Summary: I like this projector but, unfortunately, I'm one of the 25% or so of the population who suffer from the rainbow effect which single chip DLP's can exhibit. Very nice picture for the price otherwise.
Summary: First issue: my W1200 made a cricket chirping noise (perhaps the spinning color wheels?) that went away temporarily when you tapped on the unit. Amazon was super fast and responsible about replacing it and the replacement doesn't make the noise. The second issue is perhaps more relevant to most shoppers: video from the W1200 is out of sync with the audio and it's very noticeable. You need a modern home theater receiver that has a delay compensation function.
Summary: Personal Experience UPDATE TO MY REVIEW. After owning the benq w1200 for a 3 months I found out you could solve the lip sync problems by buying a blue ray player that has a Audio/video sync function. The Sony BDP â€“ S185. cost about $80 and has a a/v sync function that will fix the lip sync problem. its also easy to fix the halo problems. Theres a glitch with the frame interperlation. Its turned on by default even do it says its off.
Summary: Personal Experience I've owned an Optoma H31 for 6yrs.It was a great machine in its day.After 3mos of research I purchased the W1200 for $899...wat a deal! wasn't the best picture out of the box buy I got some calibration tips from projectorreviews.com and vwolla! an LED like picture appeared.Opt for the firmware v1.05 BenQ worked the problems out of this one.
Summary: Personal Experience The benq 1200 produces excellent blue ray video, the colors and sharpness are great. I have been watching "LOST " episodes from a standard DVD on a 110 inch screen about 10 feet back and I can say the quality is very good, not as good as blue ray but pretty good. Some blue ray scenes look like your watching a 120 inch lcd, the sharpness and color are that good. The built in speaker is loud enough for a small room.
Summary: I was surprised to see so many negative reviews. I love this projector. This is my 3rd BenQ. The other two are still going strong after years of use, but I wanted a brighter high def picture. I no longer have to close blinds or turn off the lights to see a brilliant picture!! I too had the problem with horizontal lines. the solution is to increase the Oversampling setting.
Great projector for larger screens or for use in rooms with some ambient light
Chris Robinson, Amazon
27 December 2011
Summary: Pros: Very bright image with nice DLP pop (even in low lamp mode) Very, very sharp image - even when using keystoning Easy to setup and use Small and light -very easy to ceiling mount Cons: Black levels are not as good as some other more expensive projectors Fan in noisy in high lamp mode (not bad in low) Overall a great projector for under $1k I don't believe it can be beat! Very happy with my purchase.
Summary: GOOD THINGS ABOUT BENQ W1200 Some blue ray scenes look spectacular. I have a 120 inch screen using a white wall only and some of the scenes look as good as your local theater even better. Color and Sharpness are excellent. Its brite enough to fill a 120 inch screen without a problem. The benq w 1200 is small enough to be portable. At 8 pounds it fits in a back pack And is easy to transport. The built in speaker provides enough sound for a small audience.