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BenQ W1070 - Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer

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BenQ W1070

Summary

Our Score:

9

The more we watched the BenQ W1070 strut its budget stuff, the more it occurs to us that a pretty key part of what makes its pictures so much fun for movies is their brightness. Its 2000 Lumens claimed output is a potent image tool when harnessed to a projection system that's clearly tailored towards video rather than PC use, helping colours look punchy, bright scenes look extremely vivid, but also dark scenes look unusually rich in detail and depth.

The W1070's claimed 10,000:1 contrast ratio is double that of the W1060, and the picture it produces bears these numbers out.

Sharpness

Yet more good news concerns the W1070's sharpness. It's a full HD model (impressive in itself for £699), and delivers every pixel of that resolution onto the screen, bringing forth all the detail we love to find when watching high quality Blu-rays.

BenQ W1070

There are a trio of other problems to report too, though. First, even with the Brilliant Colour system turned off images remain a touch noisier than we'd like (but don't feel tempted to use the provided NR, as this softens pictures and can make them look processed).

BenQ W1070 - Running noise

Second, when using the Smart Eco setting you can occasionally be distracted by a slight adjustment in the noise coming out of the projector if a) you're watching a quiet moment and b) you're sat fairly near the projector. Though to be clear about this, the W1070 is by no means a noisy projector generally considering how small and cheap it is.

Finally, black levels even at their post calibration best are only fair to middling compared with the best sub-£1200 projectors - though it's surprisingly easy to see past this on account of the impressive shadow detail representation and the way the projector still delivers bright parts of dark scenes with plenty of punch. Plus, of course, the W1070 doesn't cost £1200, it costs under £700.

BenQ W1070 - Rainbow Effect

If you're extremely sensitive to the rainbow effect phenomenon associated with single-chip DLP projectors, you might just see signs of the tell-tale RGB striping over very bright objects if they appear against very dark backgrounds. But in reality the extent and obviousness of the rainbowing is remarkably limited for the W1070's money, thanks to its 6x RGBRGB colour wheel.

You wouldn't get any rainbowing at all if you bought an LCD projector instead, of course. But then neither would you get the same sort of contrast unless you spent considerably more.

BenQ W1070

LCD also likely wouldn't give as good a 3D performance as the W1070's DLP engine delivers, at least when it comes to crosstalk. For while cheap LCD projectors really struggle to refresh fast enough to avoid the double ghosting phenomenon, the BenQ W1070 hardly suffers with it at all, helping its 3D images look sharp and detailed, especially as motion is well handled too.

The W1070's improved contrast also aids its 3D images versus the rather disappointing efforts of the W1060 by allowing dark backdrops to look deeper and more detailed. And wrapping up a solid 3D effort is the decent levels of brightness and colour saturation retained even when you've got a pair of (optional extra) 3D glasses on.

Verdict

Once we'd managed to work round its setup limitations and figured out how to avoid a couple of initial picture niggles, we were left with pictures from the BenQ W1070 that comfortably surpassed our expectations, making it just the latest entry on a freakishly long list of 2012 projector bargains. People on the hunt for an exceptionally cheap but still movie-loving projector have never had it so good.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • 2D Image Quality 8
  • 3D Image Quality 8
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Value 10

Nachmanowicz Felipe

December 16, 2012, 10:11 am

The setup limitations seem annoying but since I wouldn't be looking to move it around too much, I guess its not a big problem for me. But, I must say I was kinda worried about the light leakage.

I would love to see a comparison between the w1070 and other 3D 1080p PJ's around the same value, such as the Epson 3010 and the Optoma HD33.

steve

December 17, 2012, 10:01 pm

Hi could you please include in your projector reviews the cost of a replacement bulb as these can sometimes cost crazy money. Thanks

Dem Tutor-Wiz Yucedal

December 19, 2012, 2:31 am

Agreed. I would definitely like a comparison between this and the HD33. It's around £300 less and seems on par with HD33 going by what the reviews say.

geezerpl

January 4, 2013, 10:22 am

A DC2 HD33 is not a direct competitor to a DC3 W1070. You should rather compare it to the new ACER H6510BD ...

acetrip

January 14, 2013, 2:47 am

I would definitely like a comparison between this and the HD20

Anony_Mouse58

March 5, 2013, 3:04 am

I'm a real newbie here, but I am thinking of buying this unit. My trouble is, the review speaks to several settings you actually have to manipulate on the unit, and I am going to mount it on the ceiling. Is this a problem, and how often do I have to actually make these adjustments? It seems it's a great value for the money, and it has 3-d. Speaking of 3-D, can anyone tell me what glasses to get, and where? Thanks very much in advance for your input folks!

Anony_Mouse58

March 5, 2013, 3:11 am

One more thing.... :) When mounting this in the ceiling, I am going to run 2 HDMI cables, a VGA Cable a USB cable and a set of composites. Is there anything else, or something for future flexibility? Thanks again!

Solublepeter

March 14, 2013, 1:01 am

Got one yesterday, very impressed so far for the cash. Compared to my old LCD projector its 4* as bright, 6* the resolution and digital rather than analog, and it shows. I think my main limitation is the source material I've tried it with so far- some movies on Sky are maybe not so hot (e.g. Die Hard 4 on Channel 4 HD) and you can see artefacts in Netflix movies, but an episode of Bones on Sky 1 just now looked amazing. I'll have to try it with some Blu-Ray stuff tomorrow.

dan

October 10, 2013, 3:18 pm

The review needs to be updated, i just got mine today and the remote is now backlit, i have the july 2013 model!

Daxi

October 20, 2013, 7:27 pm

can you make review of benq w1300 , i want to know the input lag.

Dennis Kristensen

November 15, 2013, 1:03 pm

This projecter is dead on awesome! As mentioned in other comments: The remote is backlit now (fall 2013 model). The picture is crystal clear (with the distance I have from my wall it's around 100 inches big) and the noise is a non-issue.
Love every single bit of it and haven't regretted at all!

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