Projector provides superior quality and convenient use
Technology company BenQ is well-known for their high-quality monitors and they have recently risen to popularity among gamers and technology enthusiasts. I had the opportunity to test a 27-inch QHD monitor out from BenQ earlier this year and it didn’t disappoint. When I came across this projector from BenQ, I decided to give it a try.
This model of projector is an upgrade for the most popular BenQ projector — the HT1070. This newer model has a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 and a resolution of 1080p. It’s a 100-inch projection, which makes for an awesome home theater screen. There are three picture modes — sports, movies, and normal TV. Now, I didn’t have previous experience with the older model, but from what I’ve seen, BenQ didn’t waste time with a successful formula and they just made minor improvements. It’s designed to be consumer-grade and is more budget-friendly than other high-quality projectors (retailing for $649). BenQ provides software with the project on disc and it’s also available to download from their website. It’s for Windows machines only, but Mac users need not despair. The unit is essentially plug-n-play. You can connect to it as you would any output monitor and use your computer normally.
Main Features include:
- 96% coverage of rec. 709 color space
- 100″ big screen at only 2.8 meters
- 1.2x Zoom
- power-saving technology for long lamp life
- 2200 ANSI Lumens
- 16:9 native aspect ratio
- HDTV compatibility — 480i, 480p, 576i, 567p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
- Diagonal image size — 60″ ~ 300″
- Keystone Adjustment — 1D, Vertical +/- 40 degrees
- Projection Offset — Vertical: 107%±5% (Full image height)
The BenQ 1070A ships with a standard power cable, a VGA cable, remote control (with batteries), and a quick start guide. It’s very lightweight (just under 6 pounds) and it’s very easy to get started with. When I took it out of the box, I got it set up in our home office because we have our walls painted white. Unfortunately, we did have some furniture in the way when I tested this device out, but the quality of the picture on the wall was not affected. When I first started it up, the lens was a bit out of alignment, but a quick dial on the focus knob straightened that out.
To connect my 2016 MacBook Pro, which only has USB-C ports, I utilized a Multi-port hub and then connected an HDMI cable to both the projector and the hub. The projector has an automatic detection feature and it sensed my computer’s information through the HDMI port and fed it to the projection on the wall.
I watched a couple of YouTube videos and some video clips from Finding Dory on Netflix to test out the quality of the projection. I was shocked at how good the stream was. It was honestly better than our TV looks sometimes. I was able to read text that was projected on the wall and the colors from Finding Dory were as vibrant as they should be.
I did not attempt to set up audio through the projector and instead opted to play audio using my computer’s speakers. Once I decide on a more permanent installation of the projector, I will likely run some audio cables to a set of speakers.
Overall, this is an awesome projector. I’ve used quite a few styles of projectors in the past few years and I’ve found that this one from BenQ is way beyond any others I’ve used. The only feature I wish it has was a wireless connection. I also found that at least one word was misspelled in the user interface. When you turn off the projector, a dialog box pops up and states “turnning off – please wait”. This issue could easily be dealt with through a firmware update of the device. I would recommend this to anyone looking to design a home theater. The picture quality was out of this world and it was extremely easy to use.