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Benq MS521P Projector

13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 32dB Oct 2013
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15 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

Based on 6 user reviews the average user rating of this multimedia projector is 80 out of 100.

Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Benq is one of the better rated multimedia projector manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Benq also has good reviews for its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Two people who purchased it reckoned that it had a good 3D picture quality. Jonah wrote in his Benq MS521 review “On the DVD/ Blu Ray/ 3D, JUST Great” . Expert website Itreviews.com said two years ago “It also offers some advantages over the Epson EX3212, notably an optical zoom and full support for 3D with so” but despite that they gave the product a rating of 2 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One Benq MS521 reviewer wrote that the Benq MS521 was good value for money. Jonah mentioned in his review of the Benq MS521 “Very good value for money, on some, I've always wanted from a kid, yes! It's in my Man Cave”.

Easy to Use

One Benq MS521 reviewer who reviewed this projector considered that it was easy to use the menus. Jonah mentioned “The functionality/ menus are great” in his review of this projector.

Supports Full HD Projection

Unlike most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the MS521 which do not support Full HD projection, the Benq MS521 supports Full HD projection.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which support Full HD projection to this data projector and we think the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price], and the Acer X113[plb_2323218_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MS521 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS521 also support 3D image projection.

There are a number of alternative projectors which support 3D image projection currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Optoma DS325[plb_1920804_price], the Benq MS502[plb_1385309_price], or the Acer X123[plb_2717080_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MS521 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also have a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the MS502[pl_1385309_price], and the MX819ST[pl_1552200_price] both from Benq or the Optoma DX325[plb_1915714_price] is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This data projector supports a graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is the most commonly supported graphics resolution on projectors of a comparable type and age to it.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Benq MS521 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports than most of the similar spec projectors that have been around for more than two years. This Benq data projector is a three VGA (D-Sub) port projector compared to most of the multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS521 which only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Fairly High Number of Colours

With a number of colours of 1,070 million, the Benq MS521 has a quite high number of colours compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that were released around the same time as the MS521. Across all the multimedia projectors of this age and spec the numbers of colours range from 1M to 1,100M.

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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 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

The Benq MS521 has one of the lower power consumption during PowerSave (only 0.5 Watts) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The average power consumption during PowerSave of projectors that came out more than two years ago is 190W.

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Very Narrow

The average width of similar spec multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago is 300mm. The Benq MS521 is fairly narrow (only 283 millimeters) compared to most of the other data projectors that were released around the same time as the MS521.

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Very Light

The lightest projector of this age and spec is 1.3kg heavy and the heaviest is 5.4kg. With a weight of only 1.9 kilograms, the Benq MS521 is one of the lighter comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MS521 amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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5 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This projector has an average expert rating of 45% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com. That puts this data projector in the bottom 4% of all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the MS521, the Benq MS521 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Small Lamp Power

The Benq MS521 has one of the smaller lamp power (only 190 Watts) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years have lamp power of between 190W and 310W, and the average lamp power is 210W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

At only 2 Watts, the Benq MS521 has a fairly low RMS rated power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MS521. The RMS rated power of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago range from 2W to 20W.

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High Running Costs

Based on average energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the 1 year running cost of the MS521 is £1,709, which makes it one of the more expensive to run projectors of a comparable spec and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Benq MS521

Released Over Two Years Ago

Benq released the MS521 over two years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MS521 has a pretty typical projector brightness (3,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness multimedia projectors currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price].

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Average Noise Level

At 33 decibels, the Benq MS521 has a fairly standard noise level compared to most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the MS521.

Alternative 33dB noise level projectors currently available that you might also want to look at include the Benq MS502[plb_1385309_price] which has better reviews.

Other multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Optoma DS325[plb_1920804_price] (29dB), or the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price] (32dB) which also has a higher rating.

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SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The Benq MS521 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than a XGA (1024x768) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
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
Lamp
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
Serial Interface Type
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
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
Ceiling Mountable
Colour
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
Carrying Case
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
3D Glasses Included
Other Features
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

23 January 2014

The BenQ MS521 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, SVGA (800 by 600) resolution, and a claimed 10,000-hour lamp life...

Bright, with a 3 000-lumen rating
Lamp life rated at up to 10 000 hours
High-quality data image
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low volume sound system
Sometimes has trouble synching correctly when switching between image sources
21 January 2014

The BenQ MS521 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds, and it offers a bright, high-quality data image at a native SVGA (800 by 600) resolution...

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 22 September 2014 by MR DAVID P HIGGINS
(Verified Purchase)

Love it.

Reviewed 20 June 2014 by Ronnie Kilpatrick
(Verified Purchase)

I can only give it 3 stars because i only had it for 3 weeks and used it twice before it developed a fault and i had to return it.

(Verified Purchase)

Very good value for money, on some, I've always wanted from a kid, yes! it's in my Man Cave, and if it does what it's suppose too,
It's staying with me.
The functionality/ menus are... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on £76.91
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £80.60
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.4 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 ms521p, benq ms521
Barcodes 00840046028695, 02515111301574, 03609740138577, 04718755050640, 05054230146996, 08400460286952

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