Originally Posted by master0068
Just an update, there's another highly praised 720p Short Throw projector that was released late last year, and this one actually has SOME zoom... which is something I would have killed for.
Basically means you can setup your max (if you're someone like me, who has a bulkhead which limits my vertical screen size) for 16:9, and then zoom when watching 2.35:1.
It's the BENQ W710ST, and I would sell my Optoma GT720 to get this
More useful features, although I'm super happy with the quality of the Optoma, I'd love a zoom.
LOL, I was just about to post about the BenQ W710ST and seen your post.
I've owned both the GT720 (and later a GT750) and the BenQ W710ST. Without a doubt, the BenQ W710ST blows the GT away. Pretty much everything about the BenQ is superior than the GT. From the picture quality, on-screen features, dual HDMI connectors, remote, build quality, you name it. One of the best things I like about the BenQ is the remote. It's a real, decent size remote that lights up, unlike the small un-lit buttons on the GT720. At least with the GT750 the remote had back lit buttons, but it was still small.
There's not much zoom on the BenQ, but it does have better keystone features. Out the box, it's pretty much all set to go with little adjustments needed. As far as picture quality, I will say that the colors are much richer than my Epson 8100 and quite honestly, rival the 1080p projector when it comes to color - except for one down side - terrible rainbow effect. I think the BenQ's RBE is worse that the Optoma, but I could be wrong (they might be the same, but I no longer have the Optoma PJ's).
When viewing 1920 x 1080 with the BenQ, it's tolerable to say the least. Some of the small words (like for the desktop icons) are kind of fuzzy, but readable. With the GT720, it was far too blurry to read (but I could have had a bad unit. It was a refurb from Ebay and it broke down after 4 months - spots all over the screen - bad DMD chip). Oh yeah, the 16:9 native is so much better than 16:10 of the Optoma. I never need to adjust my screen when switching between the Epson 8100 and the W710ST.
One gripe I do have with the short throw PJ is that my screen isn't sitting flush with the wall, so there are some "waves" in the screen. This isn't noticeable with the 1080P Epson sitting 22 feet back, but with the BenQ sitting about 8 to 9 feet from the screen, the waviness is very apparent, especially when watching a movie and something on screen has straight lines. When this object is moving, it appears as ripples, but this isn't really the fault of the projector. Right now I'm using a 150" Elite screen and I love it, but I'm thinking about painting the wall behind this screen using some gray screen paint I bought last year. It'll probably be about 120", but at least it won't have the ripple effect.
Anyhow, I'll stop singing praises about the W710ST. I've noticed that not many people care about the 720p 3D projectors, especially if it's not an Acer H5360 or Optoma HD66. I'm sure those are fine for long throw, but if you need a short throw, look no further than this sleeper (W710ST). I couldn't be happier with this purchase.