BenQ W1110 Home Projector review

PROS

  • Low price
  • Very watchable picture
  • Plenty of connection options

CONS

  • Colour uniformity issues
  • Bit of a struggle to set up

KEY FEATURES

  • Full HD projector
  • Single-chip DLP optical engine
  • BrilliantColour technology
  • Optical vertical image shifting
  • Quiet running
  • Manufacturer: BenQ

WHAT IS THE BENQ W1110?

The W1110 is BenQ’s latest, affordable home-entertainment projector. As usual with BenQ, it uses a single-chip DLP projection engine, which in this case is aided and abetted by a six-speed, six-segment colour wheel and a Full HD pixel count. Also present is BenQ’s Smart Eco automatic image optimisation system, which adjusts the projector’s light output to enhance contrast as well as, apparently, reducing the projector’s running noise.

BENQ W1110 – DESIGN AND FEATURES

As with most BenQ projectors, the W1110 is quite a cute-looking unit. As with the recently tested BenQ W2000, it features a larger chassis than last year’s BenQ models to accommodate a better speaker system and, more importantly, better heat venting. It still looks good on a coffee table, though, with its glossy white finish, silver front plate and pleasantly rounded edges.

BenQ W1110

While the W1110 doesn’t boast the Cinematic Color feature that proved so effective in the W2000, it’s still a very well-specified projector for its money.

Its Full HD resolution can’t be taken for granted at the sub £700 price point, while its use of a six-segment (RGBRGB), six-speed colour wheel shows serious dedication to the home-entertainment/video cause. Certainly we’d expect a colour wheel such as this to deliver more natural, cinematic colours and less of DLP’s so-called rainbow effect problem. This is where stripes of pure red, green and blue can be seen in your peripheral vision, or can flash up momentarily over very bright objects.

Also included is Texas Instruments’ BrilliantColour technology for boosting colour saturations, while the lamp output is rated at a maximum of 2,200 lumens. When using the Smart Eco mode, contrast is stated as being a respectable 15,000:1.

The Smart Eco mode is itself a pretty big deal for this level of the market, where effective dynamic contrast systems tend to be at a premium.

Other likable numbers are the projector’s claimed 6,000 hours of lamp life – if you stick with the Smart Eco lamp setting – and its claimed ability to run with just 27dB of noise.

Connections cover all the essentials. Two HDMIs will provide most users with ample video connections, but there’s also a powered USB port where you could add a streaming dongle such as Google’s Chromecast or Amazon Fire. There’s also composite, component and D-SUB PC inputs and a 12V trigger port for, say, firing up a motorised screen.

BenQ W1110

You can also add an optional wireless video system that lets you beam Full HD video and audio from your source to the projector, without the need for any cables. This is always a handy feature given the difficulties of connecting a source to a projector that’s some distance away.

There are also a few audio-related jacks, reflecting the fact that the W1110 – like most home-entertainment projectors these days – features a built-in audio system to save you having to always find an external system to which you can connect your video sources.

The sound system uses the same Cinema Master Audio+ audio-enhancement processing that delivered such surprisingly good results in the W2000. However, it carries only a single 10W speaker rather than the stereo configuration in the W2000.

The last feature of the W1110 you may be interested in – aside from the more impressive specs we’re about to cover in the Setup section – is its ability to play 3D. Note, though, that you don’t get any 3D glasses for free with the projector, and I wasn’t supplied with any for this test.

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