What we learnt from using an IMAX-level projector at home

After using the BenQ W11000, you’ll never want to go back to TVs again.

April 2, 2017

A couple of months ago, BenQ unveiled the W11000, the world’s first THX-certified DLP 4K UHD home cinema projector. Confused about what all that means? Let us break it down for you. 

First, the easy bits: BenQ stresses that its newest projector is native 4K. This means that unlike other, more expensive projectors in the market right now this one doesn’t simply upscale HD content. As proof of being the world’s first truly 4K projector, the W11000 even carries a Consumer Technology Associations approval. 

The DLP stands for Digital Light Processing. The technology essentially works by combining colour wheels with specialised mirrors to throw a range of colours in a picture at a display surface for improved and much more cinematic colour accuracy. In fact, DLP technology is the same technology used by IMAX on their screens. 

Unlike IMAX though, the projector isn’t compatible with 3D. Instead, it uses the technology to give you the best possible 2D picture experience you can have in the comfort of your home. We know this because we used the projector for about a fortnight. 

The first thing that stands out about the projector is its size. In a world where everything is downsized and portable, BenQ’s W11000 weighs in at around 15 kilogrammes. It’s huge too. Measuring in at 470.7mm (length) x 564.7 (width) x 224.9 (height), this isn’t something you buy – or bring to your home – on a whim. It needs to be carefully planned.

There’s a certain pride in having something so revolutionary at your disposal. It’s almost difficult not to turn into a bit of a snob. When you’re experiencing IMAX-level content, TVs feel like something meant for the less fortunate. 

However, the problem with having a 4K screen is content. There’s little that’s readily available out there. To make use of the new privileges bestowed upon us, we upgraded to Netflix’s UHD content. It was a little more expensive than we were used to paying, but that elitist air made us feel nothing at the time.

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The BenQ W11000 projects an image up to 200-inches. We couldn’t go that far but managed to go up to 100-inches. From what we saw, pictures were crisp and colours were vivid. Of course, we’d expect nothing less from the projector that underwent over 18 months of rigorous development and 200 laboratory tests to get that THX certification.

The BenQ W11000 retails at AED 20,000; benq.co.ae