BenQ's Price-Defying Full HD 1080p 3D Short-Throw Projector Now Shipping to a Home Theater Near You
New W1080ST Combines High-End Features and SmartEco(TM) Technology for Only $1,299
(March 21, 2013)
BenQ America Corp. today announced that it is now shipping its price-defying W1080ST short-throw full HD 3D home projector delivering 1080p resolution and 3D enjoyment within just six feet of the screen. Available for only $1,299, the W1080ST combines stunning image quality, immersive 3D connectivity, and BenQ's world-leading SmartEco(TM) technology to provide unmatched experiences for end users without large rooms or big budgets.
Built to take center stage within today's media-rich home entertainment lifestyles, the W1080ST delivers full 3D connectivity from external devices such as Blu-ray(TM) players and gaming consoles, and supports formats and standards including NVIDIA(R) 3DTV Play(TM), DLP(R) Link(TM), and dual HDMI(R). Designed with the high-end DLP(R) Dark Chip 3 (DC3) -- typically reserved for higher-priced models -- the W1080ST offers in addition to razor-sharp 3D content, full HD1080p picture quality, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and built-in 10-watt stereo speakers for added convenience.
Simplifying installation and setup by providing tremendous flexibility in projector placement, the short-throw W1080ST delivers an image more than 100 inches wide at less than six feet away from the screen. To safeguard close-range installations, the W1080ST also features an "Auto Blank" mode that blocks light output when objects are detected in front of the lens. Especially useful for coffee-table setups and other short-throw scenarios in small spaces, the mode avoids flashing light directly in users' eyes when crossing the projection.
"By combining so many advanced features at such an affordable price, BenQ is proving once again its consumer commitment, offering accessible yet high-performance products that customers can enjoy," said Lars Yoder, President of BenQ America Corp. "With the W1080ST projector, users get amazing image quality, short-throw performance for placement flexibility in any environment, rich connectivity options, and our energy-saving SmartEco technology for only $1,299. No other projector delivers this level of innovation and flexibility at this price point."
By integrating BenQ's industry-leading SmartEco technology, the W1080ST further cuts costs and energy consumption. In "SmartEco" mode, the projector automatically adjusts lamp power to maximize power savings by delivering the best contrast and brightness performance using only as much light as needed. To further reduce power consumption, a "no source detected" mode automatically lowers brightness to 30 percent when no display has been detected for more than three minutes. In the "Eco Blank" mode, the projector is capable of power savings up to 70 percent. In addition, the W1080ST does not require filters to clean or replace, which further reduces the projector's total cost of ownership (TCO).
To enable color calibration right out of the box, the W1080ST comes with a Rec. 709 color gamut, meaning users can enjoy projected color images that match film studio and television broadcast standards with no adjustments necessary. Combined with independent 3D color control and the flexibility of performance/color adjustment with three preset modes and two user modes, the W1080ST offers outstanding benefits for consumers who demand big screen entertainment regardless of their room requirements.
The W1080ST is also ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation(R) (ISF(R)), another feature that was until now only reserved for higher-priced video displays. ISFccc enables viewers to enjoy a perfectly calibrated picture with two optimized modes -- ISF Day and ISF Night -- delivering an unparalleled professional viewing experience. Furthermore, at only 6.4 pounds the projector is portable enough to take the movie or gaming experience to other locations if desired.
The W1080ST is available now in the U.S. at a retail price of $1,299. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.
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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life," fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of projectors, flat panel displays, and monitors for any application and market -- education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, AV and IT -- with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it's interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.
More information is available at www.BenQ.us.
About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life." With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world's consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.
About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 16+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group's vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company's vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.
The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world's top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., and Wellypower Corp.
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