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Benq W1080ST Projector

£839.99
10000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 31dB Sep 2014
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date £116.82 Electricity cost over 5 years
167 Reviews + 6 Awards
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Six Industry Awards

This Benq multimedia projector is one of the most highly awarded of all the 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago.

This data projector was given a "Recommended" award by both Trusted Reviews and Projectorreviews.com.au, both of which decided that this Benq projector was good.

This multimedia projector was given a "Bronze" award by Hardware.info who thought that this Benq multimedia projector was good.

Three additional expert review sites all concluded that this projector was good. Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com both gave this data projector a "5 Star" award and it received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com.

Good Expert Reviews

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

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 154 owner reviews the average owner rating of this projector is 82 out of 100.

Easy to Use

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. 99point99 wrote last year “Very easy to use - you can have it up”. Also last year John C said “It is a short throw, so handy for my house” in his Benq W1080 review. John C also said “It is worth thinking about where you are going to use it”.

Several Benq W1080 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Keith W. wrote “Bright, vivid colours, gorgeous resolution with blu rays and easy to set up and use” but even so he only scored this projector 20 out of 100. Two years ago Mr T H Mcsorley gave the Benq W1080 an excellent review and he wrote on Amazon “It really easy to set up and has given many happy family hours of Weekend movies” in his review of this projector. Shellbyj scored the product 5 stars and said “Good quality, easy to set up” in their review.

Some Benq W1080 owners reckoned that the Benq W1080 was easy to use the menus. Two years ago John Court mentioned in his review 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 scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this projector “I recommend these settings”. Raj wrote on Amazon “The menu was easy to understand”.

Three Benq W1080 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Benq W1080 had a good experience. Mr R Galypchak said “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”. Sneakygloworm mentioned two years ago “Guardians of the Galaxy 3D, I must say that it is the best cinema experience I have ever had” in their Benq W1080 review and gave the Benq W1080 a rating of 5 stars. Gadgetguy.com.au said “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 owner who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to handle. Mr. A. J. Nolan mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Colour are superb and it handles motion very well” and scored this projector 4 stars.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Eight Benq W1080 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was quiet. Amanda Coates mentioned in her review of the Benq W1080 “Fantastic buy, amazing quality picture, extremely quiet, , does an excellent job in my cinema room” . Amazon Customer wrote three years ago “In normal mode the cooling fan is much quieter than that of the Optoma”. Ian H gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of this projector on Amazon “It is also fairly quiet - don't really notice the fan noise at all”.

Some Benq W1080 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was noisy. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “It has fan noise (not as bad as I was expecting).” in their review of this projector and rated it 5 stars. Largehosier mentioned in their Benq W1080 review on Amazon “Fan is loud” and rated the product 5 stars. Mr R Galypchak said in his review of this projector “Only then you realise 'wow, that's a pretty loud fan” and rated the product 5 stars.

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Good Sound Quality

Fourteen people who bought the Benq W1080 considered that it had good sound quality. Catchtwentytoo wrote on Amazon “The sound is surprisingly good” in their Benq W1080 review however despite that they only gave it a score of 40 out of 100. David Hudson mentioned on Amazon “Really good quality picture and reasonable sound” in his Benq W1080 review and gave this projector a rating of 5 stars. Two years ago John Court gave the product an excellent review score and he said on Amazon “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 review of the Benq W1080.

Reasonably Priced

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good value for money. 99point99 wrote in their Benq W1080 review 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 in her review of this projector on Amazon “Amazing projector for the money !” and scored the product very highly. Jane Ackroyd also wrote “Excellent buy ! Beautiful picture's ! Best projector in this price range, big screen entertainment for very little money 5 *****”.

Several Benq W1080 owners who reviewed this projector concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Dan Wooller said “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”. Two years ago River__s wrote in their review of this projector “This is a quality product at a bargain price don't think just buy!” and gave the product an excellent review. Vivek Iyer mentioned in their review of the Benq W1080 “The cheap Signstek 3d glasses I ordered at the same time are perfectly okay- less than a tenner a throw” and gave the Benq W1080 a score of 5 stars.

Some Benq W1080 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was cheap. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this projector on Amazon “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”. Mr. Alan T. Fidler he wrote in his review of the Benq W1080 on Amazon “A great short throw inexpensive 1080P Projector”. Mr. Alan T. Fidler also mentioned “Really good colour performance and its not expensive either”.

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Nice Design

Some Benq W1080 reviewers who purchased this projector thought it was good looking. Two years ago Dan Wooller gave it a rating of 5 stars and he said on Amazon “I'm projecting from just over 3m and have a beautiful 108" picture on the opposite wall” in his Benq W1080 review. Paul D. Saunders mentioned “Apart from that pretty good” in his review but in spite of that he scored the product 60 out of 100.

Good 3D Picture Quality

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

Good Picture Quality

Several Benq W1080 reviewers said in their reviews that this projector had good picture quality. Cwar wrote in their Benq W1080 review on Amazon two years ago “Superb image quality and works well with 3D for home Cinema”. Jimbob81 mentioned “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 of this projector. Mr R Galypchak rated it as excellent and he wrote on Amazon “I can say that I am very satisfied with the picture quality I get” in his review of the Benq W1080.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the Benq W1080 had good colour saturation. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this projector “What's more, even using the factory settings, I'm conscious that the colours are far more vivid” and rated it 4 stars. Raj said two years ago “I decided to go for this as the wisdom of the crowd suggested that the colours are better out of the box” and gave this projector a rating of 5 stars. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert website Digital Versus “The W1080ST has all the same advantages as the W1070 (faithful colours, high contrast, flawless 3D.)” in their review of the Benq W1080.

Two Benq W1080 owners who purchased it thought it had image ghosting. Mr. A. J. Nolan gave this projector a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Benq W1080 review “It was a bit less impressive with some ghosting”.

One Benq W1080 owner thought this projector was good for watching sport. Two years ago Amazon Customer said on Amazon “If I'm honest upon purchase the sound from projector was decent enough for watching sports and such (no awards” in their review of this projector.

One Benq W1080 owner wrote in their reviews that the Benq W1080 was good for watching standard definition TV. One person who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good contrast ratio. Master Oz said on Amazon two years ago “The projector is very bright so if you want to use in a dark room don't expect to get dark blacks”.

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Good High Def TV

Some Benq W1080 owners who purchased the Benq W1080 considered that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote three years ago “Glad to have made the transition to full HD” in their review of the Benq W1080. Amazon Customer also wrote “So, after several months deliberation I finally decided to treat myself to a new full HD projector”. Dean A. said in his review of this projector on Amazon “Unbelievable picture, pure HD”.

Good Product Quality

A few Benq W1080 reviewers who bought this projector mentioned that it was good quality. 1992 wrote in their review of this projector on Amazon “Works brilliantly and the quality of the picture is fantastic”. 99point99 rated this projector as excellent and said “It was almost as good as watching it in the cinema with the Dynamic picture quality” in their Benq W1080 review. A. Bourne mentioned on Amazon “Amazing cinema quality 3D, so impressed!” in their Benq W1080 review.

Robust

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product was reliable. Amazon Customer wrote in their review on Amazon last year “Overheats reliably within 10 minutes when watching anything in 3d”. Giles Triffitt wrote on Amazon “Very reliable” and rated the product 4 stars. Russ wrote “As others have said not stellar (nowhere near as good as my trusty 6year old Panasonic plasma)” in his Benq W1080 review.

A few people who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Monkeyboy said “Built in speaker is ok”. Two years ago Saad said in their Benq W1080 review “Built in speaker sound is good enough”.

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Good Size

Some Benq W1080 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Expert website Gadgetguy.com.au mentioned “This is a compact little projector.” in their review. Four years ago Liveatpc.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and wrote in their Benq W1080 review “Short Wonder While the ST term hasn't been bandied around much, its inclusion is significant for those who has compact living quarters”.

One person concluded that it was thin. Expert website Firstpost.com rated it 70 out of 100 and said in their Benq W1080 review “They are small, relatively slim”.

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

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Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

Benq has good average ratings for its 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other brands.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who reviewed it wrote that it had good features. Two years ago Avforums.com gave the Benq W1080 a score of 4 stars and wrote “3D support as well as handy calibration features and an improveme” in their review of the Benq W1080.

Good Connectivity

Several Benq W1080 reviewers reckoned that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. John C rated the product as very good and he wrote “The picture excellent (using the HDMI port” in his review. Projectorreviews.com mentioned “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 Benq W1080 review.

Good Standard Def Image

One Benq W1080 reviewer who bought it thought it was good at displaying standard definition TV. Jimbob81 gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “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 concluded that it had a good remote control.

Good Support

One Benq W1080 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. 1992 wrote on Amazon “Complicated to set up so read the instructions carefully!” in their review of this projector.

OK Running Costs

Based on average energy prices we estimate that the W1080 will cost £117 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 150 projectors of this spec and age.

£21.36 Price Increase

The W1080 has increased in price by £21.36 in the last 31 days.

Released Over Four Years Ago

This 10000:1 contrast ratio projector was released over four years ago.

Supports Full HD

The Benq W1080 supports full HD, unlike most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the W1080 which do not support full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other projectors which support full HD currently available including a cheaper projector such as the Benq MH680 (£458.85) or you might consider a higher scoring projector such as the W1300 (£773.95), or the W1350 (£1,059.99) both from Benq.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the W1300 (£773.95), or the W1350 (£1,059.99) both from Benq or the Infocus IN1146 (£649).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq W1080 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the W1080 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support 3D

The Benq W1080 does not support 3D. Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the W1080 also do not support 3D.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of only 2,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq W1080 has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. The projector brightnesss of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago range from 300 ANSI lumens to 20,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,400 ANSI lumens.

If you are looking for a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the Benq MH680 (£458.85) (3,000 ANSI lumens and cheaper) or the Benq W1350 (£1,059.99) (2,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq W1080 has a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most frequently found projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800). Comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years projector native resolutions range from SVGA (800x600) to WUXGA (1920x1200).

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Benq W1080 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most common resolution supported by comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago. In addition, this data projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) supported graphics resolutions is actually the best supported resolution amongst all 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the W1080.

The worst supported resolution across comparable types of projector is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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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 a comparable spec and age to the W1080.

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Quite Bright Lamp Power (economic Mode)

The dimmest lamp power (economic mode) of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 130W, the brightest is 30,000W, and the average lamp power (economic mode) is 2,300W. At 5,000 Watts, the Benq W1080 has a fairly bright lamp power (economic mode) compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the W1080.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamps of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the W1080 range from 500h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,000h. At only 3,500 hours, the Benq W1080 has a fairly short service life of lamp compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the W1080.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

Most comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the W1080 have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, including the Benq W1080 which has one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the W1080 have service life of lamp (economic mode)s of between 3,500h and 30,000h. With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of only 5,000 hours, the Benq W1080 has a fairly short service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 9hj9j7717e w1080st, benq projector3d, supplies w1080st, benq w1080stdlp, benq 9hj9j7717e, benq benw1080s, benq p213464p, acer w1080st
Barcodes 00840046025717, 04718755037535, 04718755045363, 04718755053993, 05053973542157, 05054629705162, 08400460257174

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