BenQ W1070 Review – An Excellent Short Throw 3D Projector

Although high-end projectors are where it’s at, this budget projector is the latest buzz. BenQ W1070 is a short-throw home projector, enjoyed mainly for watching movies, sports, and playing video games.

At its price, it offers what you expect and much more, or so it claims. But does it live up to its claims? Let’s investigate.

At a Glance

BenQ W1070 is a short-throw home projector that offers a lot at a budget price. It is a 3D projector with a 1080p resolution. It has ISF settings, 5% vertical Lens Shift Technology, SmartEco mode, and built-in speakers. Its rich connectivity and portability will not disappoint you either.

Pros:

  • Two10W built-in speakers
  • ISF settings
  • 3D compatibility
  • Affordable
  • Full-HD 1080p
  • SmartEco mode
  • Vertical Lens Shift technology
  • Front and back adjustment options

Cons:

  • Glasses are large and heavy
  • Glasses not included and cost 99 USD each
  • Black levels could be better

BenQ W1070 – Full Review

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Basic Specs:

  • 3D compatibility: Yes
  • Throw ratio: 1.15 – 1.5:1
  • Contrast ratio: 10000:1
  • Native aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Lamp life: 3500 hours in normal mode and 6000 hours in Eco mode
  • Image size: 40 to 235 inches
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Video modes: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i
  • Display technology: DLP
  • Keystone correction: Vertical
  • Brightness: 2000 lumens
  • Display color‎: 1.07 billion colors‎
  • Lens shift: Vertical +/-5.0%
  • Zoom lens ratio: 1.30:1
  • Dimensions: 9.6 x 12.28 x 4.09 inches
  • Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Output wattage: 10 watts

Design

BenQ’s approach in this projector is to make it look as businessy as possible. The colors are off-white and silver. It’s a simple design made of solid plastic material.

With its 9.6 inches depth, 4 inches height, and 12.28 inches width, the projector is relatively compact and small. With all of its features and you can still move it around easily. This is impressive.

The large exhaust grill on the front left causes some light leakage due to its placement.

Its top panel has control buttons on the right and a slide-down cover on the left. On opening the cover, you find a screw that controls the projector’s vertical lens shift. This means that you will need a screwdriver to adjust the shift.

Connectivity

This projector’s rich connectivity doesn’t disappoint; it has digital and analog connections.

It has two HDMI ports, VGA, composite video, component video, and S-video, beside a mini-USB service port. In addition, it has audio input and audio output to use if you don’t use the built-in speakers.

Throw Ratio

At a throw ratio of 1.15 to 1.5:1, BenQ W1070 has a short throw. This means that it is perfect for a small room where you won’t need a lot of distance from the screen. Keep in mind that you will probably need to place the projector in front of you in larger rooms.

Setup and Installation

BenQ W1070 impresses with its front and back adjustment options, facilitating the height adjustment process significantly.

Also, the Vertical Lens Shift technology enables you to move the projected image up or down by 10% of the image height to get the image at the perfect placement.

The projector’s zoom lens ratio of 1.30:1 means that it performs best placed on a table or mounted on the ceiling.

W1070 offers lots of customization and easy-to-use controls that make the setup process way better than expected.

Performance

Resolution

At a full-HD 1920×1080 native resolution, a 1920×1200 maximum resolution, and a contrast ratio of 10000:1, W1070 lives up to the hype. The images are clear and sharp, even if projected on a white wall.

The colors are more vivid and true to the original content than any other budget 3D projector. However, black levels need improvement.

Brightness

The claim is that it has a 2000 ANSI lumens worth of brightness. However, the actual number of lumens you get changes according to the model you choose. You get the full 2000 only in Dynamic mode with turning up contrast and brightness.

W1070 deserves admiration for its brightness at its price point.

ModeLumens
Dynamic1500
Standard1270
Cinema1220
User 11730
User 21730

Color Accuracy

Thanks to its extensive color control that allows you to calibrate the colors until you’re satisfied, W1070’s color accuracy is unmatched at its price point.

This precision in customization and color fidelity earned the projector its ISF-certified status. The projector’s ISF settings offer you color customization for Day and Night modes.

2D Performance

W1070’s 2D performance is considered a significant upgrade from all previous BenQ projectors. Starting with its CMS or Color Management System, the colors look very natural. The image is sharp and clear, with lots of details.

When the original content is bright, it displayed breathtakingly vivid. When the original content is dark, the imperfections, though not disastrous, start to show. The blacks can look gray. However, this can happen even in the most high-end projectors.

3D Performance and the Display Technology

For being one of the most affordable 3D projectors, the BenQ W1070 projector is quite impressive in its 3D performance.

It follows the single-chip DLP ‘Digital Light Processing’ technology. This means it uses micromirrors to reflect images on a screen. These astronomically tiny mirrors are placed on a semiconductor chip. Each mirror projects one or more pixels.

But how does this technology affect the projector’s 3D performance? Modern DLP projectors tend to have very little to no crosstalk, which is an undesired kind of leakage that typically happens with any 3D viewing technology. There is no trace of the rainbow effect either.

Also, the darkened glasses that are not included in the box, although heavy and large improve the black levels. The projector supports multiple 3D formats like NVIDIA 3D, Blu-Ray, 3D broadcasting, and video games. BenQ W1070 has won a seat in the hearts of many gamers.

The projector provides a seamless 3D experience all in all.

Energy

In addition to being an affordable projector, W1070 is keen on saving energy. It has two modes for this purpose: Smart Eco and Eco Blank modes.

Smart Eco mode uses only the amount of light needed to deliver the best brightness and contrast ratios.

Eco Blank mode lowers the lamp consumption by 30% when activated through a button on the keypad or the remote control. It is activated automatically when the projector is on for over 3 minutes with no display source detected; this saves energy and prolongs the lamp’s life.

Users’ Reviews on Amazon:

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Positive reviews on Amazon praised the straightforward setup process, mentioning that the out-of-the-box configuration is already satisfactory. Many mentioned that it works well even with some ambient light in the room; some even have a very good experience with the lights on.

A common positive aspect of W1070 to Amazon users is that it can be used to project on a white wall, and it still looks sharp and vivid.

Negative reviews are disappointed in its lamp life. Although the claim is that it lasts up to 3500 hours normally and 6,000 hours in Smart Eco mode, some report that the lamp exploded in under 600 hours. One user’s lamp gave up in less than 4 hours of use.

A lot of users mention the problem of overheating and shutting down. One user says he started having this issue in less than 30 days of use.

Most negative reviews report this happening after 1 or 2 months of use. When they turn the projector on again, it works for 10 to 20 minutes then shuts down again.

Many users mention the fact that the sound quality from the built-in speakers is horrible, so they end up resorting to an external sound system.

Final Thoughts About BenQ W1070

This projector is impressive. It offers so much for so little. However, it is not perfect. You may need to change the lamp more often than you think, and it costs 219 USD to be replaced. It may overheat frequently. Its black levels need improvement.

On the other hand, if your main goal is to have a 3D budget projector with notable color accuracy and brightness for a small room, look no further. This is exactly what you need.

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