BenQ W1070 5 1 1080P DLP Projector
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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.

Key Features

2D image quality. While the W1070 isn't a projector with a lot of bells or whistles on it, the projector's 2D image quality is excellent. The projector comes out of the box with three perfectly usable 2D image modes, a 3D mode, two locked ISF modes that become available after calibration, plus three User image modes for customization. These modes help the projector cope with the myriad different situations in which a home video projector might be used, from a darkened theater-type environment to a bright living room on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

3D Performance. The W1070 uses the DLP Link system to display Full HD 3D, meaning that the image is punctuated by white light pulses which are used to sync with active shutter 3D glasses. This has both positive and negative consequences. A positive consequence is that DLP-Link systems tend to be very low in crosstalk, and indeed the W1070 had no visible crosstalk during our testing. On the other hand, DLP Link glasses tend to lose synchronization more easily than either infrared-sync or radio-sync glasses, which can be a concern in any environment where people get up and move around. Either way, the W1070 is one of the few home video projectors to feature Full HD 3D.

With decent out-of-the-box color and respectable contrast, the W1070 is a great little projector for entertaining in your home. By far the best part of the image is its natural sharpness and clarity. This isn't just due to the projector's 1080p pixel matrix, either; the W1070 has a razor-sharp image even for an HD projector--especially one in this price range.

Long life. The W1070's long-life lamp makes it an attractive projector to serve as a partial TV replacement. Lamp life is estimated at 3,500 hours in full power mode and up to 6,000 hours in Eco or SmartEco mode, which is considerably longer than comparable projectors. This is in part because the W1070 is capable of reducing lamp power by up to 70% using the projector's SmartEco function, which dims the lamp output to a level appropriate for the content on screen at the time of selection. There's no way to make an arbitrary brightness selection, which is unfortunate, but the concept itself is useful when you don't need a lot of light.

Onboard audio. Part of the allure of home video projectors is their use as TV replacements, and TV replacements need some kind of onboard sound capability. The W1070 doesn't have much of a speaker system; it has a single 10W speaker rather than the stereo sound that some competitors offer. But that one speaker doesn't suffer from distortion or the tinny character that plagues many small speakers. Indeed, with the volume cranked, we found the single speaker more than adequate for an audience of eight in a large living room.

Placement flexibility. The W1070's manual zoom lens has a 1.3:1 ratio, and can display a 100" diagonal image from 8' 4" to 10' 11". That's about standard for this class of projector. What is not standard is the projector's vertical lens shift, which gives you the ability to move the projected image up or down by about 10% of the image's height. The range is such that, at the bottom, the bottom edge of the projected image is level with the lens centerline, and at the top it has an upward throw angle equivalent to roughly 20% of the image's height. This makes table mounting and ceiling mounting the most realistic options, while a rear shelf mount is more or less out of the question both due to lens shift and zoom concerns.

6X Speed Color Wheel. The W1070 has a six-segment color wheel in the theater-optimized RGBRGB configuration. This wheel layout maximizes color without artificially boosting white, and is preferred for its ability to render natural color. What's more, the wheel gives an effective refresh rate of six times per frame. This should eliminate color separation artifacts (rainbows) for all but the most hypersensitive of viewers.


Light output. The BenQ W1070 spec sheet states a 2,000 lumen maximum output. Our test sample did indeed measure 2019 lumens, but only in Dynamic mode, and then only after we increased Brightness and Contrast to their maximum limits. In the factory default settings for Dynamic mode, our test unit measured 1554 lumens with the lamp at full power. That's the maximum output we obtained in any usable mode, so it is the practical ceiling for this projector. Dynamic mode is a good choice when you need every lumen the projector can muster and don't much care about what happens to color accuracy and contrast in order to get there. With a projector designed for use in ambient light, that's a situation that will arise from time to time.

As stated earlier, the two modes that we used most often were Standard and Cinema. Standard mode, at 1271 lumens, is balanced for living room use. It emphasizes brightness, but maintains dynamic range and adds a touch of blue to overall grayscale, resulting in a color temperature around 7000K across the board. It's a well-balanced image mode for general film and video use.

Cinema mode, at its defaults, isn't much different; our test unit measures 1220 lumens in this mode at an average 6800K color temperature. If this is too much light (and it may well be once you dim the room lighting), Eco mode reduces light output by nearly 30%, resulting in 880 lumens in Cinema mode.

SmartEco mode is a bit of a puzzle. The mode claims to reduce brightness based on the content on screen, but it is not a dynamic lamp mode. Lamp power does not cycle up and down once SmartEco has been selected. Instead, the projector decides based on the content being shown how bright the lamp should be, and then locks output at that level.

Contrast and black level. As a home video projector, black level is not the W1070's main focus. Indeed, compared to home theater projectors, even HT projectors in the same price range, black level is only so-so. However, that doesn't mean that the projector's overall contrast is weak. Dynamic range is sufficient to maintain excellent separation in shadows, even with ambient light in the room. Gamma, while not as adjustable as we'd like (it uses a list of presets rather than a true adjustment tool), is accurate. If you find the image a touch anemic in ambient light, using a higher gamma setting will give the image some more punch. The 2.4 setting is great in low ambient light.

Color. The W1070 has a lot going for it when it comes to color. First of all, the projector's color calibration controls are extensive and easy to use. It features not only full RGB gain/bias adjustments for grayscale calibration, but also a full three-axis color management system for gamut adjustments -- AND there's a further ISF mode hidden behind a password. Second, and more importantly, the projector has well-saturated, accurate, usable color right out of the box, which in an inexpensive projector is arguably more important than the presence of good calibration controls. After all, relatively few of the W1070's purchasers will spend the time and effort to have it calibrated.

The default calibrations are all appropriate for different situations. Dynamic mode, which is bright and clearly biased towards green, is for combating heavy ambient light. Standard mode, at roughly 7000K, is for television and video in mild to moderate ambient light. Cinema mode, at 6800K, is the closest to a calibrated movie mode, and with a little bit of adjustment is great for night-time movie watching.

As mentioned above, the W1070 has extensive color controls and calibrates very well. Our settings for Cinema mode look like this:


Those adjustments give the W1070 a near-perfect 6500K grayscale across the board.

Sharpness and clarity. The W1070 has excellent native sharpness, even after the projector's sharpness control has been turned down (it defaults to a setting that is slightly too high). Detail in HD material is displayed with razor-sharp, pixel-perfect precision. And the W1070 does this without a smart sharpening system or other detail enhancement features.

Input lag. Normally, 3D projectors are fairly sluggish when it comes to input lag, even when they are being used in regular 2D mode. The W1070 breaks this pattern and puts up some respectable input lag numbers: around 24ms, or 1.5 frames, in the modes we tested.


2D-3D Conversion. While the W1070 is full HD 3D compatible, it cannot do 2D to 3D conversion. If you are looking for a 3D projector and 2D to 3D conversion is important to you, take note.

SmartEco. The SmartEco feature itself works well enough; punch the SmartEco button and the projector reduces lamp output. However, the implementation is hard to understand and can be hard to use. If you want to put the projector into its most economical setting, you can't just select this from a list; you need to put up some kind of content that will cause the projector to select this setting. Being able to choose your own level of lamp power would be far simpler and easier to understand.

Lens shift. The fact that the W1070 has lens shift at all puts it ahead of most of its competitors, which lack the feature. On the other hand, the lens shift range is heavily limited, amounting to a few inches of adjustment. The control itself is difficult to use -- the tiny knob is best turned by a coin or screwdriver rather than by hand. As such, while the presence of lens shift is a welcome feature, the actual ease of use of the control could be improved.


The BenQ W1070 is a great little home video projector that produces a 2D image that looks more expensive than it is. High light output and great shadow detail help the W1070 stand up to ambient light, while extensive color controls and solid factory calibrations make it easy to just plug and play.

Though black levels are competitive with other home video projectors, they are not at a level where we'd be comfortable recommending the W1070 for dedicated dark room movie viewing or photography presentation. But what the W1070 does, it does very well -- namely, it provides a great living room experience for high-definition 2D content, and with the lights off it can give you a solid 3D picture with almost zero crosstalk. Most importantly, it does all this at a price that's highly competitive in today's market.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our BenQ W1070 projector page.

Comments (82) Post a Comment
Ed Ruiz Posted Jan 14, 2013 1:20 PM PST
What a boring review. Not much detail. How good is the 3D? All you mention is the disadvantage of the DLP and no crosstalk. WOW, I want it NOW!!! No comparison to any other pj in the price range? give much more informative reviews by far.
wanab Posted Jan 14, 2013 2:59 PM PST
There was no mention of how loud the fan noise is...How does this compare to the Optoma HD 33 or Epson 3020 as to how loud or distracting that might be?
davidm Posted Jan 15, 2013 1:28 PM PST
can you please, please let us know how much noise these units produce in operation. it's a primary feature, and things won't start getting better until it's highlighted.
Josh Anderson Posted Jan 15, 2013 2:17 PM PST
Great review, Bill. Will you be doing a separate review of the BenQ W1080ST, or perhaps amending the W1070 review to reflect your thoughts on this alternate, short throw version of the W1070? I am really curious as to what negative effects the short throw lens/components will have on the excellent image quality (for the price) you detail in your review. Thanks in advance!
Keith Posted Jan 16, 2013 8:48 AM PST
i'm considering this model to replace my Sanyo PLV-Z5 that has developed the yellow spot. It's a 720p. The BenQ is a 1080p. will i see a better picture? i have a 110" diagonally screen. thanks for any input.
Frank McLaughlin Posted Jan 18, 2013 4:34 AM PST
Is this the same projector as the W1080ST as listed on Amazon:
Robert Moynihan Posted Jan 18, 2013 6:01 AM PST
If you guys aren't going to use the "Home Video Projector Reviews" category, then why did you create it in the first place?
Todd Posted Jan 18, 2013 1:03 PM PST
I've had a Benq PE7700 for about 6 years now. While I've been very happy with its performance, I've had many reliability problems. In particular, I've had to replace the DLP color wheel 3 times. In fact, I had sworn off single chip DLP projectors in the future for this reason. But at the price/performance of this projector, I'm starting to reconsider. WHat is your perspective on reliability, especially of the DLP color wheel system.
Rob Posted Jan 25, 2013 8:06 AM PST
Rock solid performer. Take it out of the box and enjoy. For around $1,150 you have a beautiful 150 inch plus picture in 3D. glasses and all. Love it. Thanks BenQ!
steve Posted Jan 27, 2013 3:10 PM PST
I got the w1070 after having two 720p projectors and then the epson 3020 and it is an incredible pj for the money. 3D is great and the 2d picture is very good. This is a sure win for anyone on a budget that wants a solid projector that does 1080p and 3d.
GOPAL AGRAWAL Indore Posted Jan 27, 2013 8:23 PM PST
1070 model with 1.4 HDMI PORT , which not comes in earlier BenQ models ,BenQ' s policy is continuous upgrading their projectors as projector is their core business .refading Colour wheel in DLP projector , as per my experience this happens in 1/500 . But in LCD Technology the panels failure/dedoriation are 200/500,so with BenQ DLP technology is much better as LCD because as per BenQ "enjoyment is matter"
RLBURNSIDE Posted Jan 27, 2013 9:46 PM PST
Hey guys, I'd highly recommend this w1070. I got it on a whim in november and have been using it daily, with nearly 400 hours on it. I can't detect any RBE and although the projector is 4 feet above my head, it's not very loud. Sure, it could be quieter, but it's fine. Also, your listing should mention that the lamp life is 6000 hours with SmartEco, because that's a performance feature that doesn't make it dimmer all the time, it lowers + increases the lamp so quickly (unlike an iris) that you can't even detect it.

I got this one for 850$ and it's a real trooper, doesn't give up. I expect to get bored of it before I give up on it...oh I won't. I'm selling my plasma because this is now my primary monitor! There is no input lag and I'm a huge gamer (in fact I am a 3D programmer).

No bust blobs, not very loud, 6000 hours, very reliable...not a single return or issue in the 55+ pages so far on avsforum. very, very good sign. BenQ has a hit!
Anuj Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:48 PM PST
How did it compare to the 3020?
paul Posted Feb 3, 2013 1:34 PM PST
for Keith

(on 1/16 you wrote: "i'm considering this model to replace my Sanyo PLV-Z5 that has developed the yellow spot. It's a 720p."

I have that model Sanyo and sent it back under warr. for yellow spot - they simply used the included rubber bulb blower accessory to clean the LCD panels and all was good as new. I was without my proj for 10 days because I was ignorant. (Also: I borrowed an Epson 8350 recently, 1080p/ 2000 lumens - a big step up from the Sanyo, this Benq should be similar upgrade.)
Vishal Posted Feb 9, 2013 10:28 PM PST
I have a dedicated home theater ( dark room with little/ no ambient light) and I need some expert suggestion to decide on the projector.I would like to use it primarily for for Movies ( 2d/ 3d) and sometimes as a TV. Altough I have a PS3, I am not much into gaming. I wanted to decide between Benq 1070 and panasonic 8000.

I don't mind spending the extra $$ for Panasonic but I would like to ensure that I get the commensurate value. The projector will be ceiling mount with a throw distance of 13 feet. I need a durable, easy to maintain projector with good after sales service. Also noyt sure how the fan noise compares between these 2 models.

It will be great if you can share your expert views.
Chris Posted Feb 12, 2013 7:56 AM PST
Vishal, Do your self a favor and get the Panasonic PT-AE8000. Currently there is no other projector to get for less than 3K that provides the quality this projector does in 2D and 3D. I absolutlely love my 8000. Good luck!
pjlover Posted Feb 20, 2013 11:16 AM PST
Hi How does this compare to the hd33?
Daniel Chaves Posted Feb 21, 2013 6:41 PM PST
I really cant wait to see a review pop up for the Optoma HD25 which is basically the Benq W1070 but without Lens Shift however it does add RF Glasses which may be a win, I have heard however that it is louder then the w1070 so this will be a hard choice.
Ryan Posted Feb 28, 2013 9:25 PM PST
Thank you for the informative review. I was considering buying a Mitsubishi HC4000 (which I can get for $1600AUD), but this review makes me wonder if the BenQ W1070 is a better option (I can get the BenQ for $998AUD). The review for the Mitsu is quite old - which I suspect makes it difficult to compare. Can anyone offer any suggestions as to which may be better? 3D is not important to me, I do not have a dedicated home theatre but do watch mainly at night. I am replacing an Optoma H30, which has been great, but does not do 1080p.
Mr. Mac Posted Mar 2, 2013 4:51 AM PST
I have replaced an Optoma H79 with the BenQ W1070. My room is completely light controlled and my screen in 114" wide (side to side). The picture quality resolution is very noticable as I went from 720 to 1080. The W1070 doesn't seem to have as good of black levels as the H79, but the W1070 is MUCH brighter. I am running it in ECO mode and Cinema mode. A calibration disc shows that the W1070 is white clipping, but this may be due to a new bulb! I had to mount the W1070 a few feet closer to the screen as the throw is shorter. This placed it about 1 foot in front of me at the prime seating position. It is on the ceiling, so it is several feet away from me. In my opinion, the W1070 is noticably louder than the H79. It is not terrible,but I do hear it during silent moments in a movie.

The SW on my projector is 1.04. I did notice a major over-saturation of blue while watching "Looper". This was during night scenes with a point of light in the movie background. This high contrast in the movie is supposed to show a glare line or glare halo...depending on how the cinematographer wanted you to see it. Instead, I would get a BRIGHT royal blue saturation as to where the glare was. I haven't watched enough other content to see if it happens again.

I'm looking forward to seeing 3D movies on this system. I don't have glasses yet, but I think I will get the TrueDepth 3D units as they can be set for 3D or 2D while watching a 3D movie. This will let others watch a movie with me and see it in 2D if they prefer.

So far, I am VERY pleased with this projector.
Swerve Posted Mar 16, 2013 8:55 AM PST
So if I want to mount a projector 20' away and project an 106" image, this one cannot do it? Zoom won't let me get that far away and project anything less than a 180" image according to the projector calculator... is this right?
Michael Posted Mar 18, 2013 4:04 AM PST
Hi. I've just bought a w1070 and is really pleased with the performance. Good review, but could somebody tell me which settings i should use for: sharpness, color temperature and the noise reduction?
kyle Posted Mar 18, 2013 10:28 AM PST
If we remove the 3D element, how does this stack up against other 1080p projectors. 3D is of no concern to me but I want to upgrade from my Planar 7020 (720p) projector which is a bit old, hot and noisy for me.
will Posted Mar 19, 2013 1:17 PM PST
The 2 projectors are in different leagues. The pany 8000 is about 2K more than the Benq 1070.

Benq is DLP----are you sensitive to RBE (rainbow effect?) If so then the Pany is the better bet.

The whole price vs performance thing is really a personal thing. Some are willing to give up some pic quality to save 2K some people aren't. Overall, the panasonic is a better projector and is more of a true "home theater projector". It won't be as bright as the BenQ but it will have better contrast, black levels, shadow details, saturation of color. Whether or not the difference is important to you....well, that's the 2000 dollar question.

Also the Pany is a LCD, and like most LCD projectors it has better placement flexibility than DLP. The pany has a much larger zoom, plus a lot of horizontal and vertical shift. The panasonic also has lens memory and digital zoom which would allow for a CIH (constant image height) setup utilizing a 2.35 ratio screen.

But DLP tends to be better at 3D, I have not seen any ghosting on my optoma gt750 which is DLP, and most others who watch 3D on a DLP projector say the ghosting. I like 3D a lot and I'd give up some placement flexibility and picture quality to enjoy ghost free 3D.

If you are willing to spend 3K on a projector, I'd suggest you also take a look at the epson 5020 along with the pany 8000. You might also find a good deal on a pany 7000. Just make sure to check the calculator as I think this benq has a fairly short throw which will not allow for placement at the rear of the room.
Eric Posted Mar 23, 2013 9:25 PM PST
A virtual novice here. Still trudging along with a Screenplay 4805.

Can someone answer if this will be a significant imporovement? I have a dedicated/dark theater room and have been pleased with the 4805...but the HD bug has bitten me and want crisp as possible...on a laymans budget!

Paul Posted Mar 26, 2013 3:16 AM PST
I'm running this off my computer which has a nvidea gt9500 card with latest drivers and I cannot get 3d up on the benq..... any suggestions please.....Cheers
Jeff Posted Mar 26, 2013 9:22 AM PST
I've had the 4805, hello, 2004 calling...JK. In case this isnt a joke, of course going from 480p to 1080p, Darkchip3, 3D, etc will be HUGE upgrade. After last weekend I have the Benq installed in my dedicated HT cave, but strictly as a 2nd projector for 3D. 3D DLP in a HT is unrivaled for clarity...but this projector is WAY too bright for dark theater on normal viewing. We tested it even dialed way down and the family complained of eye fatigue. If you search various forums, users are adding filters.

FYI, Life of Pi on this projector was sublime.
Reuben Posted Mar 28, 2013 4:05 AM PST
A projector that old cannot hold a candle to current generation 1080p projectors.
Sprocket Posted Mar 28, 2013 5:30 AM PST
I see this projector isn't recommended for photographic presentations which is actually what I'm looking for. The price is about all our group can afford at the moment - what alternative(s) can anyone suggest?
Hayati Akbas Posted Apr 17, 2013 5:00 AM PST
I love the projector. I need help with your Cinema Settings. Your setttings look like below. but I can't find those numbers on the CMS of the projector. it has gain numbers like 96-96 and offset numbers are 256 can you please clear that for us? Also is the settings with the Smart Eco mode and Brilliant color turned on? Thank you

Gain R 3 G -3 B 0 Offset R -7 G 1 B 9
Rosie Posted Apr 29, 2013 6:07 AM PST
Its a cheap piece of junk dont waste your time. No shadow detail and BenQ not really know for quality
Tom S. Posted Apr 30, 2013 6:50 PM PST
Bill, Thank you for your comprehensive reviews of the Benq W1070 and the Acer H6510BD. I am taking a serious look at the Benq and downloaded the spec sheet from this site, and noticed it had a "BrilliantColor" logo on the bottom of the spec sheet.

Is the Benq spec sheet incorrect, or does the Benq might have an RGBCMY color wheel like the Acer, rather than an RGBRGB color wheel? Even if it does have the same color wheel, is the Benq doing something that the Acer isn't, to produce better color?
Ted Nunn Posted May 7, 2013 9:21 AM PST
Hayati Akbas asked a question regarding your review calibration numbers, etc. Is there any way to provide any clarity?
sukumar Posted May 7, 2013 11:06 PM PST
Hi all, Me have w1070. But, iam facing several problems with it. menu settings, colour setting was locked.2.isf setting asking password, 3.there is no horizontal picture adjustment and horizontal keystone adjustment. What's the solution for my problem s....? Kindly help me with your valuable information.
AKASH AGARWAL 9766046179 Posted May 10, 2013 12:53 AM PST
Gave Posted May 19, 2013 10:38 AM PST
I was wondering if the 3D works with blue ray movies and Hdmi cable. I got the mx 750 3D ready and They told me (benq c.s.) that i need to plug it with the composite cable wich by the way the proyector does not has that input conexión, I talk to them severas times and They never solve my problem. I read that the w1070 is 3D ready, so i am confuso about How the 3D works on this proyector. Thank you for you help in this matter
Hayati Akbas Posted May 21, 2013 9:00 PM PST
I even alerted the moderator about my post. still no response. I guess they have no time for answer enjoying the advertisement money they get because we visit their site.
Bill Livolsi Posted May 22, 2013 9:37 AM PST
Hi folks,

I'd like to apologize for the lack of comments from me on this article. We've been having a very busy time here at Projector Central and sometimes my commenting duties get away from me. I appreciate your patience.

Now, here is a response to every comment on the article, in order.

wanab: As we didn't have the Epson 3020 or Optoma HD33 in house, it's impossible to say. Fan noise is comparable to other home video projectors and we didn't feel there was a significant enough difference to merit a comment.

davidm: I will try to highlight fan noise more often.

Josh Anderson: our review of the W1080ST is now available from the homepage. I hope that answers your question. :)

Keith: Yes, the W1070 will be a significant upgrade over the Sanyo Z5.

Todd: The PE7700 was known for its reliability problems. To our knowledge, BenQ has not had any reliability problems with other models since the PE7700, but due to the short-term nature of our testing (we seldom have any projector for longer than a month) it's impossible for us to say with any kind of first-hand knowledge.

Rob: We agree. It's a great projector.

steve: I'm glad you like it!

GOPAL AGRAWAL Indore: LCD panels do not degrade nearly as often or as severely as you seem to claim. While low-cost business LCD models did have degradation problems in the past due to organic phosphors in the panels, they have been reformulated. You also don't mention that color wheel motors tend to go out much more frequently than the color wheel itself tends to fade, and color wheel maintenance is a common reason for a DLP projector requiring service.

RLBURNSIDE: SmartEco does not always make the lamp life 6,000 hours. It makes the lamp life "up to" 6,000 hours, but only if it is set to the lowest brightness setting. It is a sliding scale.

Anuj: Favorably.

paul: Sanyo's dust blower ports were a neat feature, weren't they? Then again, better sealing means most new LCD projectors don't require them anymore.

Vishal: The W1070 and Panasonic AE8000 aren't even in the same league. Get the AE8000 if you can afford it.

Ryan: You're right; I haven't seen an HC4000 in so long, I'd be uncomfortable offering a comparison.

Swerve: That is correct. You need a projector with a longer zoom lens. Several models offer a 2:1 zoom; you should look into those. They do cost more, though.

Michael: Sharpness should always be set to 0 unless you can tell that the projector is artificially reducing sharpness (this is not common). Color temperature should be adjusted based on our calibrations (okay) or using a meter (better). Noise reduction can usually be left off unless you have a particularly noisy source.

kyle: I watch mostly 2D, but the W1070 is very strong as a "just 2D" projector. I'd still recommend it.

will: That is one advantage of DLP Link -- there tends to be very little crosstalk, if any.

Eric: The W1070 is a massive improvement over the SP4805.

Paul: Have you tried a Blu-ray player? How are you connecting the projector and computer? If you want to go in-depth about this, please drop a note in our Comments mailbox where I can spend more time with it.

Reuben: My sentiments exactly.

Sprocket: I did not recommend it for photography due to its black level. However, if this is all you can afford, it's going to be hard to find something better. I'd say in your situation it would be an acceptable choice, especially since it has relatively good color compared to its immediate competition.

Hayati: All I can say is that our two projectors might have different firmware, which would account for the different numbers. Our settings were made in Eco mode (not SmartEco) and with BrilliantColor turned on.

Rosie: To quote The Dude, "Well that's just, like, your opinion, man."

Tom S.: BrilliantColor doesn't determine what kind of color wheel a projector has. The W1070 has an RGBRGB wheel.

Ted Nunn: I hope my comment above is sufficient.

sukumar: The factory presets are locked and you need an ISF password to access the ISF menu. I know how annoying that can be on such an inexpensive projector, but there are some settings in the ISF menu that could seriously harm image quality so BenQ keeps them locked to professionals only.

AKASH AGARWAL 9766046179: Okay?

Gave: 3D works over HDMI from Blu-ray on the W1070. There is a difference between "3D Ready" and "HDMI 1.4 3D" or "Full HD 3D." The MX750 is the former. The W1070 is the latter. We wrote an article about the difference, if you'd like more information. You can find it in the Commentary section, titled "What does 3D Ready mean?"
projectordummy Posted May 26, 2013 12:37 PM PST
Hi - How does this (W1070) compare with the Epson 8350 especially when it comes to living room with low ambient light use, especially when it comes to black levels? Will the contrast in the 8350 provide better overall picture quality?

garratt Posted May 31, 2013 9:36 PM PST
So is there no way to use this projector on a 120" 2.35 screen and be able to convert it down to 16:9 I think its a 96" immage at that point? Placement isnt really an issue for me. If not what would you suggest in this price range even if I have to go without 3d
Hayati Akbas Posted Jun 1, 2013 8:48 AM PST
Thank you for your responses :) I went from JVC RS40 (X3) to this projector because of moving overseas and size of PJ. Only thing I seem to sacrifice seems the black level and contrast. oh and some rainbow I keep seeing but that doesn't bother me. All an all I like the projector. Thank you for your reviews. I always buy accordingly.
Edgar Posted Jun 3, 2013 8:12 AM PST
How does this projector compare with Costco's BenQ W1250? I can't find any information on the W1250 anywhere.

Here's the link:*-1080p-Full-HD**-DLP-Projector.product.100034723.html

Jose Morais Posted Jun 5, 2013 11:27 AM PST
How is the lag while playing games? I play games a lot (Both Xbox360 and Ps3) and the lag can be a dealbreaker. What can you tell me about using this projector for games? I have a HD23 and it works perfect for me (except for a little Rainbow effect).

Also looking forward to a comparison of the W1070 to the Optoma HD25.

Cesar Villegas Posted Jun 5, 2013 10:17 PM PST

Does this projector has 1:1 pixel mapping? since I use it for my PC and it's very important to me. I actually have the Viewsonic Pro8200 and it blurs the edges of everything on screen (a well documented weakness on AVS). I have been reading about Acer 9500 and Benq W7000 and both appear to not have 1:1 mapping.

And, is this a big upgrade over my Pro 8200? Are the blacks better?

Thanks in advance!
sukumar Posted Jun 11, 2013 10:05 AM PST
Hi bill, Sorry for my late reply, thaks for your response on my queries. Boss really I am suffering with 2 problems by W1070. Mainly, my projector delivering abnormal image in right horizontal means, in image size, iam getting 4-5" inch cutting image size. I checked in all the positions display like wall mount, straight also. But, there is no change in picture size. Iam using anamorphic picture size. For example, left side size is 54". So, right side size also 54".but, I am getting the picture size is only 51". How&why this for my projector. Kindly advice me to overcome this problem. Also suggest me to set colour and other locked settings. Thx.
sukumar Posted Jun 13, 2013 11:17 AM PST
Hi friends, how to open the lock of the W1070; color and position...?
sukumar Posted Jun 14, 2013 11:42 AM PST
Hi bill, Sorry for my late reply, thaks for your response on my queries. Boss really I am suffering with 2 problems by W1070. Mainly, my projector delivering abnormal image in right horizontal means, in image size, iam getting 4-5" inch cutting image size. I checked in all the positions display like wall mount, straight also. But, there is no change in picture size. Iam using anamorphic picture size. For example, left side size is 54". So, right side size also 54".but, I am getting the picture size is only 51". How&why this for my projector. Kindly advice me to overcome this problem. Also suggest me to set colour and other locked settings. Thx.
someguy Posted Jun 26, 2013 4:45 PM PST
On 2D it measured 1.5 frames or ~24 ms, which should be almost unnoticeable unless you have a ping under 20ms. Even then, it's unlikely you will detect a difference.
Ryan Petrea Posted Jul 6, 2013 9:34 AM PST
I appreciate all the information in the review. Very helpful when making my decision. I did not see in the review (or on BenQ website for that matter) the ceiling drop distance for this particular projector. I am very novice to the projector world. I have 9' ceiling in my theater room. Does it matter if it is flush mounted or on a drop arm?
stolennomenclature Posted Jul 16, 2013 9:32 PM PST
This review shows the Benq color wheel as being a 6x, but your Acer H6510BD review refers to the Benq as having a 4x color wheel. Which is it? Also, the Acer appears to have the ability in one of its Eco modes of modulating the power of the bulb to track overall picture brightness. However, the similar facility called SmartEco for the Benq is described in your review as simply setting a fixed level for the bulb based on the current content when the mode is selected. Are these two different kinds of functions of is the Acer the same as the Benq?
Bill Livolsi Posted Jul 26, 2013 8:48 AM PST
stolennomenclature: that'd be because my Acer review was wrong. :) I've fixed it. Good catch!

sukumar: either you've accidentally enabled horizontal keystone correction or your setup is not perfectly square. I'm sorry that I can't help more, but this is one of those things that needs to be looked at in person.
Ken Posted Sep 17, 2013 1:32 PM PST
Try to decide which one. I currently am test driving both but would like some input. Pictures are ver comparable.

BenQ1070 vs Optoma hd131xe
Shawn Flinders Posted Nov 5, 2013 1:36 PM PST
I'm looking at the BenqW1070 and I see that it shows it will show a 100" diagonal from 8.4' to 10'11". Can this show a picture up to 120"? My ceiling mount is approx. 15' from the screen and I don't want to invest in a projector that cannot throw the image I'm looking for. Thank you for the feedback.
Greg Posted Nov 22, 2013 2:08 PM PST
I just bought this projector and it seems that it can't do 120hz @1080p. It is connected to my PC via HDMI on a 760GTX. Is this correct? No 3D in 1080p mode? This will be most upsetting it is true. I bought it specifically to work with Nvidia 3D and now it seems like it can only do this in 720p. Is this right? Or am I doing something wrong in the settings?
Nathan Posted Nov 25, 2013 9:57 PM PST
Can this projector play 3D content in all its 3D modes at 1080p?
James Posted Nov 28, 2013 2:01 PM PST
Though, I really like the picture of this projector versus the Epson 2030; I have had to replace it 3 time in the course of 60 days. On 3 separate units, within 30 days of purchase circular spots of slightly brighter tone were appearing all over the screen. I may not have noticed it outside of a dark image. Doing some troubleshooting, I discover if I changed the focus of the lens, The circular bright spots would come into sharp focus, revealing precise pixel-like white spots. The problem started as only o few spots, but over the course of a couple weeks, there were almost a hundred of these tiny white spots, identifiable when you change the focus, resulting in these circular spots of slightly brighter tone all over the screen. I found a post on another forum from someone who has the same problem- -but they found no solution - as a matter of fact Benq told him it was "normal." Benq would not tell me the cause of the problem, though they did offer to repair the unit, considering it happened within 30 days.
RICKY997 Posted Feb 8, 2014 5:44 AM PST
Just return my epson 3020 to bestbuy ,problem,trace of white hallow, like the menu of ARMAGEDDON when i m watching john carter in 3D!!!!!!!!Lot s of crosstalk too!!!!This week i recived my w1070 ,at first 10 pounds less, ouf,a more stable image in 2D at second,for the whites,with the new firmware ,1.7,no problem for 720 up to 1080p/60hz or 24hz support with BD player or pc nvidia 330M card!!!!3d got lot of deep but less pop ,and the image is darker if you dont play with the settings, you have to put the contrast up to 77 and turn off the color booster!!!!!then the brightness is more accurate to natural environnement!!!!D ont pay 99$ pair of 3D glasses ,go at and look for w1070 reliable glasses,cost (4 pairs) delivered in 3 days from china 124.99$ all included!!!!!!and they work better than the benQ one!!!!!!and at least the price!!! i ve saved 850$$$ the 3020 was 1648$ plus tax and the the w1070 854,99$!!!!!so dont think longer,,,,,,,go ahead make your self that gift !!!!!!IT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY FOR 6000 HOURS!!!!!in eco mode!!!!!HOURRA
Colin Posted Feb 20, 2014 6:35 PM PST
Hi all is all i need to watch 3D movies are the classes and bluray 3d player? or do i have to some sort of 3d emitter that i need to plug in there is nothing in the manual
Dirk Posted Feb 25, 2014 11:15 PM PST
Hello james, i have the same priblem, counting now about 5 spots, one of them being bright. Production date of the beamer is 10/2013. Dit you finally get one without the spots?
Dirk Posted Feb 27, 2014 12:05 PM PST
James, I have the same spors as you describe. How was your problem solved?
raj Posted Mar 3, 2014 5:56 PM PST
Hi sukumar,

Is your problem resolved? I am also seeing the same height problem.
luis Posted Mar 3, 2014 6:28 PM PST
im planning to buy this benq 1070, will it b an upgrade from my sanyo plv z700? how does it compare with the 3d effect from an epson 3020, ive seen 3d in a 3020, and haven't been impressed with it,,, thanks
sukumar Posted Mar 19, 2014 10:11 AM PST
Hi Raj.. My problem was solved. Just u change the direction of projector, then u get prrfect picture. I thinh u r from india, dont mind to cal me for clarification on my no..nine nine five nine eight eight nine seven eight nine
Tanneka Neal Posted May 8, 2014 4:14 PM PST
I am looking to purchase the benqu w1070, but I am worried it will not push the same great picture on my enormous 200 inch screen like the more expensive projectors. Does anyone know how well the picture is shows with the benqu w1071 with this size screen?
James Posted May 25, 2014 4:06 PM PST
Dirk, I have bought and returned 4 different benq w1070 projectors - they all have had the same white dot problem, some more than others. The dots seem to accumulate over time.
Alejandro Posted Jun 6, 2014 3:48 PM PST
So far I am very happy with my BenQ W1070. I did notice a bit of "rainbow effect" when I first installed it, but after a few weeks my eyes have adjusted enough to where i have to look for "rainbows" and pick them out.

I have it set up on the ceiling about 10' away from a Visual Apex 100" drop down tensioned screen with a 5.1 surround sound system. I'm really happy with this set-up. We mostly use the W1070 for viewing DirecTV. DirecTV looks good, Sports look great, Movies in DVD look good. Blu-Ray movies look amazing.

We have used the BenQ W1070 daily for the last 7 months without any issues. I have done a few brightness and color adjustments for daytime and nighttime viewing. Fan noise is minimal enough where it doesn't bother me. I have not had the need to really do a full and complete color calibration. I still haven't bought any 3D glasses yet either.
KKR Posted Jun 13, 2014 4:23 PM PST
I brought W1070 Projector. Can we connect the projector directly to portable external hard drive ?? If yes, how can we connect that ?
Gopal Agrawal Indore Posted Jul 6, 2014 10:35 AM PST
External hard disk can not directly connect with projector , you can purchase AMKETTE USB reader support full HD . Price 60 $ aprx
Steve Posted Jul 6, 2014 7:28 PM PST
Hi, looking for some setup advise!

First, I don't own this PJ yet, having it shipped from the UK. Will mostly use it for movies.

Second, the setup: - self built 170" screen, gray paint... - room easily and completely light proofed. - PJ is ceiling mounted. - distance from PJ to screen is 4.32m (14'2") (got that from the calculator and will calibrate if required). - seating at 5m (16'5") from screen and less (the room is 4x5m).

Third, the questions: - is this setup achievable (screen size/image quality)? - I'm not sure how the 3d glasses communicate with the PJ, do they need direct line of sight like IR remotes? or is it more like Bluetooth or WiFi? I'm asking because the PJ is going to be above and in front the glasses while operating, will that work? - any other concerns, other than RBE warnings and other PJ suggestions?

thanks a bunch.
Susan Posted Jul 31, 2014 1:52 AM PST
Hey I just want to buy this w1070 for my little home bar watch football with friends hope it will be a better choice any ideas????
igor Posted Aug 1, 2014 3:47 PM PST
friends, My w1070 when cold, the image appears when you turn and after a few seconds the image disappears, but the sound continues. Not HDMI cable. Even clicking on the menu, nothing appears. It seems something related to temperature, whatever
James Chavez Posted Aug 12, 2014 9:32 AM PST
I have had this projector for a little over a year and have about 4500 lamp hours on it, first OEM lamp it came with. I have been extremely satisfied with it have it rear mounted. The 3d quality of this projector is outstanding. Although I have not updated the firmware for fear of bricking it I do have a small issue with SBS 3d from my cable box as it is the 1.5 firmware version, if you get a newer one you will be golden.

I have it on a book shelf directly behind me on top of a small tilting laptop table which works great to point it down to my pull up 120 inch screen. I do use the keystone option and some offset but it looks fine and I am not a stickler for a little softness in the screen as I really can't see much of it.

I have used it primarily as a tv replacement in my home and for the $800 bucks I paid for it online, I would never go back to a regular tv. I can control the light in my living room and have left it in smart eco mode with never an issue. It just looks great. I hardly ever go to the movies anymore as I just love my popcorn machine and having my snacks at home and 3d capabilities there as well.

You won't be disappointed; I can fill a 120 inch screen from about 12'3" back about 6'5" behind my couch on top of a book shelf directly below my ceiling fan which helps to cool the projector as well.

The first time I hooked it up to my 3d bluray player I was simply blown away, my Xbox one looks awesome and playing battlefield 4 on 120 inches is an experience my old 73 inch tv will never match. I will cherish this projector until 4k 3d is a reality. For now I will keep a spare lamp in on my self and use smart eco mode to see just how many hours I can generate. I run it about 6-8 hours min daily.

Just my quick review.. The colors are wonderful and the range of connections are perfect for me as a first time home theater projector with all the options I could ask for. My apple tv works great and looks fine. 3D aplenty and the remote while a little low on options is fine for what I need it for. A great projector at the best price for HD, and 3D for small to medium sized living room. My friends and family are wowed every time.
AJIT Posted Oct 6, 2014 2:50 AM PST
I Purchased Benq W1070 almost a year back and used it more than 5000 hrs. Very Happy with performance of picture quality and Projector.

however from 5 to 6 day's I am finding yellow effect on faces of characters, which is giving a shade effect.

Can somebody help on this, how it can be corrected.

Thinking is it due to lamp issue and needs to be replaced.

Andy Vereecken BELGIUM Posted Oct 23, 2014 12:21 AM PST
I've got this one for over a year now. Due to my son's aggressive action on one of the hdmi ports, the mainboard broke down. No problem and Benq fixed her for free within two weeks. And for the rest, the 3D is superb. I've got a complete home cinema and everyone who's coming to watch it, is truly amazed by the quality of the projector. Projected on a white painted wall, the screen measures 128 inch from a distance of 3,55 meters. Of course home cinema room has no light inside when beamer turned on so the conditions are perfect. And perfect they are. Great device and a happy owner.
brian Posted Jan 17, 2015 9:08 AM PST
I currently own the benq w750 projector and suffice to say I'm impressed with the image quality from this projector based upon my budget, apart from the difference in resolution would I gain anything further by upgrading to this model? Current projected image size is 85" diagonally in a light controlled room.
Charlie Posted Feb 16, 2015 5:42 AM PST
Wow. 4 times ?? I'd have quit after the second replacement failed, or at least changed venders. That is a dlp chip issue usually caused by overheating. I replaced one in an Optoma projector that was out of warranty (I used good contact paste and it never reoccurred, btw).. Not fun, though as i had to take it almost completely apart.
adam Posted Jun 20, 2015 3:52 AM PST
Hi! Could someone tell me how to fix a stuck pixel? (I don't know if it is stuck or dead though). it looks like a white (pixel size) dot close to the center of the screen. It appears and disappears once in a while, When it does appear, I usually restart benq w1070 and it works, no stuck pixel. but it keep appearing once in three days. Please help, it's very ugly.
Somik Posted Jul 1, 2015 12:25 PM PST
I have recently bought W1070. Must say that 2D quality is exceptional. As for 3D i wasn't sure about the player to buy - so bought a active 3D glass first from amazon. While trying some tricks i played a downloaded 3D movie from my laptop(2D) using HDMI connection. The projector display first came out as SBS and when i enables the 3D feature on my projector the display got synced perfectly. With the glass on i can watch any 3D movie with exceptional details on 3D. Only glitch is that the picture is not bright enough. Is it because i am using this tricky method to run 3D file or this is supposed to happen with active 3D glass since they have a light shade in them?
tommytongue Posted Jul 1, 2015 6:09 PM PST
The gain and off set on my projector benq a w1070 goes from 0 to 200. All default d to 100. Which is in the centre. Can I assume in the article the settings go from minus 10 to plus 10. 0 being centre. If so can I also assum 3 will be equal to 30 and minus 3 will be equal to minus 30??
Jeff Tibbetts Posted Sep 7, 2015 12:44 PM PST
I am considering purchasing this projector. I have 2 optima ep721 projectors that both developed white dots/dmd chip problem, the second of which just developed the white dots last football season. I have seen a number of comments here on the white dots/dmd chip problem. Is this inevitable with this type of projector? Or is it a defect? How many hous of life should be expected of a dmd chip. What class of projector is necessary to avoid this problem? Thanks.
Ashish Posted Oct 4, 2015 11:18 PM PST
Hi Jeff, Some days ago large white dots developed i my projector also. It was due to some fungus accumulation on the DMD chip. Open projector, remove the DMD chip and clean its face with soft lint free cloth spraying some colin. It will be like new again. Since projector is opened clean the lamp and the color wheel and remove dust.
Philip Lane Posted May 1, 2018 9:35 AM PST
Hi, I have noticed this on mine yet bulb is supposed to be only 500hrs. Did you find a fix, thanks, Phil

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