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Benq MX522
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Benq MX522 Projector

13000:1 XGA (1024x768) 32dB Jan 2014
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Featuring a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a XGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MX522 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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12 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This data projector has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this projector rated this projector 86 out of 100 on average.

Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

We calculated the average ratings for all Benq projectors and also specifically for Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors and found that in both cases Benq had good ratings.

Good Size

Several Benq MX522 owners who reviewed this projector thought it was easy to carry around. Pcmag.com said in their review of this projector on PC Mag “It weighs just 5 pounds 2 ounces, making it easy to carry if you need to; it's bright enough, with a 3,000-lumen rating”.

Reasonably Priced

Several Benq MX522 reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was cheap. Expert website Pcmag.com said in their Benq MX522 review two years ago “If you're looking for an inexpensive XGA (1,024 by 768) projector, add the BenQ MX522$451.01 at Amazon to your list of possibilities” . Itreviews.com scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Benq MX522 review in the same month “If you’re looking for an inexpensive XGA (1,024 by 768) projector, add the BenQ MX522 to your list of possibilities”.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MX522 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MX522 also support 3D image projection.

We compared all the other projectors which support 3D image projection to this multimedia projector and we think the MX503[pl_1418386_price], and the MS619[pl_2024148_price] both from Benq which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MX522 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MX522 also have a built-in speaker.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including because of it's better review score, the Benq MX503[plb_1418386_price].

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This data projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is typical of many multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The Benq MX522 has one of the longer service life of lamp in economic mode (10,000 hours) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors of this age and spec the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 3,000h to 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 6,100h.

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Fairly Big Offset

With an offset of 130 percent, the Benq MX522 has a quite big offset compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years. Comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the MX522 have offsets of between 100% and 160%.

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Very High Maximum Horizontal Synchronization

When compared to other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago, the maximum horizontal synchronization of the Benq MX522 of 102 kilohertz is one of the highest. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago the maximum horizontal synchronization range from 0.1kHz to 110kHz.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many data projectors of a comparable type and age to it.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Benq MX522 does not support Full HD projection. Most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the MX522 also do not support Full HD projection.

Other data projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might want to consider include the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most projectors of a similar age and type to the MX522 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Benq MX522 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Small Lamp Power

The smallest lamp power of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the MX522 is 190W, the biggest is 310W, and the average lamp power is 210W. With a lamp power of only 190 Watts, the Benq MX522 has one of the smaller lamp power amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The RMS rated power of similar spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MX522 range from 2W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 7.3W. When compared to other projectors of this age and type, the RMS rated power of the Benq MX522 of only 2 Watts is one of the lowest.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

The average noise level in economy mode of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the MX522 is 29dB. With a noise level in economy mode of 30 decibels, the Benq MX522 has one of the louder noise levels in economy mode amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Benq MX522

Average Running Costs

The MX522 has an average 1 year running cost of £81 based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 72 projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Benq released the MX522.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq MX522 has a fairly average projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MX522.

If you would prefer a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the MW526[pl_2415513_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens), or the MX768[pl_2298923_price] (4,000 ANSI lumens) both from Benq.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

This data projector has a native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768), which is the most commonly found native projector resolution on similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 32 decibels, the Benq MX522 has a pretty typical noise level compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for a similar time to the MX522.

Other projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price] (32dB).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Minimum Vertical Synchronization
Maximum Horizontal Synchronization
Maximum Vertical Synchronization
Minimum Horizontal Synchronization
Number of Colours
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
AUX Input
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
DC-In Jack
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
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
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Timeshift
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Display
Display Colour
Built-In Display
Supported Number of Colours Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
Built-In Touchpad

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

23 January 2014

The BenQ MX522 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, XGA resolution, and a claimed 10,000-hour lamp life...

Bright, with a 3 000-lumen rating
Lamp rated at up to 10 000 hours
High-quality data image
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low-volume sound system
21 January 2014

The BenQ MX522 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds and offers a bright, high-quality data image at a native XGA (1024 by 768) resolution, plus watchable video and 3D...

User Reviews

(7)
Jairo would recommend the BenQ MX522

At first i used the component input for video playback. The quality was horrible dark scenes seem to blend together, the bright scenes looked ok. I could not adjust color. Tried adjusting... Read more…

Reviewed 28 December 2014 by Moody Daddy
Moody Daddy would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

Use this as a home theater projector to a 5' x 10' screen. Between screen/projector/mount I'm in for just around 420.00 and my kids think it's the greatest thing ever. Resolution is not the... Read more…

Reviewed 17 December 2014 by Vegma
(Verified Purchase)

This was my first projector, we purchased it instead of getting a TV. The light is very bright, such that we can easily watch a movie in daytime if we close the curtains. We place the projector 10... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2014 by Glafizya
Glafizya would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

This is perfect for mixing my video images into my live set as well as a lighting effect for video shoots. Great value for the price. Easy set up with Thunderbolt to HDMI cable on my MacBook Pro...

Reviewed 4 December 2014 by Ed
Ed would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

I bought to replace old proejector for my church and the image is clear and bright. I have encounted a weird problem though when i connect it to a vga source. It is a very picky about the... Read more…

Easily Viewed
Long Lasting
Lightweight
Durable
Bright Ambient Light Safe
Component Input
No Color Adj
Long Term Reliability
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Running Cost

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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 benq mx522, benq mx522p, benq 1024x768, benq 9hjaw7713, benq 9hjaw7713e
Barcodes 00012304878421, 00115971618397, 00132018210758, 00163121424633, 00168141610486, 00804067182460, 00840046028732, 04718755050657, 05054484576075, 05054484882107, 05054533882102, 08400460287324

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