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BenQ W1070 1080P 3D Projector

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #1 in Projectors


Pros: Great brightness, Amazing colors, Good contrast and blacks, Placement range is great due to a good zoom and a lot of play with keystone

Cons: Fan can be a little loud at times

I think what amazed me the most with this projector other than it's value is how great it was out of the box without any calibration. I just got it a couple days ago for $850 and haven't had a chance to mount it or install a screen. So I just set it on an end table and threw the picture on a grey wall and viola! Gorgeous picture just by hitting the power button! So easy to setup I can't even find a single complaint. Sure I can calibrate it and get a slightly better picture, but right out of the box it's great!

I've tried to view a few different types of material including TV in 720p and 1080p as well as a movie in 1080p and BF3 on my Xbox360. All of these scenarios performed incredibly well. I can't think of any issues with performance that I've seen yet. The only problem I've had isn't really an issue with this projector, but more a problem with the room it's in. The second day I had it I came home and threw on GOT. The problem was that the sun was shining bright and I have three windows so it was beating in on the wall I'm projecting on. When there was a dark scene, which there are a ton of in GOT, it was difficult to see. I know this is a problem for really any projector with this much light in the room. I will be installing black out shades on the windows soon though and won't have this problem for too long. Again this isn't a knock against the W1070 it's just an issue with my room.

On the topic of dark scenes, I will say that the black levels are pretty great for a projector at this price point. This is another area that the W1070 outperformed my old TV in. Keep in mind that the TV I'm replacing is a 56" Samsung DLP from about 2004 or 2005 so it is definitely and older DLP. However, I have to say that the blacks on this projector have really impressed me. This was one area that I thought I would be seeing moderate performance drops in, but I have had great results so far. I know that the blacks on this PJ can't compare to higher-end PJs that are over $2k or $3k, but for my experience they are more than good enough.

I think what I was most impressed with was playing BF3. Currently the image I'm displaying is about 115" diagonally and it's beautiful with this game. I can see so much more that I just didn't notice on my 56" TV that I'm replacing in this room. It's not just the size though it's the fact that even at double the size of my TV the picture quality is so much better and it's even brighter than the TV when the room is dark.

I've noticed a slight bit of fan noise, but nothing that is too noticeable. I also don't like how the input selection works, but that's more of a personal complaint and I'm sure I'll get used to it very quickly.

Overall this PJ is amazing with it's brightness, color clarity, contrast, and black levels. I have to say that if you're looking for a sub $1000 PJ, don't look any further. Just go pick up a W1070 and you will be thrilled!


Pros: Color and sharpness

Cons: Motion detail in 3D

I'm really pleased about performance for a projector in this price range. I wasn't expecting this level of detail, sharpness and feature for such a "cheap" projector. In my opinion the W1070 can easily be compared to the slightly older double-priced BenQ W6000, Optoma HD82 etc. The sharpness is way better than I've expected, I'm really amazed that this detail level can be achieved in a projector at this price level.
There are about 5 different picture settings, which can be fully customized.The colors out-of-box is okay in cinema-mode, however dynamic and standard settings are way off. The good thing about this projector is the picture settings which gives some really nice and detailed settings for calibration. The six base colors, can each be calibrated individually in three different settings. This is way too advanced to set without calibration tools, but search around the web to find some calibrations and plot them in, and you will see a huge different. The picture settings can be quite advanced but the results are amazing. But further more, the W1070 has ISF calibration menu. I haven't tried it yet, but it should be worth the effort, if the have the calibration tools.

Regarding noise, the standard settings is a bit too loud for my opinion, but the Eco-mode gives a more subtle brightness which makes the picture, a bit more natural, and reduces noise to a really good acceptable level. Another thing about brightness on this W1070 and many other projectors in this price level, is set a bit too bright, to make it work in livingrooms etc., where you might have some ambient light. I mounted a ND4 brightness filter for my W1070 to reduces brightness further. Black level has become better and white level seems more natural. The Black level on this projector is what you can expect in a projector in this price range. It isn't perfect (at all), but definitely acceptable. However the shadow level detail is actually really good, despite of the black level which could have been a bit better.

The 3D works great, the sharpness in 3D movies is exceptionel. However, motion detail in some 3D movies during fast action scenes can become blurry. The 3D glasses fits pretty good, and battery life is good, but the glasses are really expensive!
i 2D mode, I saw some problems regarding motion detail, but after the calibration, and turning off the "picture noise reduction", the problem seems to disappear.

I haven't noticed any rainbow-effects on the W1070. The older BenQ W1000/W1100 seems to have a bit more rainbow-effect. In my opinion, this W1070 really is a lot of money for value. The standard settings are okay, but your self a favor, and get it properly calibrated, the picture becomes so much better. The remote is simple, maybe a bit cheap, but how often do you use the projector remote, ones it is calibrated. The Menu is typical BenQ, easy to navigate, not much to be confused about. The W1070 has a built in speaker which sounds awful, don't ever use, not even for emergency usage.

Do keep in mind the standard zoom ratio is different the most other projector on the market. It has to be placed quite close to the screen. It can do 100" in 2,6 meters!


Pros: Good contrast ratio, 1080p, low noise, adequate brightness with ambient light, inexpensive, easy to navigate menu and simple setup

Cons: Remote looks cheap

The Benq W1070 3D Projector is an excellent in-class projector with minor flaws. After reading other negative reviews on this projector regarding the bad menu, fan noise and light bleed, I would have to say that I completely disagree. The only flaw I found was more in regards to the remote rather than the projector which isn't a big deal in my opinion. The remote is quite smaller than my old Epson Home Cinema 710HD Projector and feels cheaply made (i.e., made in china).

I have the projector front ceiling mounted about 5 feet from where the seating area is and can barely hear the projector. My old projector was the Epson Home Cinema 710HD and I'm able to detect a huge difference in the contrast ratio; specifically how black the blacks are. The brightness of the projector is adequate with light from the nearby windows and doors although the colors do get washed out some. I have not noticed any rainbow artifacts that were mentioned in other reviews. I haven't been able to take advantage of the 3D effects but I assume based on the quality of the projector thus far, I should find no flaws with that aspect neither. I experienced no difficulties in navigating through the menu, since every thing was listed simple and precise. The screen I am using is a DIY material from Carl's Place and works well measuring at about 95". The projector required very little color calibration as it was good out of the box. Overall this projector excels in the under $1000 price range and I would highly recommended this projector in its class.
BenQ W1070 1080P 3D Projector

Enjoy 1080p Full-HD image projection up to 200” in the comfort of your living room with the W1070 Home Entertainment Projector. You’ll be captivated by brilliant image performance featuring the native 1080p DarkChip3 DLP Technology by Texas Instrument, 10,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2000 lumen brightness. Built-in speakers and easy set-up seal the deal on this user-friendly experience.

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