Summary: Personal Experience This is my first home theater projector. I did a lot of research before getting this three years ago. I purchased it used with only 110hrs. on the bulb. I have already gone through one bulb with around 2000 hrs. in eco mode, but I have problems where I live with the power reliability, so I know that didn't help with bulb life.
Summary: Personal Experience Bought this projector about 1 1/2 years ago and still love it. Purchased it back then for $750 and I cannot believe the quality I got for my money. We are using it on a 122" screen in our home theater and have ~800 hours on it. Never have had any problems at all. Cleaned the dust filter once (it tells you when to do this) and that was it. We have watched Blue-Ray flicks on it as well and it is amazing.
Summary: This projector seems to be really good value for money. I've read a lot of reviews, many critical of the black levels, but I don't think they are a problem because realistically you need a darkened room anyway.
Pros: Great picture. The colour is a bit over the top, and using calibration software indicates the balances aren't perfect, but to my eye the out of the box configuration is great. I just fired it up and was impressed.
Cons: The zoom ratio isn't great. I am able to get the right size to suit my screen, but I'd be happier if there was more zoom so that when watching a 4:3 image I could zoom out to fill up my whole screen.
Summary: Comments about BenQ W500 Home Cinema Projector: This projector made a great family gift this holiday season. I bought it a few months ago and then had a huge box of family pictures put on film and gave it to my grandmother for Christmas. The display is very clear. What I thought was cool was that you can hook it up to almost anything, VCR, DVD Player, Camcorder, it really is user-friendly and very easy to operate.
Pros: Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Great picture quality, Reliable Performance, Small Footprint
Summary: Comments about BenQ W500 Home Cinema Projector: After hurricane Ike we connected one of these to a generator and displayed movies on a garage for all the neighbors. The picture was bright even in the early evening. The only complaint, and why this is 4 rather than 5 stars, is that the sound is a little weak, we used additional speakers on an amp.
Pros: Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Great picture quality, Small Footprint
Summary: Personal Experience This was my first HD pj. I think it looks awesome. HD dvd looks great, also dish HD like Discovery looks like you can walk right into the wall. Love the lens shift Problems Well my problems started from day one and i didnt even know it. I had floating red pixels around faces and similar color objects. I did not know it was the pj at first, i thought i was the $20 dvd player i had.