BenQ Announces HT1075 and HT1085ST 1080p DLP Projectors

BenQ HT1075 DLP video Projector - Front View. Image provided by BenQ

With all the hype surrounding 4K Ultra HD, Curved, and OLED TVs, one product category we haven't heard a lot from in 2014 is video projectors. However, video projectors are not only alive and well, but offer more than ever. Consider this, a video projector can bring you a larger-screen viewing experience for a price that is often less than that big glass screen TV (and take note - video projection screen size is flexible - whereas you are stuck with a single screen size when you purchase that TV).


Two new video projectors to consider have just been announced by BenQ, the HT1075 and HT1085ST.

Both projectors project feature 1080p display resolution (in either 2D or 3D - glasses require extra purchase) via DLP chip technology with a 6-segment color wheel, a maximum of 2,000 ANSI lumens white light output (color light output is less, but more than sufficient), and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Lamp life is rated at 3,500 hours in standard mode, and up to 6,000 hours in ECO mode. Both projectors also provide quick start-up and cool down times.

Image size capability ranges from 40 to 235 inches, and both horizontal and vertical keystone correction settings of + or - 30 degrees are also provided. The HT1075 also provides vertical optical lens shift (Find out how both Keystone Correction and Lens Shift work).

For connectivity, both projectors provide the physical connections you need (including two HDMI, and one each of the following: component, composite, and a VGA/PC Monitor input).

There is also another built-in connection option. One of the HDMI inputs on each projector is MHL-enabled, which allows connection of MHL-compatible devices, such as smartphones, and tablets, as well as the Roku Streaming Stick and Chromecast. In other works, with MHL, you can turn your projector into a media streamer, with the abilty to access a multitude of streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and more.

In addition, one final input option that is not built-in, but can be added to either projector, is wireless HDMI connectivity using the WHDI system. This option (includes an external transmitter/receiver kit that requires additional purchase) will be available by the end of 2014.

For audio support, both projectors feature RCA and 3.5mm mini-jack audio inputs to and a built-in 10 watt mono speaker system. The built-in speaker system does come in handy when no audio system is available, but for a home theater audio listening experience, an external audio system is definitely preferred. You can connect audio directly from your source to your audio system, or loop it through the projector (there is an audio output provided).

Now, you are probably asking yourself: If both the HT1075 and HT1085ST have all of the above features in common, how are they different?.

The answer is that the HT1085ST features a short throw lens, which allows you to place the projector very close to the screen and still get a really large image. How large? - How about 100-inch image with a projector-to-screen distance of only about 6-feet. This comes in really handy for those that have smaller room environments, such as an apartment living room (or even a bedroom).

The HT1075 has an initial suggested price of $1,199 (Official Product Page - Buy From Amazon).

The HT1085ST has an initial suggested price of $1,299 (Official Product Brochure via Projection Central - Buy From Amazon).

Original Publish Date: 08/26/2014 - Robert Silva