Posted on October 4, 2014 Art Feierman
The HT1075 projector is ultimately BenQ’s replacement projector for the popular W1070. It certainly looks the same, but has a couple of extra bells and whistles. Consider it a “minor refresh” rather than a significantly improved projector. I’ll say right now, I had hoped for more improvements, but considering that the older projector was an excellent value, and a top award winner, we’ll just have to live with “a little bit better.”
The HT1075 projector is slightly brighter (officially 10% brighter), and now offers MHL support on its HDMI2, which will be a plus for many folks who are “cutting the cord” from satellite and cable.
The HT1075 offers optional Wireless HD which could save some of you a lot of money opening up walls to run HDMI cabling.
Let me modify that to say, according to their website in late Sept. 2014, the Full Wireless HD kit will be available soon. Update: The Wireless HD Kit is now scheduled for December 2014, and it should have an MSRP of $349 here in the “States.”
BenQ has also launched an HT1085ST. The ST designation is for short throw. That would indicate that the 1085ST will replace the W1080ST.
Let’s get started!
Official street pricing is $1099, although expect to find lower prices up to $100 lower online. That seems to put the projector at about $100-200 higher than the W1070 that it is replacing.
The HT1075 is a single chip DLP projector that has a manual zoom and focus lens with a 1.3:1 zoom ratio. That provides some basic front to back placement flexibility. It’s as much or more than most projectors around its price, but some do offer far more range.
One of the relatively unique features of the HT1075 for the price is that it offers a small amount of vertical lens shift, same as the W1070 before it. That’s rare on DLP projectors at this price point, but there are 3LCD type projectors with more zoom and a lot more lens shift, if needed. Hey, there are always trade-offs, especially in this near entry level price range.
There are plenty of inputs and connectors on the back of this BenQ projector. The remote control is a nice one, with a very bright red LED backlight. We’ll cover all of that on the Hardware Tour page.
As you certainly expected, the HT1075 supports all the usual 3D formats, including Blu-ray’s frame packing. BenQ has stayed with DLP-Link for communication between the projector and the 3D glasses. Not our favorite solution, but it does keep the cost down. There are plenty of low cost 3rd party “universal” 3D glasses that will work with the BenQ.
Great review. Like how you compared other projectors as you moved along in the review. One item you should have added since you have all the detail is a comparison between Benq W1070 and the HT1075. I understand the HT1075 is an upgrade to the W1070 but it’s still selling, at a $200 price difference and a lot of existing owners and newbies would like to know the differences.
Hi Grant! I tried to comment inside the HT1075 review. The differences between old and new BenQs are minor. For most folks, a close out W1070 while available is the better value. The HT1075 is more of a refresh than anything new. Support for MHL on the HDMI port is probably the only significant difference (working from memory now). -art
Hi, when use W1070 with grey screen , this can help black level . its no huge difference between 1070 & hw40es . may only shadow details .
Hi, Yes, gray screens do lower black levels, and overall brightness (high contrast gray screens lower black more than whites).
Still, I consider the difference between the W1070 (or HT1075) and the HW40 to be a significant one, even if no bigger than that between the HW40 and the iris driven Epson UB or Sony HW55ES. At some point the “black levels” are dark enough that other things become significantly more important. The HW40ES doesn’t get there, and the W1070 is really entry level.
But, it always comes down to our own expectations and what we individually consider important. The great thing is that even low cost projectors can look fabulous on all but the darkest scenes. And for those others reading this, while better blacks are always appreciated on dark scenes, they are far more appreciated on those really dark scenes without bright areas. A cityscape skyline doesn’t need the deep blacks as much as the really dark scene – of the country side or two people talking in a dark alley. Blacker – is better. -art
Now you mean the difference between w1070 and hw40es is huge ? ,,, i have both hw40 & hw50 , when turn off iris in 55es it is give same performance in 40es , and both still more sharp and brilliant than Epson 5030 . i await your reply … thanks .
Yes, I meant between w1070 and HW40ES. And yes when it comes to black levels the main difference between HW40ES and HW55ES is the dynamic iris. I find that natively the Sony is sharper than the Epson, but if you don’t mind the slight hardness difference, I think Epson’s Super-Resolution detail enhancement tends to make it SEEM sharper than the Sony’s Reality Creation with both cranked up a good bit. I favor the HW55ES slightly over the Epson, but the Epson over the HW40ES. -art
Thanks for reply ,,, now 5030 2000$$ and hw40es 1700$$ what you think best buy ?? ____________________ (Epson’s Super-Resolution) + SEEM ?? what you mean ??
I purchased the projector After reading your review Thank you.
if i subscribe to projectorreviews Do I find Advanced Calibration for both 2D and 3D?
Thanks in advance
Hi Alain, Yes, if you subscribe you’ll get access to the Advanced Calibration page which has the settings for all the individual primary and secondary colors (generally referred to as the CMS – color management system). The other info – setting brightness, etc. as well as the grayscale balance (getting to 6500K in proper balance) is on the regular calibration page – available to everyone. It’s the CMS that gets you that last 10% of color accuracy. Once in a while – typically due to user settings, we hear from people who can’t access but who have subscribed. Should you have such a problem getting to the Advanced page, just email us, and we’ll send you out the original document from our calibrator, with all the same info and notes. -art
Art! thank you for your prompt reply and hard work.
i will subscribe soon
Hello Art, hello community,
After studying numerous projectors and screens for more than a month, Im realizing my dream of buying my 1st projector is still a little far away and complicated. My budget is about 1500$ and I have came down with this choice of combination :
– Benq 1075 (I don’t need the 1085 short throw) – Silver ticket 120
I have a pretty big living room where I was planning on putting the screen on one side and the projector on the opposite wall. The distance separating the two is 20 feet.
Is there a way I could make this work (except if I have to fix it from the ceiling) ?
Thanks in advance for your advice !
Hi CH11! You just aren’t going to be able to put the BenQ that far back. Even at full telephoto, for your 120” screen (I’m assuming diagonal), that puts the lens only about 13 feet back.
You might find joy with a projector that has a 1.6:1 zoom, and you can definitely go with any projector with a 2:1 or 2.1:1 zoom, but those are typically 3LCD or LCoS and few are in your price range. You said $1500, and your email says you aren’t here in the US, where that projector sells for under $1000.
Also if you are thinking of mounting the projector (the BenQ) on a shelf high in the rear of the room, the projector will have to be inverted. If you can find any of these for your price, consider Epsons with 1.6:1 or 2.1:1 zooms, as they should all work (double check the numbers, and remember you are measuring from front of the lens). Also the Sony HW40ES or similar from them. If you can find a BenQ W7500 or W7000 for your price, I believe they too will work. Good hunting. -art
First and foremost thank you for your reply and happy new year !
That’s what I though for the BenQ HT1075. It has to be at about a 13 feet distance to produce that 120 diagonal image at its best quality.
Thanks for the indications, I’ll search for a projector that has a 1.6, 2 or 2.1 : 1.
I am ready to pay a little more to get the quality I’m looking for. By the way, I live in Montreal, Canada. I think the best deals I’m finding are on Amazon.
With that said, the Sony HW40ES is over 2500$ and unfortunately not in my price range. The BenQ’s W7500 and 7000 have a 1.5 zoom with would not be enough for my throw range ?
Anyways, I will continue searching for a projector (perhaps Epsons) with a good zoom allowing me to throw at a 20 feet distance. However, by zooming in for a 120 inch screen, will I be loosing any image quality ?
Thanks again, best wishes for 2016.
Is this the same as the W1070+ model? My friend has one of these and it comes with a side lens shift so it can project from the corner of the room.
Hi Jason, OK, got it figured out. You are probably referring to the W1070+ (which wasn’t sold in the US, to the best of my knowledge), however, the W1070 also should have had what you call the side shift feature.
In reality it is keystone correction. It is not lens shift. These BenQ’s have vertical lens shift only (and not that much of it compared to, say, a typical LCD projector.) The HT3050 has horizontal as well as vertical keystone correction. The lower cost HT2050 has only vertical. -art
Art!! Thanks for the awesome review on the 1075. You’ve almost sold me on it, until I saw that you wrote the review in 2014. Since it’s now August 2016, I was wondering if you still feel the same way about the 1075 projector now as you did then (in short I believe you reviewed the 1075 projector as the best one for an entry level projector at its price point, despite the poor performance in relation to black levels in a home theater setting). My basement will have optimal adjustable lighting for a projector, I was hoping not to spend more than $1000 on my projector, it’ll be mounted on the ceiling, have an independent audio system, and be approximately 12 feet away from the screen. Currently I can purchase the 1075 for approximately $900 here in Canada. In a nutshell, are there any other projectors I should be looking into besides the Benq 1075 now that it’s mid 2016? Point out the make and models and I’ll do the research, no need for an indepth reply (as your time is too valuable for an entry level guy like me!) -Jeff
Jeff, I also like Epson’s 2040, but the BenQ has more appeal to an “enthusiast” while the Epson is more “home entertainment” and more plug and play. I consider the BenQ to be more for folks who are serious, the Epson for folks who just want something – no hassles, does a really good job. Myself, if I was shopping in that price range, I’d favor the BenQ, but I recommend the Epson more often to my friends who really aren’t “projector” people, for the longer/better warranty, etc, My guess would be that the BenQ is the one for you. Other than BenQ, there are a couple of Optoma’s and a Viewsonic, but I’ll say stick to the BenQ of that group, at that price point. -art
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