BenQ W1070 Projector Hands-On Review
• Easy to Setup
• Bright and Sharp Projection
• Compact Design
• Good Inbuilt Speakers
• Noisy Fan
• Leaking Light from the sides
Lately we have seen that projectors are becoming more and more popular as a home entertainment device which were earlier restricted to business presentations only. As this device is becoming economical (not the right work for something that costs somewhere around a Lakh of rupees but still in reach for the elites), people have started switching their flat screen TV with the magic of projection. The latest to hit our labs is BenQ W1070 which was introduced in India at a launch price of Rs. 1,00,000. Let's check this one!
On the Looks-
The BenQ W1070 shares the looks with its sibling W1080ST, launched together at the CES 2013.It measures 312 x 104 x 244 mm (WxHxD) and weighs 2.75Kgs. The white and silver exterior gives this one a simple yet attractive appeal. All the connectivity ports are placed on the rear, whereas the menu grid is seen on the top. There is a 10W speaker on the side and the lamp is of course on the front.
Though there are projectors these days which offer you a variety of connectivity options like pen-drive, SD card etc., this one offers you only the conventional ones. Let's have a look-
- HDMI Ports x 2
- Computer in (D-sub 15pin) x 1
- Composite Video in (RCA) x 1
- 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
- USB (Type Mini B) x1 (for service)
- RS232 (DB-9pin) x 1
- DC 12V Trigger x 1
I have seen it lately that projectors from BenQ are really easy to set up and the BenQ W1070 is no exception to that. The projector is ready to use in less than a minute and gives you a sharp projection at 1920x1080p resolution.
With 2000 ANSI Lumen of brightness, this one is capable of delivering a projection with 1 billion colors. Whether it was gaming or movies the output was smooth and there was no lag. We got a 80 inch projection from a distance of around 9 feet .Even in a decently lit room, the image quality was good and the results were outstanding once the ambient light was nil.
Talking about the not-so-good things about this projector, the exhaust fan makes noise. While watching a horror movie or any other video with low sound you`ll definitely feel the disturbing fan noise. But it is unnoticeable if you`re watching a video on sound level slightly above average. Another noticeable thing which is not appreciated is the light leakage from the exhaust grills. Though there is not a major impact on the image quality of the projection but this is definitely a minus point.
The BenQ W1070 gives a very pleasant user experience, whether it is about the bright and sharp projection or the easy to start setup. With a little to complain about, this one from BenQ earns a thumbs up from us.