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BenQ W1070 vs Optoma HD26: Which Home Theater Projector is Better?

The Big Screen used to be synonymous with trips to the movies. Pricey tickets topped off with even pricier popcorn. That was until home theatre projectors came on the market—and then they just kept getting better.

BenQ is a leading brand for good value, quality projectors without the need to spend thousands. We are going to compare the BenQ W1070 vs Optoma HD26. We will go over all of their features like picture quality, connectivity, and screen size. We will include everything in a comparison chart and then finish up with some pros and cons of each.

BenQ W1070 vs Optoma HD26

We will start with the similarities between the BenQ W1070 and the Optoma HD26.

BenQ W1070 vs Optoma HD26 – Similarities

Projector Type

The BenQ W1070 and the Optoma HD26 are DPL (Digital Light Processing) projectors with a maximum resolution of 1080p. They are high definition and what’s more, you can watch your 3D movies on them too.

Built-in Speaker

There is a 10W speaker built into the BenQ W1070 and the Optoma HD26.

Remote Control

There are controls on the top of the BenQ W1070 and the Optoma HD26. Still, the remote control allows you to change your settings from the comfort of your sofa or mount the projectors from the ceiling.

Aspect Ratio

The BenQ W1070 and the Optoma HD26 have an aspect ratio of 16:9. This difference between the width and height of the screen is quite standard. They also have 5 selectable.

BenQ W1070 and Optoma HD26 Comparison Table

The comparison chart below gives you a chance to see the specifics side by side.

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BenQ W1070

BenQ HD26

Image BenQ W1070 Optoma HD26 comparison
Size 12.28 x 4.09 x 9.61 inches 12.4 x 4 x 8.8 inches
Weight 5.84lbs 5.5lbs
Color White/silver White/silver
3D Ready Yes Yes
Resolution HD 1080p HD 1080p
Brightness 2000 lumens 3200 lumens
Lamp Life EcoSmart Technology Up to 6500 hours
Contrast Ratio 10,000:1 25,000:1
Display Color 1.07 billion Brilliant Color Technology
Price

Now we will consider what sets the BenQ W1070 and the Optoma HD26 apart.

Differences Between BenQ W1070 and Optoma HD26

Appearance

The size is very similar, but the color makes one stand out a little more.

BenQ W1070 HD 1080p Review

BenQ W1070

The overall dimensions are 12.28 x 4.09 x 9.61 inches. The unit weighs 5.84 pounds, and it comes in white and silver.

Optoma HD26

At 12.4 x 4 x 8.8 inches at 5.5 pounds, there isn’t a noticeable difference. However, this is all white.

The Winner Is- The BenQ W1070

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The Lamp

It’s an essential part of the projector, impacting the quality of the image.

Optoma HD26 comparison

BenQ W1070

The lamp has a brightness of 2000 lumens. We aren’t sure of the lamp life, but we do know that it uses EcoSmart Technology.

Optoma HD26

The lumens are significantly higher at 3200 lumens. With EcoSmart Technology, the lamp life is up to 6500 hours.

The Winner Is- The Optoma HD26

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Image Quality

You can learn more about the image quality by looking at the contrast ratio (the difference between the blacks and whites) and the color technology.

Optoma HD26 1080p review

BenQ W1070

The contrast ratio is 10,000:1. It uses Colorific Technology with 1.07 billion colors.

Optoma HD26

There is a massive difference in the contrast ratio at 25,000:1. Although the product information doesn’t state the number of colors, it does use Brilliant Color Technology.

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Screen Size

BenQ W1070 comparison

Like a TV, the screen size is measured on the diagonal.

BenQ W1070

You can set the screen size from 40” to 200”.

Optoma HD26

The screen can be set from 41.8” to 305”.

The Winner Is- The Optoma HD26

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Keystone Adjustment

It’s not everyone’s favorite feature as it has a habit of distorting the image. Still, it’s handy to know if you want to put the projector at an angle to the screen.

Optoma HD26 review

BenQ W1070

The keystone adjustment is vertical at +/- 20 degrees.

Optoma HD26

It does have a keystone adjustment, but the description doesn’t state the degrees.

The Winner Is- The BenQ W1070

Connectivity

The more devices you can connect to, the more convenient the projector becomes.

BenQ W1070 Review

BenQ W1070

The back of the unit has 2 HDMI ports, a D-Sub 15 pin, 2 composite video ins, a component video, an S-video, audio in and out, audio L/R, 12V trigger, Rs232 and finally, a mini-USB.

Optoma HD26

Here you will find an HDMI, an HDMI + MHL (2.2), an audio 3.5mm 12V trigger, a USB, and a USB-A.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Pros and Cons

Before our final verdict, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of the BenQ W1070 and the Optoma HD26.

BenQ W1070

Pros:

  • Stunning, rich color and clarity
  • No lag for gaming
  • The fan is quiet

Cons:

  • A few cases of overheating

Optoma HD26

Pros:

  • Better results with outdoor use
  • Great value for money
  • The fan is relatively quiet

Cons:

  • The lamp doesn’t last as long as it should

The Final Verdict

Both projectors have their potential downsides but this a question of quality control rather than the projector themselves. We didn’t notice these issues when we were looking at the BenQ W1070 or the Optoma HD26. And, considering their price tags, the overall quality was excellent. They were well built, looked smart and were easy to set up and use.

We felt that the better home theatre projector today was the Optoma HD26, despite preferring the design of the BenQ W1070. The Optoma HD26 had the ability to set the screen larger, which we loved for outdoor use. The picture quality was brilliant with movies and games. There were plenty of ports to connect different devices, which made it easier to use.


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