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NEWS: BenQ projectors go 1080p

BenQ has announced a host of new projectors in time for Christmas. We'll turn a blind eye to the three office-aimed business projectors and instead focus on the two 1080p, widescreen efforts – the W5000 and the W20000.

We've been fans of previous projectors from BenQ, even dishing out an Award in 2005, and these two projectors feature a number of new technologies that hope to push the company back to the top of the class.

Alongside the 1920 x 1080 resolution found on both units, they also feature the company's own Dual Iris and DynamicBlack technologies, that together claim to deliver ultra-high contrast ratios and plenty of detail in those hard to render dark scenes.

The upshot of this is a claimed contrast ratio of 10,000:1 for the W5000 and of 20,000:1 for the W20000. Though we'd of course only give so much weight to the specifications.

Dealing with the lighter hues is a 7-segment colour wheel working in tandem with BrilliantColor and VIDI technology, which claims to increase overall brightness and vividness of colours without producing an unreal image. Both units claim a 1200 ANSI lumens rating.

Connections are as you would expect, with the all-important HDMI connections appearing two-fold on both the '5000 and '20000.

There's no price yet on the W20000, but the W5000 will sell for around £1700. Look out for the What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision verdicts soon.

Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.