Home Theater Projector Shootout
Eight 1080p Projectors under $1500
The W1100 is a solid 1080p projector for gaming and entertainment and sells for $1,299. Its bright image and small size make it a highly portable option for sports, movies, and gaming, and dual 10W speakers mean you don't have to find another way to set up audio once you get where you're going. Color reproduction is quite good after some fine-tuning, but the default calibration could use some work.
- Calibrated color
- Light output
- Black level
- Default color
The big advantages to the W1100 are its portability and calibrated color accuracy. The W1100 is lightweight at less than eight pounds and has 10W stereo speakers. Its aggressive upward throw angle is perfect for a coffee table. A plethora of connections make it easy to connect to a laptop or other signal source, and its 1100 lumen calibrated output makes it easy to use in a variety of lighting conditions. Contrast is deeper and the image is more three-dimensional than a projector like the Viewsonic Pro8200, so there is some benefit to its somewhat lower lumen output. Additionally, calibrated color on the W1100 is among the best in this price range.
While contrast on the W1100 is higher than the Pro8200, it does not match the other projectors in its price class. The BenQ W1200, Epson 8350, and Mitsubishi HC4000 all beat the W1100 in black level and contrast. However, this is not a downside when the projector is used for its intended purpose--gaming and entertainment in ambient light. In this situation, the contrast and black level advantages of the other units are neutralized. The real limitation of the W1100 is the default color calibration, which emphasizes green and blue and needs significant grayscale and gamut adjustment to get it optimized. This is unfortunate because of the W1100 is capable of great color accuracy once calibrated. If it were better calibrated at the factory the W1100 would be a much greater value to the consumer who does not want to mess with meters or custom calibrations on a gaming machine.
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