If you’re looking for a top notch mini projector that supports great 3D, 1080P HD definition and is highly configurable for any room or lighting situation, then the BenQ W1070 might be your saviour.
Rivalling many of the bigger home theatre models the W1070 gets top marks from reviewers for bringing mini projectors into the 21st century in terms of power, use and stability.
While it’s certainly an upgrade in performance, is it also worth the upgrade in price? Read on to find out our opinion…
BenQ W1070 Review
One in a new trend of high definition, high impact and powerful mini projectors to use the new Texas Instruments chipset, the BenQ W1070 certainly stands out.
It’s a mini projector at heart weighing a little less than 6 pounds (~2.63kgs) and fitting neatly in a carry on bag (9.6 x 12.3 x 4.1 inches or 24.4 x 31.2 x 10.4 cms). But it’s also so much more than just a travel companion.
We would put this unit into somewhat of a new category for mini projectors, that of the lightweight but high end home theatre specialty projectors.
I know, I know a lot of “purists” out there will jeer and laugh but check out the specs on this bad boy.
Full HD 1080p resolution, DarkChip3 DLP Technology by Texas Instruments chipset with improved contrast ratio handling for blacker blacks and crystal clear colours, 2000 lumen brightness, triple-flash (144Hz) image processing for better than category 3D processing (results in much much less flicker) and a full colour management system that lets you get the adjustments just right for your room lighting situation.
To be sure, this is not your average “stick it in your pocket” little pico unit, but for a mini projector these stats are more akin to a higher end $4,000~ projector like the Sony 50ES or Mitsubishi 7900/8000.
- Computer in (D-sub 15pin) x 1
- HDMI x 2
- Composite Video in (RCA) x 2
- S-Video in (Mini DIN 4pin) x 1
- Component Video in x 1
- Audio in (Mini Jack) x 1
- Audio L/R in (RCA) x 1
- Audio out (Mini Jack) x 1
- Speaker 10W x 1
- USB (Type Mini B) x 1
- RS232 (DB-9pin) x 1
- DC 12V Trigger x 1
It’s also ceiling mountable (see the tech specs) which further solidifies BenQ’s intention of making the W1070 a great home theatre option.
BenQ W1070 Technology Overview
Coming in at 2000 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 the BenQ W1070 is no slouch in the graphics arena. It’s excellent performance is largely attributable to the new DarkChip3 technology by Texas Instruments.
There are also a wide range of signal compatibility options:
- SDTV, EDTV, HDTV Compatibility: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Power consumption is great at 359W/110V (typical) and a standby power usage of < 0.5W. There’s even power saving smarts in-built like the SmartEco Mode which cleverly adjusts the lamp power to maximize power saving. This means you get the best contrast and brightness performance using only as much light as needed.
There is also a Eco Blank mode which dims the lamp power automatically after 3 minutes of no signal detection, lowering the total power consumption by 70%.
What’s in the box?
- BenQ W1070 mini projector
- Power Cord
- Remote Control w/ Battery
- User Manual CD
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- VGA (D-sub 15pin) Cable