Portable 1080p Projection
BenQ W1080ST Projector
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.