Brilliant Image Performance
Full HD 1080p
Showcase Full-HD content in sharp, 1080p definition and
enjoy Blu-ray, video games and HD broadcasting in
beautiful, high-contrast quality without downscaling or
．Non-Full HD Picture
Low Image Resolution
．Full HD 1080p Picture
Delicate Image Resolution
The W1070 supports multiple forms of 3D – including
HDMI, Blu-Ray, 3D broadcasting, video games and NVIDIA
3DTV PC connectivity – in 1080p Full-HD for maximum
enjoyment. You'll appreciate uninterrupted viewing with
no crosstalk thanks to DLP technology and new glasses
designed for comfort and peak image quality.
Built-in speakers are Plug-and-Play ready, only the
power cord and video source connection are needed to
prepare the viewing experience.
Play from many devices with HDMI x 2 and multiple
World-Leading SmartEco™ Technology , Green up your
Offering lower maintenance cost and optimized projection
through dynamic power saving, uncompromised brightness,
exquisite picture quality and optimized lamp life –
BenQ's SmartEco technology has perfected what a DLP
projector can do in home entertainment. With this
special innovation, you are able to save up to 70% of
lamp power consumption and lower maintenance costs
through dynamic power saving features while bringing
ultra-vivid picture quality in every living room.
Smart Eco Mode
The SmartEco Mode cleverly adjusts the lamp power to
maximize power saving, by delivering the best contrast
and brightness performance using only as much light as
296W Projector Power
Consumption by Average
Enhanced Details in Darkened Scenes
163W Projector Power Consumption by Average
(Source: 2010 Philips white paper)
Eco Blank Mode
The Eco Blank mode allows you to blank the projection.
When activated, this special feature dims the lamp power
automatically, lowering the total power consumption by
70%. All you need to do is press the "Eco Blank Mode"
button on the keypad or the "Blank" button on the remote
No Source Detected Mode
The projector will automatically switch to Eco Blank
Mode after the projector is turned on for over three
minutes without a display source, eliminating
unnecessary energy waste and prolonging the life of the
100% Lamp Power
No Source Detected
30% Lamp Power
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AVS Forum's Top 10 Projectors from 2013
If you want a true cinematic experience at home, nothing beats a front projector
and a separate screen, just like they use in commercial theaters. Such a system
can provide a much larger picture than just about any flat panel. On the
downside, projectors are trickier to set up than flat panels, and in most cases,
the picture washes out with even a little ambient light in the room. You can
combat this by getting an ambient light-rejecting screen and/or a very bright
projector, but both of these options increase the total cost.
Most consumer projectors use a UHP (ultra-high pressure) lamp as the light
source, which has a finite lifespan—typically a couple of thousand hours—before
it must be replaced. (A few very expensive projectors use LEDs as the light
source, which last much longer than conventional lamps, but they're not as
bright.) Depending on the projector's design, it's fairly easy to replace the
lamp, but they often cost $100 to $300 or more. At four hours per day, seven
days per week, you'll need to replace the lamp every 16 months or so—and you'll
need to recalibrate the projector every time. Many projectors include an "Eco"
mode that drives the lamp less hard to make it last longer, but this also
decreases the brightness.
Projector manufacturers specify the brightness of their products in lumens,
which is a measure of the total amount of visible light emitted, taking into
account the sensitivity of the human eye to different wavelengths. There are
various ways to measure lumens, including a procedure developed by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI), so if you see a projector's brightness
specified in ANSI lumens, the manufacturer presumably used the ANSI procedure.
This spec is most useful in comparing one projector to another, especially if
they are both in ANSI lumens—the higher the number, the brighter the image will
be on a screen of a given size. If one is in ANSI lumens and the other isn't,
it's like comparing apples to oranges—in other words, the comparison is
Then there's the specified contrast ratio—the ratio of the brightest white to
the darkest black that the projector can produce. This spec is relatively
meaningless to begin with, because the measurements are usually performed under
ideal rather than real-world conditions. Also, most manufacturers specify
dynamic contrast, in which a dynamic, automatic iris opens up for bright images
and closes down for dark images. If you measure the contrast ratio with a
dynamic iris, you'll get a much larger number than the projector's native
contrast. Unfortunately, the operation of a dynamic iris is often visible—the
brightness seems to "pump" up and down—so I usually disable the dynamic iris and
leave it at a fixed value.
Don't forget the screen in your budget. Some people think that simply shining a
projector on a white wall is sufficient, but it's not. Walls have dips and bumps
that can distort the image, and the paint might not be uniform in its reflective
properties. There are special thick paints that can be used as a screen, but
most people buy a fixed or retractable screen made of a special material that
reflects the light from the projector in a very uniform way. As mentioned
earlier, some screens can mitigate the effect of ambient room light, which would
otherwise wash out the picture.
Of course, you can get a screen in a range of sizes, typically from 80 to 120
inches diagonally or more, and the price varies accordingly; plan to spend
around $1000 to $2000 or more for a high-quality fixed screen. (Projector
manufacturers often claim that their projectors can fill screens up to 300
inches, but that is wildly overoptimistic in most cases.) Keep in mind that the
larger the screen, the less bright the image will be, though the blacks will be
deeper as well.
Also, virtually all projectors have a zoom lens, so they can fill a screen of a
given size from a range of distances, which is called the throw range.
Conversely, they can fill a screen of various sizes from a given distance.
However, there are limits to these ranges, so if you know the distance your
projector will be from the screen, you can calculate the range of screen sizes
it can fill. On the other hand, if you know the screen size, you can calculate
the range of distances at which the projector can be placed to fill it. Many
projector manufacturers provide a screen size/distance calculator on their
Ideally, you should place the projector so its lens axis—the imaginary line
extending through the center of the lens to the screen—is perpendicular to the
plane of the screen. If it's not perpendicular, the image won't be rectangular
to match the edges of the screen. Most projectors provide controls in the menu
called horizontal and vertical keystone that can electronically correct the
shape of the image, but this also reduces the visible detail, so I don't
recommend using it if at all possible.
In addition, the projector should be placed so the lens axis is horizontally
centered on the screen. You might think that the lens axis should be vertically
centered on the screen as well, but many projectors shoot the image upward or
downward with respect to the lens axis, so they might need to be placed so the
lens axis points at the top or bottom of the screen.
If you can't place the projector as recommended above, many models provide
lens-shift controls that move the lens—and thus the image—up and down as well as
left and right. This greatly increases the flexibility of placement, and I
highly recommend getting a projector with these controls. Lower-cost models have
manual lens-shift controls, while more expensive units have motorized lens
Nearly all consumer projectors produce an image with a native aspect ratio (the
ratio of the width to the height) of 16:9 or, equivalently, 1.78:1, which is the
same aspect ratio as most flat-panel TVs and broadcast HDTV images. But most
movies use a different aspect ratio—typically, 1.85:1 or 2.35:1. When played
from Blu-rays and broadcast signals, these movies have black "letterbox" bars
above and below the active image area within a 16:9 screen.
To eliminate the black letterbox bars, some projector buyers get a screen with
an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 so the image of a 2.35:1 movie can fill the screen.
There are two basic ways to do this. The first is to add an anamorphic lens
(which is usually very expensive) if the projector has the processing to
accommodate one. The other is to zoom the projector's main lens so the movie
fills the screen and the black letterbox bars are "pushed" above and below the
If you use an anamorphic lens and you want to watch something with an aspect
ratio of 16:9, you can move the lens out of the way or have the projector
process the image so it looks correct. If you zoom the projector's main lens for
2.35:1 movies, you can simply zoom it out to see 16:9. Some projectors provide
what are called "lens memories" that store the motorized zoom and focus settings
for different aspect ratios, letting you switch between them with the push of a
button. For more on these approaches, see
the poll here.
The projectors in this buying guide were selected as the best 1080p models
available at the end of 2013 by consulting various review outlets such as CNET,
Sound & Vision, ProjectorCentral.com, and ProjectorReviews.com as well as AVS
reviews and owner threads and a
special call out to members for
their top picks.
This little gem is well-liked by AVS members for its surprisingly good picture
quality and 3D capabilities, though you must buy the active-shutter 3D glasses
separately for $100 a pop. And being a single-chip DLP model, some people will
see something called the rainbow effect—momentary red-green-blue rainbows
trailing bright highlights on a dark background as you move your eyes around the
screen. But single-chip DLP also means the alignment of red, green, and blue is
perfect, making for a sharp picture. It provides vertical lens shift (not
horizontal), which you adjust using a small screwdriver—kind of a pain, but
better than nothing.
Note: The BenQ W7000 (MSRP $2000) is another AVS favorite, but it's been
discontinued, so it's not included in this buying guide.
Scott Says: If
you want a good projector for the least amount of money—and you're not sensitive
to the rainbow effect—this is a great choice.
Like the BenQ W1070, the Epson 8350 has been around for a while, and it's still
going strong. It offers no 3D capability, but it does provide easy-to-use
vertical and horizontal manual lens-shift controls, which makes placement very
flexible. Because it's based on LCD technology—as all Epson projectors are—there
is no rainbow effect. The blacks aren't that deep, but the colors are excellent,
as is the shadow detail.
Scott Says: If
you don't care about 3D and you're sensitive to the single-chip DLP rainbow
effect, this is an excellent entry-level projector.
Sony projectors are based on SXRD (Silicon X-tal [Crystal] Reflective Display),
Sony's version of LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon). The VPL-HW30ES offers 3D
capabilities, but the glasses and IR emitter must be bought separately; if you
want those items bundled, you can get the VPL-HW30AES with two pairs of glasses
and an emitter for an extra $300. It's also quite bright, which is great for 3D,
and the colors are excellent; deep blacks, too. The lens zoom, focus, and shift
are all manual with no memories, and it can't accommodate an anamorphic lens.
However, its SXRD panels can be electronically shifted to improve red/green/blue
alignment if necessary.
Note: Two other Sony models—the VPL-HW50ES (MSRP $4000) and VPL-VW95ES (MSRP
$6000)—have been discontinued, so they're not included in this buying guide. If
you can find either one at a deep discount, they are well worth grabbing while
Scott Says: This
projector gets most things very right and few if any things wrong. A top choice
in this price range.
The Epson 5020UB delivers on its model designation (UB = "Ultra Black"), at
least with the dynamic iris engaged. Colors are beautiful, shadow detail is
excellent, and it's a bit brighter than the 3020; in fact, it earned CNET's
Editors' Choice award. And it's THX certified, which means it conforms to the
well-established video standards for color and grayscale out of the box when you
select the THX mode. The "e" version includes a WirelessHD transmitter, which
has five HDMI inputs (including one MHL for mobile devices) that can be selected
and sent wirelessly to the projector.
Note: The PowerLite Pro Cinema 6020UB ($3500) is essentially a 5020UB in a black
housing. It comes with an extra lamp, ceiling-mount kit, 3-year warranty (other
Epson models have a 2-year warranty), ISF calibration modes, and an
anamorphic-lens mode, which is important if you want to fill a 2.35:1 screen,
since none of the Epson models have motorized lens controls with memories. It
does not offer a WirelessHD option.
Scott Says: This
is a superb projector; in fact, it's what I'm using in my home theater at the
JVC uses LCoS technology—which JVC calls D-ILA (Direct Drive Image Light
Amplifier)—in all of its projectors. Also, they don't use a dynamic iris, and
their blacks are among the best in the business, even compared with projectors
that do use a dynamic iris. The DLA-X35 is the company's least-expensive model,
and it's a beauty, with great colors (after adjustment) and deep blacks as well
as motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift with five memories, which lets you
easily switch between 16:9, 2.35:1, and three other aspect ratios on a 2.35:1
screen. It's not the brightest projector on the market, and if you want 3D, you
must buy the IR emitter and glasses separately.
Scott Says: This
projector offers videophile picture quality without spending a fortune, though
you should add the cost of 3D peripherals if you like 3D.
Another AVS fave, the LCD-based PT-AE8000U is a superb performer, with great
colors and 3D. It's also brighter than the competing DLA-X35, though its black
level is not as deep, even with a dynamic iris. Better still, it has motorized
lens adjustments and memories to recall different aspect ratios.
Scott Says: If
you're into 3D, this projector has the brightness you need along with a great
This step up from the DLA-X35 is JVC's least-expensive model with the second
generation of its e-Shift technology, called e-Shift2. This feature rapidly
shifts the pixels back and forth diagonally by half a pixel, and the color of
each pixel in each location can be independently controlled. JVC claims this
effectively doubles the number of perceived pixels horizontally and vertically
to achieve "4K" resolution (3860x2160). It's not really 4K—leading some to call
it "faux-K"—but it does eliminate any visible pixel structure.
Like all JVC projectors, the X55R produces exceptionally deep blacks without a
dynamic iris, beautiful colors, and great shadow detail. It also provides five
memories for the motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift. Another great feature is
the ability to adjust the alignment of the pixels from the red, green, and blue
D-ILA panels in 121 independent zones across the screen in increments of 1/16 of
a pixel, letting you dial in perfect alignment.
Scott Says: e-Shift2
may not offer true 4K resolution, but it does produce a sharply detailed picture
with no visible pixel structure, and everything else that makes JVC projectors
so great is here in spades.
Some cinephiles prefer the look of DLP projection—even single-chip DLP with the
potential for rainbow artifacts—over LCD or LCoS. For one thing, the image is
often a bit sharper and more punchy with DLP, and single-chip models have
perfect alignment of the red, green, and blue portions of the image, though the
blacks are not usually as deep as the JVC models.
The Runco LS-5 single-chip DLP projector strikes a great balance of performance
and price. It's the least-expensive model in the company's LightStyle line that
provides both horizontal and vertical lens shift (the lower-cost LS-3 and LS-1
provide only vertical lens shift), though these controls are manual, not
motorized with memories. However, it can accommodate a fixed anamorphic lens for
2.35:1 screens. The colors and shadow detail are both top-notch, and the blacks
are quite good thanks to its dynamic iris, but it offers no 3D capabilities,
unlike all the other projectors in this buying guide except the Epson 8350.
Scott Says: If
you want the look of DLP and you don't care about 3D or lens memories, this is a
superb choice in this price range.
This exceptional projector ups the ante from the DLA-X55R with better contrast,
THX certification, and 10 lens memories along with deep blacks without a dynamic
iris, gorgeous colors, great shadow detail, e-Shift2, and 121-zone pixel
Scott Says: It's
expensive, but better contrast means this JVC's picture really pops, and THX
certification means it comes out of the box conforming to well-established
JVC's flagship is definitely worthy of the title, offering super-deep blacks
without a dynamic iris, better contrast than any other JVC model, totally
accurate colors, great shadow detail, THX certification, 10 lens memories,
e-Shift2, and 121-zone pixel alignment.
Scott Says: If
you want the best projector you can buy without being Bill Gates, this one's
hard to beat.