Posted on January 6, 2013
BENQ W1070: Wow! 3D capable, 1080p, exceptional brightness and the promise of really good color! Sounds like an expensive projector. Not true, sub-$1000!
Allow me to introduce you to BenQ’s W1070, when first shipping it was the first $999 1080p projector with 3D.
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!
Your review about the 1080ST sounds not so good compared with this enthusiastic review. Does that mean the picture quality of the 1080 is worse than the of the 1070? Aren’t both the same except the price and short distance feature. I am confused buying 1080 but dont want worse quality.
Did you end up getting the 1080 or 1070?
I did end up with the 1080 and very very satisfied.
I bought the Benq w1070. Worked fine for the first 2000 hours. Bulb life is suppose to be 5000 hours. I got no notification of any issues and my bulb blew up. I phoned benq to order a new bulb in which they stated that I have to order from somewhere else. So I ordered from staples.ca and paid $300. The bulb came in, I installed it and I got more issues. I called benq again and they gave me a bunch of maybe it’s… or maybe it’s… anyways. They recommend I get it checked out which costs $60 plus the price to fix whatever is wrong with it. Basically their customer support is shit. They don’t back their product and they have no idea what they are talking about. I gotta spend a lot of money to make it work after a few years of owning it. This was a piece of junk and the support/help I received was disgusting at best. Once you buy it. You’re stuck.
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