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The market is pretty small for this type of projector
on 14 January 2015
I was in the market to replace my 37" TV and because I don't really watch TV, I was looking into projectors, specifically short throw ones. The market is pretty small for this type of projector, I narrowed it down to the Benq w1070 and the Optoma gt1070x or gt1080. Having looked at online reviews, it's hard to choose between them- some say the benq has better image quality but louder and others seem to say the opposite. I finally opted for this one and it's fantastic. Here are the questions I had before purchase that I really couldn't get a straight answer for:
-Is the picture quality good?
-Yes! When I first powered it on, the settings were all wrong- vivid picture mode was selected which really washes everything out in a dark room but probably works ok for a room with some light. Switching to cinema mode brings back deeper blacks and better colours. For black levels- the way I compare is to see how bright a black area of the screen is compared to the wall next to the projected image. If the wall was 100% black, the projected black is about 95% black.
Something you may not have thought of is that because it's such a wide projector lens, there are some issues with corner sharpness, which is to say when I get the bottom of the image in focus, the extreme top corners are slightly out of focus. This is really not an issue- it's still sharp enough to read text in those corners and in movies it's impossible to tell, but if you were to use this as a monitor for a PC, it might be a pain. There's no visible purple/green fringing (chromatic abberation) in any of the corners.
Remember- the larger the image, the less bright it will be. i projected a 200" image at the office as a test, the room was dark but there was some light from the street and the image was excellent, if slightly less bright than you might want. In my home, projecting a 100" image, the brightness is excellent. If you want a big high quality picture to show blurays, this is the projector for you.
-Is it loud?
-For extended periods at brighter settings it is. You can hear it in quiet scenes in movies, but if there's background music or dialogue it will get drowned out. The projector is placed in front of me when I use it, but if you mounted it on the ceiling or behind you, that sound level will probably drop. For big hollywood movies, it's not a concern at all.
-Anything I might not have thought of?
-The length of the hdmi and power cable included are about 1.5m, which is standard. I'm using mine on a tripod table and then putting it away, which means I trail the leads across the floor to the blue ray player/power outlet. 1.5m wasn't enough for me, so I purchased a 3m kettle lead and HDMI seperately to use.
They include a remote that's backlight and the menus are quite easy to use, though graphically it's sometimes hard to tell what menu item is highlighted.
So for my usage scenario- watching bluray movies/binge TV series watching, in a smaller room, it's perfect. Any concerns about image quality should be put to rest- it is excellent and watching a movie on such a big image beats a 65" TV anyday.