I have had this projector for ~2 months now and put over 100 hours on it watching SDR through Netflix, 4K through Netflix, and 8 or 10 Bluray movies.
This truly is an awesome projector! I am extremely satisfied with it. For anyone on the fence, here's how I'd rate it just based on my own personal opinion:
I have to normally leave it in ECO mode or it will burn my eyes on a dark scene with bright areas!
It is razor-sharp across the screen. I am constantly amazed just how sharp and clear things are on close-up face scenes. It is truly a sight to behold.
Black Levels: 8/10
This is the ONLY weakness as far as I can see on this projector. You do NOT get inky blacks. If you are able to get fully blacked out area around screen (walls, ceiling, etc.) and all lights off, you can get very good though. I took off two points for this.
This projector is supposedly ~96% of DCI-P3 colorspace. No one seems to really know for sure and Benq mysteriously won't publish numbers. After using Dave's settings for SDR and tweaking a little bit, the colors are simply fantastic. It's like I'm watching a 135" OLED TV to me from a color standpoint.
Fan Noise: 10/10 (very quiet in ECO mode)
I do not even notice at all in ECO mode. This is the mode Dave uses for the SDR color calibration. You can hear the fan on Normal, but it is not very loud at all.
No real reason to take points off here. The menu gives you simple way to copy over color settings and gives two user definable settings. I have one setup for SDR and one setup for HDR using Dave's settings. I like having the setup image available at the press of a button.
Placement/Image Adjustment: 10/10
This unit has fantastic image placement with the horizontal and vertical lens shift. No reason to take points off there. Zoom and focus are also simple and manual adjustments.
When mounting this on the ceiling, the projector has a weird bezel/hump all the way around the bottom (which is the top when ceiling mounting). This caused the universal ceiling mount front bars impossible to sit perfectly flat with the screw holes due to this. It was very annoying, and to get it to work I had to get the screws in without a lot of thread engagement. So, I will be constantly worried these screws might shear off over time. Just a couple points off here because it was a pain in the butt. I suspect other owners with ceiling mounts might encounter the same thing.
The mount I used is the Pearless PRG-UNV-W.
I think this projector offers a great value for the price point I received it for. I ordered a brand new unit and actually received a refurb unit through some factory screwup at Benq. So, the dealer was able to refund 30% of my money. The downside is that I only get 1-year warranty instead of the normal 3-year warranty.
Rainbow Effect: 10/10
I have not seen one rainbow in two months of viewing. Not one! No one in family even knows what this is, and no one else has mentioned any issues. I would say I have a medium susceptibility to RBE - it could see it allot with an older Benq DLP projector I have. Everyone's mileage will vary, but for me absolutely zero concern with RBE on this unit with over 100 hours of viewing.
Motion/Frame Interpolation: 8/10
There is a bit of "ghosting" with this projector. It is not as bad as other DLPs I have owned. I am coming from a 600Hz Panasonic plasma, so of course I am going to notice a difference! There are no settings that I can find to adjust this or anything. I would say it is good but not perfect for fast moving sequences.
As you probably know, this unit does not come with the ability to "do" HDR right out of the box. I am told it is fantastic by others on this thread. For me, I cannot really rate this feature at this time. I have an ARC switcher box that is not passing HDR at 4K through at the moment. I bought another one off of Amazon, but it is also having problems passing the signal through 😞. If I direct hook up my fiber optic cable to the projector and use Dave's settings for HDR (on page #6
I think), the flesh tones look incredibly red. Like everyone has a sun burn. So, I think maybe I am doing something wrong. I have forced the Apple 4K TV to 4K HDR 60Hz with the direct cable test, but maybe I am doing something else wrong?
Dave or others - any idea what I am doing wrong? Do I still need a Vertex Linker to get BT.2020 or DCI-P3 for the colors to look right if I force the Apple 4K TV to output 4K HDR 60Hz? I was thinking forcing the Apple TV 4K to 4K HDR 60Hz would output the colors in BT.2020 mode. This is something I need help understanding.
Let me know if anyone has questions I can help them answer on this unit. I would be happy to help.