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BenQ W1060 review

Tom Morgan
23 Dec 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
761
inc VAT

Everything you’d want from a mid-range projector, including great picture quality, an excellent warranty and competitive price

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Specifications

1,920x1,080 resolution, 2 ANSI lumens, 150x330x247mm, 3.6kg

BenQ has impressed us with some fantastic mid-range projectors in the past, so we were expecting good things from the W1060. The sleek white and silver chassis looks great from any angle, and isn’t so large that you’ll struggle to find a place for it.

BenQ W1060

Setup should also be a breeze, thanks to a great selection of ports on the back. Two HDMI inputs join VGA, component, composite and S-video inputs, as well as analogue RCA and 3.5mm audio inputs. You can output audio using the second 3.5mm jack and there’s also a USB service port for future firmware upgrades.

BenQ W1060

The 2,000 ANSI lumen lamp coped well in our dimly lit test room – even when we let in some ambient light, we could still make out details in darker scenes much better than on similarly priced projectors. Naturally, pictures look their best in the dark, but it’s not out of the question to use the W1060 with a light or two on.

Unsurprisingly for a DLP projector, we could see a rainbow effect in monochrome test footage but it was much less noticeable than on other mid-range projectors. It was much harder to spot the effect in full colour scenes, so even people normally susceptible to the effect should be able to watch the W1060 without discomfort.

At the default settings, images looked a little muted, but we had no trouble tweaking picture quality thanks to a comprehensive menu system and intuitive remote control. There's also a well-equipped control panel on the projector itself. With a backlit keypad, it's easy to find right button on the remote even when sat in the dark. You can choose from four preset picture settings, or edit brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness and tint manually. Three user settings mean you can have different settings to suit different devices.

BenQ W1060

Although there’s no motion smoothing system, the noise reduction and detail enhancement features are both welcome inclusions – we set them to low levels to get the benefits without losing too much image clarity.

We might have been impressed with picture quality, but the two 10w speakers were poor. We could barely hear our test tracks from the other side of our test room and up close, there was lack of treble and complete absence of bass. As with all projectors, a dedicated speaker system is the best way to go.

BenQ W1060

There are plenty of reasons to like the W1060, with the great picture quality being an obvious highlight. It also has a decent three-year warranty for peace of mind. A minimal rainbow effect is inevitable in a DLP system, so try one out if possible before buying. If your budget is limited and you can't stretch to the superb Epson EH-TW5900, this is a great choice.

Details

Price£761
Detailswww.benq.co.uk
Rating*****
AwardBest Buy

Specifications

Projector technologyDLP
Lamp brightness2 ANSI lumens
Lamp life4.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Lamp life in economy mode6
Contrast ratio5,000:1

Picture

Native resolution1,920x1,080
Max compressed resolution1,600x1,200
Aspect ratio16:9
Other aspect ratios4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft55in
Throw ratio1.59:1 to 1.9:1
Optical zoom1.2x
Projection distance1m to 10.6m
Mirror imageyes
Invert imageyes
Lens shift horizontal0%
Lens shift vertical40%
HD Readyyes
Special view modesBright, Gaming, Living Room, Cinema, User 1, User 2, User 3

Inputs/Outputs

VGA inputyes
DVI inputNo
Sound inputs3.5mm, phono
Composite inputyes
S-video inputyes
HDMI inputyes
PAL supportyes
SECAM supportyes
NTSC supportyes
Audio output3.5mm
Others inputs/outputssecond HDMI input, USB service port, RS232

Other

Noise (in normal use)31dB(A)
Size150x330x247mm
Weight3.6kg
Internal speakersyes (2x 10W)
Extrasremote, cables (Power, VGA), carry case
Remote special featurespicture mode, colour temp, aspect ratio, zoom, keystone, input select, light
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on225W

Lamp

Lamp cost (inc VAT)£161
Lamp supplierwww.projectorshop24.co.uk
Lamp cost per hour of use£0.03
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy)£0.02

Buying Information

Price£761
Supplierhttp://www.projectorshop24.co.uk
Detailswww.benq.co.uk