BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review

We discuss the BenQ W1070 projector’s brightness in various modes of 2D, and provide our subjective assessment of its 3D brightness. You will find images showing the differences in brightness (and color) between the 2D modes. Further down we get into the W1070′s sharpness, image noise, audible noise, etc.

BenQ W1070 Brightness

Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE (mid zoom):
Dynamic 1786 @ 7754
Standard 1730 @ 6912
Cinema 1711 @ 6913, 1109 @ 7359 with Eco lamp, 1335 @ 6566 with Normal lamp and Brilliant Color off.
User 1 1730 @ 6897
User 2 1730 @ 6904
 

The W1070 is very bright.  I mean really bright, especially when comparing to other projectors post calibration.  That shouldn’t be too shocking, this is primarily a “family room” projector.  It’s not the brightest around, as there are plenty of home entertainment projectors around it’s price.  Still there are only a couple of projectors that can muster up more than a few hundred extra lumens.  Even when you consider other light canons like the Panassonic PT-AR100U ($1199), and the Epson Home Cinema 3020 ($1599), which are brighter, that’s primarily in “brightest mode”.

3D brightness is discussed in the 3D section below.  If anything, that’s where you really need lots of brightness.

BenQ W1070 Calibrated: User 1 "best" mode = 1711 lumens

That is rather exceptional brightness.  Keep in mind Brilliant Color is engaged, so technically, you can have a better picture with BC off, but with essentially the same color balance.

BenQ W1070 Modes: Image Comparison

This is one of the sets of images I shot with the projector slightly out of focus – my apologies.

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Image Mode Comparison Slideshow

Cinema

Dynamic

Standard

User 1 (Calibrated)

User 2 and User 3

(same as an uncalibrated User 1 mode)

Effect of zoom on lumen output (Dynamic mode):
Zoom out 1843
Mid-zoom 1786
Zoom in 1629

Not a lot of zoom range, but it is 1.3:1, which is a bit more range than the 1.2:1 zooms that are so popular on low cost DLP projectors. Thus, we wouldn’t expect a big drop, and voila’ the drop from closest position (wide angle) to furthest placement from the screen (telephoto on the lens).  All told that is a drop of less than 15%.  To put that in perspective, switching from full power to eco (see below) is a much greater drop in brightness.

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