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BenQ W1070 Projector - Performance

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Art Feierman

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.

Image Mode Comparison Slideshow




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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