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BenQ Launches New Home Entertainment Projectors

By RS Staff January 11,2013




BenQ America Corp. has introduced its new W1070 and W1080ST projectors.
 
BenQ's W1070 projector. 

At $1,099, the W1070 provides full HD 1080p 3D projection using the high-end DLP Dark Chip 3 (DC3)—typically reserved for higher-priced models, according to the company. The W1080ST—a short-throw full HD1080p 3D home projector at only $1,299—brings big screen entertainment to any home theater regardless of space configuration.

Built to take center stage in today's media-rich home entertainment lifestyles, the W1070 and W1080ST deliver immersive 3D connectivity from Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and other supported 3D cable boxes, in addition to PCs. The duo supports all the latest formats and standards such as NVIDIA 3DTV Play, DLP Link, and dual HDMI to provide even more source switching flexibility. Designed with DLP's DC3, the projectors allow viewers to enjoy 3D content, full HD1080p picture quality, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and built-in 2-watt stereo speakers for added convenience.

Made for consumers without large rooms or large budgets, the W1080ST simplifies installation and setup by providing flexibility in projector placement. The W1080ST delivers an image more than 100 inches wide at less than six feet away from the screen. To safeguard close-range installations, the W1080ST features an "Auto Blank" mode that blocks light output when objects are detected in front of the lens. Especially useful for coffee-table setups and other short-throw scenarios, the mode avoids flashing light directly in users' eyes when crossing the projection. 

With a Rec. 709 color gamut, the W1080ST also enables color calibration right out of the box. Users can enjoy projected color images that match film studio and television broadcast standards with no adjustments necessary. Combined with independent 3D color control and the flexibility of performance/color adjustment with three preset modes and two user modes, the W1080ST offers outstanding benefits for consumers who demand big screen entertainment regardless of their room requirements. 

"BenQ continues to bring practical display solutions to the home for the ultimate in big screen entertainment," said Lars Yoder, president of BenQ America Corp. "With the W1070 we have achieved a great balance between cost and performance, while the short-throw W1080ST adds flexibility to place the projector in the front of the room for a large screen projection experience. Our two latest projectors further establish BenQ as an innovative leader in home projection and ensure that home entertainment will never be the same." 

In addition, the W1070 and W1080ST are ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), a feature that was until now only reserved for higher-priced video displays. ISFccc enables viewers to enjoy a perfectly calibrated picture along with two optimized modes — ISF Day and ISF Night. Furthermore, at only 6.4 pounds and with a variety of connection options, the projectors offer added flexibility and are portable enough to take the movie or gaming experience to other locations if desired.

The W1070 and W1080ST also cut costs and energy consumption by integrating BenQ's industry-leading SmartEco technology for longer lamp life.

The W1070 and W1080ST are available now and retail for $1,099 and $1,299, respectively.