What is the BenQ W1050?
With all that in mind we will test every facet of the W1050 and see if the images it produces are worth the outlay versus convenience and portability. While some AVForums readers will want to look elsewhere for critical big screen movie watching quality, others will probably like the idea of the occasional big screen gaming or sports session on a budget, so let’s see what the BenQ W1050 is like.
Design, Connections and Control
Controlling the BenQ W1050 is a newly designed remote control that has the same white finish as the projector. Sadly the remote feels tacky and cheap with really small and fidgety buttons and a cluttered layout that is not intuitive or easy to follow. Given the small buttons and their proximity to all the others on the small remote it is easy to hit the wrong keys or not be able to find the right selection due to the size and hard to read lettering. Plus this new remote loses the excellent backlighting of the original BenQ remotes we have become used to over the years. Sometimes the saying is true, if it is not broken, don’t fix it.
Features & Specs
There are also three dedicated picture modes on the W1050, which BenQ claims are for use with three distinct home entertainment needs, Vivid TV, Cinema and Sports. There is also a User mode available for making calibrated adjustments. The W1050 is a short throw projector meaning that you should be able to get a 100” image from just 2.8m from the screen or wall surface. In a world that seemingly no longer wants 3D playback the BenQ bucks the recent trend, and although you will need to buy the 3D glasses separately, you can enjoy the big screen experience with the excellent motion characteristics of DLP. Brightness is key to good 3D and that shouldn’t be a problem here.
We used the USER picture mode and set brightness and contrast to the room conditions and screen. We then set the colour temperature at warm and gamma to 2.4, which gave us the results below.
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By changing the greyscale bias towards green we have moved the colour points within the colour gamut (top right) somewhat, mainly red is now over saturated at the lower points. We used the full 3D Colour Management System in the BenQ to correct hue and saturation errors and get the image tracking as close to Rec.709 for saturation and luminance (not shown) as possible. This is a very good result for such a budget machine and shows what can be achieved these days with the correct processing and controls available.
Moving on to gaming and the same is also true with a lag time of 33ms making the BenQ a great choice for big screen gaming. Plus if you normally suffer from the rainbow effect from DLP projectors with fast moving images, the RGBRGB x6 speed colour wheel does suppress this effect somewhat, but we would recommend you get a demo just in case it is an issue.
Images are sharp and motion is good providing a nice experience with whatever source you use with the BenQ and even HD TV and Blu-ray looks superb. Used in the type of environment this projector is aimed at – white walls and ceiling with light spill on the screen – the BenQ is bright and colourful enough to not look overly washed out. Only the black levels and lack of any shadow detail disappoint slightly, but in such surroundings we doubt anyone will be complaining too much. As an all rounder this is a great little projector with bags of uses and very few downsides if used as intended. However this is not a home cinema projector for critical movie viewing and using it in a dedicated room with a good quality screen will show up the limitations of its image quality very quickly. But that’s not what it is designed for and the manufacturer doesn’t make any fancy claims that it does either. So as an all rounder we are happy with the level of performance given the value for money you get for such a portable unit.
- Good value for money
- Decent image quality when calibrated
- Very good 3D images
- Effective calibration controls and video processing
- Weak black levels and shadow detail
- Not that accurate out of the box
- Overly green image bias out of the box and with 3D content
- Noisy even in eco mode
BenQ W1050 1080P DLP Projector Review
What the W1050 offers is superb 3D movie playback with good colour accuracy and excellent motion. It also offers that big screen music or sporting event projected against a white wall during a party. Or some snappy big screen gaming with your mates with decent lag input and sharp colourful images.
With all that taken into account and tested as it is marketed the BenQ W1050 does everything it boasts it can do, and is certainly value for money in doing so. If you’re looking for that home entertainment all rounder with decent image quality and portability we can safely recommend you check out the W1050.
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