BenQ intros W2700 and W5700 4k DLP projectors with DCI-P3 cinema colour and HDR-Pro

posted on Monday, 18th March 2019 by Steve May

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BenQ has shown two new 4k DLP projectors with wide colour gamut support. The CinePrime W2700 and W5700 claim to cover 95 and 100 per cent of the DCI-P3 colour space respectively, courtesy of a next generation of Texas Instruments single chip DMD device. Both offer 100 per cent of REC.709 coverage.

The projectors are rated at 2,000 and 1,800 Lumens brightness respectively. However, to deliver DCI-P3 colour, users need to engage the Dark Cinema image preset, which effectively reduces the projector's light output by 50 per cent.

The W2700 (pictured above) has a dynamic contrast of 30,000:1, while the W5700 is rated at 100,000:1. Both models offer HDR-Pro, a tone mapping technology for HDR10 and HLG content, as well as MEMC image interpolation for smooth fast action.

The W2700 is finished in a smart white, compact cabinet for living room use, while the larger W5700 features a matte black finish and anti-dust hood for dedicated home cinema rooms. The W2700 sports a 2x5W internal sound system.

The W2700 is a short throw model with 1.3X zoom, plus vertical lens shift. The W5700 (pictured below) is a long throw model, with 1.6X zoom and both horizontal and vertical image shift.

W5700

Inside CI attended a shoot-out organised by BenQ against rival Optoma models, used to demonstrate the BenQ model’s superior skin tone reproduction and deep black level performance. Proprietary CinemaMaster Video+ processing boasts motion-adaptive 4K pixel and colour enhancement.

“W2700 introduces budding movie fanatics to real enthusiast-level cinema performance,” says Steve Chu, President of BenQ Europe. “Astounding 4K visuals with precise HDR color combined with powerful image adjustability and installation flexibility to perfectly outfit small audiovisual screening and living rooms.”

The W2700 is currently priced at 1,600 euros, with the W5700 priced at 2,700 euros. UK pricing is to be confirmed.

The company has also announced, but hasn’t shown, an entry level 4k projector, the 1000 euro W1720, although this model lacks DCI-P3 support and HDR-Pro technology.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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