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BenQ W500 1280 x 720 3LCD 720p Home Theater Projector With HDMI 1100 lumens 5000:1

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  • 16:9 1280 x 720
  • 5000:1
  • HDMI
  • F=1.6 to1.88, f=18.6(wide) - 22.3mm(tele)
  • 140W, 2000/3000 hours (Normal/Economic mode)

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The W500 home theater projector features an iris-like lens design that mimics the human eye, adjusting the aperture after analyzing the incoming video signal. The aperture is contracted during dark scenes for truer black tones and enhanced detail, while it is enlarged for bright scenes to maximize light output and to enable a wider dynamic range. No matter what type of content is on, the W500 ensures that you get the very best viewing experience.

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Cabinet Color


140W, 2000/3000 hours (Normal/Economic mode)
Aspect Ratio
Display Size
23.5" - 300"
Native Resolution
1280 x 720
1100 lumens
Contrast Ratio
Horizontal Refresh Rate
15 - 17KHz
Vertical Refresh Rate
50 - 100 Hz


F=1.6 to1.88, f=18.6(wide) - 22.3mm(tele)


Input Video Compatibility
Analog RGB, Digital, Composite Video, S-Video, Component Video
Input Video Connectors
Analog RGB :D-sub x1
Digital: HDMI (with HDCP)x 1
Composite Video: RCA x 1
S-Video: Mini DIN 4 pin x 1
Component Video 1: RCA x 3
Component Video 2: RCA x 3 (shared)


Users Controls
Remote Control
Dynamic IRIS
HQV picture quality
Dust Proof with Air-Filter
H and V lens shift
HDTV Compatible
Professional Digital AV input (HDMI)


Power Supply
100 - 240 VAC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption
Max 200W, 5W (Stand-by)

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (H x W x D)
13.7" x 4.7" x 10.9"
8.6 lbs.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Craig K.
  • 5/7/2012 4:22:24 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReplacement Bulb Do not Exist.

Pros: Pros are moot since now this projector is worthless

Cons: Extremely disappointed. Newegg apparently sold a batch of these that require the replacement bulb: 6E.J2K01.001 (elsewhere the vast majority of the Benq w500 projectors sold, take the widely available 5J.J2K02.001 Bulb.) Amazingly, this lamp, 6E.J2K01.001, is not sold by Benq or any other Bulb reseller on the entire internet! Now I have a burned out projector that will now forever be a paperweight since the replacement bulb required does not appear to exist. Both Newegg and BenQ were unable to help me remedy this problem. Believe me, I tried. Super frustrating....

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  • Derek S.
  • 9/20/2011 8:51:46 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied

Pros: none

Cons: Died on me at 2000 hrs. replacment lamp didnt work. benq was unwilling to help.

Other Thoughts: extremely upset! i cant afford a new one. not shopping at newegg or benq ever again untill this is made right.

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 6/14/2009 9:43:03 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDurable!

Pros: Very durable (see "other thoughts"). Bright, clear image...even after 450 hours of usage. Easy set up; lens shift is a great feature.

Cons: Fan noise, but it's no louder than other projectors I've been around.

Other Thoughts: This projector sits on a shelf 9 feet above a concrete floor. This past weekend, my son climbed a ladder to connect another device and accidentally knocked it off the shelf. After a 9 foot fall, it still powered on. The case was unhurt, and the lens bezel was bent slightly.
Yes, even the bulb survived.

Now back on the shelf, it works as good as always. I don't recommend letting yours fall to the floor in a like manner.....the incident left my son very shaken and myself very impressed!

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  • Randy A.
  • 5/27/2009 5:10:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYES!

Pros: Looks Great, good inputs, hangs upside down well from the Vantage Point C 6" Mount. I have it projecting at 190" and it looks great. The positioning nozzle is great, and the digital tilt adjustment works nicely. No setup turn it on and plugged my laptop into and bam.

Cons: My place is well lit, a loft with two sliders for windows, during the day it is still visible but of course looks best when dark.

Other Thoughts: I use this as my conference room projector, attached to a mac mini and cable box. Great Buy. Wish the projectors physical size was smaller. I was worried as this was my first projector, it wont be my last.

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5 out of 5 eggsBenQ W500

Pros: Incredible HDMI picture in dark room, quiet, simple to use/configure

Cons: Semi-Dark room required but can use win lit room with recognizable picture

Other Thoughts: First one I ordered Malfunctioned within a month. Newegg replaced it within a week with no question asked. replaced product works perfectly with 0 issues.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/10/2009 3:48:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat entry HT projector

Pros: This PJ is an amazing deal for it's price. I have this throwing a 100" screen and am sitting at about 11' from it. My room is about 90% light controlled (during the day some light does get in). The image is bright, easy to see and looks amazing. I have watched countless blu-ray movies, dvds, and tv on this screen and couldn't be happier. It also performs great with my XBox 360 and PS3. I couldn't imagine playing a game on anything else every again.

Cons: At 100" screen size, there is a screen door effect from up close until about 8-9 feet back. from where i am sitting it isn't noticeable at all.

If my room gets hot the projector gets loud. This only really occurs if i have all of my components, game systems, both tv's and both computers in the room running simultaneously. I'm embarrased to say this can be regular for me >.> Under normal circumstances this is extremely quiet.

Other Thoughts: My girlfriend bought this PJ for me, and to be honest I was nervous about the fact that it is an LCD over a DLP. After my first movie I couldn't be happier. I wouldn't consider going back to a plasma/(non-pj)LCD for movie watching again.

If this is anyone's first step into the projecion home theater world, I wouldn't hesitate at all. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Arius E.
  • 1/28/2009 5:29:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy 2nd most prized possession

Pros: This is a fantastic projector, folks. I've had it for a few months, and have probably clocked around 8 movies on it. My housemates and I absolutely love it. The image is high-quality and bright, and we project it on a white wall, getting a good 9ft wide projection. It's easy to use in menu and in sizing your screen, and since I'm not a daytime viewer of movies I don't think I'll ever invest in a flatscreen.

Cons: Without curtaining, direct sunlight obliterates the image. If you have somewhat thick curtains (or in my case, a giant dark bedsheet pinned over windows), it becomes reasonably good for watching. If you're a daytime watcher, you might have some qualms.

Other Thoughts: It's a fairly hefty little machine, and I'd be nervous transporting it without a high quality carrying case.

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  • James K.
  • 12/19/2008 10:02:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks wonders hooked up to a computer

Pros: Works great hooked up to a computer -- takes all sorts of resolutions and refresh rates that you throw at it. Impressive picture size even with a short throw distance. Excellent for movies, games (Crysis included), browsing the internet -- I've even had friends code via linux on it. Manual focus and XY shift is handy. Relatively quiet: you'll notice it when you turn it on but it easily fades away into the background. Low power consumption. Extensive menu features. Convenient remote shortcuts.

Cons: Will wash out during the day in sunlight, although this is to expected for this class of projector. Dynamic iris feature is annoying when surfing the internet, but you can easily turn it off via the menus. Don't even consider the eco-mode, it's far too dim.

Other Thoughts: I did my research before buying this and I confidently say it was the best A/V investment I made in a while. I regularly have friends over every weekend for the past two months who tell me I've spoiled them for life with the projector's visual quality. I've also broken the hearts of several of my friends that bought huge expensive TVs only to be outclassed by the picture size of this baby.

If you can, hook it up using HDMI. We were more than happy using D-SUB for a while, but the detail from HDMI will blow you away compared to any analog video signal.

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  • Dylan S.
  • 12/2/2008 1:20:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Bad

Pros: Very easy to adjust image location. Good detail for the most part. Pretty bright image

Cons: Malfunctioned after 3 weeks of use. Dark images are sometimes hard to see.

Other Thoughts: I'm confident that the malfunction is just one fault unit, and that this projector is an excellent projector for the money.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/10/2008 8:15:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMobility/Excellence

Pros: First projector, excellent!! No cons, pretty bright as in i can use it during the day with curtains half open.... ofcourse quality quadruples in dark room. Easy to move and clean with eco-mode, extending lamp life!! Plugged PC, ps3, wii and the visuals r just wow. Has a joystick type handle which extends its flexibility given different environments. It treats 720p perfectly and also takes care of 1080p (downscales it, but still looks good!) Again, Benq score another one. This projector will hit anything you give it. Its a go for me!!

Cons: ...none

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