BenQ HT1075 1080P DLP Projector
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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.

BenQ HT1075 grayscale in Cinema mode, factory settings

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.

HT1075 New Features

You've heard the phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Given the W1070's popularity almost two years after its release, we can safely say that it ain't broke. It's not surprising, then, how similar the HT1075 is to its predecessor.

The actual performance and image quality of the HT1075 is nearly identical to that of the W1070. If you want to read more about performance and shared features, you should click over to our BenQ W1070 review. The HT1075 adds the following new features:

MHL. MHL stands for "Mobile High-Definition Link" and it helps connect the HT1075 to standalone and mobile devices like smartphones or streaming media players (such as the Roku Streaming Stick). The HT1075's second HDMI port is MHL-enabled, allowing you to watch HD videos from your phone or watch Netflix without a separate device. Though of limited usefulness in a home theater, MHL is especially handy when you're using the HT1075 as a portable entertainment projector. You can watch content from streaming services using only the Roku Stick and the projector itself. Since MHL supplies power to the attached device, the only thing you have to plug in is the projector itself.

Simplified menu. BenQ's new simplified menu is full of big, bright buttons with plenty of descriptive text labels. The simplified menu is a good option for folks who don't enjoy learning what all the controls do, or just don't want to devote time and brain capacity to learning the ins and outs of their projector. There's even a first-time setup guide for the complete neophyte. If this isn't your first rodeo, you can enable the Advanced menu to provide access to the full list of adjustments and settings.

Optional Wireless HD kit. With an optional kit, the HT1075 can shed its cables and receive full HD 1080p signals via wireless connection. The details and pricing of this kit have yet to be announced, so we did not get a chance to test this functionality with the HT1075.

BenQ HT1075 color gamut in Cinema mode, factory settings

Higher lumen specification. The HT1075's 2200 lumen specification is 10% above the W1070's 2000 lumens, but our testing revealed very little difference between the two. In our review of the W1070, based on an early production sample, Cinema mode measured 1220 lumens. However, we have had the chance to see other samples of the W1070 since then, and those projectors measured closer to 1700 lumens. The HT1075 measures 1782 lumens in Cinema mode with the lamp at full power and BrilliantColor turned on, giving it a slight advantage in brightness, but not one you'd notice without a light meter. Light output can be reduced to 1192 lumens by switching the lamp to Economic, and you can lower output by another 19% by turning off BrilliantColor.


Input lag. In our testing, the HT1075 measured 49.7 milliseconds of input lag, equivalent to about three frames of a 60 fps input signal. That is slightly more lag than we measured on the W1070 (24 ms), but the accuracy of our lag tests has also increased since 2012 so it is possible that the "increase" isn't one at all. In any case, three frames is on the high side for fast-twitch gaming where timing is crucial, but most games don't fall under that heading. For those games where timing is less critical, the HT1075 is a fine choice.

Lens shift. The HT1075 has lens shift, which is unusual for a projector in its price range. The small amount of vertical shift range gives you the ability to fine-tune the placement of the image on your wall, thereby making it easier to mount the projector. However, this paragraph appears in the Limitations section because the adjustment knob for the shift mechanism is both tiny and in a confined space, so adjustments can be a pain. You also need a coin or a screwdriver to make adjustments. This is something you'll probably only need to do once, but most other projectors don't require tools to make lens shift adjustments.


The new BenQ HT1075 is a solid update to the venerable W1070. It manages to keep all of the good features of the older model while adding a few new touches to make the refresh worthwhile. Actual image performance hasn't changed much, if at all, but the W1070 was already one of the best home theater projectors in its price range.

This year, we expect to see fierce competition in the entry-level home video bracket, so you can expect to see the HT1075 come up in shootouts often. Several of those competing models are already in our testing lab, so stay tuned for more shootouts and comparative evaluations.

Some folks may look at the HT1075 and decry it as a rehash, a re-release, or more of the same. Those people are missing the point. The HT1075 takes a winning projector and adds new features without breaking any of the parts that make it great. So while current W1070 owners don't need to upgrade just yet, current shoppers should add the HT1075 to their short list.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our BenQ HT1075 projector page.

Comments (14) Post a Comment
xabih Posted Sep 18, 2014 7:17 AM PST
So, better to get the old W1070 at lower price while is in stock.

Bill, do you think this will be a winner in the expected "fierce competition in the entry-level" or can we expect better projectors under $1000 from other brands? In other words, should I wait or take the W1070 now?

Thanks in advance!
Veemo Posted Sep 21, 2014 3:44 PM PST
"The HT1075 takes a winning projector and adds new features without breaking any of the parts that make it great. So while current W1070 owners don't need to upgrade just yet, current shoppers should add the HT1075 to their short list."

Im sory but it did break some of the parts that made it great. Input lag is what lured me to this product in the first place and now the lag has doubled making it no longer viable for avid gamers with quick timing in mind.

"Input lag. In our testing, the HT1075 measured 49.7 milliseconds of input lag....,,,That is slightly more lag than we measured on the W1070 (24 ms)"

Its actually double more lag and well over the 30-34 ms baseline a gamer hopes to steer clear from.
Bill Livolsi Posted Sep 23, 2014 1:59 PM PST
xabih - No way to tell until we see some of the competition. Stay tuned.

Veemo - our lag testing procedure has changed since we tested the W1070 and our results are now more accurate. We haven't had a chance to re-test the W1070, but others using the same new procedure are reporting a lag of 33ms, not the 24ms we reported. So the HT1075 at 49ms is higher, but only by about one frame.
Sant Posted Sep 26, 2014 9:31 PM PST
Any improvement in noise level? One thing that has kept me from pulling the trigger on the W1070 is the 33dB noise. TIA.
Vito Posted Oct 3, 2014 9:03 AM PST
This is disappointing. I was about to purchase the 1070 but waited knowing that this model was coming. The extra light is nice, but probably is too small to make any difference. The mhl like you mention will not be an issue for the majority of people using it as a home theater. The wireless feature is nice, but it's an option that will cost more money to add. Then you have add that it has more lag, even if it is just a small amount more. In Canada this is currently going for $1044. You can get the 1070 with two 3d glasses for $944. To get the same package with the 1075 would cost 1160 with no wireless option added. I don't think the added features are worth a $200 increase, and that doesn't include the extra cost for the added wireless option. I may have to wait to see what new options the competition has to offer.
stp Posted Oct 4, 2014 10:21 AM PST
Isn't there a difference that the new one (called w1070+ in europe) has a much better horizontal keystone correction (which would be crucial for me as I can't put the projector straight in front of the screen). Thanks.
stp Posted Oct 6, 2014 6:49 PM PST
Found the stuff of the supposedly improved horizontal keystone correction functionality

"Other news to report, the projector includes a new version of the keystone correction that allows in case of difficulty to maintain investment in all circumstances an image without distortion."
Vladimir Posted Feb 16, 2015 10:50 PM PST
Does anyone know the input lag measurements for Benq HT1085ST? Is the HT1085ST lag the same as HT1087 lag?
Mike Posted Jun 2, 2015 12:21 PM PST
Great review, I bought the W1070 last year and thought it was a great PJ, but a couple months went by and it developed the white dust blobs inside the PJ. I returned it and decided to go with a LED TV. Well the TV is great but the wow factor of a giant screen projector is not there. So im in the market again for a projector and the HT1075 looks like the best option. Only im very concerned if these still have the dust issues the last model had. Thanks for your help.
Sean SK Posted Jul 11, 2015 6:36 AM PST
it would be nice if someone could respond to Mike's very valid concern about the dust blob problem that is susceptible to BenQ projectors in general. I've been through 2 BenQ W1300 and they have both had dust blobs. Ive returned the second one several times to BenQ for them to fix the issue only to have it returned "cleaned" and have the issue appear all over again.

I too would like to know if this next generation of BenQ projectors (ie. W1070+, W1080ST+ and W1350) have the dust blob issue or whether BenQ have finally fixed it. If they havent, I certainly will be staying away from them. These projectors arent all that they are cracked up to be.
Believer Posted Oct 19, 2015 12:22 PM PST
DUST BLOBS ON BENQ HT1075 -- After much research it seems if you go BenQ you're susceptible to the dust blob issue and if you go to Optoma you're susceptible to various picture quality issues. I might jsut go with a $500-$600 optoma upon weeks of research revealing to me that there truly is no perfect solution under $1,000. If you're fortunate enough to get a BenQ that doesn't result in dust blobs then you're on cloud 9 it seems, but there are many comments on even the new HT1075 where someone got it replaced and the replacement even had the issue. They posted pictures and everything. Both cases it was basically right away too what a shame. I'm going to keep researching on how bad the picture quality issues is with the lowest priced Optoma and go that way. Keep searching on the ht1075 and im sure you'll find the same comments i did.
Eric Posted Nov 8, 2015 11:22 AM PST
Very disappointed with this BENQ. (HT1075). We've had to send it back THREE times. I don't know what dust blobs are, but fact is, it overheats after about an hour of watching. I've tried having fans in the room to circulate the air better, nothing works. I tried eco mode, and it actually powered itself down after about ten minutes.

At this point, I regret buying a BENQ at all. I wish I'd gone with an Optima and I even had a low budget Viewsonic which looked great, that I wish I'd kept. (Got it on a lightning deal and ended up returning it to Amazon. BIG mistake.)

Maybe the 1070 is better than this. I hope it is. Like Obiwan, at this point, it's my only hope. I REALLY hope I didn't lose $900 on this thing that's turning out to be a very heavy, hot, paperweight.
hopetorture Posted Dec 29, 2015 2:37 AM PST
funny that everyone says its not worthy to get the 1070+ over the 1070. i bet noone tried both models who are advocating this...i was lucky enough to test the 1070, 1070+, 141x for a few days each. 1070+ has actually more vivid, lively colors than the 1070 straight out of the box. black levels, contrast are noticeably better. it is brighter too, which can be useful for 3d, the original benq 1070's light output was simply not enough for 3d. 141x is fine too for that price, too bad it has a lousy 2x color wheel, rainbow everywhere. could have been a good pj with a different colour wheel.
Bill Kranz Posted Jan 31, 2016 4:05 PM PST
I have just purchased the 1075 and hooked it up via HDMI to a Win 10 Pro 64 bit desktop with a PNY GTX 970 video card. I had Display Fusion on the pc to be able to switch monitor views. The 1075 could only display the task bar from the pc. I then un-installed the Display Fusion program to see if that would help now I cannot get any picture from the pc. Is this a internal problem with Windows or the video card? I cannot see any evidence of the 1075 in the Control Panel views. What should I look for or can do to get this to via HDMI?

Thanks, Bill

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