Originally Posted by DavidK442
Calibrated lumens are better on the BenQ but its blacks aren't even on the same planet as the 5010.
For fast paced, brightly lit sports action I would go with the BenQ. For late night movie watching the 5010 is likely a better choice.
If you are patient the BenQ will drop way below $1000, putting the 5010 at an even greater premium.
Hey, why don't you buy one of both then give us a direct side by side comparison.
For anyone in Canada, I just checked the pricing on the BenQ - and the W1070 is on sale at Canada Computers for $899.00 (one hundred off)!
I had an opportunity to demo a W1070 at my place last night. I had an Epson 3020, which I've not been happy with - I don't think that the optics are good enough - even for an entry level 1080p projector. I recently bought the 3020 as a second projector and it was returned to Best Buy tonight. I've had the Epson 5010 since last summer, and I've loved it. But having the opportunity to demo the W1070 made it clear that the projector is a fantastic buy. Compared to the 3020 and even my 5010 the sharpness is much better - FANTASTIC! I displayed the pattern that can be enabled from the remote on the BenQ. It's a standard white grid. The edge-to-edge and top-to-bottom focus is spot on. On the Epson, when you look at the alignment grid (similar pattern) I can see many focus and convergence issues. I'm not dissing Epson, I've just had bad luck . . . and it's clear that the one-chip BenQ DLP with the lens BenQ have matched to this unit works very well. I am going to get the budget BenQ as my second unit, since to me it's much better than the 3020.
As a 5010 owner, I would say that the brightness on my approx. 110" screen looks pretty close for both the 5010 and the W1070. The colour that the BenQ displays out-of-the-box (I quite liked the Cinema mode with SmartEco applied) is fantastic for dark room viewing. I had the Epson running to do comparisons, and the BenQ colour was really, really nice! When I'd go back to the Epson 5010 to review the same demo material, the colour looked like it really needed work by comparison and the image looked lack-luster to me.
Like others have said, there definitely light leakage from the top of the unit and the side. It did bother me. But I have to admit, that after watching some content I completely didn't notice the slight spill of light on the wall. It quickly, for me, become a non-issue.
The black levels of the 5010 are the ONLY thing that I like better than what this little BenQ offers. The BenQ lacks frame interpolation - but I barely bother with it on the 5010 so I won't miss not having it on the BenQ. For me, the bottom line is that the W1070 image is so much sharper and the colors (out-of-the-box) are so much more "natural" (whatever that means) than what I get from the 5010. I'm sure that others would prefer the look of the 5010 - it's all subjective. But heck, I'd take what the W1070 gives me over my 5010 any day. For me, having a sharper more natural looking picture is worth giving up some black level performance. And the black levels are okay - but not great. It look to be about what the 3020 offers . . . but the Epson 3020, with the auto iris on, can hide some of the projectors limitations - especially when in a move, for example, where a scene fades to black. The Epson is quick to hide the tell-tale signs of a budget projector better than the BenQ in certain cases with black level performance.
I really like the fact that the bulb (according to how it's driven - and if the specs are accurate) is rated for up to 6000 hrs. I checked the cost of a replacement lamp for the unit, and you can purchase them on-line for a little over $200.00!
The size of the BenQ is small and light for something that makes such a huge and very good impression. The Epson's (3020 and 5010) are at least twice the size and more than twice the weight of the W1070.
The Epson projectors look almost like sculpted art. They are nice looking projectors. The BenQ looks kinda "meh" - there isn't much to get excited about when taking it out-of-the-box. I guess the trick is to enjoy looking at the amazing projected images instead of trying to admire it's physical appearance.
I didn't have compatible glasses to test the 3D performance. When I get the BenQ, I won't rush to get glasses, since I'm very happy with the 3D performance from the Epson 5010 - and I already have a bunch of glasses for it.
IanEdited by teeger - 1/22/13 at 9:41pm