BenQ HT1075 Projector Review

Specs

ManufacturerBenQ
ModelHT1075
Lumens2200
Display TypeDLP
Resolution1920x1080
Inputs2x HDMI 1.4a, 1x Component, 1x Composite, 1x DSub
3D SupportYes
Projector Size12.2" x 9.6" x 4.1"
Projector Weight6.3 lbs.
Review DateOctober 6, 2014
Price$739.00

BenQ’s newest budget home theater projector, the HT1075, comes at us with more installation flexibility and improved speakers. Like its predecessor, the W1070, the BenQ HT1075 won’t break the bank, retailing for $1199 and already selling on Amazon for $999. The BenQ HT1075 uses a 1920×1080 DarkChip3 DLP engine along with a 6x speed six segment RGBRGB color wheel to produce an image. This is also a very bright projector, producing 1251 lumens in low lamp mode and 1832 lumens in normal mode. DLP often offers sharper visuals over other technologies and that is the case with the BenQ HT1075. Images are sharp and clear, revealing subtle details.

Improvements from W1070

Specs
Manufacturer:BenQ
Model:HT1075
Lumens:2200
Display Type:DLP
Resolution:1920x1080
Inputs:2x HDMI 1.4a, 1x Component, 1x Composite, 1x DSub
3D Support:Yes
Projector Size:12.2" x 9.6" x 4.1"
Projector Weight:6.3 lbs.
Review Date:October 6, 2014
Price:$739.00
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The biggest improvement in the BenQ HT1075 over the older BenQ W1070 is in placement flexibility. The BenQ HT1075 features horizontal (along with vertical) keystone correction which allows for a more radical off-center placement. While not ideal for a dedicated home theater setup, this allows for plenty of flexibility when set up in impromptu situations. No coffee table or shelf to place the projector on? Then try placing it on an end table where you’d normally just find old magazines a lamp and a coaster. The keystone correction is able to make up for the trapezoid effect, with some sacrifices in image quality. The other improvement is in the remote control. Surprisingly the W1070 remote was not backlit, making usage in a dark theater environment.. less than ideal. The BenQ HT1075 remote is now backlit and easy to navigate. There are direct function buttons to the important stuff like brightness, contrast, and keystone adjustment. One thing I did notice, the projector comes setup with the simple menu system and to see advanced settings, the menu must be switched to advanced mode. This is good for the average user, but then confusing for the pro-user. While I never heard the built-in speaker in the BenQ W1070, improvements were apparently made in the BenQ HT1075 to increase the audio quality.

Setup

Although not as ultra-compact as some business projectors, the BenQ HT1075 is about the size of a Blu-ray player, or an Xbox One, 12.3” x 4.1” x 9.6” to be specific.  At roughly 6 pounds, the BenQ HT1075 makes it easy to cart this projector into another room, or over to a friend’s house. Setup of the BenQ HT1075 is a breeze. I opted for an IKEA end table in front of my couch placed about 9.5 feet from a 110” 16:9 screen. After adjusting the zoom and focus, and aiming the projector up a half-inch, only one click of vertical keystone adjustment is necessary. There are 2 HDMI inputs on the back of the projector, allowing me to hook up directly to an Oppo BDP-95 for 3D and movie testing and to my Marantz receiver for gaming. The HDMI 2 input is MHL enabled for connecting to mobile devices. I tested out the BenQ HT1075’s keystone correction by also placing it off to the side of my couch. There’s a keystone button on the remote, making it easy to get to the adjustments. Each direction on the arrow pad adjust a different direction. There is a lot of play here, 30 steps in each direction, but of course there are downsides to using it. You will lose some sharpness and resolution along with image size.  The projected image is manipulated within the 1920×1080 frame so each adjustment shrinks the image that ends up on the screen. The image still retained most of the sharpness and was pleasing to the eye. While I would never use this for a permanent setup, it does work well in a pinch.

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