BenQ W1080ST Projector Hands-on Review
• Easy Setup
• Supports multiple forms of 3D
• Good Color Reproduction in 2D/3D
• Produces a lot of hot air
• Wish there were more connectivity options
Projectors were earlier not considered to be a device which could be used in our living rooms or any other room inside our home for that matter. It was basically because of their bulky built and the distance they need to project the content. But things have changed with time, now projectors are more portable and requires minimal distance for projection. A new addition to this league is the BenQ W1080ST.
So, when we talk about the BenQ W1080ST there are three things which cannot be ignored and are actually the USP of the device, it’s the short-throw technology, full HD and the 3D support which completes the entire package.
What Meets the Eye
Looks wise this one is not a killer but sports a decent outlook which will definitely blend with the interior of any home. The usage of white and silver in the body makes the projector look elegant and sober. It's not very light in weight but still not considered to be bulky with around 3Kgs of weight and projector measures 4.1x12.3x9.6 inches (HxWxD).
All the connectivity ports are placed on the usual back side of the projector while the inbuilt 10W speaker can be felt producing below average output on the right side of the projector.
You get the focus and zoom ring on the top of the lamp, both of which come with a good grip. Then there is the control panel with a separate power button and a nine button setup sitting on the top of the projector which is usually seen on BenQ projectors.
The projector can also be operated using a remote which features 27 buttons of different sizes allowing you to do a variety of things which includes adjusting picture settings, volume control and also zoom in and out while playing the video which I found to be a very cool feature. The 3D settings can also be operated using the same remote.
Let`s Get Connected
The projector offers connectivity through a lot of options but still we feel that options such as Wi-Fi, USB and memory card slot could have been a great addition to the overall package.
The connectivity options which comes with BenQ W1080ST are-
- 2 HDMI 1.4a
- 3 RCA connectors
- Micro USB
The BenQ W1080ST is a DLP (Digital Light Processing) projector which works on short-throw technology which means you don’t need a long distance between the projector and the receiving end to project the content. With a distance of as less as 1.5 meters you get to enjoy movies on a huge 100-inch projection.
The projector comes with a 2000 ANSI lumens lamp which undoubtedly works well in a dark to moderately lit room. The brightness levels were good and unlike other projectors slight ambient light didn’t kill the fun. It comes with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels which can be adjusted whenever required.
When they say its full HD, they mean it. Full HD content is a treat to watch on this projector.Whether we talk about pictures or videos, the projection was sharp and bright; the other notable thing is the reproduction of colors, must say they were fabulous.
Though the 3D images lacked the sense of depth and also the glasses gave a rather dimming effect to the overall projection, the projector managed to perform decently on 3D. It's good to see that this projector is capable of producing 3D content but when you compare the experience of the same with 2D, the former lacks the charm.
Also the projector produces a lot of hot air which could be a concern for somebody who's sitting very close to the device. Apart from this, over all functioning is smooth and user friendly.
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TheBenQ W1080ST is indeed a value for money projector. It works exceptionally well with 2D content and average with 3D, if that doesn’t turn you off then this is it! If this projector fits in your budget, we recommend you to go or it.