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12 Reasons For
Across all multimedia projectors, the MS506 is one the top selling products currently available for purchase.
Benq Has Good Data Projector Reviews
We checked 2,085 expert and owner reviews for Benq data projectors and found that on average Benq has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Benq has good reviews specifically within its 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors range.
Two Benq MS506 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. One Benq MS506 reviewer concluded that it was good structurally.
Easy to Use
One customer who reviewed the Benq MS506 considered that it was easy to use. Brian Copestake rated the product 4 stars and he wrote “Compact easy to use good definition on the screen” in his Benq MS506 review. One person wrote that this projector was easy to setup. Legendary mentioned in their review of this projector “*** Pro’s *** - Quick and easy to setup” .
One customer who purchased the Benq MS506 thought it was good value for money. In December Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Very good price” in their review.
Good Picture Quality
One customer who reviewed the Benq MS506 said that it had clear images. Legendary gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “Very bright and clear image”.
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One customer who reviewed it thought it was a good design. Legendary gave the Benq MS506 a score of 80 out of 100 and said “Fairly compact design”.
One customer said in their reviews that it was well made. Last year Legendary scored this projector 80 out of 100 and said “Solid construction” in their review.
Like most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS506, the Benq MS506 supports 3D.
We compared this data projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a 3D and we think the Acer X112H[plb_2741930_price] is also worth considering.
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
The Benq MS506 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other data projectors of this age and spec.
1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The Benq MS506 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this projector). The resolution of all projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MS506 ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 4096 x 2160 (best).
The weights of comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the MS506 range from 1.8kg to 5.5kg. With a weight of only 1.8 kilograms, the Benq MS506 is one of the lighter projectors of this spec and age amongst projectors of this age.
6 Reasons Against
Several Benq MS506 owners who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was not good in terms of HDMI connections. Legendary mentioned in their review of this projector “Would have been so much better with a HDMI port” but despite that they gave the Benq MS506 a score of 80 out of 100. Legendary also mentioned “Lack of HDMI port – comes with VGA”.
Price Increase of £23.21
The price of the MS506 has increased by £23.21 in the last 17 days.
Does Not Support Full HD
The Benq MS506 does not support full HD. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than a year also do not support full HD.
We think you might also be interested in other multimedia projectors which also support full HD including the Acer X112H[plb_2741930_price].
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
The Benq MS506 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for more than a year also do not support wi-Fi.
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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution
The highest resolution of the Benq MS506 is SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution.
A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is in fact the worst resolution amongst all similar spec projectors that have been on the market for more than a year.
A WXGA (1280x800) projector native resolution is the best resolution amongst similar types of projector.
Very Low Number of Colours
13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the MS506 have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 680M. With a number of colours of only 1.07 million, the Benq MS506 has a fairly low number of colours compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MS506.
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Running Costs Are Average
The MS506 is typical compared to the other 24 data projectors of this type and age that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the MS506 will cost £91 over 1 year to run.
Average Projector Brightness
At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS506 has a relatively average projector brightness compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been around for more than a year.
Average Noise Level
With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Benq MS506 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the MS506.
If you are not concerned about having a louder noise level then you might want to consider the Acer X112H[plb_2741930_price] (27dB).
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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
3,200 ANSI lumens
Keystone Correction, Vertical
-40 - 40
Number of Colours
11.923 - 13.115
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
60 - 120
Native Aspect Ratio
Number of Colours
1.073 billion colours
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp
Aperture Range (F-F)
2.56 - 2.8
Focal Length Range (f-F)
21 - 23.1
Supported Graphics Resolutions
640 x 480 (VGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
Supported Video Modes
Video Colour Modes
Dynamic, Presentation, SRGB
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Card Reader Integrated
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
15 - 102
Vertical Scan Range
23 - 120
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
ARA, BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CRO, CZE, DAN, DEU, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, IND, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR
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*** Pro?s ***
- Quick and easy to setup.
- Fairly compact design.
- Solid construction.
- Very bright and clear image.
- Picture is clear, even in daylight.
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.45 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.
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