InFocus IN8606HD versus BenQ W1070
The BenQ W1070 is one of our favorite home video projectors in the sub-$1000 price class, and on paper it's quite similar to the InFocus IN8606HD. Both projectors are DLP-driven 1080p video machines rated at 2000 lumens or more and 10,000:1 contrast. Both use 144Hz DLP Link glasses (though the IN8606HD has a VESA port and the W1070 does not). Both have an onboard 10W speaker. Both have low input lag and are acceptable for gaming. Both have long-life lamps that top out at 6,000 hours in Eco mode. In other aspects, though, the two projectors are quite different.
At their factory settings, both projectors produce acceptable color, but the IN8606HD is slightly closer to ideal. If you plan to calibrate your projector, this difference largely disappears -- both projectors have full color management systems and RGB gain/bias adjustments for white balance. After calibration, color on the W1070 and IN8606HD was close to identical.
The W1070 has incrementally deeper blacks, more openness in mid-tones, and does a better job at preserving the deepest shadow detail. Switching the IN8606HD to 2.2 gamma helps to fix mid-tones and crushed detail, but it also widens the W1070's black level advantage.
The W1070 is brighter in its cinema-optimized mode, producing 1220 lumens in Cinema mode to the IN8606HD's 703 lumens. At maximum brightness, the IN8606HD's Bright mode at 1830 lumens edges out the W1070 at 1554 lumens. Despite this, the W1070 produces less fan noise than the IN8606HD during operation.
The IN8606HD's 1.5:1 zoom lens gives it a wider throw range than the W1070's 1.3:1, but the W1070 does include some vertical lens shift -- a feature that the IN8606HD lacks. Head-to-head testing did reveal a bit more chromatic aberration on the IN8606HD, as well as some softness in the corners of the image that was not present on the W1070. Neither of these problems are exactly crucial, but they contribute to an overall feeling that the IN8606HD's increased zoom range comes with some compromises.
If you're one of the unlucky folks who sees rainbow artifacts, the W1070 is much less likely to produce them. The IN8606HD has a 2x-speed RGBCMY color wheel, while the W1070 has a 6x-speed RGBRGB wheel. While many people will see rainbows on a 2x speed wheel, very few will witness them on a 6x speed wheel -- myself included.
Both the IN8606HD and the W1070 are ISFccc certified, so a professional calibrator can access the ISF Day/Night memory settings for you. But in the meantime, the W1070 allows you to adjust both the preset and User image modes, while the IN8606HD's image modes are all locked save one.
From an ease-of-use standpoint, the W1070 has a control panel on top of the projector (the IN8606HD does not) and the W1070's remote control is backlit and easy to read (the IN8606HD's is not).
The IN8606HD definitely has some advantages; the projector's long zoom lens makes it easier to install in some situations, and its factory preset color is more accurate. Folks who need maximum brightness will get more of it from the IN8606HD, too. But if you are sensitive to rainbows, or enjoy calibrating your projector, or need the extra lumens from Cinema mode, the W1070 may be a better option.
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