Summary: Had mine for over two years now. I had a something burn out with my first six months, but I think this was due to power loss which did not allow the fan to kick on and cool the bulb down properly.
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.
Summary: I absoutely love this projector. I have used it in our home theater for over a year now and could not be more pleased. Excellent picture, installed easily and works great with all of our AV equpipment.
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.
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.
Pros: Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Great picture quality, Reliable Performance, Small Footprint
Summary: Once I decided to go with an LCD projector it was between the VPL-AW15 and this BenQ W500. After many hours reading reviews from projectorreviews and on the AVSforum, I decided on the BenQ. I couldn't be happier with my decision. It performs exactly as I hoped it would.
Summary: HAVE HAD BENQ W5OO FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS NOW. JUST OVER 200 HRS ON PROJECTOR. IMAGE IS FANTASTIC WITH HD DVD AND BLUE RAY. STANDARD DVD IS VERY GOOD. SAT TV IS CLEAN COMMING FROM COMPONENT INPUT. SVHS NOT SO GOOD. COST IS WOTH THE PERFORMANCE
Pros: LOOKS GREAT WITH BLUE RAY. SAT TV OK. BLACK LEVEL OK. VERY EASY TO INSTALL. CHEAP TO RUN AND BUY.
Cons: IRIS CAN BE SEEN IN OPERATION. BLUE SPOTS CAN BE SEEN SOMETIMES.
Summary: Personal Experience Well I just bought this projo for 800 bucks from Costco and let me tell you...I love it! Really good price and excellent picture quality for 720p. I was intending on going 1080p but this was such an excellent price that I had to try it out first..but i'm keeping it for sure.
Summary: Personal Experience This review written after 1000 hours with the projector, in a variety of uses PC monitor, HD and SD movie and Cable TV (both HD and SD) Having only previous experience with conference room projectors (800X600) I was impressed with the Benq w500.