BenQ ships W1500 projector with WHDI, wireless 3D

When projectors are a dime a dozen, they have to do something truly special to stand out. BenQ's newly available W1500 might just pull that off: how does high-quality wireless video sound? The DLP unit is billed as the first projector to offer WHDI over 5GHz frequencies, letting it stream 1080p 3D movies at quality that's reportedly on par with an HDMI signal. The company isn't leaning solely on this trick to lure us in, mind you. The W1500 integrates with mobile devices, courts gamers through 3DTV Play support and throws an 84-inch picture from as close as six feet away. Such convenience is expensive at $2,299, but it could be a viable alternative to stringing video cables around the den.

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BenQ Introduces World's First Wireless Projector With Built-in 5-GHz WHDI™ Technology

W1500 Introduces Cable-Free Flexibility, Full-HD 1080p Resolution, Mobile Device Integration, and 3D Support

IRVINE, Calif. - Aug. 7, 2013 - BenQ America Corp., the world's No. 1 DLP® projector brand and globally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the availability of the new W1500 wireless full-HD (FHD) home entertainment projector supporting the Wireless Home Digital Interface™ (WHDI™). Designed to provide complete source connectivity without the need for cabling, the W1500 enables simple installation, easy operation, 3D support, and full mobile device integration. The projector delivers an amazing one billion stunning colors with Colorific™ image quality for accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color, in addition to BenQ's world-leading SmartEco™ lamp-saving technology to deliver a hassle-free home theater experience at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

The world's first wireless projector with built-in 5-GHz WHDI technology, the W1500 projects uncompressed full-HD 1080p content from sources such as Blu-ray™ and DVD players, AV-R players, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles without the need for HDMI® cables. The projector also supports wireless connectivity with any mobile device such as an iPad® or Apple® TV. The result is future-proofed setups and a simpler installation process by enabling complete freedom of projector placement.

"By releasing the world's first wireless FHD projector with 3D support, BenQ is reconfirming its position at the forefront of the home projector marketplace," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. "The W1500 brings complete wireless connectivity to all popular home theater applications, resulting in easier setup, cleaner-looking entertainment spaces, and lower installation costs. We've also included our world-leading SmartEco technology to enable up to 6,000 hours of lamp life, giving our customers access to bright picture performance, energy savings, and a lower TCO."

Using BenQ's Colorific image quality, the W1500 provides vivid and accurate color reproduction, high brightness, crisp contrast, and long-lasting quality. The projector features 2200 ANSI lumens, Rec. 709 color gamut, and DarkChip3™ DLP technology, which further increases brightness for deeper blacks. Featuring a six-segment color wheel to produce realistic color depth and frame interpolation, the W1500 uses motion estimation/motion compensation (MEMC) technology for smooth picture quality. In addition, the projector is ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation® (ISF®), enabling viewers to enjoy a professionally calibrated picture with two optimized modes - ISF Day and ISF Night - for an enhanced entertainment experience.

Using the 5-GHz radio transmission band, the W1500 projector transfers both 2D and 3D HD video and audio with the same seamless quality and zero latency as a wired connection over distances of up to 65 feet. For the total 3D experience, the projector supports HDMI, full 3D timing, NVDIA® 3DTV Play™, and 2D to 3D conversion. With the W1500, BenQ is introducing its newly redesigned 3D glasses, which are optional. To add convenience for portable applications, the W1500 features 2x 10-W speakers, audio inputs and outputs, as well as SRS Wow audio sound, vertical lens shifting, and 1.6x big zoom capabilities. For installations where space is at a premium, the projector's short-throw ratio of 84 inches at 6 feet from the screen ensures maximum flexibility for any environment.

Now offered across the BenQ home entertainment projector lineup, the leading SmartEco technology automatically adjusts lamp power based on input content, providing optimal contrast and brightness output while saving energy. As a result, the W1500 increases lamp life up to 6,000 hours without any image-quality compromise. In "Eco Blank" mode, the projector blanks out the screen whenever projection isn't needed, saving up to 70 percent of lamp power while a "No Source Detected" mode automatically lowers brightness to 30 percent when no display has been detected for more than three minutes. In "Standby" mode, the W1500 lowers power consumption to less than 0.5 W during periods of inactivity.

BenQ's W1500 FHD wireless projector is now shipping at an MSRP of $2,299. More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

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BenQ ships W1500 projector with wireless 3D video