Originally Posted by jmalto
Reason for posting is on the bottom part of his screen, a small strip seems to flicker or be mis-aligned with the rest of his screen when using a PS3 for 1080p playback. It doesn't do this with any other source material. When we first fired up his PS3 the projector couldn't communicate a handshake with it so I did a factory reset and it still wouldn't take the projector as being a 1080p display. We swaped HDMI cables and the PS3 would recognize it as being 1080p but now the bottom flickers on fast scenes that pan and it just seems "distorted" would be a good word. Has anyone confirmed this uni can do 1080p/24?
I've been testing a BENQ W1100 for several days now, and I've had the same issue with my PS3 (but not my 360). I fixed it by turning on the Overscan Adjustment. I have no idea what the side effects might be, but I had to turn it all the way up to 10 to get the flickering to disappear completely on scenes with lots of fast movement. Nevertheless, so far I've found this to be a satisfactory resolution.
Also, I've heard people comment that the controller is unresponsive at times when trying to turn off the projector. This may be due to the fact that you must press the power button TWICE to turn it off. This is, I assume, by design and has not bothered me in the least.
Now for my impressions, if anyone is curious. Overall, I'm impressed, but as a video game enthusiast, there are some issues that will probably be deal-breakers for me (see below).
I've got the W1100 set up in my spacious bedroom, filling my wall completely at 110" inches or more (I haven't measured exactly) with the zoom fully out. I'm currently using the it uncalibrated against a normal white wall.
It is super bright, so much so that there's really no urgent need to close my curtains during the daytime. At night, in complete darkness, it's almost too bright. I find myself using Cinema Mode/ECO Mode for everything (even video games). Even then, I find myself turning the brightness down even further at night.
I have it set up on the floor next to my bed; it's literally three and a half feet away and I haven't had any problems with ambient noise. I use it consistently with my Xbox 360 and PS3, and both of those machines are far louder.
The onboard speakers are usable, better than my laptop, but nothing to write home about. I don't have a home theater system in my bedroom, so I currently use an auxiliary cable to jack into my Altec Lansing iMT800 boombox (a product I recommend highly, by the way). It's not surround sound, but I am happy with the result.
Placement is a bit of an issue. To be able to fill my full wall, I have to place the projector flush against the back wall on the floor; not a even the bottom shelf of my small rolling tv table (just two inches off the floor) will work. If I were to keep this projector, I would need to ceiling mount it, which to me, isn't ideal, because I'd like to be able to use it often for movies in the backyard, which would mean dismounting it quite a bit. Does anyone have an idea of how much of a pain taking it on and off is? I've never ceiling mounted a projector before.
Uncalibrated, the picture quality is still impressive to me. The colors pop and show no signs of being washed out. There is a visible screen door effect (oddly, moreso than the far dimmer, 1024x768 LG WX350T that I'm also testing), but it's not too distracting. BLU-Ray movies are beautiful. Standard definition DVD's and Netflix look good, as well. I noticed no rainbow effect, though I simply may not be sensitive to it.
Now for the sad part. As I mentioned above, I'm an avid gamer, and for some reason, this projector doesn't seem to play well with the PS3 and Xbox 360. Aside from the Overscan Adjustment issue mentioned above, you cannot adjust any of the Advanced Picture Settings while hooked up the PS3 or Xbox 360. You can only change from the different Cinema, Standard, and Dynamic Modes and adjust basic things like Brightness.
Also, in back-to-back testing with my friend Mikey's 3LCD Mitsubishi HC5500 in his home theater, video game animation was clearly smoother on the HC5500 than the W1100. Our first test game was Motorstorm: Pacific Rift on the PS3. This game was challenging for both projectors, as the game moves at a break-neck pace. The W1100 outperformed the WX350T (a non-1080p, LED DLP pocket projector), but it was still very jaggy compared to the HC5500. I can't help but wonder if this is a basic difference between 3LCD and DLP. It's possible it is caused by DLP technology's higher digital noise due to how their pixels render grays. Is it possible 3LCD's tend to have smoother animation in general?
Our second test game was Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox 360. This is a comparatively slower-paced game, so the animation-related jagginess was far less of an issue. I've gotta say, pulling off headshots seemed a lot easier on a big screen. I don't have any numbers, but anecdotally, input lag during online multiplayer was a non-issue for me. I remained as competitive or moreso (thanks to the larger screen) as on my standard 19" LCD monitor.
Due to the Advanced Picture Settings not being accessible while hooked up to a console, as well as the jagginess issues at high framerates, I'll probably be passing on the BENQ W1100 and saving up for a Mitsubishi HC5500 like Mikey's or a Panasonic AE4000U (both of which are more expensive). I may even keep the LG WX350T around sheerly for its impressive versatility.
I believe that sums it up. I hope you guys appreciate the longer post. If you have any further questions or comments, I'd be glad to hear them.
Also, if anyone has any recommendations for a good gaming projector with smooth animation, I'd love to hear those as well. Thanks!