BenQ InstaShow: a review

We reviewed the BenQ InstaShow wireless presentation system

Wireless presenation and video has become a mainstay in the audiovisual space. Corporate clients look to wireless video for ease of presentation in board rooms and huddle spaces. Sending video to the display without the use of wires, conduit, and running cables is a benefit to your clients as well as to your team. Finding a secure and stable system can be a challenge.

BenQ provided AVNation with an InstaShow system. The package includes two (2) BenQ InstaShow transmitters, the receiver with antennae, and a cradle to place your two transmitters.

Setting up the wireless presentation system was pretty straightforward. If you have ever installed a video switcher or other video transport system you will be fine. There are video outs to connect the receiver to. The InstaShow receiver is small enough to be placed directly behind a display or at a projector. You will have to install the antennae before beginning or your are not getting a signal.

The transmitter itself is about palm-sized. Users must connect both the USB and HDMI to the transmitter. I’m not particularly fond of this design, the two cables. According to BenQ customer feedback indicates users like the two cable connectivity. I find it a bit cumbersome.

The video produced by BenQ’s wireless video system is flawless. Switching on and off presentation is seamless. Once the receiver is powered on there is a friendly welcome screen giving instructions on how to connect and transmit the video. This screen also comes up when there is no active transmitters.

Security has become a significant concern with these wireless devices. The BenQ InstaShow has WPA2 and WPA2-Enterprise authentication protocols. This makes it more difficult for bad actors to hack into your system and spy on your presentations or use the device as a gateway to the network. You also do not have to put the InstaShow on the network. As you can see in the video below, we never connected to the network and was able to present.

Overall the BenQ InstaShow is a solid wireless presentation system. I’m not a fan of the combination of HDMI and USB connections. Street price on the system has an MSRP of $999 for WDC10 and $1,099 for WDC10C. The video resolution goes up to 1080p and supports all major operating systems. 4 out of 5 stars.Price (MSRP): $999 for WDC10 and $1,099 for WDC10C


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