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Benq TW526 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 33dB Feb 2015
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Featuring a brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens and a high contrast ratio of 13,000:1, the cost-effective and eco-friendly TW526 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the finest details... More
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Owner Reviews Are Good

TW526 owners on average rated this projector 89%.

Good Product Quality

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Alan B. said in his review of the Benq TW526 in November last year “Quality is awesome” . Amazon Customer wrote in their review “It's bright, with great image quality” . Amazon Customer also wrote “The image size and quality is fantastic”.

Good High Def TV

A number of Benq TW526 reviewers who reviewed the Benq TW526 reckoned that it was good at displaying high definition TV. A gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Benq TW526 “I don't think it can get any clearer and this didn't even true HD”. Dr. You wrote on Amazon “It gives a really bright color(most HD gives no greater than 3000lm.”. Drew rated it 5 stars and he mentioned 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”.

Good Picture Quality

Some customers wrote in their reviews that the Benq TW526 had good picture quality. This year Amazon Customer mentioned “The image quality is perfect” in their review of the Benq TW526. Dr. You said on Amazon “The white seems a bit yellow.), so it is a little tricky to get a better vision without this function” in their Benq TW526 review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. I P Jones rated it as very good and wrote “Great picture quality” in their review.

A few Benq TW526 owners considered that it had good colour saturation. Robert.a.rowley mentioned a few weeks ago “The colours are good” in their review of the Benq TW526 but in spite of that they scored the Benq TW526 60 out of 100.

One Benq TW526 owner said that the product had clear images. Bill wrote in his Benq TW526 review “I found the image clarity to be excellent” .

One person reckoned that the Benq TW526 was good for watching movies. Phil Uk wrote in his review on Amazon “Loud enough so in edge cases can be used even for movies or console gaming - Great throw ratio” and gave the Benq TW526 a very good review score.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

Several customers who purchased this projector considered that it had a good 3D picture quality. Two years ago Bill said on Amazon “3d is simply stunning” in his review. Also two years ago Drew gave it a score of 5 stars and he mentioned in his review on Amazon “The 3D mode is the best I've seen on any projector”. Jan G mentioned “3D looks great on our 150" screen, works well”.

Easy to Use

Seven people who bought it agreed that it was easy to setup. A said on Amazon in November last year “It's very easy to setup, I made my own screen using blackout cloth, wood from B&Q”. Also in November last year Dr. You rated the product as very good and mentioned on Amazon “Although most of the projectors are easy to setup, I like BenQ better comparing to Epson” in their review. Krussel wrote “Easy to set up and the remote control lights up as well” in their review of this projector.

Several customers who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use. A. Sloggett said “Great picture, easy to use, definately recommended”. Mr B Cronshaw scored it 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of this projector on Amazon two years ago “Good picture for the price easy to use”.

Four people who reviewed this projector said that it was easy to use the menus. Morgon mentioned on Amazon two years ago “The out of the box settings are perfect unless you are into calibrating” in their review of the Benq TW526. Morgon also wrote “Most reviews (not on amazon) confirm the out of box settings are near on perfect for its limits”. Last year S C mentioned in their review of the Benq TW526 on Amazon “These are the settings that work for me”.

One Benq TW526 owner who reviewed the Benq TW526 concluded that it had a good experience. Midland Bank rated it as very good and said in November last year “We connected an external sound bar for a very good home cinema experience” in their review.

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Reasonably Priced

Several people who bought it concluded that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer scored it 4 stars and wrote in their review of this projector “Overall, great product for the price”. Amazon Customer also wrote “Excellent value for money”. Amazon Customer also said “Best projector money can buy”.

Some Benq TW526 reviewers considered that this projector was a bargain for the price. Last year Badger39 mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “The best cheap thrills around”. Badger39 also said “It is that kind of bargain”. Two years ago Bill said on Amazon “The same features (minus the lens shift) I Bought myself a real bargain” but even so he rated it 60 out of 100.

Several people who reviewed the Benq TW526 concluded that it was cheap. Konstantinos Vathakos wrote “Really small, well built, definitely recommend this for a not expensive projector!” in their review of the Benq TW526. Mr B N Armstrong wrote on Amazon “I can highly recommend this projector to anyone wishing to create a home cinema system on a budget, you won't be disappointed especially when it comes to viewing 3d content” in his review. Last year S C mentioned “I didn't have £1500 + to spare, I saw this projector on special offer and thought I would give it a try” in their review of this projector.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A number of customers who reviewed it agreed that it was noisy. A said “It was louder and the picture wasn't as clear as this one, I saw this as a lighting deal” in their review of the Benq TW526 and gave it a score of 4 stars. Alan B. he mentioned on Amazon “Not too noisy either”. Two years ago Krussel said on Amazon “Perhaps the fan has a little more noise than I would really like”.

A number of Benq TW526 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was quiet. Amazon Customer gave the Benq TW526 a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this projector a few weeks ago “It's quieter than I expected, easy to use”. In November last year Dr. You wrote “It is quite quiet to me”. Lewis S. mentioned in his review of the Benq TW526 “The instructions are silent on what to do” and scored it very highly.

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Good Connectivity

Three customers said in their reviews that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. In November last year Hafiz said in their review of the Benq TW526 on Amazon “For its price brilliant, you get very marginally better ones same price ( this has one HDMI) 3d viewing is stunning”. Mars said on Amazon a few weeks ago “Everything is working fine apart from the HDMI”.

One Benq TW526 reviewer considered that this projector was good in terms of USB connections.

One person said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Mr B N Armstrong said two years ago “Connectivity is good on this projector, supporting two hdmi inputs, s-video, VGA, component, composite” in his Benq TW526 review.

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A Top Selling Projector

Across all data projectors, the TW526 is one the fastest selling products currently available for sale according to Amazon sales data.

Robust

Four people who purchased the Benq TW526 considered that it was well made. Alan B. said “Even has a built in speaker” in his review of the Benq TW526 and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Last year Amazon Customer wrote “It's got built in speakers, which don't product great sound.”.

Nice Design

A number of Benq TW526 reviewers considered that the product was good looking. Badger39 mentioned on Amazon “The colorful big screen fast action and very visually contrasting elements and scenes in these movies, I suspected would test it's metal”. Last year Phil Uk wrote in his review “No rainbow effects, no artefacts - Great lamp power, 4m diagonally projection during beautiful english day (heavy rain) is just fine” and gave it an excellent review score.

Benq Projectors Have Good Reviews

On average Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good ratings as do all projectors produced by Benq.

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Good Remote Control

Some people thought it had a good remote control. Mr B N Armstrong wrote in his Benq TW526 review “Make sure they are 144hz compatible (sainsonic are the ones I bought £25 for 2pairs) The only gripe I have with the projector is the remote” . In November Mr. P. J. Foster mentioned “Setup instructions from the manual were well set out and after a few attempts with the remote, found it fairly easy to get the keystone”.

Good Support

Two Benq TW526 reviewers considered that the Benq TW526 had good technical guidance. Morgon said on Amazon “Again very pleased - help for new buyers in my review”.

Good Environmental Credentials

One customer concluded that the Benq TW526 was good in terms of power usage. Alan B. mentioned in his review of the Benq TW526 “If inactive it will turn off to save energy too”.

Good Battery Life

One person who purchased this projector considered that it had a good battery life. Badger39 wrote “It can do presentations as it has an internal battery and a speaker.”.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Benq TW526 supports Full HD projection. Most of the other data projectors that are a comparable age to the TW526 do not support Full HD projection.

There are a number of alternative projectors which support Full HD projection currently available that you might want to look at including cheaper projectors such as the X133PWH[pl_3034973_price], or the X112H[pl_2741930_price] both from Acer.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq TW526 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the TW526 also support 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 cheaper projectors such as the X122[pl_2731913_price], or the X133PWH[pl_3034973_price] both from Acer.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also support 3D image projection including the Benq MS630ST[plb_3140368_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq TW526 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the TW526.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think the MX525[pl_2415515_price], and the MX507[pl_3048398_price] both from Benq which is cheaper is also worth considering.

It is worth also looking at other projectors which also have a built-in speaker including the Benq MS630ST[plb_3140368_price].

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many data projectors that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Benq TW526 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Quite Bright Lamp Power in Economic Mode

With a lamp power in economic mode of 10,000 Watts, the Benq TW526 has one of the brighter lamp powers in economic mode amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the TW526 have lamp powers in economic mode of between 250W and 11,000W, and the average lamp power in economic mode is 4,600W.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

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Fairly Long Lamp Service Life

Similar spec multimedia projectors that were released more than a year ago have lamp service lives of between 2,000h and 6,000h, and the average lamp service life is 3,800h. At 4,500 hours, the Benq TW526 has a fairly long lamp service life compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released one year ago.

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Quite Low Power Consumption in Economy Mode

Projectors of this spec and age have power consumption in economy mode of between 190W and 340W, and the average power consumption in economy mode is 240W. With a power consumption in economy mode of only 220 Watts, the Benq TW526 has one of the lower power consumption in economy mode amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Very Narrow

The narrowest projector of a similar spec and age to the TW526 is 280mm wide, the widest is 340mm, and the average width is 300mm. With a width of only 283 millimeters, the Benq TW526 is quite narrow compared to most of the other projectors that were launched more than a year ago.

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Very Light

The Benq TW526 is fairly light (only 1.9 kilograms) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the TW526. The lightest 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector that has been around for around the same time as the TW526 is 1.8kg heavy, the heaviest is 5.5kg, and the average weight is 2.9kg.

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5 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

Some people who purchased it thought it was not heavy and bulky. Mr B N Armstrong mentioned in his Benq TW526 review on Amazon “Its a little bit small for my chunky digits and it could had backlit buttons” but he gave the Benq TW526 a score of 80 out of 100.

Inferior Sound Quality

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that this projector did not have good sound quality. I P Jones mentioned “The sounds not so good tho” in their Benq TW526 review but they still gave this projector a very good rating. Midland Bank said on Amazon “On board speakers are not very good” nonetheless they gave this projector a score of 5 stars. Phil Uk wrote on Amazon last year “Eco mode, adaptive mode, screen saver (black screen) button - Rubbish sound as usual” but even so he still scored this projector 5 stars.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most similar spec multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the TW526 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Benq TW526 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

At only 2 Watts, the Benq TW526 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the TW526. The lowest RMS rated power of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the TW526 is 2W, the highest is 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 8.3W.

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Very Small Offset

The Benq TW526 has a quite small offset (only 100 percent) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the TW526. Across all the similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the TW526 the offsets range from 100% to 130%.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Benq TW526

Running Costs Are Average

The TW526 has an average running cost of £91 over 1 year based on average usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 24 projectors of a comparable spec and age.

Released Over a Year Ago

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

1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Benq TW526 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most frequently found graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this data projector).

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Average Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Benq TW526 has a pretty typical projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the TW526.

Other 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available that you might also want to consider include cheaper projectors such as the Benq MX525[plb_2415515_price].

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Benq TW526 has a relatively typical noise level compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 33dB noise level projectors currently available including cheaper data projectors such as the Benq MX525[plb_2415515_price].

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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
Lamp Power in Economic Mode
Lamp
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
3D Format
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
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
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Preset Mode
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
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
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq tw526, benq tw526e, apple tw526, apple tw526e, benq p236481, benq p236481p, benq 9hjch7714, benq 9hjd97734, benq 9hjch7714e, benq 9hjd97734e, apple 9hjd97734, apple 9hjd97734e, benq sku9hjd97734, benq sku9hjd97734e
Barcodes 04718755053726, 04718755058547

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