BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Photo Profile

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Front View With Accessories

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Front View With Accessories
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Front View With Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

To start off this look at the BenQ W710ST, here is a photo of the projector and its included accessories.

Starting the back is the supplied carrying case, the quick setup guide and warranty registration card, and CD-ROM (User Manual).

Also shown on is the provided wireless remote control, along with two supplied AA batteries to power the remote.

On the table on the left side of the projector is a supplied VGA PC Monitor connection cable, while on the right side of the projector is the detachable AC power cord.

Also shown is the removable lens cover.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Front View

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Front View
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Front View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the front view of the BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector.

On the left side is the vent, behind which is the fan and lamp assembly. On the bottom of the center portion of the projector is the height adjuster button and foot that raises and lowers the front of the projector to accommodate different screen height setups. There are also two more high adjuster feet located on the bottom of the rear of the projector.

Next is the lens, which is shown uncovered. What makes this lens a little different than lenses you find on most video projectors, is that is it referred to as a Short Throw Lens. What this means is that the W710ST can project a very large image with a very short distance from the projector to the screen. For example, the BenQ W710ST can project a 100-inch 16x9 diagonal image at a distance of only about 5 1/2 feet. For details on lens specifications and performance, refer to my BenQ W710ST Review.

Also, above and behind the lens, are the Focus/Zoom controls located in a recessed compartment. There are onboard function buttons on the rear top of the projector (out of focus in this photo). These will be shown in more detail later in this photo profile.

Finally, moving the right of the lens, in the upper right corner of the front of the projector is a small dark circle. This is an Infrared Sensor for the wireless remote control. There is another sensor on the top of the projector as well so that the remote can control the projector from either the front or from behind, and also makes it easier to control via remote when the projector is ceiling mounted.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Top View

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Top View
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Top View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a top view, as seen from slightly above the rear, of the BenQ W710ST DLP video projector.

On the top left of the photo (which is actually above the front of the projector, are the manual Focus/Zoom controls.

Moving right is the area where the projector lamp is located. It is housed in a removable compartment for easy replacement by the user.

Moving down from the lamp compartment are the onboard controls of the projector. These controls provide easy access to most of the projector's functions if you choose not to use the remote control. They also come in handy if you lose or misplace the remote. Hopefully, that would be a temporary state of affairs at the onboard controls would not be very accessible if the projector is ceiling mounted.

For a closer look at the Focus/Zoom and onboard controls, proceed to the next two photos.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Zoom and Focus Controls

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Zoom and Focus Controls
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Zoom and Focus Controls. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page are the Focus/Zoom adjustments of the BenQ W710ST, which are positioned as part of the lens assembly.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Onboard Controls

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Onboard Controls
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Onboard Controls. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page are the onboard controls for the BenQ W710ST. These controls are also duplicated on the wireless remote control, which is shown later in this gallery.

Starting on the left side of this photo is the top mounted remote control sensor and the Power button.

Next, along the top are three indicator lights labeled Power, Temp, and Lamp. Using orange, green, and red colors, these indicators display the operating status of the projector.

When the projector is turned on the Power indicator will flash green and then will remain solid green during operation. When this indicator displays Orange continuously, the projector is in standby mode, but if it is flashing orange, the projector is in cool down mode.

The Temp indicator should not be lit when the projector is in operation. If it does light up (red) then the projector is too hot and should be turned off.

Likewise, the Lamp indicator should also be off during normal operation, if there is a problem with the Lamp, this indicator will flash orange or red.

Moving down the rest of the photo are the actual onboard controls. These controls are used primarily for Menu Access and Menu Navigation. However, there are also used for input source selection and volume (the BenQ W710ST has a built-in speaker - which is located on one side of the projector).

For a look at the rear of the BenQ W710ST, proceed to the next photo.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Connections

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Connections
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the rear connection panel of the BenQ W710ST, which shows the connections provided.

Starting on the left side of the top row are the S-Video and Composite Video inputs. These inputs are useful for analog standard definition audio sources, such ​as VCRs and camcorders.

Continuing along the top row are two HDMI inputs. These allow the connection of HDMI or DVI source components(such as an HD-Cable or HD-Satellite Box, DVD, Blu-ray, or HD-DVD Player). Sources with DVI outputs can be connected to an HDMI input of the BenQ W710ST Home W710ST via a DVI-HDMI adapter cable.

Next is the PC-in or VGA. This connection allows the BenQ W710ST to be connected to a PC or Laptop Monitor output. This is great for computer games or business presentations.

Finally arriving at the far right is a set of Component (Red, Blue, and Green) Video connections.

Now, moving to the middle of the rear is a mini-USB port and an RS-232 connection. The mini-USB port is used for service issues, while the RS-232 for integrating the W710ST within a custom control system.

Moving down to the bottom left is the AC power receptacle, an audio in/out connection loop (green and blue mini-jacks - associated with the VGA PC/Monitor input), and finally, a set of RCA analog stereo audio input connections (red/white).

It is important to note that even the BenQ W710ST has an onboard amplifier and speaker that is handy for presentation use if using the projector in a home theater setup - always connect your source devices audio output to an external sound system for the best listening experience.

Finally, on the far right is a Kensington Lock port.

For a look at the remote control provided with the BenQ W710ST, proceed to the next photo.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Remote Control

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Remote Control
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the remote control for the BenQ W710ST.

This remote is of average size and fits comfortably in an average-sized hand. Also, the more has a backlight function, which allows easy use in a darkened room.

On the very top left is the Power On button (green) and on the top right is the Power Off button (red). There is a very small indicator light in between - this light flashes when any button is pushed.

Moving down are the source select buttons which access the following inputs: Comp (component), Video (composite), S-video, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, and PC (VGA).

Below the source select buttons are the menu access and navigation buttons. Also, the left and right menu select buttons also double as up and down volume controls for the built-in speaker.

Continuing down, there are direct access buttons for additional functions, such as Mute, Freeze, Aspect Ratio, Auto (a built-in auto picture setting), as well as three user setting Memory buttons (however, only two are supported for the W710ST), manual color setting controls (brightness, contrast, sharpness, color, tint, black (hides the image from displaying on the screen), Info (displays in information on the projectors status as well as input source characteristics), the Light (backlight) on/off button, and finally the Test button, which displays a built-in test pattern that aids in setting up the image correctly on the screen.

For a look at a sampling of the onscreen menus, proceed to the next series of photos in this presentation.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Picture Settings Menu

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Picture Settings Menu
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Picture Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the Picture Settings Menu.

1. Picture Mode: Provides several preset color, contrast, and brightness settings: Bright (when your room has a lot of light present), Living Room (for average dim-lite living rooms), Gaming (when playing games in a room with ambient light), Cinema (best for viewing movies in a darkened room), User 1/User 2 (presets save from using the settings below).

2. Brightness: Make the image brighter or darker.

3. Contrast: Changes the level of dark to light.

4. Color Saturation: Adjusts the degree of all colors together in the image.

5. Tint: Adjust the amount of green and magenta.

6. Sharpness: Adjusts the degree of edge enhancement in the image. This setting should be used sparingly as it can accentuate edge artifacts.

7. Brilliant Color: A color processing algorithm that maintains proper color saturation when a higher brightness setting is being utilized.

8. Color Temperature: Adjusts the Warmness (redder - outdoor look) or Blueness (bluer - indoor look) of the image.

9. 3D Color Management: Provides more precise color setting adjustments when 3D images and video are being displayed.

10. Save Settings: Locks in any changes you have made to the picture settings.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Display Settings Menu

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Display Settings Menu
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Display Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Display Settings Menu for the BenQ W710ST:

1. Wall Color: Corrects the white balance of the projected image for different types of wall surfaces, if that option is used instead of a screen. Wall color options include Light Yellow, Pink, Light Green, Blue, and Blackboard. Blackboard is especially useful for classroom presentations.

2. Aspect Ratio: Allows the setting of the projector's aspect ratio. The options are:

Auto - When using HDMI this sets the ratio according to the aspect ratio of the incoming signal.

Real - Displays all incoming images with no aspect ratio modification or resolution upscaling.

4:3 - Display 4x3 images with black bars on left and right side of the image, wider aspect ration images are displayed with the 4:3 aspect ration with black bars on either side and on the top and bottom of the image.

16:9 - Converts all incoming signals to the 16:9 aspect ratio. Incoming 4:3 images are stretched.

16:10 - Converts all incoming signals to the 16:10 aspect ratio. Incoming 4:3 images are stretched.

3. Auto Keystone: Automatically makes a keystone adjustment if the projector senses it has been tilted up or down. Can only be used if the projector is projecting the image from in front of the screen. This function can be disabled in favor of the manual keystone function.

4. Keystone: Adjusts the geometric shape of the screen so that it maintains a rectangular appearance. This is useful if the projector needs to be tilted up or down to place the image on the screen.

5. Phase (PC monitor input sources only): Adjust the clock phase to reduce image distorting on PC images.

6. H. Size (Horizontal size - PC monitor input sources only)

7. Digital Zoom: Zooms the projected image using digital magnification, rather than the lens. Should be avoided as the image will reduce in resolution and artifacts may become visible.

8. 3D Sync: Turns the 3D function on or off (3D function is not compatible with 3D Blu-ray Disc players or other set-top boxes - Only through PCs with compatible 3D video graphics cards).

9. 3D Format: Supports Frame Sequential and Top/Bottom 3D input formats. Vertical Synch needs to be less than 95 Hz.

10. 3D Synch Invert: Inverts the 3D signal (used is 3D glasses are displaying the 3D images with reverse planes).

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Basic Settings Menu

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Basic Settings Menu
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Basic Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Basic Settings Menu of the BenQ W710ST:

3. Control Panel Lock: Enables the user to disable all onboard control projector control buttons except for power. This helps prevent accidental settings tampering.

4. Power Consumption: This allows the user to control the light output of the lamp. The choices are Normal and ECO. The no rmal setting provides a brighter image, but the ECO setting reduces projector fan noise and extends the life of the lamp.

5. Volume: This option allows the user to increase or decrease the volume of the onboard speaker. If you are using an external audio system - set the volume to the lowest setting.

6. User Button: This option allows you to create a shortcut to one of the following: Power Consumption, Info, Progressive, or Resolution. The shortcut button is located on the provided wireless remote control. You can reset this function any time if you find that you prefer one shortcut over another.

7. Reset: Resets the above options to factory defaults.

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BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Info Menu

BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Info Menu
BenQ W710ST DLP Video Projector - Info Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in the last photo of the BenQ W710ST photo profile, is the general information page of the onscreen menu.

As you can see, you can see the active input source, the selected picture setting, the incoming signal resolution (480i/p, 720p, 1080i/p - note the display resolution is 720p) and refresh rate (29Hz, 59Hz, etc...), Color System, Lamp Hours used, and currently installed projector firmware version.

Final Take

The BenQ W710ST is a video projector that features a practical design and easy-to-use operation. Also, with its short-throw lens and strong light output, this projector can project a large image in a relatively small space and can also be used in​ a room that may have some ambient light present. Also, you can view 3D content from PCs that have a compatible 3D graphics card.

For additional perspective on the features and performance of the BenQ W710ST, also check out my Review and Video Performance Tests.

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