BenQ W1070 Projector


Design and Setup of the BenQ W1070 Projector

When you first see it, the W1070 is a small projector compared to most that I handle. Sized more like a conference room projector, the W1070 is easy to move around and store away when not in use. A pair of 10W speakers built into it help to accommodate that use scenario as well, so you can just pull it out and set it up on a table and be ready to watch a movie right away. Despite the small size, BenQ did still manage to pack a lot into the W1070.

At half the cost of the W7000, a few features had to be lost compared to the big brother. There is only vertical lens shift now, and the projector is designed to be placed just slightly above or below a screen, not directly lined up with one. There is also no dynamic iris here, and no anamorphic lens modes as those are unlikely to be utilized on a $1,000 projector. It does get an upgrade to a DarkChip3 from a DarkChip2 DLP chip, and the color wheel now seems to spin at a continuous 6x speed, greatly reducing rainbows to the point that most people will probably never see one. It also maintains the ISF calibration modes if you wish to have that done.

With its single chip DLP design, the W1070 is listed as being able to put out 2,000 lumens, which is more than enough to drive about any screen you might want, or to deal with some ambient light. This also is half the reason behind great 3D, as brightness is always reduced greatly by active 3D glasses. BenQ doesn't include the glasses with the projector itself, and they are $99 each to pick up. The included remote is very small and not-backlit, which is a bit of a pain in a darkened room, but otherwise provides quick access to features and works well.

Before you set up the BenQ, you'll need to pay attention to where you can place it. In addition to the offset from the screen that is required, the lens zoom is fairly limited as well. It isn't wide enough to work for zooming between 16:9 and 2.40:1 ratios, and you'll have a limited area that you can mount the W1070 to have it completely fill your screen. If you are ceiling mounting this probably won't be an issue, but it can be for tabletop use. Once I positioned the BenQ next to the ceiling on my rack, I calibrated both ISF and User modes, and then sat down to watch some content.