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Benq MS517 Projector

projectorcentral.com Highly Rated
13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 32dB Nov 2012
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
Featuring a brightness of 2800 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a SVGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MS517 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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12 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site said that this multimedia projector was good. Projectorcentral.com gave this data projector a "Highly Rated" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Five experts from sites including PC Mag, PC Advisor.co.uk, gadgetreview.com and projectorcentral.com have rated this projector on average 75 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A number of people who reviewed it said that it was cheap. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this projector on expert review site PC Mag “The BenQ MS517%displayPrice% at %seller% is a solid, low-resolution budget data projector geared for classroom use” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Expert website Projectorcentral.com mentioned “A brighter alternative to 500-lumen LED projectors for portable use, or an inexpensive option for home use”. Itreviews.com wrote on IT Reviews.com “The BenQ MS517 is a solid, low-resolution budget data projector geared for classroom use” in their review of this projector however they scored the product 60 out of 100.

A number of Benq MS517 owners agreed that this projector was good value for money. Gadgetreview.com mentioned in their review of the Benq MS517 “The BenQ M 517 is a data projector geared to classrooms that provides solid image quality at low cost” . Expert website Projectorreviews.com mentioned “It is competitively priced with a MSRP of $409.00” in their Benq MS517 review.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was a bargain for the price. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this projector “It's bright enough to stand up to a good deal of ambient light”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Benq MS517 owners who reviewed it said that it was good quality. Four years ago expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “It has decent data image quality” in their Benq MS517 review. Pcmag.com also wrote “Its video quality is sufficient for t”. Pcmag.com also said “A budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality”.

Good Picture Quality

A few Benq MS517 reviewers who reviewed this projector concluded that it had good picture quality. Some Benq MS517 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good contrast ratio. Gadgetreview.com mentioned in their Benq MS517 review “Has a very high contrast ratio of 13000 1”.

Robust

Some customers wrote that this projector was well made.

Benq Multimedia Projectors Have Good Reviews

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

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Good Size

One person considered that the Benq MS517 was good physically. Expert website Gadgetreview.com rated the Benq MS517 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Benq MS517 “He three biggest obstacles to using a front projector has been its physical size”.

Supports 3D

The Benq MS517 supports 3D, as do most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the MS517.

We compared all the other data projectors which support 3D to this projector and we think cheaper projectors such as the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the MS517, the Benq MS517 has a built-in speaker(s).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Benq MS517 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). Across all similar spec data projectors that have been around for more than two years the best resolution is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Fairly Big Offset

The Benq MS517 has a fairly big offset (130 percent) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS517 the offsets range from 100% to 160%, and the average offset is 120%.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other projectors of this age and spec, the Benq MS517 does not support full HD.

There are a number of other projectors which also support full HD which you might want to consider including the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq MS517 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other projectors of this type and age also do not support wi-Fi.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq MS517 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than a XGA (1024x768) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution.

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is actually the worst resolution amongst all 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of projector the best resolution is WXGA (1280x800).

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4 Other reasons to consider the Benq MS517

OK Running Costs

The MS517 is typical compared to the other 78 comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years that we have analysed for 1 year running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the MS517 is £83.

Released Over Four Years Ago

Benq released the MS517 over four years ago.

Average Noise Level

The Benq MS517 has a relatively standard noise level (32 decibels) compared to most of the other data projectors that came out around the same time as the MS517.

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Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MS517 has a pretty typical projector brightness (2,800 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might also want to look at the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens and cheaper).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
AUX in
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Progressive Scan Output
PC Audio in
Serial Interface Type
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Optical Disc Player Type
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Preset Modes
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Timeshift
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Package Weight
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included
Other Features
Audio Input
Audio Output
Aspect Ratio
Built-In Touchpad

1 Award

projectorcentral.com Highly Rated

Expert Reviews

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10 August 2013

At $339, the BenQ's MS517 SmartEco Projector is a capable front projection system that is well suit...

Test pattern generator
Monitor can connect through projector
Has a very high contrast ratio of 13000 1
Sharp image even when projecting higher than native resolutions
3D from a BluRay player via HDMI
4 3 native aspect ratio
For very specific applications color may need a lot of adjustment
Resolution is low so not great for spreadsheets or teaching software applications
Lamp not very accessible
Not a short throw projector so the projector needs to be pretty far back to ac

The BenQ MS517 is a DLP projector that produces a manufacturer rated 2800 lumens in its brightest mode. It is competitively priced with a MSRP of $409.00. Street prices show it at around $349.00.... Read more…

15 April 2013

With its classroom-friendly features and pricing, the BenQ MS517 directly targets the educational sector. At only £283, you're not going to be getting high quality here, but the projector should... Read more…

Projectorcentral.com

The MS517 projector is very much in the running if you need a low-cost projector for a conference room or classroom, a brighter alternative to 500-lumen LED projectors for portable use, or an... Read more…

30 March 2013

The BenQ MS517 is a data projector geared to classrooms that provides solid image quality at low cost...

28 March 2013

The BenQ MS517, a budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality, and video quality suitable for short to mid-length clips...

10 April 2013

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £78.52
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £82.21
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.41 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 ms517, benq ms517h, benq p236485, benq 800x600, benq ms517hd, benq 9hjfa77, benq p236485p, benq ms517hdl, benq ms517hdlp, benq 9hj6l7733, benq 1920x1200, benq 9hjfa7714, benq 9hj6l7733e, benq 9hjfa7714e, benq benqms517hprojecta63, benq benqms517hprojecta63u, benq benqms517hprojecta63ur
Barcodes 00100177421001, 00115971219983, 00163120591008, 00168141610226, 00840046024949, 04718755035630, 04718755063572, 05026686194050, 05053973962047, 08400460249490

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