Excerpt: When it comes to HD projectors catering to the home-entertainment market, you don’t have to look too far beyond BenQ. They have recently developed a knack for producing HD projectors that don’t look it. They are small, relatively slim but under that hood they pack a punch that nowadays manages 3D.
Conclusion: I found the BenQ W1080ST home entertainment projector to be just like its slightly less expensive sibling the W1070. Let's get this straight - they are essentially the same projector. That said: The color tables have been updated since we reviewed the the older BenQ, or at least that's our assumption based on measuring the same color modes. Other than that, we can find only two feature differences of note: The BenQ W1080ST is a short throw projector. It can fill any...
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: Biggest nuisance is the lack of a working Color Saturation control when the source is HDMI!, Black level performance is good for the price but no match for serious "ultra high contrast" projectors, 3D glasses could really be lighter and more comfortable, Glasses could also be RF instead of IR, and rechargeable instead of changing batteries, Only front foot and one rear foot are adjustable, having both rear adjustable would simplify for table top setups - that's a dra...
Conclusion: With its relatively compact size, short throw lens, clearly labeled and spaced inputs, on-unit control buttons, remote control, and comprehensive operating menu the W1080ST is an easy projector to place and set up.
Excerpt: Big-screen entertainment in a small room? It’s not a pipe dream. The BenQ W1080ST projector’s short throw ratio and bright, punchy picture make it a great contender for turning your modest-sized room into a modest-sized cinema theatre.
Pros: Sony BDP-S790, Bright, clear picture, Punchy highlights, Deep, subtle blacks, Good detail, Easy to set up
Cons: Sony BDP-S790, Colours could be subtler, 3D glasses not included
Conclusion: The W1080ST is arguably the niftiest projector yet in BenQ’s apparent mission to bring quality home cinema to all. Great pictures and a potentially hugely useful short-throw lens make its £799 asking price look like a steal.
Pros: Awesome value, Short-throw lens is a great addition to the projector market, Surprisingly good all-round picture quality
Cons: Very minor rainbow effect, No vertical image shift, Dark 3D scenes lack a little depth
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