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The RS40 from most distances were extremely similar to my RS55, and is the RS40 is basically the same as the RS45 with a couple of added features. Of course if you are sitting close to a big screen, then the eshift plays a role. I didn't see a difference until I calibrated my RS55, but I never had my RS40 calibrated. So, only if you have an unique situation with a large screen and sitting close, then I would chose the RS55 over the RS40.
However, the bulb issues make this projector hard to buy even tho its a great price. I rarely use my JVC only because of the bulb issues and I didn't want the hassle of getting a new bulb from JVC. So, I kept tabs on my lumens and my bulb was as good as day one basically. I didn't have any problems with both JVC projectors but its always in the back of my mind that maybe I should turn it off before it mess up.
But if I had to choose for basically 2D, the RS40 is better and I would choose that over the Benq w7000. I didn't have any problems with 3D on the RS40 but many did.
The w7000 is a w6000 with 3D, which I have read. The 3d is something on the w7000 that is considered the best, and if the w7000 performs like the w6000 in 2D, it sounds like an really good projector.