BenQ W1070 vs BenQ W2000
When, in the fall of 2014, I started my cinema project in the house, I was looking for an affordable projector with full HD. The market is large and the prices vary, but since I had a relatively limited budget I looked at projectors under SEK 10,000. I got stuck for BenQ W1070. It had everything I wanted and at a very good price. It is still one of the most popular budget projectors on the market. Rightly so, because it is a good projector that is not ashamed in any way.
After a report on my home cinema “Cinematica” in the Home Theater magazine, BenQ asked if I was interested in trying the sequel to my projector, W2000. Of course I was, but I was honestly a little skeptical that it would be SO much better than claimed, but I was obviously eager to try. After a week, the projector came in the mail, and I picked it up. A few days later I installed the W2000 in my cinema room, calibrated and started watching. I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, actually - it could be better in my cinema room. A worthy upgrade, of course. What then are the differences between the two projectors. what do you get for the extra SEK 3000?
Both projectors are short-throw - so they fit well in the living room. Both have Full-HD, dual HDMI in and some other connections that are hardly used much nowadays.
I performed my test in a black painted cinema room with Manual 120 ”roll cloth from Elite Screens, Onkyo BD-SP309 and Yamaha RX-V775. The movie I mainly tested with was Season 2 of Game of Thrones on Bluray.
I drove with the W2000 for a few weeks during the summer, when I wanted it to have some time to "record" so at the end of the holiday I connected both projectors, put on a Bluray and started watching, and switched with help of the "blank" function. Here are my observations and some opinions in the W1070 vs W2000 case.
The physical difference between BenQ's two projectors is striking. The W2000 is much larger. the design is rounder and bold. What strikes one at first glance, however, is that the w2000 has a rather small opening and the lens is much smaller than the w1070. This is not the case, however, since the w1070 is smaller, the lens is experienced larger.
Where the w1070 has an opening for the focus and zoom knobs, the w2000 has a cover that hides the controls. A detail that is a little silly on the w1070 is that the power lamp is not at the on / off button, but at the menu button. however, this is fixed on w2000.
in terms of connections etc. no difference between the units is experienced. They are both perfectly functional and of good quality.
BenQ claims that they greatly improved image management in w2000 compared to w1070. better colors and higher dynamic range. The contrast should also have increased significantly.
When I bought the W1070 I went from a 60 ”plasma to the projector with 120” screen. Plasma TV is acknowledged well in terms of contrast so in other words I was right spoiled. Still, the w1070 didn't do away. Especially considering that it cost less than what the TV had cost. My cinema room wasn't even ready then, but I had completely white walls that reflected a lot of the light from the projector and the light bulb destroyed the blackness especially. Still, it didn't do away with it. When I later built the cinema room clearly and it was painted dark, the picture became clearer. Still, I experienced a huge difference when I installed the w2000. What impressed me most was the blackness. That a projector for less than SEK 10,000 could deliver such a crisp image was impressive. Anyway, it actually got even better when I did an image calibration. I used the THX calibrator on Terminator 2 Bluray. It really was an improvement. It was very easy to make the settings necessary for optimized image.
In A / B testing, there is a big difference between the projectors. It should be said that my w1070 has gone over 1000 hours in eco mode so the lamp is not new, while my copy of w2000 is brand new. The W2000 provides powerful lovely colors, deep blackness in contrast. In the beginning, I experienced a slight difference between the colors in, for example, grid patterns, but there are no more. Especially colors like gold and turquoise give a natural shimmer and look much better on the W2000.
Experience (remote, sound, etc.)
In addition to the image features, there are other differences between these projectors. The remote for example. It was the first improvement I discovered. The tactile feeling is greatly improved. It feels a little click when you press the buttons which are unusually satisfactory. Otherwise, the remote is nice. Both models are good in the hand and have illuminated buttons. On the W1070's remote control both the on and off buttons are red, on the W2000 the on button is green, does not really make much difference, but is a clarification.
The noise level is acceptable on both machines. I experience the w2000 as somewhat quieter than the w1070, but the difference is negligible. Both projectors are relatively quiet, but not quietest in the market. However, I do not bother with the fan sound on any of them during the ongoing movie because the sound from the fan completely drowns in the film's sound and dialogue.
The packaging is similar for both projectors, but the box for the w2000 is of course considerably larger, as the projector is larger. They are located in a protective bag and mounted in a frame of foam plastic that protects well from bumps and shakes during transport. Absolutely nothing to complain about.
Handling and Installation
The installation of both projectors is very simple. Since I have a dedicated bio space, the equipment hangs in the ceiling. Both machines have three attachment points and it was quite easy to find the weight center for a smooth lifting, perhaps slightly easier on the W2000 as it is larger. If you are going to use them on a table there are two feet at the back and an adjustable foot at the front. One of my feet came loose when I unpacked the w1070 the first time, it got stuck in the packaging somehow. It could not be repaired or put back, but it did not bother me because it hangs up and down the ceiling.
A little negative thing is that both projectors are slow in terms of HDMI search. It's probably not the projector's fault in the first place, but the HDCP handshake that takes time. This is especially annoying when the bluray player goes from menu (no HDCP) to when to start a movie, when the hdcp handshake between the bluray player, the amplifier and the projector is to take place. Some times it may take so long for the movie to start playing content, ie 4-5 seconds. I experience the W2000 as slower in this case. W1070 drops slightly faster.
The menus on both machines are similar and the location of the menu items is the same. It is not exclusive in any way, but functional and everything is right. The OSD popup messages are a bit nicer on the W2000 but larger and can sometimes block content, but they do not appear for a long time.
A personal note is that I wish it was possible to get the projectors in black as well, since I have black ceilings and walls in the room, a white projector stands out quite a lot.
Both of these projectors are competent and affordable. The W1070 was, when I bought it, completely unbeatable in price performance and has worked very well and satisfactorily. The W2000 is in a higher price range where competition is greater, but does very well.
The W1070 is a good and competent projector and has been very popular for many years, and will surely continue to be a popular second-hand purchase for many more years to come.
The W2000 is a full-fledged home theater projector with a really good image, fantastic nice color rendering that the W1070 does not come close to. Good user-friendliness and a very nice remote control.
Update Dec 2019:
My W2000 still works great. Good pressure in the lamp after just over 1500h. The only "problem" I have encountered during these three years with the W2000 is that the HDMI handshake between computer and projector (via Marantz SR7010) is a bit shaky at times. This error may very well be due to a computer / graphics card, but when I start a movie or similar, for example, the picture goes out and HDMI makes a new handshake, which takes a few seconds. If you look at Streamat on te.x TV4 play where the requirement for HDCP is set on / off depending on the material (eg advertising) shown then it can be terribly annoying.
Fortunately, I almost only watch Bluray via my OPPO, where there is no problem at all - so it may not depend on the projector.