BenQ hits hard with its new home cinema DLP projector. For only 800 USD, the W1070 offers a lens-shift, a good focal length (large diagonal amplitude), a chip Darkchip 3, a definition Full HD and 3D compatibility.
Let’s have a look at its features:
- DLP technology
- Definition1920 x 1080 pixels
- 2 lumens brightness
- Life of the NC lamp
- Sound Level dB
- 2D IMAGE QUALITY
It must be admitted that among the projectors that have passed through our laboratory, the W1070 is one of those we will remember. While its price is low, certainly its functions are numerous, but above all, its image is almost irreproachable.
At a distance of 3 meters, the projected image can vary from 2.03 m to 2.64 m base. It’s better than what we usually find.
Unlike most cases, we preferred Standard mode to Cinema mode. The colors displayed are more faithful (average Delta E measured at 3.3). It is doing particularly well in the shades of gray and in pastel and flesh tones. Finally, it is in the brightest tones that it displays a colorimetric shift a little higher, but less noticeable by the eye (the reticles of Iron Man are a little too flashy).
Side contrast, it is in the middle. We measured it between 340: 1 and 1330: 1 depending on the amount of white in the image. The black level is particularly good for a video projector: 0.26 and 0.07 cd / m². Its only flaw is to display a fairly low level of white. Whether with our pattern with 35% white or 1% white, the brightness is only 90 cd / m² (measured on the wall). It is really a good home theater projector to watch movies particularly.
More surprising, it contains the rainbow effects (AEC). To verify this, we scrolled through the most sensitive people in the lab. Of course, the AEC effect remains visible, but our panel of sensitive testers agree that it has been significantly attenuated.
3D IMAGE QUALITY
As with all consumer projectors, 3D technology is an active type. This system avoids the tremendous extra cost of a polarized screen and also facilitates the installation of the projector.
Given the price of the projector, it is not surprising that no pair of glasses is provided. It should, therefore, be about 80 USD per head, which is still under $500 for a family of 4, 40% of the price of W1070!
The 3D mode of the W1070 is impressive! DLP technology allows it to display 3D rendering without image splitting, unlike LCD models. It exceeds even plasma TVs that maintain a slight image splitting on the most contrasting scenes (black on white). It’s perfect here!
Note, once in 3D mode, the black appears with a dominant marked with red if you do not wear the glasses. It’s very strange at first, but once the glasses on the nose, the red disappears. It is actually a feature of the DLP-Link technology, used for synchronizing glasses.
Also note that when watching different 3D movies, including Monsters vs. Aliens, the synchronization between the glasses and the image was sometimes lost. We do not know if this defect was due to our test model.
The hull of the W1070 is well finished. The image settings are made from above. There are the zoom and the manual focus ring. A rare thing with the DLP that a lens-shift is present. On the other hand, the room for maneuver is limited. You can move the image 5 centimeters up and down.
On the back, the connection is complete. In addition to two HDMI inputs, there is the presence of VGA, Composite, S-Video and Component (YUV) inputs. BenQ adds a line input and a headphone jack to output the sound to an external audio kit; good news knowing that the integrated speaker 10 W is not famous.
The W1070 comes with a compact remote control that offers a large number of shortcuts and, most importantly, a backlighting of the keys. We appreciate!
CONSUMPTION AND NOISE LEVEL
The main fault of this projector is probably the sound of its fan. We measured it at close to 40 dB (measured at the 1-meter distance) so that it may be heard in the quieter scenes. Plan to place it as far as possible from the couch so as not to be disturbed.
Finally, its energy consumption is high. The wattmeter displays 206 W in use and 0.3 W on standby.
- 3D rendering, without crosstalk (duplication of the image).
- Colorimetry just in Standard mode, a first!
- Higher than average contrast ratio: 1330: 1 measured on our test pattern containing 1% white.
- Rainbow effect content, even if it remains present.
- The noise of the fan.
- Remote control undersized, not backlit, not practical.
- Room for maneuver lens-shift too restricted.
- No compensation of movements.
The W1070 is doing remarkably well. It competes even with competing for high-end models: just standard colorimetry, high contrast ratio, 3D without image splitting. Other manufacturers should take BenQ as an example.