When it comes to HD projectors catering to the home-entertainment market, you don’t have to look too far beyond BenQ. They have recently developed a knack for producing HD projectors that don’t look it. They are small, relatively slim but under that hood they pack a punch that nowadays manages 3D. It is from this very stable that their W1080ST hails.
Out Of The Box
When we first got this projector out of the box, we had to double check its specification sheet to make sure it does HD and 3D. It is small and light enough to fit on a stool with aesthetics that although are contemporary, fall into the bracket of ‘simple’. The colour scheme is off-white with gray side and front panels. The lens protrudes moderately from the front with its controls accessible from an indent on the top panel. We wouldn’t be wrong to say that we’ve seen this design several times before, but it’s usually a design that’s fitting for a standard definition projector. So, before you judge this projector by its cover, do read on to see what this projector is actually capable of doing.
To put all doubts to rest, the W1080ST is capable of 1920x1080p along with 3D. It uses its DLP Darkchip 3 technology to render the image, while the lamp can conjure a brightness of 2000 lumens. To top it all, this is a projector designed for small rooms because of its short-throw lens. We’re talking about being able to project a 100” screen from a distance of about 6 feet.
As far as features go, the W1080ST comes with a Rec. 709 colour gamut, which basically means that you can watch colour images that match film studio and television broadcast standards. You can also adjust 3D colours independently. Being ISF-certified (Imaging Science Foundation), BenQ has provided viewers with two preset calibration settings – ISF Day and ISF Night. These two presets present an opportunity to quickly switch between meticulously tweaked settings, which would otherwise be very difficult to achieve.
The projector is fitted with ‘Auto Blank’, which basically
blocks the light output when an object is detected crossing the screen. It has also got a ‘SmartEco’ mode that off-late we’ve been seeing often in BenQ projectors. It is a feature that automatically adjusts lamp power to maximise power savings. Along with this, it has an ‘Eco Blank’ mode that saves up to 70% of power. All these features help a great deal in reducing this projector’s running costs, thereby making it far more affordable.
As far as connectivity goes, you get everything you want from a projector besides a USB port. It has VGA, HDMI, component/composite and even the almost-obsolete S-Video. To add to it, the W1080ST comes with built-in speakers.