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BenQ W1080ST Projector Hands-on Review


Highlights

Rs. 1,10,000

Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Supports multiple forms of 3D
    • Good Color Reproduction in 2D/3D

Cons

    • Produces a lot of hot air
    • Wish there were more connectivity options

BenQ is slowly but steadily expanding its product portfolio with great projectors in the Indian market. Launched globally at the CES 2013, the latest in our labs is the BenQ W1080ST which is apparently the world`s first Full-HD short-throw video projector. Priced at Rs. 1,10,000 (only) in India, is it worth it? Let's magnify!
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Introduction:

Benq Projector

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

Simple and Sober

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).

Connectivity Ports

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.

Focus and Zoom Ring

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.

Remote and Control Panel

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.

Connectivity Ports

The connectivity options which comes with BenQ W1080ST are-

  • 2 HDMI 1.4a
  • 3 RCA connectors
  • S-Video
  • VGA
  • RS232
  • Micro USB

Works Well

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.

Lamp

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.

3D Glasses

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.

BenQ W1080ST Projector

Suggested Readings- BenQ GP 10 Projector Hands-on Review

Final Verdict

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.



Mark Sheet

Design & Built-3/5
Features-3.5/5
Performance-3/5
Visual experience- 3/5
Value for money- 3.5/5

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Yogesh Pareek

Yogesh Pareek

Journo by chance, radio in his heart; Yogesh is a mass communication post- grad. Enjoys listening to almost every kind of music and aims to capture the universe through his DSLR .If not updating himself on the technology front, this lazy chap can be found treating his taste buds at various food joints in the city.

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