You know those technology wankers that go out and buy the next piece of kit, usually the new iPhone when it comes out or a new upgraded version of a laptop or tablet that they already have but that they desperately want the upgrade for just because it’s been upgraded? I do. I have met them, dated them, and grown up around them – and to be honest I have always been wary of turning into one. The BenQ W750 Projector is enough to make me want to become one.
The fight between projector lovers and HDTV fans has been a-raging for a while and the thing is that there are friends and frenemies abound on both sides for me. Personally I have always been in the TV camp because it is a lot less hassle for moving around and it is pretty much plug in and play, with only things like cables and connectors being an issue, and projectors have always had an uncomfortable connotation with school where we had electronic whiteboards that even the teachers didn’t know how to work properly. The BenQ W750 Projector, however, provides the simplicity of a plug-in and play system with a visual capacity that really takes hold of the visuals that can now be interacted with thanks to HD technology, and applies that on a scale of any kind that you can imagine. The BenQ W750 Projector is easy to transport (coming in a box that looks like a briefcase that is actually sturdy enough for it to be manhandled by couriers four times and still be fully functioning and fabulous), and provided you have the cables already (who hasn’t got an HDMI cable in this day and age?) then you can literally take it to a friend’s house and set up. As most rental accommodations now come with blank walls everywhere (to provide a blank slate for whoever pitches up there next) this makes the use of the BenQ W750 Projector all the better.
There are obviously issues with a system of this kind. The sound sucks donkey tail, which is not surprising for a system focused on visuals, however you can turn the volume up loud enough to drown out the super loud fans that keep the BenQ W750 Projector cool (which is something that Sony and Microsoft should really be paying attention to since how many PlayStations and Xboxs die each year due to overheating?) – personally I’d rather have my housemate complain than have my tech die on me. Also at €469/£338 the BenQ W750 Projector is a mid-ranged entertainment system, considering it has functionality to connect to two HD devices, a PC, with space for additional SCART leads – meaning it not only connects to HD devices but also your nans old VCR.
Gaming wise, I tested the BenQ W750 Projector out on Child of Light – the stunning Ubisoft game that is one of the most visually, intellectually and musically breath-taking games produced for the PS3 (I do not have a PS4 – yet), and it is so simplistic as a turn-based RPG that you could give it to a child to play and they would understand the concept very simply. Visually this was like watching the game that I am used to having to squint at my TV to see, except larger, and with the projector right next to you the sound quality is amazing. Even my partner, who refuses to wear his glasses, couldn’t complain about this.
Honestly I am really tempted to email the PR woman for BenQ who sent me the sample and say “sorry but the BenQ W750 Projector fell down a flight of stairs” because I really like this and I want to keep it, but if I can get my very own copy for less money than it would cost me to get a state-of the art TV then I may have to rethink that plan.
You can buy the BenQ W750 Projector through the BenQ website here.