The W1080ST+ is a full HD, 1080p projector, that can deliver a screen size of upto 100 inches from only 1.5 meters away, thanks to it’s short-throw technology. This means those with smaller rooms can still enjoy the picture size that a projector brings without having to remodel their homes to get the required throw distance. This model upgrades from its previous outing with the inclusion of being able to receive video wirelessly, meaning for those who can’t run cables everywhere can still benefit. The W1080ST+ also supports 3D, by way of active 3D glasses which are an optional extra.
Out of the box, the projector looks not too dissimilar to other projectors in the BenQ range, with a white glossy finish and curved edges. Given the short throw technology and the fact that this projector may well be in front of you, it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at. But, that’s not what we’re here for.
On paper, the W1080ST+ boasts full-HD 1080p native resolution, a screen size of between 38 to 300 inches and a 2200 Lumen output. It also has keystone correction both vertically and horizontally, so you can place it off to one side, if required. Last but not least, it has a full array of inputs available, with 2 HDMI ports, a standard VGA D-Sub as well as both component and regular RCA sockets. The HDMI input supports the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) protocol, enabling the display of pictures and videos from a mobile device much easier. As mentioned briefly, the W1080ST+ is also compatible with the BenQ Wireless Full HD Display kit, an optional extra that will allow you to place the projector independently of the device that’s supplying the video signal.
In use, this plucky little projector delivered a bright, good quality picture overall. With brighter scenes fairing the best. There’s still good contrast to be had in dark scenes, though some black spots appeared to be a bit grey at times, though scenes showing a mix of content still displayed crisp and vibrant. But that vibrance comes at a small cost, and that’s what’s called the “rainbow effect”. This isn’t something that everyone will see or even notice, but it can be jarring when you do. But this isn’t so much an issue of the W1080ST+ than it is a side effect of the single-chip DLP technology in use.
Last up is the built-in speakers. This unit has 10W of audio power under the hood. It’s not going to stand up against a full home theatre solution but it’s more than capable for quick, on the go action and fared somewhat better than other projectors with in built speakers.
BenQ W1080ST+ Review
Overall, a great little projector, with the convenience factors of a short-throw lens, semi-decent in built audio and full HD support. The optional extras of 3D and wireless display means this is an excellent little projector for people short on space, or that are unable to run lengths of cables around their homes.