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3.0 out of 5 stars I would have bought one if it wasn't for...., 19 Sep 2013
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Bought this BenQ from Amazon warehouse deals for 580. An absolute bargain I must say. It offered fantastic picture quality out of the box...real DLP pop due to the high brightness and sharpness. Also the colours were very well balanced and did not require tweaking. Many online reviews back what I have said up regarding the picture accuracy out of the box with this W1070 model. It also has some vertical lens shift which does help even though it's not fantastic. Perfect for smaller rooms as it only needs to be placed 1.15x the horizontal distance of the screen you have which is great. I absolutely loved this projector because of the picture quality I got for the price I paid until....

...you guess right. The dreaded rainbow effect that haunts single chip DLP projectors to this day. I'm one of those people who can spot it about 10 miles off and consider those of you who have never seen a rainbow to be extremely lucky. I found that while watching movies it wasn't too bad but it was always there and I for one do not want to be aware that I am noticing rainbows throughout a movie....I just want to enjoy the movie!

I bought this projector to play games aswell as watch movies. And I'm sorry to say that for playing games this projector is awful (for me) when it comes to noticing rainbows. I don't know if this is due to the higher framerate in games or simply because motion in games is higher (running, shooting, ducking etc). All I can say is that I was looking forward to play Bioshock Infinite on PC and this projector almost ruined it for me. The contrast is there, the colours are there and so is the sharpness....but the rainbow effect is especially bad when you're constantly running round in dark areas with a bright white crosshair on your screen. Such a shame. I would have definitely kept this projector and not bought the Epson TW5910 that I now currently have because the picture quality and price were so good.

Moving on from the rainbow effect issue...many people slate this projector for having bad black levels. I disagree. I think it's fine for watching movies because every other aspect of picture quality is there...sharpness, brightness, colour balance, motion handling. It definitely had better black levels than the epson I now have and that has a dynamic iris! When you're watching scenes with simultaneous white and black the BenQ excells at producing a really vivid and engaging image. You won't be disappointed with them...especially not for 580 like I paid. They definitely will not be as dark as a Panasonic or Pioneer plasma TV but they're about the same or perhaps even better than some LG plasmas (no lie!). I was watching an LG plasma the other day and was not impressed one bit with the contrast and believe that this BenQ would actually best that in terms of contrast in many scenes (probably due to the staggering brightness)

All I can say is, do not be fooled by the size of this projector and the price. It does a lot for its money. It just can't shake off the DLP genes that determine that rainbow sensitive people like myself will see them from time to time.

Go ahead and try one out, you probably will not regret it!
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2013 13:45:24 BDT
Great review thanks, Im considering this projector but also see rainbows slightly, so I guess I will have to take a chance and see. A lot of people who see rainbows have said they didnt with this model so I may take the plunge . What is Amazons policy with returns did you have any problems? Cheers
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