BenQ W1070 Projector


Introduction to the BenQ W1070 Projector

I'll be blunt: I don't like 3D. I've never been able to justify paying extra to see it in the theater, and at home it has always left me cold. Most implementations give me a headache almost instantly with their crosstalk-filled images and ghosting the drives me crazy, while tiny objects pop out of the screen that my eyes can't seem to focus on. When manufacturers forget to send me 3D glasses for a display or projector, I'm relieved that I might not have to watch more 3D yet again.

There have been very few exceptions to this. Runco has some really nice passive projectors that are easy on the eyes, but take a $70,000 or higher hit out of your wallet. SIM2 has the best active 3D that I've probably seen to date, but again my car cost less than a projector when it was new. Last year the W7000 showed up from BenQ and amazed me with its 3D performance. It was actually bright, with no crosstalk or ghosting, and didn't give me a headache that left me wanting to hurl my glasses against the wall. It also only cost $2,000, which is just amazing.

Fast forward to CES 2013 and BenQ is in the South Hall showing off a pair of projectors that are very similar to the W7000, but scaled down: the W1070 and W1080ST. The 1080ST has a short-throw lens that lets you place it very close to the wall, but otherwise the projectors are identical with a DLP DarkChip3, full ISF calibration controls, and an incredibly bright image packed into a little tiny box you can carry around with one hand. Could this really do 3D as well as the W7000 did last year? I sure wanted to find out!


  • Design: Single chip, 1920x1080 DLP Projector
  • Inputs: 2x HDMI 1.4a, 1x Component Video, 1x VGA, 1x S-Video, 1x Composite
  • Light Output: 2,000 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
  • Control: 12V Trigger, RS232
  • Lens Zoom: 1.3x
  • Lens Shift: Vertical 110%-130%±5%
  • Noise: 33/30 dBa (Normal/Econ modes)
  • Dimensions: 4.1" H x 12.3" W x 9.6" D
  • Weight: 5.8 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,100 USD
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