Projector Reviews

BenQ W1070 Projector – Physical Tour 2

W1070 Menus

No surprises here at all.  Nor should there be.  BenQ’s been going with the same general look and feel to the menus, that they used back when I owned one of their PE-8700 projectors.  (6 years ago?)  The main menus are selected by using the navigation to move right or left.  The first menu on the left is the Picture menu.  It has all the usual things you will find there, starting with selecting from the modes.

Unfortunately, you can’t press Enter and see all the modes and pick one using the navigation.  Instead, you have to scroll through them one at a time.  The good news is most people won’t need to change the mode once setup, except if you need Dynamic mode from time to time.

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BenQ W1070 Remote Control

I really don’t care if a projector is supposedly designed for a family room or a dedicated home theater.  Any remote that isn’t backlit starts out with one big strike against it.  This BenQ has that one strike.

The remote control for the W1070 is a smaller white affair, but still far bigger than “credit card” type remotes.  Buttons are mostly small, as the whole remote is only about four inches long.

I won’t bother to tell you what all the buttons are, as they are readable in the photo on the right.

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BenQ W1070 Lens Throw

For a standard 100″ diagonal 16:9 screen, the BenQ W1070 can be placed as close as 8 feet 4 inches, or as far back as 10 feet, 10 inches.  The lens is a 1.3:1 manual zoom.

BenQ W1070 Lens Shift

The BenQ W1070, almost to my amazement, offers lens shift at this price.  Given, the amount of vertical lens shift is minor compared to almost any other projector, there is enough to do the job nicely for most ceiling mount setups and for just setting down the projector on a table projecting onto a screen.

BenQ was the first DLP manufacturer of relatively affordable to put lens shift on projectors, and I’m going back more than 5 years. Lens shift isn’t easy for DLP projectors (at least affordably) and the range tends to be limited.

Like many other BenQ’s, lens shift starts at “0 offset” with the lens even with the bottom of the screen (if table top).

Turn the small (flat head) screw behind the sliding door on the top, and you can raise the image about 6 inches higher on a 100″ screen.  This should work fine for table top usage, or ceiling mounting with normal ceiling heights.

Anamorphic Lens - Wide Screen

The W1070 doesn’t support an anamorphic lens.  Why?  Because it’s sort of silly to pair a $1500 – $4000 anamorphic lens with a $1000 projector.