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Benq MS517 Projector

projectorcentral.com Highly Rated
13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 32dB Nov 2012
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Featuring a brightness of 2800 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a SVGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MS517 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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One Industry Award

This data projector received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this projector is 75% based on five expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, PC Advisor.co.uk, gadgetreview.com and projectorcentral.com.

Reasonably Priced

Three Benq MS517 owners who reviewed the Benq MS517 said that it was cheap. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned three years ago “The BenQ MS517%displayPrice% at %seller% is a solid, low-resolution budget data projector geared for classroom use” in their review of the Benq MS517 and gave this projector a score of 4 stars. Expert review site Projectorcentral.com said in their review “A brighter alternative to 500-lumen LED projectors for portable use, or an inexpensive option for home use”. Itreviews.com mentioned in their Benq MS517 review “The BenQ MS517 is a solid, low-resolution budget data projector geared for classroom use” but in spite of that they only scored it 3 stars.

A few customers agreed that this projector was good value for money. Gadgetreview.com mentioned three years ago “The BenQ M 517 is a data projector geared to classrooms that provides solid image quality at low cost”. Expert website Projectorreviews.com said “It is competitively priced with a MSRP of $409.00” in their review of the Benq MS517.

One Benq MS517 owner said in their reviews that this projector was a bargain for the price. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote three years ago “It's bright enough to stand up to a good deal of ambient light” in their review of the Benq MS517.

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Good Product Quality

Several Benq MS517 owners who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Three years ago expert review site Pcmag.com gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review “It has decent data image quality”. Pcmag.com also mentioned “Its video quality is sufficient for t”. Pcmag.com also said “Video quality suitable for short to mid-length clips”.

Good Picture Quality

Some Benq MS517 owners reckoned that the Benq MS517 had good picture quality. A number of Benq MS517 reviewers reckoned that the Benq MS517 had a good contrast ratio. Gadgetreview.com wrote “Has a very high contrast ratio of 13000 1”.

Robust

A few people reckoned that it was well made. Pcmag.com said in their review of this projector on expert review site PC Mag “A budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality”.

Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

We calculated the average ratings for all Benq projectors and also specifically for Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors and found that in both cases Benq had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Size

One customer said in their reviews that the Benq MS517 was good physically. Expert website Gadgetreview.com wrote “He three biggest obstacles to using a front projector has been its physical size” in their review of this projector and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS517, the Benq MS517 supports 3D image projection.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors which support 3D image projection and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq MS619 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MS517 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS517 also have a built-in speaker.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This multimedia projector supports a graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is typical of many projectors of a similar spec and age to it.

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Fairly Big Offset

Multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago have offsets of between 100% and 160%. The Benq MS517 has a fairly big offset (130 percent) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MS517.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on data projectors of a similar type and age to it.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Benq MS517 does not support Full HD projection, although keep in mind that most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago also do not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most data projectors that have been around for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity. The Benq MS517 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

The Benq MS517 has a fairly loud noise level in economy mode (30 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable age and spec to the MS517. The quietest noise level in economy mode of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MS517 is 26dB, the loudest is 38dB, and the average noise level in economy mode is 29dB.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Benq MS517

Running Costs Are Average

The average running cost of the MS517 is £83 over 1 year based on average usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 72 projectors of this age and spec.

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this data projector was released.

Average Noise Level

At 32 decibels, the Benq MS517 has a relatively average noise level compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec.

If you would consider a projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the MX850UST (£399.99) (33dB), or the MS502 (£270.88) (33dB) both from Benq.

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Average Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 2,800 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS517 has a fairly typical projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the MS517.

If this Benq projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might want to look at the Acer X123 (£298.00) (3,000 ANSI lumens).

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SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The Benq MS517 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
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
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
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
Cable Lock Slot
Ceiling Mountable
Colour
Product Type
Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Other Features
Audio Input
Audio Output Port
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details

1 Award

projectorcentral.com Highly Rated

Expert Reviews

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10 August 2013

At $339, the BenQ's MS517 SmartEco Projector is a capable front projection system that is well suit...

Test pattern generator
Monitor can connect through projector
Has a very high contrast ratio of 13000 1
Sharp image even when projecting higher than native resolutions
3D from a BluRay player via HDMI
4 3 native aspect ratio
For very specific applications color may need a lot of adjustment
Resolution is low so not great for spreadsheets or teaching software applications
Lamp not very accessible
Not a short throw projector so the projector needs to be pretty far back to ac

The BenQ MS517 is a DLP projector that produces a manufacturer rated 2800 lumens in its brightest mode. It is competitively priced with a MSRP of $409.00. Street prices show it at around $349.00.... Read more…

15 April 2013

With its classroom-friendly features and pricing, the BenQ MS517 directly targets the educational sector. At only £283, you're not going to be getting high quality here, but the projector should... Read more…

Projectorcentral.com

The MS517 projector is very much in the running if you need a low-cost projector for a conference room or classroom, a brighter alternative to 500-lumen LED projectors for portable use, or an... Read more…

30 March 2013

The BenQ MS517 is a data projector geared to classrooms that provides solid image quality at low cost...

28 March 2013

The BenQ MS517, a budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality, and video quality suitable for short to mid-length clips...

10 April 2013

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £78.52
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £82.21
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.41 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq ms517, benq ms517h, benq p236485, benq 800x600, benq ms517hd, benq 9hjfa77, benq p236485p, benq ms517hdl, benq 9hjfa7714, benq ms517hdlp, benq 1920x1200, benq 9hjfa7714e
Barcodes 00168141610226, 00840046024949, 04718755035630, 04718755063572, 05053973962047, 08400460249490

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