BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review

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.

BenQ W1070 Highlights

  • 2000 lumens bright – suitable for family/living/bonus rooms
  • 3D Capable
  • Higher contrast for better blacks, than most low cost projectors
  • 10 watts of Audio, audio output
  • Full color management controls, ISF certified
  • Minimal lag times for great gaming
  • Remote control
  • Smart-Eco for energy efficiency (see more below)
  • Very long lamp life (for low cost of operation)
  • New lighter 3D glasses from BenQ (not included)
  • Excellent warranty
  • Lowest priced 1080p 3D capable projector we’ve reviewed so far

BenQ W1070 Projector Overview

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!

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News And Comments

  • Michael Abel

    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.

    • John OC

      Did you end up getting the 1080 or 1070?

      • Michael Abel

        I did end up with the 1080 and very very satisfied.