[Bestbuy618 Home Appliance Channel] 4K projectors have gradually gained popularity, and clarity has improved significantly, but the picture does not look good because the colors are not vibrant enough. For many years, the home machine has followed the REC.709 color standard, and in our familiar cell phones, screens supporting DCI.P3 wide color gamut have been everywhere; DCI.P3 is the color standard used for 4K movies and TVs. BenQ W2700 The “light 4K” into the young people like the look The W2700 is part of BenQ’s “Light 4K” series.
P3 standard projector on the market is still relatively small, BenQ once again become the pioneer of the road. The W2700 is part of BenQ’s “Light 4K” series, and the design is not only “light,” but also young and stylish; the first model in the series, the W1700, was released in 2017, and the two look very similar. In three dimensions, the W1700 (380 x 127 x 263) is larger than the W1700 (353 x 135 x 272), but the height and depth are smaller.
The front and back panels are both dark brown, and the back interface layout has been completely redesigned to look simple and orderly. Through the back mesh, inside are two 5W speakers, using the Grammy Award-winning Waves Audio audio technology, built-in 5 different modes, open to 40% of the volume is loud enough, there is a certain surround effect, living room users who do not have external speakers can also use. The W2700 supports a 1.3x zoom, a significant improvement over the W1700’s 1.1x, and can project 100 at 2.5 meters, compared to 3.5 meters for an ordinary projector. The adjustment switch is located above the lens and below the cover, which is still hidden, and the remote control is designed as a full-function key with a red backlight, with the power switch “ON” and “OFF” keys set separately to avoid mis-touching.
The keys are still stiff, and it takes some getting used to. BenQ’s good color “way”
When it comes to exploring color technology, BenQ is one of the industry’s early adopters. BenQ’s color accuracy path was launched in 2013, and a color technology lab was established in 2015 to establish color specifications and develop a unique color management algorithm. The X12000, the first 4K DCI-P3 home projector, was released in 2016.
Compared to Rec.709, DCI-P3 has more red and green ranges, and the color gamut is extended by 26 percent. Before we watch the movie, let’s take a look at how the image performs.
The sRGB standard is currently used by the majority of images on the web. The three primary color coordinates in sRGB and Rec.709 are the same, and the white point is also D65; the main difference is that the conversion function is different, and there will be a difference in contrast look. We are primarily concerned with color performance, so we compare and test sRGB and P3 images.
If the display device does not support the DCI-P3 color gamut, the difference between sRGB and P3 images is almost imperceptible; however, because the W2700 supports the DCI-P3 wide color gamut, images in the P3 color gamut will appear more vibrant and saturated than those in sRGB. The fiery red evening sunset is stunning, and the transition from red to golden yellow reveals more layers.
The yellow petals of the flowers, which are also in the P3 color gamut, appear more vibrant, the texture on the petals is clearer, the color layers are more carefully differentiated, and they appear three-dimensional. As previously stated, the movie industry has now fully shifted to the DCI-P3 color gamut standard, so the video performance of the W2700 is what is most expected as a home machine.
The W2700 takes a different approach to SDR and HDR video, so we’ll discuss them separately.
l SDR movie source Most online videos are SDR, though some video sites do offer HDR movies, though the number is still relatively small. When using a TV box as a video signal source, the majority of what you see is SDR content. When playing SDR video, the W2700 has five image modes to choose from, with “Cinema” mode being the machine’s default. The W2700 can restore 97 percent of Rec.
709 in “Cinema” mode. 709 color; in “D-Cinema” mode, it can render 100% Rec. 709 color.
709 different colors When you switch to “D-Cinema” mode, you will hear a “click” sound, which indicates that the machine has opened the WCG wide color gamut filter. We compared the color performance of the two modes.
The most noticeable difference is the color of the shells; although the Cinema mode is rich and moving enough full of color tension, it still appears a lot muted when compared to the D-Cinema mode. Cinema mode D-Cinema mode The red and yellow colors in D-Cinema mode are significantly higher in saturation.
Of course, D-Cinema mode offers a wider color gamut at the expense of brightness and contrast, making it better suited for use in an audio-visual room with complete blackout conditions. Furthermore, the traditional Cinema mode has a warmer color temperature, whereas the D-Cinema mode is slightly cooler, so you must choose based on your personal preference. l HDR sources Most native 4K Blu-ray videos support HDR, either HDR10 or Dolby Vision, but HDR10 is the most popular at the moment, and the W2700 supports both HDR10 and HLG HDR modes.
When you play HDR sources, it will automatically activate the “HDR” image mode. In the advanced menu, you can also select a wide color gamut.
By default, with “Wide Color Gamut” turned off, 97 percent of Rec.709 colors can be restored; with “Wide Color Gamut” turned on, 95 percent of DCI-P3 colors can be rendered. The 4K HDR video “Camp” was used as the test source, and the playback device was an OPPO UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player.
Turn off “Wide Color Gamut” Turn on “Wide Color Gamut” The sky and water are clearly bluer with “Wide Color Gamut” turned on, and the colors are visibly improved. At the same time, look at the red color at the body markings, there is a little color overflow when “Wide Color Gamut” is turned off, that is, it is oversaturated, but after “Wide Color Gamut” is turned on, it is very normal, bright but not overflowing, just right. However, and “D-Cinema” mode, open “wide color gamut” will also lead to a lower brightness and color temperature cooler picture, see the difference in the
I’m sure many of you have seen this film, and the red color appears differently on different devices. I’ve seen Dr. Who’s vintage red cape. Strange displayed as bright red, and the red coat of Spider-Man can easily be oversaturated, resulting in no sense of dimensionality, but the red display on the W2700 is fantastic, with natural color transitions, vividness without overflow, and the ability to see more detail in the characters’ clothes, very close to the performance in the theater.
The peak brightness of the BenQ W2700 was 1980 lumens, close to the official nominal 2000 lumens, which has little effect on the picture as long as it is not in direct light, even when the lights are turned on indoors. It is worth noting that the contrast performance of the BenQ W2700 is excellent. In testing “Billy Lynn’s halftime show,” there is a very high contrast in brightness for the halftime performance, black night and high light in the field, to truly present the original picture quality, the machine is required in both brightness and contrast.
Looking specifically at the W2700’s performance, the black background is very deep, and the characters’ faces are lit up by the lights and very clear with details, displaying excellent contrast.
Review Summary. As the first brand in the 4K projection market, BenQ first set off a storm of popularity of home 4K projection with the W1700, and now with the W2700 began to popularize DCI-P3 wide color gamut, the home market is an important area that BenQ cannot ignore, BenQ also really played a leading role of the big brother. The W2700, which is positioned as a light 4K, is still compact in size and shape, and the design is more in line DCI-P3 color coverage of up to 95 percent, whether for images or videos, appears more vivid than traditional projectors that only support REC.709 color gamut. There is no doubt that DCI-P3 wide color gamut is the new trend in home projectors, just as 4K will eventually replace 1080P.
At this point, if you want to experience the true rich colors delivered by DCI-P3, the BenQ W2700 is unquestionably one of the few options that can combine price and design.