1080p DLP Home Theater Projector
September 17, 2014
For a long time running, the BenQ W1070 has been one of the best home theater projectors that cost less than a thousand bucks. Since its release in November 2012, it has consistently ranked among the best inexpensive 1080p projectors available for home video and has fared exceptionally well in competitive shootouts. But since the W1070 came out, there have been a few important advances in home theater projectors that have taken some of the shine off the apple.
The new BenQ HT1075 is the successor to the popular W1070, and it doesn't make any wild departures from the W1070's formula. It is still a low-cost projector that delivers a great home theater image. It adds MHL support, making it easier to use the HT1075 with mobile devices, and a more user-friendly menu system that is particularly helpful for first-time projector owners. But despite the new features, the similar image quality and overall performance means that current owners of the W1070 may not see the need to upgrade just yet.
The Viewing Experience
The HT1075 produces a bright, sparkling picture right out of the box, so don't worry too much if you don't have a perfectly light-controlled home theater to put it in. You can use the HT1075 in your living room and it will still look very good. BenQ actually advertises the HT1075 variously as a home theater projector, a home entertainment projector, or a living room projector, so it's clear that crossover use was intended from the get-go.
That said, the projector does benefit from a good viewing environment. The HT1075 has a six-segment RGBRGB color wheel that's ideal for film and video use. Cinema mode has excellent colo, straight from the factory, so the HT1075 makes a great first projector for someone interested in home theater. And it's bright, too, so you can use it on a very large screen and still get a compelling picture.
The W1070 was an outstanding projector because it combined a great image and a bargain price. Like the W1070, the HT1075 produces a bright, clear image with great color, even at the factory Cinema settings. If you don't feel like getting into the nitty-gritty of calibration and color metering, you have our permission to run the projector as-is without feeling guilty about it.