BenQ W1210ST

TAKE PLAY­ING ON THE BIG SCREEN TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH BENQ’S NEW GAM­ING PRO­JEC­TOR

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$1,399, benq.com.au

When con­sid­er­ing one’s gam­ing setup, pro­jec­tors won’t in­stantly spring to mind, but if you’re in the mar­ket to ex­pand your home cinema set-up then there’s no harm in get­ting a pro­jec­tor that stands up well for a bout of Call Of Duty.

The prob­lem man­u­fac­tur­ers face is that mod­ern games tend to fo­cus on on­line play where la­tency can pre­vent a level play­ing field. This is where BenQ is rais­ing the stakes by pro­vid­ing a low-la­tency view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – there’s no de­lay on get­ting vi­su­als up in front of you, so your Over­watch per­for­mance isn’t hin­dered.

It’s a smart piece of kit that sen­si­bly steers away from con­ven­tional gam­ing hard­ware de­sign. Rather than black plastic and coloured neon LEDs, the ex­cit­ingly named W1210ST is pre­sented in a smart white/sil­ver styling.

As you’d ex­pect, get­ting started means you’ll need to po­si­tion or mount the pro­jec­tor in the usual man­ner, with front or rear pro­jec­tion and up­right or up­side down ori­en­ta­tions sup­ported to suit your needs. Once turned on it of­fers up a use­ful on-screen guide that makes in­stal­la­tion has­sle-free.

Pro­jec­tion scale ra­tio is im­pres­sive, as the W1210ST will throw up a mas­sive three me­tre dis­play when placed 2-3 me­tres from a sur­face, and BenQ states that it re­quires a dis­tance of only 1.8m to pro­ject a 2.5m (100”) im­age. It’s bright, but doesn’t sac­ri­fice colour depth; tones are richly sat­u­rated. The SmartEco mode au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs lamp bright­ness based on the dis­played im­age, re­sult­ing in richer blacks and con­trast.

With a 60Hz re­fresh rate and no ev­i­dent in­put lag, it all stacks up to fluid 1080p gam­ing.

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