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Benq TW523P Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 33dB Mar 2014
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The Best Value Choice for Small-Medium SpaceFeaturing a brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13,000:1 and a WXGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly TW523 offers a... More
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Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Expert review website lite-magazin.de scored this Benq multimedia projector 100 out of 100. This puts this data projector in the top 1% of all the data projectors of a similar age and spec when ranked by average expert review score.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 121 user reviews the average user rating of this Benq projector is 90 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

Some Benq TW523 owners who bought this projector mentioned that it was good value for money. Bea Frazer said in her review on Amazon “Great projector for the price”. Dr. M. Clayton said in their review of this projector on Amazon “It's a pretty good price point too, so the five stars are for what it is, rather than what it is not” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Drew gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Benq TW523 on Amazon “All in all an excellent projector for a great price”.

Some people who bought the product considered that it was a bargain for the price. Cornwallnick mentioned “Bought a cheap pair of sainsonic 3d glasses” in their review of this projector and scored this projector very highly. Dr. M. Clayton mentioned in their review “If you want a cheap, decent, light projector to pop in your car” and rated the product as excellent. Jack mentioned in his Benq TW523 review “Would recommend to someone who needs a good quality cheap projector” and scored it 5 stars.

One Benq TW523 owner who reviewed it considered that it was cheap. Toplad wrote on Amazon “Fantastic picture quality for a budget projector better than most tvs” and gave the product a very good rating.

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Good High Def TV

A few customers who reviewed the Benq TW523 agreed that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Dr. You said on Amazon “It gives a really bright color(most HD gives no greater than 3000lm.” and gave the Benq TW523 a rating of 5 stars. Drew rated the Benq TW523 5 stars and he wrote in his review two years ago “Having owned a full 1080p HD projector which packed in earlier in the year, I was a bit hesitant on going back to a 720p projector”. J D. wrote in their review of the Benq TW523 “Stunning clear 720p hd screen” .

Good Picture Quality

A few Benq TW523 owners who reviewed it said that it had good picture quality. Bluepie gave this projector a score of 4 stars and said two years ago “Decent picture quality for a budget projector”. Dr. You rated the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review “The white seems a bit yellow.), so it is a little tricky to get a better vision without this function”. M. Ohrstrom mentioned on Amazon “Iplayer via the chromecast gives very impressive image quality” in their review.

A few Benq TW523 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had good colour saturation. Bluepie said “Good clarity and bright colours” and scored the Benq TW523 80 out of 100. Jon rated this projector 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of the Benq TW523 on Amazon two years ago “Colours are great forget the rainbow effect I can't see what the other reviews are on about to my eyes”. Robert said on Amazon “So when I plugged this in I was immediately taken by how much clearer the image was and how vivid the colours appeared” in his Benq TW523 review.

One Benq TW523 reviewer who bought it concluded that it was good for watching movies. In November last year Alex scored it 5 stars and he said in his review “Perfect for movies”. One Benq TW523 reviewer said that it had clear images. Bill said “I found the image clarity to be excellent” in his Benq TW523 review.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

A number of customers reckoned that the product had a good 3D picture quality. Bill said in his review of the Benq TW523 “3d is simply stunning” yet he only scored this projector 60 out of 100. Christopher Atkinson scored the product 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Stunning 3D” in his review of this projector. Christopher Atkinson also wrote “I must confess I was sceptical how good the 3D would be”.

Easy to Use

Ten people considered that the product was easy to setup. Last year Dr. You gave this projector a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Benq TW523 on Amazon “Although most of the projectors are easy to setup, I like BenQ better comparing to Epson”. Geoffrey Bridge wrote on Amazon in November last year “Easy to set up with HDMI or VGA” in his Benq TW523 review. Krussel mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “Easy to set up and the remote control lights up as well”.

A number of people who purchased this projector concluded that it was easy to use. D. Hazlie said in their Benq TW523 review on Amazon “Excellent projector and easy to use”. Dr. M. Clayton scored the Benq TW523 very highly and wrote on Amazon in November last year “It's easy to use, lightweight” in their review. Mikey 2008 said in their Benq TW523 review on Amazon “Easy control panel”.

One Benq TW523 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience. Dmitirjs mentioned in their review on Amazon “We find it really enjoyable cinema-like experience with no overwhelming noises” and scored the product 4 stars.

One Benq TW523 owner who purchased this projector reckoned that it was easy to use the menus.

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Nice Design

Some people who purchased the Benq TW523 reckoned that it was good looking. A. Kwabula said “It also looks gorgeous in while”. Bluepie mentioned two years ago “The remote has been upgraded and is pretty useful”. Cornwallnick mentioned on Amazon “Pretty good picture straight out of the box” and gave this projector an excellent review.

One Benq TW523 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was rough. Dr. M. Clayton gave it a very good review score and wrote “It is not rugged for a lot of rough travel”. One Benq TW523 owner thought it was smooth. Mr Jamie M Robinson said “Moving objects very smooth” however he gave the product a rating of 2 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Several Benq TW523 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. A. Kwabula rated the Benq TW523 5 stars and mentioned “Amazing Picture Quality” in their review of the Benq TW523. A. Kwabula also mentioned “The picture quality is amazing”. Anon gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Image quality is superb”.

Good Connectivity

A number of customers who reviewed the product considered that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Hafiz rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote “For its price brilliant, you get very marginally better ones same price ( this has one HDMI) 3d viewing is stunning” in their Benq TW523 review. Jon gave it a very good review score and he said in his review of this projector two years ago “Such a good deal on this offer! Great picture in hdmi at 100 inches, fan is much quieter than my Optoma I had”. In November last year Kevin Condron wrote on Amazon “Very easy to set up and added an android dongle to the HDMI which works great” in his Benq TW523 review.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Benq TW523 was good in terms of USB connections.

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Good Sound Quality

Several customers agreed that the product had good sound quality. Cornwallnick mentioned “Bonus - surround sound turned up”. In November last year Kevin Condron wrote in his review of this projector on Amazon “External speaker for improved sound so dont notice any noise that comes from it.I have it setup in a small room”.

Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

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

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Good Technical Features

Several Benq TW523 reviewers who purchased it considered that it had good features. In November last year Mr. P Le Page mentioned on Amazon “Easy to setup and good features” in her Benq TW523 review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few Benq TW523 reviewers who bought the product said that it was quiet. Alex mentioned on Amazon last year “When the room is silent we can hear it.”. Dr. You wrote in their Benq TW523 review on Amazon “It is quite quiet to me”. J D. mentioned “The fan noise I would say is quiet” in their Benq TW523 review.

One customer concluded that the product was noisy. Krussel said “Perhaps the fan has a little more noise than I would really like”.

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Good Size

One Benq TW523 reviewer concluded that this projector was lightweight.

Good Support

One person reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Morgon rated the product as very good and mentioned “Again very pleased - help for new buyers in my review”.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq TW523 supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the TW523.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years, the Benq TW523 has a built-in speaker.

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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 projectors of a similar age and type to it.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The Benq TW523 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most common resolution.

A WXGA (1280x800) native projector resolution is actually the best resolution across all projectors of a similar spec and age to the TW523.

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is the worst resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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Two Audio in Ports

The Benq TW523 has more audio in ports than most of the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the TW523. This projector is a two audio in port projector compared to most of the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the TW523 which only have one audio in port.

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Very Bright Brightness in Economy Mode

When compared to other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the TW523, the Benq TW523's brightness in economy mode of 3,000 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest. The brightness in economy mode of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the TW523 range from 2,000 ANSI lumens to 3,000 ANSI lumens.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Robust

One Benq TW523 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was not strong and durable.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the TW523, the Benq TW523 does not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most projectors of this spec and age do not support WiFi connectivity. The Benq TW523 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Small Lamp Power

At only 190 Watts, the Benq TW523 has a fairly small lamp power compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. The smallest lamp power of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the TW523 is 190W, the biggest is 310W, and the average lamp power is 210W.

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Very Low Number of Colours

The lowest number of colours of multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years is 1M, the highest is 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 720M. The Benq TW523 has a fairly low number of colours (only 1.07 million) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the TW523.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Benq TW523 has one of the lower RMS rated power amongst data projectors of this age. 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the TW523 have RMS rated power of between 2W and 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 7.3W.

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Quite Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

At 30 decibels, the Benq TW523 has a fairly 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 TW523. The quietest noise level in economy mode of data projectors of a comparable age and type to the TW523 is 26dB and the loudest is 38dB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Benq TW523

Average Running Costs

The TW523 has an average running cost of £81 over 1 year based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 72 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

Released Over Two Years Ago

Benq released the TW523 over two years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq TW523 has a pretty standard projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the TW523.

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Average Noise Level

The Benq TW523 has a fairly standard noise level (32 decibels) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the TW523.

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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
Zoom 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
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
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
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
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Preset Mode
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(2)
7 January 2015

Video review: BenQ'nun hem okul ve i? yeri kullan?m?na hem de 3D özelli?i ile film severlere de hitap eden projektörünü inceliyoruz...

1 August 2014

Der BenQ TW523P ist wie geschaffen für preisbewusste Heimkino-Einsteiger, die sich ein großes Kinobild zu Hause wünschen. Innerhalb von wenigen Minuten ist der Projektor auf die Leinwand...

User Reviews

(68)
(Verified Purchase)

I wanted to buy a new high end Samsung 55inch 3D TV but I didn't have

Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Steve Scott
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic picture quality!!! I have it projected at just over 100 inches and the picture is as good as 1080p!!! Mount it upside down if fitting this high up or the correct side up if mounting it... Read more…

Reviewed 22 June 2015 by Errol Williams
(Verified Purchase)

Wow Fantastic price.

Reviewed 3 June 2015 by Bea Frazer "Readaholic"
(Verified Purchase)

Great projector for the price.

Reviewed 2 June 2015 by Affinity Trust
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect!

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £86.53
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £90.22
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.45 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers tw523p, benq tw523, benq tw523p, benq p178662, benq p178662p
Barcodes 04544438053949, 04718755049880, 04718755051531

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