Originally Posted by TurboTronix
Compared to optoma hd33 and epson 3020, how does the benq 1070w in terms of 1080p quality, 3D quality, dark scenes, and fan noise?
I may as well comment here since it was asked:
I have had a W1070 since a week ago Monday and it was pretty good. Unfortunately it doesn't come with 3D glasses so I didn't a chance to check out 3D.
Anyhow, I like it a lot but noticed a few things I'll mention a bit later that made me wonder if I should at least check the competition out....
So yesterday, I grabbed an Epson 3020 for boxing day price of $1249 Canadian. I fired it up and noticed right away it was super bright in comparison to the
W1070. I mean, it was night and day, especially when I hooked it up to my PC. It was almost an LED-like experience it was bright! The trade-off, however,
was the blacks were slightly elevated on the Epson in comparison. The difference was barely noticeable but I figured it had a lot to do with the brightness.
It seemed like every comparable mode setting on the Epson was brighter than the BenQ by default. The funny thing was, the difference in black level was
negligible in comparison to the bright pop it had. In all honesty, the Epson definitely seemed like the machine to get if you were into videogames or
animated movies that require a nice bright image. in terms of Home Theater, I think the BenQ is a bit better because of the slightly better ANSI contrast
(less washed out blacks on white/black mixed scenes) and it just seemed to be softer on the eyes in movie/cinema mode in the dark.
Moving right along, the 3020 is HUGE in comparison to the W1070, but the zoom, focus, and horizontal keystone knobs were so amazing and easy to use.
The throw distance on this thing is quite a bit larger... yet even at 3 feet away from the W1070, the Epson had much more pop and had just as sharp an image.
In terms of sound, the Epson is super quiet in ECO mode and still pretty quiet (in comparison) in Normal mode. In fact, you can hardly hear it in ECO mode!
I was surprised that, instead of taking almost 2 minutes for the fan to turn off after powering off, the Epson 's fan shut off within 10 seconds. I never got the
impression this unit was hot. Funny enough, the Epson take quite a bit longer to power up.
In terms of Menu... gotta say I preferred the Epson's layout and expanded features (much more flexible than the W1070). I'm able to adjust the colour saturation!
It has quite a suite of convenience features (eg: 10 memory presets for settings) and the standard user adjustments are easier to understand. It's also got
some pretty advanced setting options but I'm not familiar with those, although I checked out some settings here: http://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/home-cinema-3020/calibration.php
and they worked pretty nicely. There's no ISF or Lens Shift like the W1070 has. Still, what it does have works well and brings out a really nice image.
3D is pretty good on this machine (comes with 2 glasses). Unfortunately, I have nothing on the W1070 to compare it to (no glasses). I had to look real hard to find
any hint of cross-talk. The thing that blew me away was how bright the 3D was! Seems the brightest 3D brightness was as bright if not brighter than the brightest
non-3D setting on the BenQ. Further, the Iris kicks in if you wish for 3D.
In terms of motion, I don't know why but it seemed a whole lot smoother on the 3020 than the W1070. I'm not talking soap-opera effect or anything, it's just that
things seemed much more fluid which really caught me off guard. I gotta say, I find this one of the things that I really like about this projector. Oh, and I noticed
rainbows on my W1070, especially when I moved my head across the screen (or ate potato chips). There was none of that on the Epson.
So, for me, the verdict is the $400 more (due to the special $849 on the W1070) is worth it for the Epson. I really like the W1070, but I think it's so true that the epson
is a nice package. To me, the epson handles the 3 things I really want to use my projector for:
2. Animated shows / movies (I'm into japanese Anime)
3. Regular Television viewing.
It's pretty good for movies too (I checked out Prometheus and Batman and, despite the slightly elevated blacks, it was more grey than dark brown like my W1070).
The iris worked well for these scenes... but sometimes scenes that are ansi-contrast intensive were slightly washed out... but not unlike my W1070 which did
the same thing only slightly better but with less detail.