BenQ W1070 review

BenQ W1070 review

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  • This budget BenQ W1070 Full HD 3D projector is brilliant for games and movies but is it worth your hard-earned cash?

    BenQ W1070 review

    Love

    • Outstanding value
    • Massive 1080p images
    • Brighter than Brian Cox

    Hate

    • No 3D glasses provided
    • Fan noise is high
    • Not the deepest blacks

    The BenQ W1070 is an affordable all-purpose home entertainment projector, aimed at gamers and film fanatics alike.

    It's small enough to be squirreled away when not in use, yet able to throw a huge image bright enough for quasi-daylight gaming. Its main big-screen budget competitors are the Epson EH-TW550 and Optoma HD25.

    BenQ W1070: Build

    Despite the modest price tag, there's nothing cut-price about the W1070. The glossy cabinet looks smart and feels substantial. Set-up is unfussy but straightforward, with manual focus and zoom controls provided on-body.

    Inevitably the diddy W1070 is a tad noisier in operation than larger projectors, but this is unlikely to prove an issue when gaming. In addition to the general fan noise, we were aware of a high-pitched whine from the spinning DLP colour wheel.

    BenQ W1070: Features

    While this BenQ is compatible with the NVIDIA 3D TV system, no eyeware is provided in the box. You'll need to invest extra in Active Shuttering specs if you want to dimensionalise your viewing. Helpfully though, there's a 10W speaker built-in.

    While not a sound system for movies, it does the job when you want some impromptu gaming action. Connectivity is generous, with two HDMIs, plus component, PC and legacy phono AV inputs.

    BenQ W1070: Performance

     

    Overall picture quality impresses. There's a ruthless clarity about its images which serves games and Blu-ray well - just don't over-crank the sharpness. The W1070 may not deliver the deepest blacks, but native motion resolution is above average (making it good for sports) and contrast, rated at 10,000:1, is undeniably dynamic.

    While we were aware of occasional rainbow fringing, a characteristic trait of single chip DLP projectors, it's by no means intrusive. When no signal is detected, the projector automatically enters Eco Blank Mode, a power saving feature which drops the light output by 70 per cent.

    BenQ W1070: Verdict

    If you're after an easy-to-accommodate Full HD projector, this smart looking DLP model delivers. It packs a bright 2,000 lumens punch, dispensing 1080p images which ping with detail. While the W1070 is Full HD 3D capable, no Active Shutter glasses are supplied in the box, so you'll need to budget extra if you want them.

    On the plus side, an onboard mono speaker provides low-fi audio. Able to throw a 79-inch image from just 2m, we rate the W1070 ideal for massive white wall gaming sessions as well as the occasional movie premiere.

    BenQ W1070 release date: Out now

    BenQ W1070 price: £799

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