BenQ has introduced follow-ups to its popular W1070 and W1080ST home theater projectors. The new HT1075 ($1,199) and HT1085ST ($1,299) are 1080p, 3D-capable DLP projectors with a rated 2200 ANSI lumens of brightness and 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The HT1085ST adds a short-throw lens to create a larger image from less distance, and both models features MHL support and an optional wireless connectivity kit.
BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP projector brand in The Americas(1), today introduced its next-generation Colorific home entertainment projectors: the HT1075 and HT1085ST. Building on the incredible success of the company's top-selling W1070 and the short-throw W1080ST, the new home theater devices have been designed to take content to an entirely new level -- combining the magic of over one billion colors, 3D-readiness, and the realism of full HD 1080p picture quality. What's more, the new projectors add streaming and mirroring capabilities for devices equipped with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) to allow the transfer of small-screen content from any portable device.
Featuring BenQ's Colorific image quality, the HT1075 and HT1085ST provide more vivid and accurate color reproduction, higher brightness levels, crisper contrast, and longer-lasting picture quality. Both units offer full HD 1080p and 3D support, while the short-throw HT1085ST allows users to fill screens measuring up to 100 inches by simply setting up the device at only six feet away - making it an ideal choice for urban environments or media room settings where installation space is limited. Adding to the projectors' razor-sharp imaging are 2,200 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, which turn colors from TV shows, movies, or sporting events into more natural-looking, film-like content. The projectors are also ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), enabling viewers to enjoy a professionally calibrated picture with two optimized modes - ISF Day and ISF Night.
To create a household media hub, users can easily connect Blu-ray players and gaming consoles to the projectors via HDMI, as well as view cloud content using any MHL-ready streaming device, including Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV. As a result, viewers can bring their favorite content from popular services such as Netflix or Hulu onto the screen using their streaming player of choice or even directly from their smart device. Rounding off the unparalleled convenience are the units' new 10W chamber speakers, which offer rich audio to create a complete solution whenever a dedicated sound system is not practical, or in outdoor situations such as movie nights under the stars.
Further reducing installation and setup time is a new vertical lens shift option for the HT1075, allowing users to perfectly align the projected image to the center of the screen, thus eliminating any tedious tinkering. To ensure even more placement flexibility, both models offer horizontal and vertical keystone correction, which delivers picture-perfect projection at the push of a button. Saving money by lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), the projectors are equipped with BenQ's SmartEco lamp-saving technology to prolong lamp life up to an amazing 6,000 hours while lasting three times as long as projectors sold just a few years ago. Additional cost-saving features include a filter-free design built around a sealed DLP chip that eliminates the need to clean or change messy filters; a unique lamp door design that enables lamp replacement down the road without needing to take down the projector; and a special sleep mode that reduces power consumption to under half a watt when connected but not in use.
To further simplify installations, a new optional wireless connectivity kit will be sold separately and is planned for release in Q4 2014. The fully wireless system will allow users to send content to the projectors from up to 100 feet away, giving homeowners the freedom to move the projectors throughout the house or even take them outdoors without the need to run cable.
Available in September 2014, BenQ's all-new HT1075 and HT1085ST projectors retail at $1,199 and $1,299, respectively.