCA) x 1
S-Video in (Mini-DIN 4 pin) x 1
HDMI x 1
Audio in (Mini Jack) x 2
Audio out (Mini Jack) x 1
Speaker 2W x 1
USB (Type B) x 1
RS232 (DB-9pin) x 1
IR Receiver x1 (Front)
Dimensions(W x H x D) 302.8 x 111.8 x 221.8 mm (with feet)
302.8 x 103.8 x 221.8 mm (without feet)
HDTV Compatibility 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Video Compatibility NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight 2.3kg (5.06lbs)
Audible Noise 33/31 dBA (Normal/Economic mode)
Power Supply AC100 to 240 V, 50 to 60 Hz
Power Consumption Normal 253W, Eco 212W, Standby <0.5W
On-Screen Display Languages
Arabic/Bulgarian/ Croatian/ Czech/ Danish/ Dutch/ English/ Finnish/ French/ German/ Greek/ Hindi/ Hungarian/ Italian/ Indonesian/ Japanese/ Korean/ Norwegian/ Polish/ Portuguese/ Romanian/ Russian/ Simplified Chinese/Spanish/ Swedish/ Turkish/ Thai/ Traditional Chinese (28 Languages)
Picture Modes Bright / Presentation / sRGB / Cinema / (3D) / User 1 / User 2
Accessories (Standard) Lens Cover
Remote Control w/ Battery
Power Cord (by region)
User Manual CD
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card (by region)
VGA (D-sub 15pin) Cable
Accessories (Optional) Spare Lamp Kit
Ceilling Mount
3D Glasses
Carry Bag
3D Support and Compatibility Frame Sequential: Up to 720p
Frame Packing: Up to1080p
Side by Side: Up to 1080i/p
Top Bottom: Up to 1080p

26 Comments

How does this compare to the Benq w1070?

Original Poster

STRBramley

How does this compare to the Benq w1070?



The w1070 is native 1080p but lower lumens (2000 vs 3100). I would say the w1070 is more suited to a fixed home cinema set-up - proper screen, darkened room etc. But is around twice the current price of this one.

missed out on the hd141x would this be as good?

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rudeboyraz1

missed out on the hd141x would this be as good?



That Optoma (HD141x) is a better projector. Full HD and similar Ansi Lumens. Also has great reviews. But again it's currently twice the price.

I don't get it how is the 1080p

Original Poster

WADE_WILSON

I don't get it how is the 1080p



It supports the following resolutions:

VGA (640 x 480) to UXGA (1600 x 1200)

It will then either scale that signal up or down to output at WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution.

oh right so not full HD then a poor man's HD haha would rather just pay a bit extra for the full shabang

topss

That Optoma (HD141x) is a better projector. Full HD and similar Ansi … That Optoma (HD141x) is a better projector. Full HD and similar Ansi Lumens. Also has great reviews. But again it's currently twice the price.



​I'm tied between the hd141x and the benq w1080st what would you recommend?

Original Poster

rudeboyraz1

​I'm tied between the hd141x and the benq w1080st what would you r … ​I'm tied between the hd141x and the benq w1080st what would you recommend?



The BenQ is a true short throw PJ. Lower brightness, but much more forgiving and flexible in placement. If you're going to be moving it around or short of room space, then the BenQ. From 1m ish you can get a 90"+ screen. Both are good kit and would handle gaming and HTPC admirably.
Edited by: "topss" 21st Aug 2015

I see a massive size-jump from 'normal' to compact projectors. (price jump too!)

Is that just the way it is with projectors?

I'd really appreciate advice on this, projectorcentral.com is a great resource, it has highlighted the size & price gaps I've seen. Not helped me buy though


Edited by: "wide" 22nd Aug 2015

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wide

I see a massive size-jump from 'normal' to compact projectors. (price … I see a massive size-jump from 'normal' to compact projectors. (price jump too!)Is that just the way it is with projectors?I'd really appreciate advice on this, projectorcentral.com is a great resource, it has highlighted the size & price gaps I've seen. Not helped me buy though



As with all things AV, there are so many choices. Best thing to do is set your Max price point and look for one that gives best spec.

Also consider if you need a short throw PJ or are you setting up a dedicated room. Short throw tend to be more expensive, but you can get a massive picture size from a relatively short distance. And they are more 'portable' in the context of placement. I wouldn't worry too much about physical size unless you intend to carry it around all the time.

Edited by: "topss" 23rd Aug 2015

topss

As with all things AV, there are so many choices. Best thing to do is set … As with all things AV, there are so many choices. Best thing to do is set your Max price point and look for one that gives best spec. Also consider if you need a short throw PJ or are you setting up a dedicated room. Short throw tend to be more expensive, but you can get a massive picture size from a relatively short distance. And they are more 'portable' in the context of placement. I wouldn't worry too much about physical size unless you intend to carry it around all the time.



Hi, thanks for your advice, I think the reason I'm looking for compact is it does have to be carried around. I'm more concerned about how heavy it is, but the other 'decision makers' involved are bothered by bulkiness.

Nice to know about short-throw, might explain why some of the items I've looked at are a good deal higher than others, particularly if they're designed portable/flexible to use.

Banned

Would this be any good for a basic cinema in my garden.? For evening film watching

Original Poster

wide

Hi, thanks for your advice, I think the reason I'm looking for compact is … Hi, thanks for your advice, I think the reason I'm looking for compact is it does have to be carried around. I'm more concerned about how heavy it is, but the other 'decision makers' involved are bothered by bulkiness.Nice to know about short-throw, might explain why some of the items I've looked at are a good deal higher than others, particularly if they're designed portable/flexible to use.



You can buy truly portable ones, but you sacrifice image quality (especially for video) and brightness. More suited to business type presentations etc. They also tend to be based on LCD technology, which personally I see as inferior for home cinema (that's from using and testing many consumer level LCD and DLP projectors). With some cheaper DLP PJ's some users may notice a slight rainbow affect, but not everyone does, and it would be impossible to say who will or won't until a person uses one.

Size weight:

For a 'portable' home cinema projector vs a 'normal' sized one, there isn't much in it. For example:

Epson EB-X03 XGA 2700 Lumens Portable 3LCD Projector : 23.4 x 29.7 x 7.7 cm ; 2.4 Kg

Acer H7550ST DLP 3D 1080p 3000 Lumen Projector : 24.1 x 9.8 x 35.7 cm ; 3.4 Kg

The Epson is classed as 'portable'. I don't think you will find many consumer PJ's (in this price range) with significantly smaller dimensions or weight. The Acer is the typical size/weight you would expect from most 'normal' home cinema PJs. Slightly bigger and heavier, but personally that wouldn't really bother me.

A great benefit now of HDMI is you may literately only need one cable (power) to set the whole thing in motion. Stick an Amazon FireStick (or similar) into an appropriate (I currently have an Acer H7550BD) PJ's HDMI socket and all you need is the power cable to the PJ and a big wall.

Original Poster

16vmini

Would this be any good for a basic cinema in my garden.? For evening film … Would this be any good for a basic cinema in my garden.? For evening film watching



It should suffice. It's certainly bright enough. Unfortunately it's now gone up in price. But this spec should be okay for what you mentioned.

I see this is now on at 279.99. Wondering if there are any thoughts on whether this still represents good value. Still seems to be well priced compared to other similar specced projectors on the market?

Original Poster

Mtude

I see this is now on at 279.99. Wondering if there are any thoughts on … I see this is now on at 279.99. Wondering if there are any thoughts on whether this still represents good value. Still seems to be well priced compared to other similar specced projectors on the market?



Hmm not so much a deal now, about what it should be compared to other brands. Still, it's decent vfm.
Edited by: "topss" 27th Aug 2015

A good resolution for console gamers.

I've been running a 720p projector on a 92" screen for 9 years and it's been fantastic, the best AV purchase I ever made. Don't believe the 1080p hype - 720 is fine :-)

Rhythm

I've been running a 720p projector on a 92" screen for 9 years and it's … I've been running a 720p projector on a 92" screen for 9 years and it's been fantastic, the best AV purchase I ever made. Don't believe the 1080p hype - 720 is fine :-)



​"hype"? What on earth does that mean? It's not as if all the extra pixels are a myth or something. I have a 1440p monitor and it's glorious.
So much more productive, and games of course look incredible.

I have still got this projector having bought it 8 month ago all I can say it still amazes me now with vibrant colour's and excellent picture quality what ever I put though it. Mine is projected on to a white wall with fantastic results. The 3D is fantastic too, also it up scales to 1080 fine.

Original Poster

commenter14

​"hype"? What on earth does that mean? It's not as if all the extra p … ​"hype"? What on earth does that mean? It's not as if all the extra pixels are a myth or something. I have a 1440p monitor and it's glorious. So much more productive, and games of course look incredible.



Generally I agree - the more pixels the better. But it's not really fair comparing a PJ to a monitor. At the viewing distances you would use a PJ at, 720p is usually fine and it's only when you spend considerably more that you would notice any significant difference. The only problem would be if the PJ won't accept a 1080p signal and throw it out at 720p, but this one will. Plus a lot of people end up scrimping on their screen, which would have more effect on the picture quality than the jump from 720 to FHD.

STRBramley

How does this compare to the Benq w1070?


If you are considering the W1070 then I would suggest looking at the W1070+ instead - an iterative update to a great projector.

retro65

I have still got this projector having bought it 8 month ago all I can … I have still got this projector having bought it 8 month ago all I can say it still amazes me now with vibrant colour's and excellent picture quality what ever I put though it. Mine is projected on to a white wall with fantastic results. The 3D is fantastic too, also it up scales to 1080 fine.


Not sure if you are aware but you might want to consider painting your wall a slightly different colour (a greyish tint) - have a search for 'Black Widow' for the UK. Some interesting (although long) discussion threads on AV forums: www.avforums.com/threads/diy-projector-screen-paint-finally-found-for-the-uk-black-widow-part-2.1691350/.

I'm currently having a wall painted with Black Widow (GS2; you don't necessarily have to paint an entire wall of course) and I have noticed a difference from the previous off-white while checking it out mid-paint last night.
Edited by: "midnightz" 31st Aug 2015

thanks

16vmini

Would this be any good for a basic cinema in my garden.? For evening film … Would this be any good for a basic cinema in my garden.? For evening film watching


brrrr ...... in 6 to 8 months time maybe
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