Originally Posted by rrskda
So yeah, BenQ is misleading. That's disappointing. Any other projectors in the same price range that offer 2-3' actual feet of lens shift, or do I have to go up a tier? I don't want the projector hanging so far down off the ceiling to get the image in the right place.
Yes, they are calling it out incorrectly. Most projectors have a neutral position that is midway up/down from the center of the screen.
The W1070 has a neutral position that is just a few inches above the top of the screen (call it about 3"). From there, it only has a couple of inches of up/down shift.
Yes, if your screen is 160" then you may find it to be 3" or so of up/down shift instead of 2" of shift, but at the end of the day, it's no more than a few inches in either direction and at most about 6" or 7" from the top of the screen to the lens. This is a fine tuning amount of lens shift, not a game changing amount.
If you want more offset, then you could consider a Optoma projector which includes no lens shift, but has more out of the box lens shift. You can go with the Epson 8350 which has an incredible amount of shift, or the 5025 which is a solid projector with better black levels for a fair price.
At the end of all of this, if you are looking for a better lens, you will need to buy a better projector, but still, getting a ton of lens offset is not desirable for most home theater setups which often are in basements which have 7' to 8' ceilings in far greater quantities.
If I didn't care about 3D, then I would get the Epson 8345 with a average screen size setup and a requirement for great placement flexibility.