Por­ta­ble 1080p Pro­jec­tion

BenQ W1080ST Pro­jec­tor

HWM (Malaysia) - - ANALYSIS - By Chong Jinn Wei

Pro­jec­tors have a myr­iad of uses, whether it’s for con­duct­ing lec­tures, watch­ing movies or even play­ing games. The abil­ity to con­trol the size of your dis­play with­out the con­fines of a phys­i­cal screen is quite ap­peal­ing. This month, we re­view BenQ’s lat­est pro­jec­tor, the W1080ST, a com­pact short throw de­vice that is ca­pa­ble of dis­play­ing im­ages in Full HD.

The W1080ST is de­signed to be por­ta­ble, mak­ing it con­ve­nient for users to trans­port around to dif­fer­ent places. Weigh­ing and mea­sur­ing at 2.85kg and 312 x 104 x 244mm re­spec­tively, the W1080ST is small enough to be car­ried around in a back­pack. In terms of con­nec­tiv­ity, the W1080ST sports a wide va­ri­ety of ports that ac­com­mo­date com­monly used ports such as VGA, HDMI and 3.5mm au­dio, just to name a few.

Be­ing of short throw va­ri­ety, the W1080ST can be placed rel­a­tively close to a wall to project the en­tire im­age. This al­lows users to save space and en­joy their me­dia on a large screen even in the vicin­ity of a small room. As it’s ca­pa­ble of pro­ject­ing up to 65-inches, one mere me­ter away from the wall, users will not have to worry about find­ing ex­tra space or screen ob­struc­tions to project larger screens.

As per its name, the W1080ST is ca­pa­ble of pro­ject­ing at na­tive 1080p res­o­lu­tion, al­low­ing it to dis­play Full HD con­tent with­out any form of down­scal­ing or com­pres­sion. This also makes the W1080ST vi­able within the home en­vi­ron­ment as well, es­pe­cially for users who want to watch movies or even play games with 3D en­abled. Sup­port­ing NVIDIA’s 3DTV PC con­nec­tiv­ity, users can en­joy their games in 1080p res­o­lu­tion for max­i­mum en­ter­tain­ment.

To gauge the per­for­mance of the W1080ST, we ran our usual dis­play bench­marks on the pro­jec­tor. For the Gre­tagMac­beth color chart, which we use to test color ac­cu­racy, the W1080ST pro­duced col­ors that were a lit­tle darker than usual, but were rea­son­ably ac­cu­rate. Another color test that we con­ducted was to project a col­or­ful video still of a HD movie. Once again, the col­ors were a tinge bit darker than usual. Mov­ing on to our next tests, we found the W1080ST’s text re­pro­duc­tion to be good, as they were eas­ily read­able with­out any signs of text bleed­ing.

Be­sides that, we also tested the W1080ST with HD video play­back. Dur­ing our tests, we found neg­li­gi­ble ghost­ing dur­ing high-speed chase scenes. Also dur­ing the same test, we noted the au­dio qual­ity of the 10W speak­ers. As with most built-in speak­ers, the au­dio qual­ity is ser­vice­able for gen­eral lis­ten­ing pur­poses.

BenQ’s W1080ST is a por­ta­ble pro­jec­tor that is ca­pa­ble of dis­play­ing Full HD con­tent with­out the need for down­scal­ing. In ad­di­tion, the W1080ST’s short throw de­sign al­lows it to be de­ployed closer to walls, al­low­ing users to save space, mak­ing it suit­able for of­fice or even home en­vi­ron­ments. So if you are look­ing for a re­li­able pro­jec­tor that can be eas­ily shifted around, do con­sider the BenQ W1080ST.


Na­tive Res­o­lu­tion: 1080p (1920 x 1080)

As­pect Ra­tio: Na­tive 16:9 (5 As­pect ra­tio se­lectable) Lens: F= 2.6-2.78, f= 10.2 – 12.24mm

Throw Ra­tio: 0.69-0.83 (65.7”@1me­ter)

Zoom Ra­tio: 1.2:1 Con­trast Ra­tio: 10,000:1

Im­age Size (di­ag­o­nal): 28”-300”

Lamp: Nor­mal 3,500, Eco­nomic Mode 5,000, SmartEco Mode 6,000 hours

Key­stone Ad­just­ment: 1D, Ver­ti­cal ± 20 de­grees Weight: 2.85kg

Di­men­sion: 312 x 104 x 244 mm

War­ranty: 2-years Con­tact: BenQ Ser­vice and Mar­ket­ing (M) Sdn Bhd

Tele­phone: (03) 7954 7800 URL: www.benq.com.my

The W1080ST comes with a myr­iad of in­put slots.

The key­stone can be used to ad­just the an­gle of your pro­jec­tion eas­ily.

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