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BenQ W1400 review

Best projector up to £1500, Awards 2014. An exciting projector that offers big screen entertainment for a great price Tested at £1000

5 Star Rating

Our Verdict

Best projector up to £1500, Awards 2014. An exciting projector that offers big screen entertainment for a great price


  • Punchy and vibrant colour palette
  • Plenty of detail
  • Clean, crisp and bright picture;
  • Decent with 3D, motion and upscaling
  • Compact, light build
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Good connectivity


  • Nothing at the price

Priced at £1000, the BenQ W1400 is a hugely capable performer – the DLP projector handles Full HD and 3D video, and has a wide selection of connections.

Most importantly, the picture it delivers is fantastic, especially when you consider the price.

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While DVDs are perfectly watchable, it performs best with Blu-rays

While DVDs are perfectly watchable, it performs best with Blu-rays

We play Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray and the BenQ W1400 delivers a punchy and exciting picture.

It’s an entertaining performer, one that just about stays on the right side of a bold, vibrant colour palette. Sunlit scenes are bright without looking overly warm, blues and reds are richly hued and greens trees are perhaps a little too intense.

But the picture never strays into overblown territory. It’s appealing, balanced, with enough natural touches (skin tones look fairly realistic) to keep us glued to the action on screen.

There’s a good helping of detail on offer – enough to pick out the stray blonde strands in Black Widow’s red hair – and to show the subtle shadings of Cap’s more sober grey-and-blue uniform.

Black levels are pleasingly deep and punchy, and don’t swallow up detail in darker scenes, either.

The detail definition and clearness of the picture takes the expected hit when it comes to playing DVDs, with Kill Bill Vol. 2 looking a little fuzzy around the edges and less dynamically subtle.

It’s perfectly watchable, though – the W1400’s upscaling talents are a step ahead of more budget offerings (such as its cheaper sibling, the W1070+ at £650).

Motion handling isn’t 100 per cent, but few projectors outside of high-end models tend to be truly convincing in this respect.

Overall though, there aren’t any glaring issues to take away from our enjoyment, especially at this price – 3D performance is decent, too, with a lovely sense of depth to Hugo.

The picture could be a touch brighter, but it retains its exuberant performance. A pair of active shutter glasses are included in the box; they’re comfortable and don’t tire your eyes.

Build and design

Take your time when setting up the picture; use a THX Optimizer disc for the best results

Take your time when setting up the picture; use a THX Optimizer disc for the best results

The W1400 is a fairly compact projector, and light enough to be moved around. It’s sturdily built, too. There are controls for the menu, volume and keystone correction placed on top of the unit.

Manual zoom and focus come as standard, and we like the addition of a vertical-lens shift. The W1400 is quick to set up: with a simple menu and a backlit remote that’s easy to use.

We’d recommend using a THX Optimizer disc if you want to get the best picture from the BenQ; we found we needed to tone down the colour just a touch, and to turn off ‘Brilliant Colour’ for a less overstated palette.

You also get built-in speakers with the W1400. The sound has decent weight, it’s not entirely wispy or bright, and dialogue is easy to follow.

But we’d urge you to invest in a budget 5.1 speaker package if you want to fully enjoy films on a big screen.


Head to the back of the projector, and you’ll see that the W1400 offers a good spread of connections, starting with two HDMI inputs.

Analogue sources are well catered for, too, with component, composite, S-Video and PC inputs. There’s also a pair of RCA phono plugs, and single 3.5mm input and output jacks.


The BenQ W1400 is an enjoyable proposition for anyone wanting to get into the home cinema market, but not quite willing to pay premium price.

If you go up the price scale, you’ll get greater subtlety, a brighter picture and more confident motion handling. But, for £1000, the BenQ W1400 is a sure bet.

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General Information

Product SeriesW
Product NameBenQ W1400
Product ModelW1400
Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameBenQ
Product TypeDLP Projector
ManufacturerBenQ Corporation
Manufacturer Part Number9H.J7P77.17E




Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphic ModeFull HD
Contrast Ratio10,000:1
Standard Mode Brightness2200 lm
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1200


Lamp Power240 W
Normal Mode Lamp Life3500 Hour
Number of Lamps1
Economy Mode Lamp Life5000 Hour

Projection Lens

Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m (300")
Optical Zoom1.6x

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption397 W

Technical Information

3D Type3D Ready
Projection MethodFront


Video Signal StandardHDTV
Output Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate3.90 kg
Width339 mm
Depth120.2 mm
Height284.8 mm
Dimensions284.8 mm (H): 339 mm (W): 120.2 mm (D)


Package Contents
  • W1400 DLP Projector
  • Remote Control w/ Battery
  • Carry Bag
  • Power Cord (by Region)
  • User Manual CD (24L)
  • Quick Start Guide (28L)
  • Warranty Card (by Region)
  • Lens Cover
  • VGA (D-sub 15pin) Cable
  • 3D Glasses