BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W1070 Projector - Appearance

OK, the W1070 is a box.

For the most part it is rectangular with only mild sculpting.  But BenQ made an effort to make it look a bit cool. I like the way they did the trim on the sides, two toning, with the lower part on a diagonal, with lots of holes.  Definitely one of the cuter small projectors out there.

The lens is mounted to the right (facing the front of the projector).  A bar/button in the lower center front adjusts the front foot.  There are two rear feet, one of which is adjustable.  Table top setup would be much easier if both rear feet were adjustable.  It’s a minor nuisance.

The controls of the projector’s 1.3:1 lens are recessed and located on the top.  Both focus and zoom are adjusted from the lens barrel.

Right behind those lens controls is the lens shift control, hidden under the silver panel which slides back.  The control itself is tiny, with a slot for turning it with a small screwdriver.

Further back on the top is the control panel.

The inputs are located in the back.

W1070 Control Panel

A nice compact control panel, it has the power switch to the left side. To it’s right are nine buttons in 3 rows. The navigation arrows are the top and bottom center buttons and the left right center ones. Enter is located in the dead center.

The top left is the Menu, while the bottom left is for Eco mode selection. The bottom right is the Source select, and the top right is an Auto setup.

The left and right navigation arrows double as volume controls when you aren’t using the navigation system.  The up and down arrows double for keystone correction.

Three indicator lights for Power, Temp, and Lamp are just toward the front.

W1070 Projector - Input/Output

Two HDMI inputs (1.4a for Blu-ray 3D compatibility) are located on the right side of the back (facing the back).

Moving to the left, you will find a 12 volt screen trigger for controlling a properly equipped motorized screen (or anything else that’s compatible with such triggers).  Then comes the component video input (three color coded  RCA jacks).  A USB connector is next.  A PC analog input is next, and also a RS232 serial port below it.  That leaves a Din connector for S-video, a yellow RCA for composite video and RCA jacks for stereo audio.  A second audio input uses a mini jack, while below it, is a stereo audio out.

That’s all there is, but for the power receptacle, and a Kensington lock slot (far right).

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