Summary: The BenQ W1080ST short-throw DLP projector offers very good performance and extra placement flexibility, but the long-throw W1070 is a better deal.
Pros: The BenQ W1080ST DLP projector offers a very good image for the price with relatively deep blacks and faithful color; short throw allows placement close to the screen, on a coffee table for example; onboard speaker; decent 3D performance.
Cons: Limited setup options with no manual lens shift; old 3D system; no 3D glasses in package and cost $99 extra.
Conclusion: If you have a normal room with the length to use a regular projector - then stick with that route, the W1080ST+ is not for you. However, if you are lacking the space and ability to get a normal projector far enough back for a large image, this is one product you should seek out for a demo. It really does get around some of the issues of short throw environments with the ability to project 100-inches and more from just 4ft back.
Pros: Good brightness even with 3D images, Works well in rooms with limited light control, Good sharp images with decent motion handling, Good video processing, Good 3D performance, Good value for money for those with a small space to work in
Cons: Mediocre black levels, No shadow detail in lower reaches of the image, No lens shift, Noisy even in low lamp settings
BenQ W1080ST Short Throw Home Theater Projector Review
17 April 2014
Summary: If you haven't explored the latest HD DLP projection systems, they truly are a sight to see. Put the 1080ST in a darkened room and hook it up to a good surround sound system and you have yourself a mini movie theater -- seriously. At the end of the day, a projector may not be the best replacement for a traditional LCD TV. For starters, the picture gets washed out in daylight. You also have to think about how to handle the cabling.
Excerpt: The BenQ W1080ST is almost identical to the last BenQ home projector we reviewed, which would be their W1070. The BenQ W1080ST is a home theater projector that differentiates itself by sporting a short throw zoom lens. That makes the W1080ST a more convenient alternative for those who are placing on a table top, in many homes. It puts the projector in front of the audience, closer to the screen.
Pros: Offers unusual short throw lens, sits about half the distance from the screen as most others, great for people to not walk through the image, One of the brightest 2D and 3D projectors (calibrated) that we’ve reviewed under $2,000, For those rainbow sensitive, minimal rainbows – excellent for the price!, Respectable blacks on dark scenes, Handles very large screens effortly for 2D viewing., Does a decent to good job on medium and some larger screens for 3D, Extremely g...
Cons: Offers unusual short throw lens, sits about half the distance from the screen as most others, great for people to not walk through the image, One of the brightest 2D and 3D projectors (calibrated) that we’ve reviewed under $2,000, For those rainbow sensitive, minimal rainbows – excellent for the price!, Respectable blacks on dark scenes, Handles very large screens effortly for 2D viewing., Does a decent to good job on medium and some larger screens for 3D, Extremely g...
Excerpt: The BenQ W1080ST is an updated model of last year’s excellent BenQ W1070 home cinema projector. On paper, it seems as if little has changed. The W1080ST is still a 3D-ready DLP projector with a very bright 2,000 ANSI lumen lamp and a 1,920x1,080 resolution, but its throw ratio is slightly smaller, meaning you can position the projector closer to your projection surface without compromising on image size.
Excerpt: This is a compact little projector, but don’t let that fool you. It packs within it a full 1080p engine, using DLP technology. That means it will deliver every bit of detail on offer from HDTV and Blu-ray.
Pros: Good overall performance, Brilliant value for money, Great 3D, Short throw lens can be very useful in many environments
Cons: Limited zoom range means careful placement a must
BenQ W1080ST review: projector voor de korte afstand
8 January 2014
Excerpt: Short throw projectoren waren tot voor kort vooral gericht op de zakelijke markt. BenQ kiest er nu echter voor op een home cinema projector te voorzien van een short throw lens, met als resultaat de W1080ST.