BenQ’s W1100 projector boasts many of the same features as the company’s step-up model, the W1200, but at a markedly lower price level.

Based on the same chassis, the W1100 offers good value and is a decent option for home cinemas with some ambient light to deal with. However, reviewers have noted differences in image quality between the two projectors, with the cheaper W1100 not quite able to match up to the W1200.

But the W1100 claims a higher brightness of 2,000 lumens, compared to 1,800 for the W1200, making it great for rooms plagued by daylight filtering in. It also offers a very reasonable contrast ratio of 4,500:1, although this falls short of the W1200’s 5,000:1. While it lacks the proprietary colour-boosting coating found on the W1200’s colour wheel, both projectors have full 10-bit colour processing.

The W1100 also offers the same set of connections as the W1200 - a generous number for its price level. These are: two (v1.3) HDMIs, a D-Sub PC port, an RS-232C jack, a monitor output, a component video input, a composite video input, an S-Video input, a USB service port, both RCA and 3.5mm audio inputs, and a 12V trigger output.

Reviewers have also commented on its impressive audio spec. The W1100 - like the W1200 - delivers 2x10W of output power for its integrated speakers, and offers SRS TruSurround processing for a great surround sound listening experience.