Gadget Watch: BenQ W1050 Home Cinema Projector

BenQ W1050 Home Cinema Projector front

The unit supports 1080p Full-HD image projection up to 100 inches, aiming to “deliver realistic colours and sharp cinematic images”.


It has three dedicated picture modes: Sport Mode, Vivid TV Mode and Cinema Mode, each calibrated in terms of brightness, contrast and colour.

Combined with a new simplified user interface design, BenQ says it promises to be quick and easy to set up.

BenQ highlights that the W1050 features 3D Wireless FHD and BenQ’s own CinematicColor technology for colour accuracy. It also conforms to Rec.709 international HDTV standards, notes the company.

It is priced at around £550 (it has a RRP of €629).

The company writes:

Requiring as little as three metres to project stunning 100-inch images, the W1050 also offers vertical keystone correction, for a professionally squared look without any trapezoid effects, making it simple to project ideally aligned images regardless of projector placement locations.

The W1050 is equipped with BenQ’s pioneering SmartEco Technology for maximum energy saving with no compromise on brightness, picture quality and optimised lamp life through. This is all thanks to innovative features such as SmartEco Mode; No Source Detected Mode; Auto Power Off; and 0.5W in Standby Mode.

theater-like image performance rear


The specification of the projector includes: 96% coverage of Rec. 709 color space, 100″ big screen from a distance 2.8 meters and 1.2x Zoom to increase flexibility.

The detailed spec is below:

Native Resolution‎ Full-HD, 1920 x 1080‎
Brightness‎ 2200 ANSI Lumen‎
Contrast Ratio‎ 15000:1‎
Lens‎ F = 2.42 – 2.62, f = 19.0 – 22.65 mm‎
Aspect Ratio‎ Native 16:9 (5 aspect ratio selectable)‎
Throw Ratio‎ 1.37-1.64‎
Projection Size‎ 60″~300″‎
Zoom Ratio‎ 1.2x‎
Projection Offset‎ Vertical: 107%±5% (Full image height)‎
Resolution Support‎ VGA(640 x 480) to WUXGA_RB(1920 x 1200)*RB = Reduced blanking‎
Horizontal Frequency‎ 15K-102KHz‎
Vertical Scan Rate‎ 23-120Hz‎
HDTV Compatibility‎ 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p‎
Video Compatibility‎ NTSC, PAL, SECAM‎
Projection System‎
On-Screen Display Languages‎ Arabic/Bulgarian/ Croatian/ Czech/ Danish/ Dutch/ English/ Finnish/ French/ German/ Greek/ Hindi/ Hungarian/ Italian/ Indonesian/ Japanese/ Korean/ Norwegian/ Polish/ Portuguese/ Romanian/ Russian/ Simplified Chinese/Spanish/ Swedish/ Turkish/ Thai/ Traditional Chinese (28 Languages)‎
Accessories (Standard)‎ Remote Control w Battery
Warranty Card (by region)
Power Cord (by region)
VGA cable
Security‎ Security bar / Kensington Security Slot‎
Light Source‎ UHP 210W‎
Light Source Life‎ 4500/6000/10000 hours (Normal/Eco/SmartEco)‎
Keystone Adjustment‎ 1D, Vertical +/- 40 degrees‎
3D Compatibility‎ Frame Sequential: Up to 60Hz 720p
Frame Packing: Up to 24 Hz 1080p
Side by Side: Up to 24Hz 1080p
Top Bottom: Up to 60Hz 1080p‎
Noise Level‎ 33/31 dBA (Normal/Economic mode) ‎
Power Consumption‎ 260W(Max), 252W(Normal), 211W(Eco), Standby <0.5W‎
Environmental Notice‎ Lamp in this product contains mercury. To dispose of the product or used lamps, consult your local environment authorities for regulations or see‎
Interface‎ Computer in (D-sub 15pin)x1 (integrate with component)
Composite Video in (RCA)x 1
Audio in (Mini Jack)x1
Audio out (Mini Jack)x1
Speaker 2Wx1
USB (Type mini B)x1
RS232 (DB-9pin) x1
IR Receiverx1 (Front)‎
Feature‎ 332.4 x 99 x 214.3 mm / 5.65 lbs (2.56 Kg)‎
Power Supply‎ AC100 to 240V, 50 to 60 Hz ‎


Keep an eye out, too for the W1700, a 4K home cinema projector coming from BenQ that will support 8.3 million pixels for high image quality and theatre-like performance.

The W1700 (pictured below) offers “high brightness at 2200 ANSI lumens with flexible HDR support”. It will be priced at under €2,000.


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