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10000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 33dB Mar 2013
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27 Reasons For

Six Industry Awards

Amongst projectors of a similar type and age, this Benq projector is one of the most awarded.

The editors of two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this multimedia projector. Trusted Reviews and Projectorreviews.com.au both gave this Benq multimedia projector a "Recommended" award.

This projector received a "Bronze" from Hardware.info who said that this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector was good.

Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com both gave this projector a "5 Star" award and it received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com.

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Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector is 80% based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Digital Versus.

Good User Reviews

This projector has an average user rating of 82% based on 154 user reviews.

Reasonably Priced

Eighteen Benq W1080 owners who purchased it considered that it was good value for money. In October this year 99point99 mentioned on Amazon “3D picture quality at a really reasonable cost then you are going to love this (like me) ! I wish I could watch this as my normal TV every day”. Jane Ackroyd said “Amazing projector for the money !”. Jane Ackroyd also said “Excellent buy ! Beautiful picture's ! Best projector in this price range, big screen entertainment for very little money 5 *****”.

A number of Benq W1080 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Dan Wooller wrote in his review of this projector last year “If you are thinking of saving a few pounds with the cheap option, don't bother, this projector is easily as good as the one in the pub across the road” . In October last year River__s mentioned on Amazon “This is a quality product at a bargain price don't think just buy!”. Vivek Iyer said in their review on Amazon “The cheap Signstek 3d glasses I ordered at the same time are perfectly okay- less than a tenner a throw”.

Some customers who bought it concluded that it was cheap. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this projector “I finally settled on the BenQ W1070+, largely because it fit my budget and was very favourably reviewed in a recent issue of Home Cinema Choice magazine” and gave this projector a rating of 4 stars. Mr. Alan T. Fidler said on Amazon “A great short throw inexpensive 1080P Projector” in his review. Mr. Alan T. Fidler also mentioned “Really good colour performance and its not expensive either”.

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Good High Def TV

Several Benq W1080 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Benq W1080 was good at displaying high definition TV. Amazon Customer said in their review “Glad to have made the transition to full HD”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “So, after several months deliberation I finally decided to treat myself to a new full HD projector”. Dean A. said “Unbelievable picture, pure HD” and gave the Benq W1080 a score of 5 stars.

Good Picture Quality

A number of people reckoned that this projector had good picture quality. Cwar rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in October last year “Superb image quality and works well with 3D for home Cinema”. Jimbob81 mentioned on Amazon this year “I have a 3.5M screen of excellent image quality and the ST aspect means the Kids can still play Wii, etc without any shadows on the screen” in their review. Also this year Mr R Galypchak said “I can say that I am very satisfied with the picture quality I get”.

Four customers who purchased it considered that it had good colour saturation. Amazon Customer said on Amazon two years ago “What's more, even using the factory settings, I'm conscious that the colours are far more vivid” in their review. Raj said in their review of the Benq W1080 on Amazon “I decided to go for this as the wisdom of the crowd suggested that the colours are better out of the box”. Digitalversus.com rated the product 5 stars and said on Digital Versus “The W1080ST has all the same advantages as the W1070 (faithful colours, high contrast, flawless 3D.)” in their Benq W1080 review.

Two Benq W1080 owners who purchased this projector agreed that it had image ghosting. Mr. A. J. Nolan mentioned “It was a bit less impressive with some ghosting” in their review.

One person who purchased it considered that it was good for watching movies. Last year River__s mentioned “More for movies and special series, Game of Thrones springs to mind! Saying that watched Top Gear” and scored it very highly.

One person considered that this projector was good for playing games on. Scf said in October this year “Excellent PJ, grandson loves using it for gaming” in their review. One person thought the Benq W1080 was good for watching standard definition TV.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

A number of Benq W1080 owners who purchased it agreed that it had a good 3D picture quality. 99point99 wrote in their review on Amazon this year “3D is my favourite” and gave this projector a very good review score. Amazon Customer gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said on Amazon “The BenQ has 3D”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Great projector, excellent image quality and great for 3D Blu-ray”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Several Benq W1080 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was quiet. Amanda Coates wrote “Fantastic buy, amazing quality picture, extremely quiet, , does an excellent job in my cinema room”. Amazon Customer said in their review “In normal mode the cooling fan is much quieter than that of the Optoma” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Ian H rated it 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “It is also fairly quiet - don't really notice the fan noise at all”.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the Benq W1080 was noisy. Amazon Customer scored this projector 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “It has fan noise (not as bad as I was expecting).”. Largehosier wrote “Fan is loud” in their Benq W1080 review.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who reviewed this projector concluded that it was good quality. 1992 gave this projector a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Works brilliantly and the quality of the picture is fantastic” in their review of the Benq W1080. In October 99point99 gave the Benq W1080 a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this projector “It was almost as good as watching it in the cinema with the Dynamic picture quality”. A. Bourne said “Amazing cinema quality 3D, so impressed!” in their review of the Benq W1080.

Easy to Use

Some people wrote in their reviews that this projector was easy to use. A few weeks ago 99point99 gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their Benq W1080 review on Amazon “Very easy to use - you can have it up”. John C he said on Amazon “It is a short throw, so handy for my house”. John C also wrote “It is worth thinking about where you are going to use it”.

A few Benq W1080 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this projector was easy to setup. Mr T H Mcsorley wrote on Amazon “It really easy to set up and has given many happy family hours of Weekend movies” in his review of the Benq W1080 and scored the Benq W1080 very highly. Shellbyj gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review “Good quality, easy to set up”. Toby.n said on Amazon “Very easy to set up, extremely large picture at very close distances from the screen/ wall you are using”.

A few customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use the menus. John Court mentioned on Amazon “The audio from the tiny speakers is very acceptable with a nice remote control and good menus make it a joy t use”. Master Oz wrote in their Benq W1080 review on Amazon “I recommend these settings”. Raj said “The menu was easy to understand” in their Benq W1080 review.

Three Benq W1080 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Benq W1080 had a good experience. Mr R Galypchak mentioned on Amazon “I tried several 3D films on it as well (separate DLP glasses required) and the experience is just as good as in the cinema if not better” in his review of this projector and gave it a score of 5 stars. Sneakygloworm said on Amazon last year “Guardians of the Galaxy 3D, I must say that it is the best cinema experience I have ever had” in their review of the Benq W1080. Three years ago expert website Gadgetguy.com.au mentioned “The BenQ W1080ST home theatre projector delivers a very good home theatre experience” in their Benq W1080 review and rated the product 5 stars.

One Benq W1080 reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Two years ago Mr. A. J. Nolan wrote “Colour are superb and it handles motion very well”.

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Nice Design

A number of customers said in their reviews that the Benq W1080 was good looking. Last year Dan Wooller wrote on Amazon “I'm projecting from just over 3m and have a beautiful 108" picture on the opposite wall” in his review of the Benq W1080. A few weeks ago Keith W. wrote “Bright, vivid colours, gorgeous resolution with blu rays” in his review but despite that he only gave the Benq W1080 a rating of 20 out of 100. Mr R Galypchak said “Only then you realise 'wow, that's a pretty loud fan” in his review of the Benq W1080.

Good Sound Quality

Fourteen customers wrote in their reviews that it had good sound quality. Catchtwentytoo mentioned “The sound is surprisingly good” although they gave this projector a rating of 40 out of 100. David Hudson mentioned “Really good quality picture and reasonable sound” in his Benq W1080 review. John Court wrote “I rate this projector as great value for money the picture is superb and the audio from the tiny speakers is very acceptable with a nice remote control” in his Benq W1080 review.

Robust

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. This month Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Overheats reliably within 10 minutes when watching anything in 3d” but they only scored the Benq W1080 60 out of 100. Giles Triffitt said in their review of the Benq W1080 “Very reliable” . Last year Russ wrote in his Benq W1080 review on Amazon “As others have said not stellar (nowhere near as good as my trusty 6year old Panasonic plasma)”.

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Monkeyboy wrote in October “Built in speaker is ok” in their review and rated it as very good. Saad said on Amazon last year “Built in speaker sound is good enough” in their review of this projector.

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Good Size

A few Benq W1080 reviewers who purchased it thought it was compact. Expert review site Gadgetguy.com.au said in their review of this projector three years ago “This is a compact little projector.” . Expert website Liveatpc.com said “Short Wonder While the ST term hasn't been bandied around much, its inclusion is significant for those who has compact living quarters” .

One Benq W1080 owner who reviewed the Benq W1080 concluded that it was tight. Chip.com.my said in their review “Despite it being on the pricey side, what you get is a projector that works well in tight spaces, provides great quality”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Benq W1080 was thin. Expert review site Firstpost.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review of this projector “They are small, relatively slim”.

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Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Benq is one of the superior projector manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and Benq also has good ratings for its 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers said in their reviews that it had good features. Expert website Avforums.com mentioned “3D support as well as handy calibration features and an improveme” in their review.

Good Connectivity

Two people who bought it reckoned that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. A few weeks ago John C gave this projector a very good review score and he mentioned “The picture excellent (using the HDMI port” in his review of this projector. Expert review site Projectorreviews.com wrote three years ago “It has HDMI 1.4 which allows this BenQ W1080ST projector to support Blu-ray 3D, which gives it a competitive edge over several lower cost projectors” in their review of the Benq W1080.

Good Standard Def Image

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was good at displaying standard definition TV. Jimbob81 gave the product an excellent review score and said “My only recommendations would be to make sure you have a good HD feed as standard definition is obviously a bit grainy on larger screens”.

Good Remote Control

One person who reviewed this projector considered that it had a good remote control.

Good Support

One person who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. 1992 scored the Benq W1080 5 stars and said on Amazon “Complicated to set up so read the instructions carefully!”.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Benq W1080 supports Full HD projection. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and spec to the W1080 do not support Full HD projection.

It may also be worth considering one of the other projectors which support Full HD projection currently available including a cheaper projector such as the Benq MH680[plb_1998672_price] or you might consider a better rated projector such as the Benq W1300[plb_1998671_price].

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq W1080 supports 3D image projection, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors of this age and spec do not support 3D image projection.

There are a number of alternative data projectors which support 3D image projection currently available which you might want to look at including the Benq MH680[plb_1998672_price] which is cheaper; or the Benq W1300[plb_1998671_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq W1080 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker and we think the Benq MH680[plb_1998672_price] which is cheaper; or the Benq W1300[plb_1998671_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq W1080 is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800). Across all projectors that have been available for more than two years the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600) and the best is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Benq W1080 supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA). This Benq projector also supports a graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) graphics resolution is in fact the best supported resolution across all data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the W1080.

Across similar types of projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Two HDMI Ports

Most 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the W1080 have between one and two HDMI ports, including the Benq W1080 which has two HDMI ports.

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Fairly Bright Lamp Power in Economic Mode

At 5,000 Watts, the Benq W1080 has a fairly bright lamp power in economic mode compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the W1080. The average lamp power in economic mode of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 2,600W.

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5 Reasons Against

Recent Price Increase of £175.00

In the last few days the W1080 has increased in price by £175.00.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Benq W1080 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the W1080 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of multimedia projectors of this age and type is 300 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 12,000 ANSI lumens. The Benq W1080 has a quite dim projector brightness (only 2,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the W1080.

If this projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to consider the Benq MH680[plb_1998672_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Short Lamp Service Life

The average lamp service life of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the W1080 is 6,400h, and the lamp service lives range from 500h to 30,000h. The Benq W1080 has one of the shorter lamp service lives (only 3,500 hours) amongst comparable spec data projectors of this age.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The Benq W1080 has a fairly short service life of lamp in economic mode (only 5,000 hours) compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago. 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago have service life of lamp in economic mode of between 1,000h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 7,400h.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq W1080

OK Running Costs

Based on average usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the W1080 will cost £117 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 136 multimedia projectors of a similar age and type.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Benq released the W1080.

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Benq W1080 has a relatively typical noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age.

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Specification

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Vertical Keystone Correction
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
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Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Component Video in Port
PC Audio Input
PC Audio Output
DC-In Jack
Headphone Output
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Preset Mode
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Integrated TV Tuner
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
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Depth
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Packaging Content
Manual
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included

6 Awards

Trusted Reviews Recommended Digital Versus 5 Star projectorreviews.com.au Recommended projectorcentral.com Highly Rated Les Numeriques.com 5 Star hardware.info Bronze Award

Expert Reviews

(42)
22 April 2015

The BenQ W1080ST+ is excellent value for money and great to use. It delivers an entertaining picture and even sounds rather good.If you are looking to set up your first home cinema room, you can't...

27 February 2015

This is almost exactly the same projector that Steve Withers reviewed back in March 2014. It is a short throw (hence the suffix of ST) unit from BenQ that offers big screen 1080p images and 3D... Read more…

9 December 2014

The W1080ST+ isn't necessarily better than the original W1080ST, but it offers something different enough to make it another worthwhile addition to BenQ's consistently strong projector range....

Trusted Reviews

BenQ has crafted a versatile, flexible projector that's capable of beaming almost anything you can hook up at a short range, and at a high quality too. If you get excited for movie nights at home,...

30 June 2014

I expected a lot from the W1080ST, and the projector delivered in spades. The new short throw ratio makes the projector usable in much tighter spaces than before, and the image quality remains...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 25 September 2014 by Zuriel a.
(Verified Purchase)

For 300 bucks and years of experience later, you'd think there would be a workaround for USB devices at boot. I don't think that my Cinema Display having a Hub warrants the whole PC crippling... Read more…

Reviewed 9 March 2015 by Arshad R.

If you are trying to update the BIOS firmware and having problems, make sure your USB is 2.0, not 3.0. At the time of writing, Gigabyte BIOS does not recognize USB 3.0 for firmware update. My... Read more…

Reviewed 8 December 2014 by Belspur P.
(Verified Purchase)

This board hasn't seen a new BIOS version in three months, which is ridiculous given the numerous outstanding software issues on a board for an enthusiast platform. Almost everyday, I have regrets... Read more…

Reviewed 20 October 2014 by Valdron W.
(Verified Purchase)

On the upside, I could not wait much longer than the initial RMA processes, so I purchases the ASUS X99 Deluxe board. If you are like me, and trying to decide between these two boards, I would... Read more…

Reviewed 4 April 2015 by Peter P.

I would pay careful attention to every bit of your build if you are having trouble. This does not ignore the fact that there could be a dozen flaky boards out there. it's been rock solid for me... Read more…

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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers w1080s, w1080st, acer w1080, benq w1080, benq w1080s, acer w1080s, acer w1080st, benq w1080st, benq p169577, benq p213464, benq benw1080, benq w1080std, benq p169577p, benq p213464p, benq 9hj7m7717, benq 9hj9j7717, benq benw1080s, benq w1080stdl, benq w1080stdlp, benq 9hj7m7717e, benq 9hj9j7717e, benq projector3, projectors w1080, promethean w1080, benq projector3d, projectors w1080s, promethean w1080s, projectors w1080st, promethean w1080st
Barcodes 00840046025717, 04718755037535, 04718755045363, 04718755053993, 05053973542157, 05054629705162, 08400460257174

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Two Audio Out Ports
5W Lower RMS Rated Power
Twenty-Four Times Dimmer Lamp Power in Economic Mode

Optoma X600 vs Benq W1080

Optoma X600 vs Benq W1080
Optoma X600 Benq W1080
£ 1,028.12 £749.00
1,068.93M Higher Number of Colours
Much Better User Reviews
A Bit Better Expert Reviews
Two More Built-In Speakers
Vastly Lower RMS Rated Power
One Less USB 2.0 Port
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