For such a cheap projector, the BenQ W1060 is well connected. Two v1.3 HDMIs will be the most important jacks for most home cinema users, but there’s also a D-Sub input for simple PC connection, as well as a component video input and a Mini B USB input with download and page up/down functionality.
Setting the BenQ W1060 up isn’t a particularly pleasant experience. For starters, it’s got an extremely limited amount of zoom; just 1.20:1 - something that caused us a few positioning headaches during our tests. It also doesn’t enjoy any vertical image shifting, meaning you’ll have to use the provided front and rear legs to try and angle the picture up (or in our case, down) to your screen.
As well as being fiddly, the lack of vertical image shifting means you’ll almost certainly have to use digital keystone correction to get the sides of your image straight. Which isn’t good news, since as soon as you use keystone correction, you’re essentially distorting the image.
Before we get too upset by this, though, it’s time to remind you of the BenQ W1060’s sub-£700 price. For having limited zoom and no vertical image shifting is the norm at this level of the projector market.
Picking up the bland but backlit and functional remote control to explore the BenQ W1060’s onscreen menus, we discovered more features than we might have expected. Among the most ‘high-brow’ stuff are a flesh tone adjustment; a selection of gamma presets including the video-friendly 2.2 setting; a Clarity Control system that comprises noise reduction, detail enhancement, luma and chroma transmission tweaks; and a colour management system that lets you adjust the hue, saturation and gain of the six main colour elements.
First impressions of the BenQ W1060 in action are surprisingly positive. We first fired the projector up with some of our test room lights still on and were immediately struck by just how watchable the W1060’s images were despite having ambient light to work through. This is mostly down, of course, to the BenQ W1060’s brightness, but it’s not just that. We also felt impressed by how well-saturated and natural colours still looked despite the influence of our spotlights.
This is important, of course, because there’s more chance that a budget projector will end up being used at least some of the time in a fairly casual environment - as in, one with ambient light - than a much more expensive, ostensibly ‘serious’ projector.
Not surprisingly the brightness and colour punch of the BenQ W1060 pictures become more spectacularly evident with our lights down and black-out blinds in play. In fact, the BenQ W1060’s pictures are a bit too full-on in this room configuration, quickly causing us to head into the onscreen menus to tone things down a bit.
With this done, the BenQ W1060 serves up a rather mixed picture quality bag. Starting with the negatives, the projector's black level response really isn't very special at all.