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BenQ offers up a gold class projector supporting up to one billion colours

By Leigh D. Stark | 3:48 pm 20/03/2014

With the World Cup around the corner, sports enthusiasts are probably gearing up for total immersion inside their own home if they can’t afford the plane ticket. Projectors might offer the best way to make that happen, and with that in mind BenQ has released a premium projector for picture that matters.

Another entry in BenQ’s established projector line-up, the W7500 is the brand’s new high-end projector, offering what the company says is a “gold class” experience with a “professional grade projector.”

“It’s not just about movies,” said Martin Moelle, BenQ Australia’s Managing Director, adding that “sports fans will feel like they’re at the game occupying the best seats in the house, while gaming will take on a whole new edge in ‘big screen’ format with BenQ’s Colourific image quality.”

The technology at work in this unit provides 2000 ANSI lumens of brightness, while delivering a contrast ratio of 60,000:1, and is compliant to the Rec. 709 colour gamut, which is a high definition video standard.

BenQ’s inclusion of a Panamorphic lens will deliver movies in the 2.35:1 widescreen format, which from what we understand is close to the 21:9 cinema ratio you can find on ultra-widescreen displays, while the colour technology is also set to deliver “up to one billion” colours.

But the idea of one billion is one of those things that you have to say with a pinky to the mouth, just like Dr. Evil, and the term “up to one billion” just has us a little confused, so what exactly does “up to one billion” mean for BenQ?

“All BenQ DLP projectors are capable of accurately reproducing and displaying 1.07 billion colours,” said Andrew Lambkin, BenQ’s Product Manager for Projectors. “The chance of 1 billion colours being in a single image is remote, hence the term up to.”

So unless you’re watching a rainbow across a lush mountain with a massive blue sky, white fluffy clouds, and a unicorn dancing in the background, those billion colours are unlikely to appear in the one image, but at least the projector can do it, so that’s positive.

As far as connections go, BenQ is providing a reasonable amount of wiggle room in this projector, with two HDMI 1.4 ports, one component, one composite, a single D-sub VGA port, and even a lone S-Video port.

BenQ’s W7500 still sits with the Full HD standard, but with a recommended retail price of $4499, we’re not surprised it hasn’t hit 4K yet.

Currently, the company has nothing in its roadmap for 4K, we’re told, but when it does, we doubt we’ll see the projector for under $5000.

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