Benq W1070: settings and reviews

Benq W1070 Review

Associated equipment:
My set

Benq W1070 for movie nights J
PS64D8000FM Samsung plasma TV
Marantz PM 11S3 : 2 channel stereo amp with HTbypass and 100W per channel driving the front pair of 804D 
Oppo BR player BDP 101CI as CD transport and HT source
Rotel RMB 1585 – 200w X 5 driving the centre, side and back surrounds.
Marantz NA11S1 as a DAC and network player
Apple TV (Gen 1) X 2 for music and photos
HTM4s centre, Radius 90HD for front height
B&W 805s for rear back
Monitor Audio RXFX in dipole mode for side surrounds
JL Audio E112 (two units)  located at right front and rear left
Anthony Gallo A'Diva for ceiling Atmos placement and "Voice of God" placement
QED XT Revelations for front and centre speakers
QED Micro speaker cable for the surrounds
Audioquest Cinnamon HDMI for Oppo to amp
Wireworld Chroma from amp to TV
AQ Forest HDMI cable - amp to TV and other sources
Audioquest Snake subwoofer cable 
Blue Jean subwoofer cable
Wireworld Oasis 6 & 7 Interconnects
Wireworld Oasis 6 power cables
Assorted Xindak, PS Audio and other power cables
MK wall power sockets
Shunyata Venom Distributor and power cable 20A for high current items
Rhodium Right Angle Plug adapters for USA power cables
Auralex subdude platform and Mopads under centre speaker
Da lite screen
Glass optical cables


As usual the technical specs from their official website first:

Go Big, Stay Home
Enjoy 1080p Full-HD image projection up to 200" in the comfort of your living room with the W1070 Home Entertainment Projector. You'll be captivated by brilliant image performance featuring a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2000 ANSI Lumens brightness. Built-in speakers and easy set-up seal the deal on this user-friendly experience.
key features
  • 3D Support in Full HD 1080p
  • 2000 ANSI Lumens Brightness
  • SmartEco technology
  • 10000:1 Contrast Ratio

There are lots of reviews on this unit, and I have highlighted some :

This projector first came out in 2013, and believe it or not, it’s still available, even though it’s replacement has actually recently been replaced by yet another unit: Benq 2050.

This is testimony to it’s quality and popularity, given it’s value for money proposition and superb quality.

I began my own projector journey about ten years ago, with a 480p Infocus 4805, which was another pocket rocket, punching far beyond it’s price. I then had the Mitsubishi HC 4000, a wonderful unit with fabulous colours, and again good value for money.

One of the most important features that a projector has is size: when I had the Infocus, I had upwards of 15 people squeezed into my living room, all huddled together and amazed by the spectacle. No one worried about contrast, black levels or other such issues. Each person simply said, “Wow! That’s big!”.

But using a projector means getting a dark room, and you almost feel like Dracula, in your incessant pursuit of a pitch dark environment to bring out the best in your projector. That was not conducive, plus the need to mount it, provide a screen, wait for the projector to warm up and that you could not switch it on and off willy nilly, mean that I substituted my last projector with a flatscreen.

So after a hiatus of almost 4 years, I found myself getting the Benq, which was on sale at a good price, that was about a third the price of the Infocus, and Mitsubishi.


This is a DLP projector, but has a small amount of len shift adjustment built in. The adjustable height of my coffee table from Calligaris was a boon as I opted for a tabletop arrangement for my viewing.

So it was setup to project an 80” image from about 2.55m, right in front of my seat.

Some of the key features:

3D – nice bonus, and no last minute addition
2D – this is where the money went
DLP Dark Chip
2 HDMI inputs
5w speaker built-in
ISF calibration
Short throw
6 speed colour wheel

Now I have been using a Pioneer Kuro  and a Samsung plasma TV so I enjoy good blacks. I must say, even though it doesn’t come close to these two, it’s very impressive, and it’s a real light cannon. The room does not need to be very dark, and yet it is capable of very impressive colors and contrast.

And that is the main attraction, the picture quality is very impressive for something under $700 USD street price.

No doubt one can get better picture quality, namely in terms of black levels, and more lens adjustment options, but for the money, this projector is one of the greats. Even now, it is still one of the top buys in the projector world for <$1500.

Highly recommended.

 I have no financial interest or other interests in any of the items / events I write about.



Bri 53
Con 47
Color Temp Cool
Lamp Smart Eco
Gain r101 G100 B105
Offset R251 g249 B 254
Gamma 2.4
Brill Color ON
Color Management
Hue R46 G50 B50
Gain R51 G49 B50
Sat R48 G47 B50
50 for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow for all values

Column 1Column 2
Preset: User 1
Brightness: 51
Contrast: 53
Colour: 50
Tint: 50
Sharpness: 8
Colour Temp: Normal
Lamp Power: Economic
Clarity Level: 0
Gamma: 2.2
BrilliantColor: Off
Colour Temp Fine Tuning: Red Gain 96, Green Gain 88, Blue Gain 95, Red Offset 256, Green Offset 256, Blue Offset 256
Colour Management: Red - Hue 50/Gain 52/Saturation 49, Green - H 64/G 48/S 50, Blue - H 52/G 47/S 50, Cyan - H 50/G 47/S 50, Magenta - H 70/G 51/S 50, Yellow - H 64/G 50/S 47
Aspect Ratio: Real

Preset Mode Cinema
Brightness 51
Contrast 45
Color N/A
Tint N/A
Sharpness 7
Color Temperature Normal
Lamp Power Economic
Black Level N/A
ClarityControl Noise Reduction 0
ColorTemperature Fine Tuning

Gain Offset
Red 94 256
Green 91 256
Blue 98 256
Gamma Selection 2.4 or 2.5
Brilliant Color On or Off (see text)
Color Management

Hue 44 50 50 50 60 64
Gain 53 50 42 50 51 52
Saturation 50 50 50 50 50 50
Aspect Ratio Auto*
Keystone 0
Overscan Adjustment 0
Digital Zoom 1.0x
Preset Mode 3D
Brightness 50
Contrast 75
Color N/A
Tint N/A
Sharpness 7
Color Temperature Normal
Lamp Power SmartECO
Black Level N/A
ClarityControl Noise Reduction 0
ColorTemperature Fine Tuning

Gain Offset
Red 108 256
Green 83 256
Blue 93 256
Gamma Selection 2.2 or 2.4
Brilliant Color Off
Color Management

Hue 45 50 50 50 50 50
Gain 60 70 80 50 50 50
Saturation 50 50 50 50 50 50
Aspect Ratio Auto*
Keystone 0
Overscan Adjustment 0
Digital Zoom 1.0x



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