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Benq MU686 Projector

20000:1 WUXGA (1920x1200) 31dB Sep 2016
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BeQ MU686 is just what you need to perfect your presentation in all settings. Boasting 3500 ANSI lumens and 20000:1 high contrast ratio, this WUXGA projector also offers auto vertical keystone... More
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10 Reasons For

Benq Multimedia Projectors Have Good Reviews

On average projectors from Benq are rated 86 out of 100, which is in the top 27% of all multimedia projector brands that we have looked at.

Just Released Four Months Ago

As one of the newer projectors, this projector is likely to have better features.

Price Has Dropped by £52.83

In the last 3 days the price of the MU686 has dropped by £52.83.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Benq MU686 supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other latest similar spec multimedia projectors which do not support Full HD projection.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative data projectors which support Full HD projection currently available including cheaper multimedia projectors such as the Acer P1623[plb_3768665_price].

It is worth considering alternative data projectors which also support Full HD projection including the Optoma EH416[plb_3726344_price], or the Acer P5627[plb_3723891_price].

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MU686 supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the MU686.

It is worth also looking at other multimedia projectors which also support 3D image projection including the W416[pl_3758764_price], or the EH416[pl_3726344_price] both from Optoma or the Acer P5627[plb_3723891_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MU686 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the MU686.

We compared all the other projectors which also have a built-in speaker to this multimedia projector and we think the W416[pl_3758764_price], or the EH416[pl_3726344_price] both from Optoma or the Acer P5627[plb_3723891_price] is also worth considering.

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WUXGA (1920x1200) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq MU686 is WUXGA (1920x1200). That's over two times the resolution of the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

A WUXGA (1920x1200) native projector resolution is in fact the best resolution amongst all projectors that are a similar age to the MU686.

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is the worst resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

This data projector supports a graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA)|1920 x 1200 (WUXGA), which is the most frequently supported graphics resolution on 20000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as it.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Benq MU686 is a two USB 2.0 port data projector. Most of the other 20000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MU686 have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level in Economy Mode

The Benq MU686 has one of the quieter noise levels in economy mode (only 28 decibels) amongst projectors of this age. Similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for the last year have noise levels in economy mode of between 22dB and 35dB.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MU686 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Benq MU686 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very High Running Costs

The average 1 year running cost of the MU686 is £116 based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is in the most expensive 13% of all 49 new 20000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors.

Very Low RMS Rated Power

Across all the new 20000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors the RMS rated power range from 1.5W to 16W. With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Benq MU686 has one of the lower RMS rated power amongst data projectors of this age.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

With a lamp service life of only 3,000 hours, the Benq MU686 has one of the shorter lamp service lives amongst 20000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. Across all the projectors that have been on the market for the last year the lamp service lives range from 3,000h to 20,000h, and the average lamp service life is 6,700h.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

Most similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MU686 have between one and three VGA (D-Sub) ports, including the Benq MU686 which has one VGA (D-Sub) port.

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Fairly High Power Consumption in Economy Mode

The Benq MU686 has one of the higher power consumption in economy mode (261 Watts) amongst projectors of this age. The lowest power consumption in economy mode of new 20000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors is 170W, the highest is 370W, and the average power consumption in economy mode is 230W.

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Only One Audio in Port

Most comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released in the last year have between one and two audio in ports, including the Benq MU686 which has one audio in port.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Benq MU686

Average Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 3,500 ANSI lumens, the Benq MU686 has a relatively standard projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MU686.

We compared all the other 3,500 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors to this data projector and we think the Casio XJ-V110W[plb_3319451_price], and the Acer P1623[plb_3768665_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a brighter projector brightness then you might want to look at the Benq MU706[plb_3903939_price] (4,000 ANSI lumens).

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Average Noise Level

At 31 decibels, the Benq MU686 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other new multimedia projectors.

There are a number of other 31dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available which you might want to consider including the Acer P1623[plb_3768665_price] which is cheaper.

Other data projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Optoma X416[plb_3451180_price] (32dB and cheaper), or the Acer P1525[plb_3388092_price] (32dB and cheaper).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
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
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Colour Mode in 2D
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Colour
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
Auto Power Off
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Warranty Card
Cable Included

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £112.17
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £115.86
Running costs for this projector have been estimated based on other similar projectors. If you know how much electricity and water the Benq MU686uses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
0.58T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.58 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
15
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00840046034948, 04718755064609

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