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Benq MS500+ Projector

4000:1 SVGA (800x600) 31dB Aug 2012
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution 3D Image Projection Noise Level Release Date
The MS500+ makes the perfect projector choice for your everyday life - in business, education, even at home. Featuring an impressive brightness of 2700 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 4000:1... More
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Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Data projectors built by Benq generally have good ratings.

Supports 3D Image Projection

Most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are older than two years do not support 3D image projection, however the Benq MS500+ supports 3D image projection.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are more than two years old, including the Benq MS500+, have a built-in speaker.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Benq MS500+ is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are more than two years old. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector.

This data projector's resolution (1600 x 1200 (UXGA)) is actually the best supported resolution amongst all 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS500+.

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

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Very High Number of Colours

The lowest number of colours of data projectors of a similar type and age to the MS500+ is 1M and the highest is 1,100M. The Benq MS500+ has a very high number of colours (1,073.4 million) compared to most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS500+.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Benq MS500+ is a three VGA (D-Sub) port data projector.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

At only 31 decibels, the Benq MS500+ has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for more than two years. The quietest noise level of 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the MS500+ is 29dB, the loudest is 37dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Big Offset

Comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the MS500+ have offsets of between 12% and 130%. At 120 percent, the Benq MS500+ has a quite big offset compared to most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the MS500+.

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Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The average service life of lamp in economic mode of multimedia projectors that have been available for a similar time to the MS500+ is 5,500h, and the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 4,000h to 6,000h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 6,000 hours, the Benq MS500+ has one of the longer service life of lamp in economic mode amongst 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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1080i Video Mode

The Benq MS500+ supports a 1080i video mode which is better than most 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as it. Most projectors that came out around the same time as it support a 480p video mode. In addition, this Benq multimedia projector support 1080p, 480i, 576i and 576p and 720p video modes.

A 1080i video mode is actually the best supported supported video mode across all 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst supported supported video mode across similar types of data projector is 480i.

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A Bit Shallow

With a depth of only 232 millimeters, the Benq MS500+ is fairly shallow compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for more than two years. The shallowest similar spec multimedia projector that came out around the same time as the MS500+ is 110mm deep and the deepest is 310mm.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 2,500 grams, the Benq MS500+ is one of the lighter multimedia projectors of this age and spec amongst data projectors of this age. The lightest similar spec data projector that is a comparable age to the MS500+ is 2,300g heavy, the heaviest is 4,800g, and the average weight is 3,600g.

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Very Narrow

The narrowest 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector that is a similar age to the MS500+ is 280mm wide, the widest is 400mm, and the average width is 350mm. The Benq MS500+ is fairly narrow (only 287 millimeters) compared to most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are more than two years old.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Benq MS500+ does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that are older than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years, the Benq MS500+ does not support Full HD projection.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The Benq MS500+ has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MS500+ the worst resolution is nHD (640x360) and the best is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of multimedia projectors of this age and type is 13W. With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Benq MS500+ has a fairly low RMS rated power compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the MS500+.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the MS500+ have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the Benq MS500+ which has one USB 2.0 port.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MS500+

Running Costs Are OK

Based on typical usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the MS500+ will cost £110 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 11 projectors of this age and type.

Over Two Years Old

This projector was released over two years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MS500+ has a fairly typical projector brightness (2,700 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Preset Mode
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Other Features
Aspect Ratio

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £92.94
Electricity cost when on standby £7.37
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Total running cost over 5 years £100.31
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 13 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers benq ms500

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