The best projector for the money. Picture is absolutely outstanding. My first watched blue ray dvd was planet earth 2. The colures and blacks are just amazing. It made my house very spacial, every weekend my friends over for a movie night. I can not see myself with out it now.
I had bought this projector to replace my benq w1070+. I’ve used that projector day and night for two years, still haven’t replaced the lamp but the fan started getting louder and louder so i’ve decided to buy the new benq w1700. Pros: stunning visuals, i had play uhd movies and tv shows, played 4k game using xbox one x. I was blown away by the quality, it is no way near the quality output of uhd tvs but you really shouldn’t expect this unless you spend serious amount of money. Cons: fan sound, it is super loud, there is a high pitch sound coming from the projector as well. It’s like it’s stuck in high altitude mode, fan sound doesn’t decrease even if you choose eco lamb mode however the fan sound be reduced to minimum of you put it on silence mode but it reduces the quality, no hdr support either. Fan / colour wheel sound gets even louder when the input frequency is changed to 50hz. On normal mode the fan sound should be 33db, which is the same as benq w1070+, however my older projector definitely runs quieter even after 2 years of abuse than benq w1700. I was told by the amazon customer support team that i was sent a brand new projector however the package i had received was previously opened, and box had wear and tear from opening it multiple times.
The benq w1090 is a dlp projector which supports full 1080p hd video. I already use a benq projector in my home av system – the earlier w1110s, which was a similar price when i bought it a year or so ago, although it was by that point quite an old model and had dropped in price since launch. I was interested to see how an up-to-date version compared, and i have to say that i am very pleased with the w1110s, so wasn’t expecting to be blown away by the differences. I hooked the projector up to my system with an hdmi cable and performed a brief calibration with a thx disc. Out of the box, this projector isn’t too far off where it needs to be – i turned on “smart eco” mode for the light, switched to the “cinema” mode and turned the brightness up to 55, leaving the contrast on the default setting of 50; this gave decent results on the thx patterns, so i tried some films and music videos, off both bluray and dvd. One of the first things i noticed is that this projector is slightly quieter than the w1110 – the fan is slightly quieter, but the main difference is the colour wheel (a spinning set of filters that convert the black and white picture from a dlp array to colour, which can make a noticeable whining noise) – this was pretty much silent except when spinning up and down when a new signal was sent. The projector isn’t silent, but the noise it makes is barely noticeable over most scenes in a movie, and is inaudible in a concert video. The next thing i noticed was that the picture noise in dark areas that the w1110 has was conspicuous by its absence – dark areas on the w1090 are plain in colour without the random speckling patterns that occur in similar areas on the w1110. Linearity of colours is also very good – on the w1110, an area of blue with slight variations in colour sometimes shows up as distinct banded regions; the w1090 seemed pretty much immune to this. Black areas are very black – surprisingly so for a dlp device – but you do lose detail in the darker areas; then again, that is pretty inevitable in a projector of this type.
I have now owned this projector for nearly a year. It is easy to set up and has a nice crisp picture even though i am just projecting it onto a plain wall. With the magnification wheel i can get the image up to around 100″ diagonal from a distance of about 3. 5 metres, which is more than big enoughthe projector is noisy (as all projectors are) but it’s not bad enough that it disrupts my enjoyment of the film, and i have the projector directly above my head. My one complaint would be that the sound output from the headphone socket is quite underpowered. I resolved this by adding a usb-rechargeable headphone amp between the projector and my headphones/speakers. Because it can be unplugged from the mains when it’s in use, this means no mains noise is added. The projector’s settings are pretty comprehensive, so there are plenty of options to tweak if you like to get advanced, but the default settings work fine too. I am very sensitive to the ‘rainbow effect’, but am happy to report i have hardly experienced it at all with the benq w1050. Overall recommended, especially if you can get it when it dips below £450.
I would have put 5 stars if the bluetooth was available which is not the case. I used to have a pico projector so there is no comparison , this is real stuff. Since i’m not a pro , i won’t make any comparison. Sound is good , although i prefer to plug my own speaker. There is 2 things , i would like to mention :1) the keystone feature is fine but i was a little bit disappointed since i thought i could do much more with the image position from a corner. 2) the sound , even at the minimum ( so level 1) it is a little bit too loud.
This is one of the best things i’ve ever purchased, now my room is like a mini cinema.
Having used a similarly specified and priced optoma projector for some time i can’t fault this one on quality, colour projection or general ease of use. It’s easy and intuitive to set up and and use and brilliant for home projection if you have a spare room available. It doesn’t need a long throw for a decent picture so you could use it across the width of a modest sitting room or lounge. In the past i haven’t liked sitting too close to a projector but found i could sit next to this one without it being too distracting with light reflections or noisy workings. You need to get to grips with the colour wheel to get the best colour depth and minimise the rainbow effect. There is a built in speaker claiming ‘cinemamaster audio’ but i was unimpressed with it’s 10w power – it might be acceptable for an office presentation but not, in my opinion, for a home movie. Fortunately there is an aux out socket so you can connect it to a sound system or speaker to improve the sound quality. Unfortunately it doesn’t connect via bluetooth, which is my preferred connection on the optoma projector – very handy that is given the quality of some current bluetooth speakers. I wouldn’t recommend it as an office projector but if you want one for home that you might want to use occasionally for a presentation for a club or society this would double up ok. On balance i didn’t find much to distinguish it from similar projectors.
Good product, i use it to watch movies and football.
- Impressive at the price.
- Stunning picture but
- The best projector for the money
BenQ W1050 1080p DLP CineHome Projector, 2200 ANSI Lumens – White
I have used and purchased quite a few projectors over the years, mostly for work, and while some have had pretty good image quality, i wouldn’t have wanted to watch sports or a movie on any of them. This benq w1090 is a different story though. Out the box it’s pretty big, about 8 x 12 x 4 inches, although weight is reasonable. The only cable suppled is the power cable, so you need to sort your device connecting cable (hdmi being the most obvious choice). Set-up is straight forward, and leaving it on automatic yields such good results i didn’t bother with any manual options. In use, via a pc laptop running windows 10, everything just worked. Movie playback was pretty much as good as i could have hoped for (on a normal off white painted wall, in a dimmed but not dark room). The image was sharp, with colours and contrast were very good and there was minimal motion blur (if any at all). There were no rainbow artefacts either. Image wise i could happily watch a full feature film on this.
Another projector reviewso, third projector now (4th if we are counting the £60 cheapy job, which is pretty good actually)i purchased this around christmas when the price dropped to £589. 00, and what a purchase it is. I’m no expert on projectors, but i’m getting better at them. This one ticks a lot of boxes. Picture quality ✓build quality ✓ease of use ✓looks ✓when i removed from the box i was instantly impressed, the packaging and protection were well thought out, the slight gold tint to the plastic, and the mounting points being exactly where they should be (compared with the epsom i reviewed before). Once set up – this took a while, i was projecting at around 4m, i didn’t realise this was a short throw, so moved the mount a meter closer to the screen. – it looked great, the picture quality is amazing for a full hd projector (i’m yet to try a 4k pixel shift or true 4k projector, maybe next if she lets me) the auto vertical keystone works ok to get you in the ball park, but worth adjusting on the controller (or harmony remote – this works great with this projector) to get the picture perfect. Dark or blacks are still a struggle, but that is more due to the cheap white screen i’m using. I can’t comment on the sound quality as this running through a denon avr2500 (great budget atmos receiver, not purchased through amazon but i’ll review soon)again, i’ve got the same issue with the fans as the epsom, this one is on par with the epsom for fan noise, but having moved the mount forward it’s less annoyingrainbow effect, none. I have witnessed the rainbow effect on the optoma 142x and it was unwatchable so very impressed with the benqhopefully i’ll get round to sorting a 4k soon to review, but for now i’ll ‘make do’ with this amazing benq.
I work for a prestige projector manufacturer. Wanted something 1080 resolution and cheap for home use, very impressed with it straight out of the box, was the inclusion of the six segment colour wheel that made me buy it, colours are excellent and very adjustable. 3d could be slightly better compared to what i see everyday at work on expensive proffesional units but not a complaint on a consumer unit at this price. I know who builds these units for benq so have no complaints with the engineering inside it. Just be aware that this is an offset lens projector with no lens shift adjustment, only zoom and focus, tilt on adjustable feet and keystone correction. Also deep black levels can never match those of a tv, but otherwise with minimal tweaking the image is excellent, but it is really too bright at the moment even in the eco mode, needs some use for the lamp to lose some lumens to be more suited to living room viewing, now have 120″ish diagonal image at just over 3 meters throw distance at extreme of zoom.
Quality is surprisingly good. Well contrasted and colour very vibrant, which is perfect for gaming. Even with lamps on the contents projected are still clear and nice. The built in speaker is hopeless (the area i place the projector is a 6 sq. M room and i can’t hear anything) but i am able to blast the audio through my bose soundlink (not through the projector). Only problem with the projector is a noticeable “stain” on the screen which probably comes from damaged lenses, and no accessories/remote coming with the box. But it was a refurbished product so it’s not really the projector’s problem.
I’ve spent weeks comparing different projectors, especially between benq and optoma. I think this was the best choice i have made. I’ve been using this 5* projector for couple of months now and i must say colours, brighteness, contrast and quality are magical. I’ve been using it to watch movies, tv series and play games. This one was especially made for gamers. I agree, low imput lag is as advertised. I had no problems gaming whatsoever.
Great picture quality for the money – ok it’s not true 4k chip but does a good enough job of emulating it. I watched some hdr content off of netflix and have to say, couldn’t really vastly the difference between this and my old panasonic ae3000 1080 projector. The real issue was the system noise – in addition to the fan which was acceptable and on a par with the panasonic, there was a loud high pitched whine which sounded like i had tinnitus – absolutely ruined the overall experience and thus i have returned the unit for a refund. Problem with silent mode is that only works in 1080 mode, so absolutely useless when i’ve just bought a 4k projector. I’ll stick with my ae3000 until the technology improves .
So far i have only used it with my laptop both to project apps and streamed video content. Both hd movies and lower quality stuff. For apps it was as good as any projector i’ve ever used. With movies it give an excellent quality picture with great colour reproduction. Great blacks and what appears to my eye nice hd quality colours all the way through to white. The images are nice and sharp and there’s no blurring (or drag as i call it) during rapid movement sequences. We have it set up just over 9 feet from a pure while wall and the projected image is around 8 feet wide. The image looks absolutely fabulous. It was as close to ‘home cinema’ as we have ever experienced. The you can hear the fan of course, but its not at all distracting and within a few minutes i didn’t notice it at all. Even during quiet movie moments. The controls are straight forward and intuitive to use making focusing and alignment quick and easy. Our nephew was using it yesterday to play some pc games on.
After checking many projectors out from this price range and about 2-3 times the price, i settled with this as the w3000 is no longer being made or sold. I have a panasonic oled at home (the absolute best tv out there at the moment) and for watching movies we use this projector and a homegear 120” electric screen. The throw is very good in a small room and from the pics below taken at midday on a very bright day you can watch a movie without any annoyance and do so quite often. But the truest and best quality is in a dark room. If you’ve ever seen a dodgy cine-cam copy movie you can see that the actual picture taken is not like the actual experience. The pic below should be considered the same it actually is for the money imho the best projector out there for the price at the moment. It has 3d capability but you need the glasses which don’t come in the box (not cheap)if you have a projector mount on side at an angle or corner of the room then it will work. But you lose on pixel count so best only do it if you have to. A very good projector for the money and you will not be disappointed.
- Impressive at the price.
- Stunning picture but
- The best projector for the money
BenQ W1050 1080p DLP CineHome Projector, 2200 ANSI Lumens – White