I got my W2700 today (UK distribution), rev 01-100, mfg. April
First impression: I don't really like it
A while ago I was ranting about how disappointed I was with Optoma UHD40 (https://www.avsforum.com/forum/68-di...l#post55800722
), but somehow this projector made me appreciate UHD40 more.... In fact, I purchased UHD300X (pretty much same thing as UHD40/50) for relatively silly money from Amazon some time ago (£600 or so) just as a stopgap before my dream W2700 is released, but when doing comparison side by side between those two the reality is rather disappointing...
My main problems/comments about this thing:
1. The projector has got the same crappy ~600:1 contrast as all the other XPR DLP 0.47" '4K' chips
, visibly worse than venerable W1070 it is supposed to replace - 'second generation' of the chip does not change anything. I hoped iris would make a big difference, but the impact is really cosmetic... And the 'light border' was never a problem in my setup (motorized screen)
2. The resolution of native 4K signal is somehow visibly worse
(even with '4K Enchancer' bumped up to the max) than el cheapo UHD300X.
And CAs are off the chart....
Example (all photos here were made with the same locked camera exposure and distance):
3. In HDR mode tone mapping (at least with default settings) is visibly brighter / washed out than in case of UHD300X:
Not sure if this is good or bad thing at this point, this probably can be tweaked in settings though.
4. I had a big hopes for WCG, but this mode is... weird.
It is supposed to expand the gamut, which generally means more saturated colors, but the filter visibly reduces brightness in the process, which means colors are perceived to be actually less saturated/rich...
I think that once your eyes get used to reduced brightness, you might be able to appreciate expanded gamut in some way, but personally I think the brightness cost for me is not worth it, especially as I use grey DIY 'black widow' (it is rather deep shade of grey) screen @110" (fully light controlled man-cave).
Also, WCG with BC enabled at the same time seems to be broken, it makes entire screen greenish (there is this odd hue/cast) - maybe fixed in new FW?
1. The noise is not too bad
(yes, in normal mode), I was expecting vaccum-cleaner level after reading some feedback here, but it is not much louder than UHD300X and much quieter than noise cannon which W1070 was. No weird XPR sounds to on my unit either. Iris work is somewhat audible, but not a big deal (and considering how little impact it has got on actual contrast, you might as well just turn it off...).
To summarize, I had a really high hopes for this projector, wanted it to be the holly grail of and worthy upgrade from W1070.
And just to make it clear, it is not like the projector is horrible and unusable, in fact it can deliver some pretty spectacular picture - it is just not the upgrade I hoped it to be, after years of waiting for something at least as good in terms of contrast as W1070 and trying various 4K DLP models. I would even go for crazy JVC unit in this pursue for the absolute, but need really show throw in my setup...
I am just not sure why people are raving so much about this projector, sadly it has got the same crappy contrast as any other 0.47" DLP from the past years, WCG is unfortunately borderline unusable, iris barely contributes to contrast improvement, sharpness and CAs are a massive letdown and objectively really bad, even when compared to older budget models. I guess upgradable firmware is a plus? (in 2019, cough cough..) And the throw is not massively better than UHD40/50/300X, if you are after short one.
If you want cheap 4K projector now, just get something like UHD300X for fraction of the price of this Benq - you won't be missing anything, believe me.
I will likely be sending it back, possibly tempted to try new firmware, but I do not think it is out yet for EU W2700 model? (and even if it is, it is not going to fix inferior sharpness/CAs...)