BenQ W1080ST 1080p 3D Short Throw DLP Home Theater Projector

by Jane on August 5, 2014

The name is ridiculously long and full of acronyms, but this model is sleek, small, powerful and provides an award winning viewing experience. If ($879) is in your price range then the BenQ W1080ST is an excellent choice for a home theater projector in this price range, this model has also received many excellent reviews and remarks from customers on the gaming experience it provides.

Not all, but many of the main features are found in its long name. A Tech Nerd would definitely understand the features listed in the name. If you’re not a nerd then read along as we review and explain these different features.

Reasons to buy the W1080ST 3D Short Throw Projector

The following are just a few general reasons this model might be a great choice for you:

  • Provides over a billion colors!!! The average LCD only provides 16.7 colors.
  • Produces a 100″ screen image from only a 5 feet (1.5 meters) distance. Excellent for smaller rooms.
  • Provides Blu-ray quality image experience without the need for downscaling or compression.
  • Multiple forms of 3D supported by this model.
  • Green friendly, built in SmartEco allows a 70% energy savings.
  • Not only is the BenQ W1080ST a great choice for a home theater usage but also provides a great gaming experience.
  • Has received excellent reviews and ratings from customers and minimal complaints.

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View the table below listing and comparing the various features included in the BenQ W Series of projectors. This pages is dedicated to reviewing the W1080ST outlined in red on the table.

Further explanation of these individuals features can be found below.

BenQ W1080ST 1080p 3D Short Throw DLP Home Theater Projector Review

The table lists the major features included with each model, the best and also the most expensive model is the W1500 and has a price tag of around $1300.

The BenQ W1080ST isn’t too shabby itself though and has a price tag of around $500 less.

As you see from the table it does include the same Native Full HD 1080p as the W1500, but doesn’t come equipped with wireless connectivity. A few other minor difference also exist.

BenQ W1080ST 1080p and Short Throw

Combination of Short Throw Technology and 1080p Full-HD 

The combination these two features not only provides a stunning 1080p Full-HD home theater experience but also provides the flexibility of being able to have this viewing experience in a small room, by taking advantage of the built in short throw lens that allows you to project over much shorter distance compared to a long-throw projector.

If you’re not completely clear or unfamiliar on what a short throw lens provides. Basically, this type of lens allows the projector to be use at short distances 3 to 6 feet away from the screen you will be projecting on.

If you’re still having a hard time understanding, hopefully the image below helps. Look at the difference in the size of the projected images. On the left, is a short throw model sitting three feet away from the screen. On the right, is a standard long throw model sitting three feet away.

Short Throw vs Long Throw Projectors

Short Throw vs Long Throw Projectors

Maybe you have a large room which affords you plenty of extra space? Allowing you to set a projector back 10 or 15 feet to produce a large image on your screen?

However, if you don’t have a lot of space but want to run a projector in a smaller room and produce a huge on screen image then a short throw projector like the  BenQ W1080ST 1080p has to offer is probablyor maybe you just can’t find the appropriate spot even in a larger room

Maximize Enjoyment with 3D Ready

As mentioned already, the BenQ W1080ST provides Full-HD 1080P picture quality. It also provides high contrast with a 10,000:1 ratio and stunning sharpness.

But if you really want to take your viewing experience to the next level this W1080ST model is also 3D Ready!!! Some projectors providing multiple forms of 3D compatibilities:

  • HDMI
  • Blu-Ray
  • 3D broadcasting
  • Video games
  • NVIDIA 3DTV PC connectivity

You will not see all these 3D connectivity options in many of the Home Theater models

 Fast and Easy Set-up

There are many different connection options. This model can be played from many different devices. But the set-up easy no matter which you choose. All need is to plug in the power cord and pick the right port for the device you will be using.

BenQ W1080ST 1080P review

Easy Set-Up

In case you were not able to make out all the outlets and labels in the image above, here’s a slightly better picture showing the rear outlets.

Closer look at the BenQ w1080st outlets

Eco Friendly Projector for the Environmental Conscious Person

If you consider yourself an environmentally conscious person or lately felt the need to do more in this area then you might like this. Not only does the BenQ W1080ST 1080p 3D Short Throw DLP Home Theater Projector provide you with a sharp on screen image but this model is also environmentally responsible to use.

While many projectors run their motors and lamp lights at 100% capacity even when not needed, the BenQ W1080ST has two power saving features, “SmartEco mode” and “Blank Mode”.

How exactly do these two different modes work and more importantly how do they help, you not only be more Eco-Friendly but also help save

SmartEco Mode – Every room you use a projector in will have different amounts of ambient light and the amount will also differ at different times of the day. There are many factors, are the shades pulled down? Is the kitchen light on?

When using the SmartEco mode feature this allows the projector to decide how much light is needed by adjusting the lamp power according to the environment of the room. This not only saves energy but also increases the life of the lamp. Saving you money on replacements.

Blank Mode – Have you ever watch a movie or played a game and had to push pause to leave the room? Maybe you only leave for a minute or two but it’s fairly safe to assume many of us have pushed the pause button and left the room for much longer. Even Hours.

When you use the “Blank Mode” feature, the BenQ W1080ST receives feedback that it’s not in active play mode. This signal results in the projector dimming its lamp by 70% saving energy and lamp life. And as soon as you return the lamp resumes to normal capacity.

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