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BenQ has 6 New 3D Ready DLP Projectors Already Available

October 27th, 2009 · 26 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Today, almost accidentally I’ve learned that BenQ has released 6 new DLP projectors on the market that are 3D Ready, meaning 3D DLP Link compatible (active shutter glasses), meaning that they should also be 3D Vision compatible. Now what the hell did BenQ do (or actually didn’t do) so that the word regarding its new interesting 3D-capable projectors didn’t get out and not a lot of people know about them about two weeks after their announcement and they seem to be already available on some markets? They did a release of the type “by the way” not focusing on these projectors and their 3D capabilities at all and that just because they’ve labeled the projectors as models suitable for Education…

The six new 3D Ready models from BenQ are the standard throw MP626, MP670, MP776, MP777, and the ultra short-throw MP772 ST and MP776 ST. They are all with native XGA resolution or with other words 1024×768 pixels (4:3 aspect ration, not wide) with brightness ranging from 2500 do 4000 ANSI lumens. As I’ve already mentioned BenQ labeled these projectors as suitable for educational purposes, just mentioning that they do have 3D capabilities that are good for illustrative needs in schools etc. Ok, this may be nice, but considering that these projectors start at quite affordable price, although a bit more expensive than the ViewSonic’s similar models, things may start to look good for all the 3D enthusiasts out there.

Checking through BenQ’s website I could not find a lot of details regarding especially the 3D capabilities of the projectors, but from what little info I could find and after looking through the manuals of the above six new models I can conclude that these are based on the same DLP technology that the ViewSonic models I’ve written about use. This of course means 120Hz refresh rate and active shutter glasses that will separate the frames to 60 per eye, so that the brain can build the stereoscopic 3D image from the two frames showing a bit different view. This of course means that the projectors should also be compatible with Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision, but I still don’t have access to any of the new models to test it myself, but in general you should be able to get 120Hz refresh rate by using the analogue DSUB15 connectors. Then in the 3D Vision driver setup you should choose CRT display and you should be able to start enjoying videos, pictures and of course games in stereoscopic 3D on the big screen provided by these projectors. Unfortunately I still don’t have access to any of these new models, so that I cannot confirm their 3D Vision compatibility at 100%, but it should be there…

Update: I just got a confirmation that BenQ MP670 does indeed work with GeForce 3D Vision form someone that already has the projector (although they are not officially certified as 3D Vision compatible), but there were some problems getting the projector to work at 120Hz. So it was needed to force it at 1024×768 resolution with 120Hz refresh rate in order to make it work, but no problems after that, otherwise only up to 60Hz refresh was selectable. So the other 5 new 3D Ready projectors from BenQ should be compatible too, but you can expect having trouble setting them up, so be prepared for problems!

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Capt'n Corrupt // Oct 28, 2009 at 00:13

    Great find! Thanks!

  • 2 sfs // Oct 28, 2009 at 22:55

    3D Ready projectors are build to work with DLP-Link glasses like XpqnD X102 or CE5…why would anyone use it with nvidia glasses?

  • 3 Bloody // Oct 29, 2009 at 00:44

    Obviously because of the great gaming support available in 3D Vision’s drivers that are coming from Nvidia… ;)

  • 4 Darkbluesky // Nov 12, 2009 at 10:53

    Are they full 120 Hz, or use checkerboard pattern as 3D Ready DLP TVs and the Viewsonic projectors…?

  • 5 Bloody // Nov 12, 2009 at 12:18

    They are capable of 120Hz refresh rate, but seems to have some issues with that…

  • 6 tomw // Nov 13, 2009 at 21:33

    I have the Benq 626 and it works great with our XpanD X102 DLP link glasses! Yes you do have to set up the Nvidia card (we use the FX Quadros) to make sure you are delivering 120 Hz data at the native resoltion under the Change Resolutions menu.

    The Mitsubishi XD600U also works well but there are many other Brands coming out too.

  • 7 Bloody // Nov 13, 2009 at 22:33

    I’ve never tried the XpanD glasses, but they do look quite good and have some features that are better than what 3D Vision shutter glasses offer. But the XpanD glasses are designed only for movies, right? And Nvidia’s 3D Vision is mostly for games, unfortunately it seems that BenQ is having trouble to support the Nvidia glasses…

  • 8 R Stewart // Jan 3, 2010 at 06:01

    Hi, I have a pair of the XpanD x102 shutter glasses and they work excellent, they are very comfortable ,in fact my wife perfers them over the Samsung sg1000, which require and an emitter. But if you have a dlp TV the glasses will work perfectly no emitter required as advertised. It doesnt matter if its movies or games as long as the TV is DLP. I have a Samsung DLP 61A750 . The cost of the glasses is 150.00USD plus shipping. To me they are better even than the Nvidia glasses which I had to send back because I could not watch the TV and use the SG1000’s at the same time. If Nvidia was dlp link they are actually a little better in design but to limiting.

  • 9 Mikael Salinas // Apr 20, 2010 at 22:07

    I have this mp670, but i can’t make it work with the nvidia glasses.
    Someone can help me how to force it to 120hz?
    or make the nvidia glasses work with the mp670 projector?

  • 10 Bloody // Apr 21, 2010 at 03:06

    The BenQ 3D-ready projectors are not officially certified by Nvidia for the 3D Vision and thus the driver does not recognize them as compatible. Some people are reporting success with using the projector set as a CRT display from the 3D Vision drivers, but in order for that to work it should not be recognized as a projector. You can also try the latest iZ3D driver, it has support for 120Hz in general, you just need to send your projector EDID so it can be identified, if nobody else did it yet for this model.

  • 11 liufa // Apr 30, 2010 at 12:35

    I jest bought 3d vision glases and benq mp626. I can set nvidia driver and projector to work on 120hz
    but then i try to setup my 3d glasses in wizard my display in not detected as 3d vision compatable . In other pages (http://www.projectorcentral.com/3D_gaming_nvidia_3d_vision_benq_mp776st.htm) its said i need to set projector as CRT monitor, where do i do that? My PC running on windows 7.
    I`m already converting sygnal from HDVI to VGA.
    I have noticed that in 3d vision setup wizard my projector resolution sets automatically to 1600x1200x85hz and not 1024x786x120hz (it’s the only 120hz supported resolution ). Any help would be much apprechiated.

  • 12 liufa // Apr 30, 2010 at 14:00

    ok i managed to configure 3d vision and projector, the problem was i ran setup before and was setting up “3d vision ready” , for red/blue glases and not “3d vision”. Now i have another problem i cant run games at 120hz, i can chose only 85hz in game settings (MOH :modern warfare2, DA origins ), so 3d vision is useless screen flickers to much, i managed to run “metro 2033” on 120hz and it worked ok. is there any way to force games to run on 120hz. If anyone need help setting up MP626 and 3d vision ask me.

  • 13 liufa // Apr 30, 2010 at 20:05

    found a solution, not an elegant one but it works, set refresh rate 60hz that way u get intead of 60hz each eye u get 30hz, and no flickering

  • 14 Bloody // Apr 30, 2010 at 21:11

    Did you try to create a custom resolution at 120Hz from the Nvidia control panel? At 30 Hz per eye you should still see flickering, but the 3D Vision glasses should normally refuse to activate at 60Hz refresh rate.

  • 15 liufa // May 4, 2010 at 21:46

    that wasnt 3d at 30hz :) glasses were off :)

  • 16 liufa // May 15, 2010 at 11:34

    Hello again
    So far i managed to run only 3 games in 3d 120hz (Avatar, Metro 2033 and Batman: Arkham asylium) if anyone manages to run any other games please write here.
    Oh Nvidia released new version of stereoscopic player
    It can slide show photos in folder in 3D. So far its the only player that i was able to get to work on 120Hz for side by side videos and photos.

  • 17 rahu // Jun 5, 2010 at 15:28

    I also bought this projector and i want to ask that if it’s a 3d ready projector supporting 120 Hz, why it’s not showing 120 in monitor setting supported refresh rate?

    when i run my 120 Hz supported exe it runs on 85 Hz, which is the highest supported refresh rate.

    please any one familiar to this issue please help me.


  • 18 liufa // Jun 18, 2010 at 16:39

    you must uncheck the checkbox in windows ->start->control panel-> display->adjust resolution-> advanced settings-> monitor (on win7) “hide modes that this monitor cannot display” and the choose 1024×786 x120 because its the only resolution this projector supports at 120hz

  • 19 jay // Jul 10, 2010 at 20:07

    I just setup the MP777 with my GPX295 card and hacked the registry to get analglyph working (using red/blue glasses which suck)… but it works with most games i have. I’d really like to get the 3d shutter glasses to work, but no luck yet! Any help would be most appreciated!!

  • 20 jay // Jul 10, 2010 at 20:12

    I installed the latest version of nvidia 3d drivers and it seems they’ve taken out the 3d CRT option (thats been discussed) which would allow me to force the glasses to work with the mp777 projector.

  • 21 CELSO ZAMBELL // Sep 21, 2010 at 00:16



  • 22 Bloody // Sep 21, 2010 at 00:34

    You cannot connect a standalone Blu-ray 3D player to the projector and Play Blu-ray 3D movies on it since they use different standards for the 3D signaling.

  • 23 javier // Aug 16, 2011 at 07:48

    hola quiciera saver si alguienme puede ayudar. yo tengo un benq mp670 y lo que quiero es ver peliculas en 3d puede ser que para este proyector necesite el optoma 3d-xl?. o solo con el reproductor 3d y las gafas 3d activo puedo llegar a ver 3d. y que reproductor de blu ray 3d es compatible, y si el optoma 3d-xl es compatible ya que mi proyector no tiene taza de refresco de 120 hz ustedes que me dicen espero que alguien me ayude porque no quiciera gastar dinero antes de no asegurarme bien muchas gracias y espero sus respuestas

  • 24 javier // Sep 1, 2011 at 10:20

    hello quizzes alguienme saver if you can help. I have a benq MP670 and I just want to see 3D movies may be that for this projector optoma need the 3d-xl?. or just the player 3d active and I can get 3D glasses to see 3D. and 3d blu ray player is compatible, and if the optoma 3d-XL is because my projector does not have a cup of soda from 120 Hz to tell me you hope someone help me because they do not spend money before quizzes to make sure no good thank you very much and I hope your answers. and sorry for my English

  • 25 Mikael // Nov 16, 2011 at 23:37

    Hey folks i agree with u that the projectors haven´t been advertised as they should have. I just got my self a benq mp780 ST and i tried with linking it on pure HDMI cable from my comp dual gtx 460 SLi mode. Had to put the res to 1280×720 and then he found 120hz on its own. Now i tested with samsungs and panasonics glasses (just Glasses) and that didn´t work… So im placing a order on nvidia 3d vision package v2. and hope that will sort it out=) other then that im uber thrilled with the 780 its just so awsome in not needing 200 yards for a decent big pic. =) il update as soon as ive tryed 3d vision to give my toughts and try help u with probs i might see=)

  • 26 Mikael // Nov 30, 2011 at 21:35

    Got the 3d vision package now today and as i was afraid of that was a 150 pounds in the toilet its not workning dunno what the hell they need to feel to make things so frakin hard to work…. well i guess back to re think the projector things again then maybe sell it and get a proper one that does what it says it does…

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