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Benq MW721 Projector

WXGA (1280x800) 33dB 3,500 ANSI Lumens Apr 2013
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13 Reasons For

Benq Has Good Multimedia Projector Reviews

13000:1 contrast ratio projectors manufactured by Benq have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that Benq also has good reviews across its entire range.

Good Picture Quality

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this projector had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

A few people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “It offers good data image quality and usable video”. Pcmag.com also mentioned “Provides good data image quality”.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Several Benq MW721 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good 3D picture quality. Three years ago expert website Pcmag.com mentioned in their review “It is 3D ready” although they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. It Reviews.com said on IT Reviews.com “3D capable”.

Good Connectivity

A number of Benq MW721 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good in terms of connectivity. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “Has a decent range of connectivity choices, though it lacks a USB type A port for connecting to a USB thu”.

Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MW721, the Benq MW721 supports 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], or the MX703[pl_2031057_price] both from Benq or the Optoma DS328[plb_1946553_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other data projectors of a similar age and spec to the MW721, the Benq MW721 has a built-in speaker.

Alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker currently available that you might want to look at include the MW851[pl_2718428_price], or the MX620[pl_2024732_price] both from Benq or the Optoma DS328[plb_1946553_price] which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

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

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Quite Bright Projector Brightness

At 3,500 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW721 has a quite bright projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW721. The average projector brightness of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MW721 is 3,000 ANSI lumens, and the projector brightness range from 800 ANSI lumens to 4,200 ANSI lumens.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3,500 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available including the Benq MX720[plb_1477160_price], or the Acer P1276[plb_1563560_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a data projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to look at the MX768[pl_2298923_price] (4,000 ANSI lumens), or the MW769[pl_2298075_price] (4,200 ANSI lumens) both from Benq which also has a higher rating.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The Benq MW721 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

A WXGA (1280x800) native projector resolution is in fact the best resolution amongst all projectors of a comparable age and spec to the MW721.

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is the worst resolution across comparable types of multimedia projector.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Benq MW721 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports than most of the projectors of a comparable age and type to the MW721. Most of the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW721 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports, however this multimedia projector has three VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Fairly Big Lamp Power

At 240 Watts, the Benq MW721 has a quite big lamp power compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the MW721. Across all the comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago the lamp power range from 190W to 310W.

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8 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this data projector is 60%. It seems that projector experts really don't rate this Benq data projector very highly.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Benq MW721 does not support Full HD projection, although this is within the context that most of the other data projectors of this age and spec also do not support Full HD projection.

There are a number of alternative projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might want to look at including the ES500[pl_3258242_price], or the MS504[pl_2024728_price] both from Benq or the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Benq MW721 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the MW721 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other data projectors with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Benq MW817ST[plb_1414729_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Running Costs Are High

The average running cost of the MW721 is £124 over 1 year based on typical energy prices, which is in the most expensive 7% of all 72 multimedia projectors of a similar type and age.

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Quite Low Number of Colours

The number of colours of the Benq MW721 of only 1.07 million is one of the lowest amongst multimedia projectors of this age and type. The lowest number of colours of comparable spec data projectors that were released more than two years ago is 1M and the highest is 1,100M.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

The Benq MW721 has a fairly short lamp service life (only 3,500 hours) compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the MW721. The average lamp service life of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the MW721 is 4,600h.

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Heavy

At 2.9 kilograms, the Benq MW721 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MW721 the weights range from 1.3kg to 5.4kg, and the average weight is 2.8kg.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

The noise levels in economy mode of projectors of this age and type range from 26dB to 38dB. At 30 decibels, the Benq MW721 has a fairly loud noise level in economy mode compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the MW721.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Benq MW721

Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released over three years ago.

Average Noise Level

The Benq MW721 has a pretty standard noise level (33 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type.

There are a number of alternative 33dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available that you might also want to consider including the MS502[pl_1385309_price], the MW851UST[pl_1517049_price], or the MX850UST[pl_1454745_price] all from Benq which has better reviews.

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Specification

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HD-Ready
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RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
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WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
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Noise Level in Economy Mode
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Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Plug and Play
Preset Mode
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
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Built-In Speaker
Design
Ceiling Mountable
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Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

28 September 2013

The BenQ MW721 is portable yet bright, and provides good data image quality...

Bright
Good data image quality
Portable
Loud audio
3D capable
Lacks port for USB thumb drive
Wi-Fi unavailable, even as an option
26 September 2013

The BenQ MW721 is portable yet bright, and provides good data image quality...

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Electricity cost when switched on £120.18
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Total running cost over 5 years £123.87
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.61 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 16 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq mw721, oem 5jj6p05001, benq 9hj6m7714, oem 5jj6e05001, benq 9hj6m7714e, oem bulb5jj7l05001
Barcodes 00012303512142, 00045555961772, 00050005705189, 00132017603728, 00163120856527, 00168141610349, 00172302797039, 00617407380521, 00617407467536, 00644332068965, 00678034049854, 00840046024963, 00872182782254, 04718755035647, 08400460249636

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