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Benq MX525 Projector

13000:1 XGA (1024x768) 3,200 ANSI Lumens Jul 2014
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution 3D Image Projection Projector Brightness Release Date
Featuring a brightness of 3200 ANSI lumens and a high contrast ratio of 13000:1, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MX525 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the finest details... More
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17 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Data projector expert review site PC Mag scored this data projector 70 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 16 user reviews the average user rating of this projector is exceptional. If all the projectors of this spec and age are ranked by average user review score then this Benq multimedia projector is in the top 15%.

Good Product Quality

A number of Benq MX525 owners who bought the Benq MX525 thought it was good quality. Af said on Amazon “Good image quality” in their Benq MX525 review and rated it as very good. Two years ago Ben said “Fantastic quality, quite amazing specs” in his review of the Benq MX525 and rated it as excellent. Hannicka said on Amazon “Slightly lacking if you are after quality for gaming and movies.” in their review of the Benq MX525.

Reasonably Priced

Four Benq MX525 reviewers reckoned that the Benq MX525 was good value for money. Dr. G. A. Trimble mentioned “Brilliant value” in their Benq MX525 review and gave the Benq MX525 a rating of 5 stars. Hannicka said “Good enough for the price” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Hannicka also wrote “For the price it is a good product”.

Several Benq MX525 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Two years ago Adam M. said “This makes a good cheap business projector for presentations” in his review of the Benq MX525 but in spite of that he only gave the Benq MX525 a rating of 3 stars. Ben mentioned on Amazon “Bargain up-scaling projector” and scored this projector very highly. Ben also wrote “This is an absolute bargain if you want a 1080p (up-scaled from its native 800x600), 3D cinematic experience in your house”.

One Benq MX525 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was cheap. Pcmag.com scored this projector 4 stars and mentioned on PC Mag “It's a good choice as a budget projector for a classroom or business” in their Benq MX525 review.

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Good Brand

Based on 2,080 expert and owner reviews, Benq has good ratings for its projectors. Benq also has good ratings specifically for its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors compared to other brands.

Easy to Use

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Nyree Ellison Anjos rated it 4 stars and said “Very nice and easy to use”. One person who reviewed this projector considered that it had a good experience. Last year Af mentioned in their Benq MX525 review “It makes it a much better experience than a TV”.

Good Picture Quality

One Benq MX525 owner considered that it was good for playing games on. One Benq MX525 owner said in their reviews that the Benq MX525 had good picture quality.

Robust

A few Benq MX525 owners who bought it wrote that it was well made. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote two years ago “Offers good brightness and solid data-image quality” in their review and gave this projector a score of 4 stars.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Benq MX525 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good 3D picture quality. Louis Allen said “It upscales to HD well in my opinion and the 3-D its absolutely fantastic”.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MX525 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MX525 also support 3D image projection.

It may also be worth considering one of the other data projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including the X133PWH[pl_3034973_price], or the X112H[pl_2741930_price] both from Acer or the Benq MX507[plb_3048398_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MX525 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than a year.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker and we think because of it's better review score, the MX507[pl_3048398_price], the TW526[pl_2549392_price], and the MS630ST[pl_3140368_price] all from Benq is also worth considering.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports, however the Benq MX525 has three VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX525 is 500h, the longest is 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 6,000h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 10,000 hours, the Benq MX525 has one of the longer service life of lamp in economic mode amongst projectors of this age.

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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 projectors that have been around for more than a year.

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Quite Long Lamp Service Life

The shortest lamp service life of comparable spec data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the MX525 is 2,000h, the longest is 6,000h, and the average lamp service life is 3,800h. At 4,500 hours, the Benq MX525 has a quite long lamp service life compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar spec and age to the MX525.

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Very Narrow

The narrowest projector of this spec and age is 280mm wide and the widest is 340mm. With a width of only 283 millimeters, the Benq MX525 is one of the narrower 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MX525 amongst projectors of this age.

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Very Light

The average weight of projectors of this type and age is 2.9kg, and the weights range from 1.8kg to 5.5kg. The Benq MX525 is fairly light (only 1.9 kilograms) compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the MX525.

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6 Reasons Against

Inferior Sound Quality

One Benq MX525 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have good sound quality. Pc Mag said in their review of the Benq MX525 “Weak audio” but even so they rated it 4 stars.

Poor High Def TV

One Benq MX525 reviewer who bought this projector considered that it was not good at displaying high definition TV. Dr. You said on Amazon “A pity that it is not HD” yet they still gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Benq MX525 does not support Full HD projection. Most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the MX525 also do not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other projectors which also support Full HD projection to this data projector and we think the X133PWH[pl_3034973_price], or the X112H[pl_2741930_price] both from Acer or the Benq TW526[plb_2549392_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Benq MX525 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the MX525 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Small Lamp Power

The Benq MX525 has one of the smaller lamp power (only 190 Watts) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The average lamp power of data projectors of this spec and age is 220W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MX525 is 8.3W. At only 2 Watts, the Benq MX525 has a fairly low RMS rated power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released one year ago.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Benq MX525

Average Running Costs

The average running cost of the MX525 is £91 over 1 year based on typical energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 24 similar spec data projectors that have been around for more than a year.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this projector was released.

1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Benq MX525 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors that have been around for a similar time to the MX525. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector.

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Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MX525 has a fairly typical projector brightness (3,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the MX525.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available including the Benq TW526[plb_2549392_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Noise Level

At 33 decibels, the Benq MX525 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MX525.

We compared all the other 33dB noise level projectors to this projector and we think the Benq TW526[plb_2549392_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq MX525 is XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Supported Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
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
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Preset Mode
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 November 2014

The BenQ MX525, a budget XGA-resolution data projector, offers good brightness and solid data-image quality...

Bright
Good lamp life
Low price
Can project 3D content
Subpar video
Weak audio

User Reviews

(16)
Reviewed 1 October 2015 by Smithn6
Smithn6 would recommend the BenQ MX525 (Verified Purchase)

I love the crisp clean and bright picture that this projector has! I have taught for over 20 years and used many projectors, but this is the best one I have ever had!

Reviewed 19 May 2015 by Hot Shot Dot
Hot Shot Dot would recommend the BenQ MX525 (Verified Purchase)

I have had the Epsom projector and it required to have the room completely dark and the screen was still hard to see. We have this projector set up for use with a golf simulator. This projector... Read more…

Reviewed 29 December 2015 by Painterpal
Painterpal would recommend the BenQ MX525 (Verified Purchase)

This product is used by our Painting chapter, Seaside Decorative Painters of Daytona Beach so that members can see what is being taught on a screen.l We use the ELMO camera with it that was also... Read more…

Reviewed 14 June 2015 by Dr. G. A. Trimble "Mad Mick"
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this for our church to replace an ageing one. Does the job just finw and can be used on bright summer evenings without the need to squint.

Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Nyree Ellison Anjos
(Verified Purchase)

Very nice and easy to use.

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq p203623, benq p236489, benq p203623p, benq p236489p, benq 9hjcg7714, benq 9hjcg7713, benq 9hjcg7714e, benq 9hjcg7713e, listing 9hjcg7714, special 9hjcg7713, special 9hjcg7713e, listing 9hjcg7714e
Barcodes 02100000269976, 04718755053320, 05054484731184, 05054565491662

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