1080p 3D Home Video Projector
February 9, 2013
The newest home video projector from BenQ is called the W1070. Sporting native 1080p resolution and a max light output of 2,000 lumens, the W1070 has the pixels to show HD moves in their native resolution and the power to light up your living room, even if you can't get the space completely dark.
Home video projectors, as the name implies, are designed for multipurpose use in family rooms and living rooms; i.e. places other than a home theater. They are more likely to have higher light output, onboard speakers, and more modest contrast than home theater projectors since black level is less of a concern when ambient light is present. Conversely, home theater projectors are optimized for darkened rooms and typically have very high contrast.
The Viewing Experience
The W1070 defaults to Dynamic mode, which like other projectors' Dynamic modes is very bright and very green. Dynamic mode will be useful any time you need to prioritize light output over the projector's other qualities, such as contrast and color saturation, as these take a beating in order to increase overall power.
The projector's two other modes are Standard and Cinema. Standard and Cinema modes both have better color balance than Dynamic mode, with Standard intentionally maintaining a slightly colder overall color temperature. In terms of light output, the two are about equal.
As a whole, the picture produced by the W1070 is bright, clear, and perfect for the living room. The picture is sharp and detailed thanks to the W1070's full-HD 1920x1080 native resolution. Thanks to the projector's brightness and solid dynamic range, shadow detail is maintained in all but the brightest ambient light.
Perhaps the most unique quality of the W1070 is 3D compatibility, which is something normally not found on home video projectors. While 3D is certainly appealing to many projector buyers, it is hard to square the W1070's 3D compatibility with its intended use as a living room projector. However this just expands the W1070's potential uses beyond daytime entertainment into night-time 3D.