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Benq MW523 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 32dB Oct 2013
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Featuring a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a WXGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MW523 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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10 Reasons For

Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

We checked 2,080 expert and owner reviews for Benq multimedia projectors and found that on average Benq has good ratings. We also found that Benq has good ratings specifically for its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Good Product Quality

Some customers who bought the product agreed that it was good quality. Two years ago expert review site Pcmag.com wrote in their review “It offers a bright, high quality data image with a WXGA (1,280 by 800) native resolution” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One Benq MW523 owner who bought the product concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Two years ago Lb 1 mentioned “Not an issue as they are very cheap to buy at around” in their review of the Benq MW523 and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good 3D picture quality. Lb 1 scored this projector 5 stars and said on Amazon two years ago “The 3d mode is amazing! Just plug your 3d blu ray player in”.

Good Picture Quality

One Benq MW523 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had good picture quality.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MW523 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years also support 3D image projection.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including the ES500[pl_3258242_price], the MX703[pl_2031057_price], or the MS619[pl_2024148_price] all from Benq which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MW523 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also have a built-in speaker.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think because of it's better review score, the MW817ST[pl_1414729_price], and the MX522[pl_2029720_price] both from Benq or the Optoma DS328[plb_1946553_price] is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This multimedia projector supports a graphics resolution of 1280 x 800|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is typical of many projectors of this type and age.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq MW523 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

A WXGA (1280x800) native projector resolution is actually the best resolution across all 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW523.

Across similar types of projector the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600).

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as it.

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8 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com this multimedia projector has an overall expert rating of 65 out of 100.

Difficult to Use

One Benq MW523 owner said that it was not easy to use the menus. Lb 1 said in their review of this projector on Amazon two years ago “The picture quality is great! Very bright and clear, there are not many settings only brightness”.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago do not support Full HD projection. The Benq MW523 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors with a Full HD projection and we think the ES500[pl_3258242_price], or the MS504[pl_2024728_price] both from Benq or the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the MW523, the Benq MW523 does not support WiFi connectivity.

Other projectors which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at include the Benq MW817ST[plb_1414729_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only Supports Two Video Colour Modes

The Benq MW523 has a greater number of video colour modes than most similar spec projectors that have been around for more than two years. This data projector supports a Dynamic video colour mode, which is the most frequently supported video colour mode supported by projectors that were released more than two years ago. The video colour mode "Cinema" is also supported by this Benq projector.

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Very Low Number of Colours

The Benq MW523 has one of the lower numbers of colours (only 1.07 million) amongst data projectors of this age. Across all the similar spec data projectors that came out around the same time as the MW523 the numbers of colours range from 1M to 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 720M.

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Quite Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

At 30 decibels, the Benq MW523 has a quite loud noise level in economy mode compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MW523. Across all the comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago the noise levels in economy mode range from 26dB to 38dB.

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Only Two VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Benq MW523 is a two VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Benq MW523

Running Costs Are OK

The MW523 has an average 1 year running cost of £81 based on average energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 72 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Benq projector was released over three years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW523 has a relatively standard projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available including the ES556[pl_1818226_price], or the DH1011[pl_1726991_price] both from Optoma or the Benq MX520[plb_1462832_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the S1383[pl_2711752_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens), the S1283[pl_2575478_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens), or the X133[pl_2780263_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens) all from Acer which also has a higher rating.

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 32 decibels, the Benq MW523 has a pretty average noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 32dB noise level projectors currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the TW519[pl_1552764_price], or the MX819ST[pl_1552200_price] both from Benq or the Optoma ES556[plb_1818226_price].

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Number of Colours
Zoom 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
Video Colour Mode
Analog Signal Format System
3D Format
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
D-Sub PC in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
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
HDCP
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
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
Audio Input
Audio Output Port

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

29 January 2014

The BenQ MW523 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, WXGA (1,280 by 800) resolution, a rated 10,000 hour lamp life, and 3D...

Bright
3 000-lumen rating
WXGA 1 280 by 800) resolution
Lamp rated at up to 10 000 hours
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low-volume sound system
27 January 2014

The BenQ MW523 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds, and it offers a bright, high quality data image with a WXGA (1,280 by 800) native resolution...

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 8 September 2014 by LB 1
(Verified Purchase)

I brought this projector a few months ago now so thought I would write a quick review.
The picture quality is great!! Very bright and clear, there are not many settings only brightness and... 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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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

Barcodes 00087944331018, 00319763443017, 00840046028756, 04718755047527, 08400460287560

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