Posted on October 4, 2014 By 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.
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