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Benq I500 Projector

100000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB 500 ANSI Lumens Aug 2016
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Wireless Streaming and Supersized Projection in One Simple Device Imagine streaming and projecting life-sized movies and videos on any wall. BeQ i500 LED smart projector comes with all of the... More
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9 Reasons For

Benq Projectors Have Good Reviews

We checked the reviews from owners and experts of hundreds of multimedia projectors to determine an average rating for each data projector manufacturer. On average Benq projectors have good ratings from owners and experts.

Just Released Four Months Ago

The i500 was only relased by Benq four months ago.

Reasonably Priced

One Benq i500 reviewer thought the product was good value for money. In October expert review site Hometheaterhifi.com wrote “At $749 it's a Compelling Value”.

Good Size

One Benq i500 reviewer who reviewed it mentioned that it was lightweight. Hometheaterhifi.com wrote in October “Add to that a lightweight portable chassis and you've got a potenti” in their review of this projector.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq i500 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the i500 also have a built-in speaker.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including the PH550G[pl_3355158_price], or the PH550[pl_3420054_price] both from LG which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Benq i500 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this data projector).

A 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) graphics resolution is in fact the best supported resolution amongst all 100000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for the last year.

Amongst comparable types of data projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Supports Four Video Formats

The Benq i500 has a greater number of supported video formats than most comparable spec projectors that have been around for the last year. This multimedia projector supports an AVI video format, which is the most frequently supported video format supported by latest multimedia projectors. The video formats "MPEG1", "MPG" and "XVID" are also supported by this projector.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Benq i500 is more than most data projectors that are a similar age to it. This Benq projector supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the i500. The image format "BMP" is also supported by this projector.

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Very Narrow

The average width of comparable spec projectors that have been around for the last year is 310mm, and the widths range from 170mm to 500mm. The Benq i500 is quite narrow (only 215.63 millimeters) compared to most of the other 100000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the i500.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most of the other new comparable spec projectors support 3D image projection, however the Benq i500 does not support 3D image projection.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors which also support 3D image projection that you might also want to consider including the PH550G[pl_3355158_price], or the PH550[pl_3420054_price] both from LG.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been available for the last year, the Benq i500 does not support Full HD projection.

We think you might also be interested in alternative multimedia projectors which also support Full HD projection including the Acer K650i[plb_3387400_price], or the EIKI EK-600U[plb_3798187_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for the last year do not support WiFi connectivity. The Benq i500 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative multimedia projectors which also support WiFi connectivity including the LG PH550[plb_3420054_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of projectors that have been available for the last year is 300 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 8,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 2,600 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of only 500 ANSI lumens, the Benq i500 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the i500.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might also want to look at the EIKI EK-600U[plb_3798187_price] (6,000 ANSI lumens).

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq i500

Running Costs Are OK

The average running cost of the i500 is £25 over 1 year based on typical energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 5 new projectors.

WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This multimedia projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many latest similar spec data projectors.

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Average Noise Level

The Benq i500 has a relatively standard noise level (30 decibels) compared to most of the other new 100000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth looking at include the Philips HDP1690[plb_2580293_price] (25dB), or the Acer K650i[plb_3387400_price] (29dB).

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Specification

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Supported Number of Colours Display
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Lamp Type
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Lens System
Aperture Range
Video
Graphics Resolution
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Supported Audio Format
Image Format
Video Format
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Document Format
Design
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Typical Power Consumption
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
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Depth
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Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

9 October 2016

THE BENQ I500 isn't the only Sub-$1000 Portable on the Market but it is Unique in its Offering of an LED Light-engine and a Smart Interface to Pull In Streamed Content From the Internet. At $749...

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