BENQ W1070: Wow! 3D capable, 1080p, exceptional brightness and the promise of really good color! Sounds like an expensive projector. Not true.
Allow me to introduce you to BenQ’s W1070.
BenQ W1070 Highlights
- 2000 lumens bright – suitable for family/living/bonus rooms
- 3D Capable
- Higher contrast for better blacks, than most low cost projectors
- 10 watts of Audio, audio output
- Full color management controls, ISF certified
- Minimal lag times for great gaming
- Remote control
- Smart-Eco for energy efficiency (see more below)
- Very long lamp life (for low cost of operation)
- New lighter 3D glasses from BenQ (not included)
- Excellent warranty
- Lowest priced 1080p 3D capable projector we’ve reviewed so far
The BenQ W1070 is a Light Canon of a projector! Mind you, there’s no official determination of how bright a projector has to be to be one, but I’ve referred, in the past to a number of projectors as light canons, that even in their brighest modes, can’t match this 2000 lumen rated BenQ W1070 even after its calibrated.
This is a single chip DLP projector. A small one. Although you can find a few smaller home entertainment projectors that are smaller (all DLP) I can’t think of a single 1080p LCD projector that isn’t dramatically larger.
Physically the W1070 looks pretty cool, or at least cute! But, it’s the picture that we really care about.
I have yet to see an official price. The projector is just starting to arrive in the US, even though it’s been available in Europe and elsewhere for months. In the EU it’s supposed to be $749 last I checked. It turns out that the official US price is $1099. It’s the lowest cost 1080p 3D capable projector yet to grace our theaters.
The projector is just starting to ship in the US as this is published. 3D Glasses are not included. The official price for the glasses is $79. Even that is a little less than most others.
Contrast, it should be noted, is also a lot higher than most of the competiton, which should indicate respectable black levels for the price. Just don’t expect too much in that regard, as projectors with great black levels are typically at least $2500. It’s less of an issue in a typical family room type environment.
Let’s take a quick look at some bullet point highlight, some specs and then we can get into the meat of this projector review!
BenQ W1070 3D
3D looks very good. Before I get going on the BenQ’s 3D I’ve got an interesting story (cautionary tale) before I go further. I’ve been having problems with one of my long cables of late, ordered in someone’s “top of the line” cables (off of Amazon – I was in a real hurry), and when I put on John Carter in 3D last evening, all kinds of crosstalk and judder. Switched back to that truly (but 5 year old), top of the line cable – an Ultralink, and all that garbage went away. I confirmed that the problems also were there when I switched to an expensive JVC projector. BTW the issue was with Blu-ray 3D, side-by-side off of HDTV didn’t seem to suffer.
If you think you are the type who will upgrade in a couple of years (maybe to a 4K projector when they become affordable), that’s a killer reason for buying really good cables.
Back to the 3D performance. With a proper cable, crosstalk is a non-factor. I found watching 3D to be rather enjoyable and relatively bright. Color was pretty good (in 3D), I don’t expect color as good as 2D, and we have never tried to calibrate 3D. The excellent brightness allowed me to put on some widescreen movies and fill my 124″ diagonal. Not bad, watchably bright. At 100″ diagonal there’s plenty of lumens for 3D. After all, consider that 400 lumens is more than enough (with proper lack of ambient light) to watch a 100″ screen. With over 1700 lumens calibrated, that’s more than 4 times as much. 3D no longer costs 75% of brightness even if it does cost viewers a good bit more than half the brightness. Translated, this W1070 can do a great job in 3D on an average sized screen.
I was very pleased with HDTV 3D. Everything from a Penn State football game, and some little league baseball I recorded in 3D, to a National Parks tour of Arches, looked really good.
Color remained good even in 3D. Of course we never attempt to calibrate 3D, so I’m sure it could be improved. If we find a 3D calibration disc, at some point I’ll have Mike calibrate some 3D modes on future projectors.
Overall, very good 3D, lots of brightness, and an almost total lack of rainbow effect (for me) make this W1070 the best lower cost DLP projector for 3D that I’ve played with.
In other words: I really like it!
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