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Benq MX518 Projector

13000:1 XGA (1024x768) 32dB Feb 2013
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- Native XGA Resolution (1024x768)- 2800 ANSI Lumens; 13,000:1 Contrast Ratio- SmartEcoTM Power Saving Technology- Up to 6500 Hours Long Lamp Life- Instant Restart & HDMI- Various 3D Format for... More
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BenQ MX518 XGA Projector Review (HD)
BenQ MX518 2800 Lumen XGA DLP Smarteco Projector Quick Review

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Two experts from sites including PC Mag and itproportal.com have rated this data projector on average 70 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Benq MX518 owners concluded that this projector was good value for money. Three years ago Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Respectable brightness; a good price for t” in their review. Expert website Itproportal.com wrote in their review of the Benq MX518 “A good price for the resolution”.

One Benq MX518 reviewer who purchased this projector wrote that it was cheap. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “The BenQ MX518 is a solid choice for a budget educational projector” in their review of the Benq MX518.

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Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

On average Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all projectors built by Benq.

Good Picture Quality

A number of customers mentioned that the product had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

A few Benq MX518 reviewers who bought this projector agreed that it was good quality. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned three years ago “With good brightness, easy portability, data image quality good enough for typical presentations” in their review of this projector. In the same month Itproportal.com wrote in their review of the Benq MX518 “A data image quality suitable for typ” and rated the product 4 stars.

Robust

Some Benq MX518 owners who bought the Benq MX518 mentioned that it was well made. Expert website Itproportal.com wrote “All three of the new budget BenQ data projectors are capable of handling the demands of a classroom, providing multiple connection choices, solid data image quality” in their review.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Benq MX518 reviewer who reviewed this projector thought it had a good 3D picture quality. Three years ago expert review site Itproportal.com said “They're 3D capable, with eco”.

Easy to Use

One Benq MX518 reviewer thought this projector was easy to handle.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Benq MX518 supports Full HD projection, which is unusual. Most of the other data projectors of this type and age do not support Full HD projection.

Alternative multimedia projectors which support Full HD projection currently available that you might also want to consider include the Acer X1373[plb_2256532_price], the Epson EH-TW5100[plb_2591283_price], or the Benq MS512[plb_2290289_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MX518 supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other data projectors of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including the X1373[pl_2256532_price], or the P1283[pl_2189846_price] both from Acer or the Epson EH-TW5100[plb_2591283_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MX518 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the MX518 also have a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the X1373[pl_2256532_price], and the P1283[pl_2189846_price] both from Acer or the Benq MX850UST[plb_1454745_price] is also worth considering.

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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 the most frequently supported graphics resolution on similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Big Offset

The average offset of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MX518 is 120%. The Benq MX518 has one of the bigger offsets (130 percent) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Two Audio in Ports

Most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the MX518 only have one audio in port, however the Benq MX518 has two audio in ports.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on data projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MX518 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Benq MX518 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Benq MX518

OK Running Costs

The average running cost of the MX518 is £83 over 1 year based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 72 projectors that have been available for more than two years.

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Benq released the MX518.

XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

This projector has a native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768), which is typical of many similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 32 decibels, the Benq MX518 has a fairly standard noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the MX518.

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Average Projector Brightness

At 2,800 ANSI lumens, the Benq MX518 has a relatively typical projector brightness compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MX518.

If you are looking for a data projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to look at the MW820ST[pl_1552199_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens), the MX819ST[pl_1552200_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens), or the TW523[pl_2029704_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens) all from Benq which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Number of Colours
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
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
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
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Colour
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
Cable Included
Other Features
Aspect Ratio

Expert Reviews

(2)
17 May 2013

All three of the new budget BenQ data projectors are capable of handling the demands of a classroom, providing multiple connection choices, solid data image quality, and good enough video for...

Very portable
3D ready
Long lamp life and power saving features
Eco-friendly, with long lamp life and power-saving features
Some rainbow effect in video
Feeble audio
Lacks carrying case
15 May 2013

With good brightness, easy portability, data image quality good enough for typical presentations, the BenQ MX518 is a solid choice for a budget educational projector...

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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

Barcodes 00071090269080, 00086000558956, 00100177421087, 00115971220088, 00163120591145, 00766150038507, 00840046025311, 04718755035746, 05053959180052, 05711045535031

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