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Benq MS517H Projector

£301.79
£257.99 £43.80 cheaper than 65 days ago
13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 32dB Nov 2012
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date £82.21 Electricity cost over 5 years
One industry award
Reasonably priced
Robust
7 Reviews + 1 Award
projectorcentral.com Highly Rated
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site said that this 13000:1 contrast ratio projector was good. This Benq projector received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on five expert reviews from sites including PC Advisor.co.uk, PC Mag, IT Reviews.com and projectorcentral.com this data projector has an average expert rating of 75%.

Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

We checked 1,984 user and expert reviews (including 65 verified purchases) for Benq projectors and found that on average Benq has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Benq has good ratings specifically for its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors. 95% of those that bought a Benq projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

Price Has Gone Down by £43.80 (15%)

The price has dropped from £301.79 to £257.99 in the last 65 days. Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There is a 50% chance that the price will go down further. However the future is never certain and there remains a 50% chance that the price will actually go back up.

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Reasonably Priced

Six owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Four years ago expert website Projectorcentral.com wrote “A brighter alternative to 500-lumen LED projectors for portable use, or an inexpensive option for home use” in their review of this projector and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Also four years ago expert website Itreviews.com said “The BenQ MS517 is a solid, low-resolution budget data projector geared for classroom use”. Expert website Projectorreviews.com wrote “It is competitively priced with a MSRP of $409.00” in their review of this projector.


Energy

Average Running Costs

The MS517 is typical compared to the other 81 data projectors of a comparable type and age that we have analysed for 1 year running costs. Based on typical energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the MS517 is £83.


Has a Very High Contrast Ratio of 13000 1

Three people who reviewed the Benq MS517 agreed that it had good picture quality. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “It has decent data image quality” in their review of this projector. Two owners concluded that it had a good contrast ratio. Four years ago website Gadgetreview.com said “Has a very high contrast ratio of 13000 1” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5.


Design

Robust

Four customers who purchased it wrote that it was well made. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this projector on expert website PC Mag “The BenQ MS517%displayPrice% at %seller% is a solid, low-resolution budget data projector geared for classroom use”. Expert website Itreviews.com mentioned four years ago “The BenQ MS517 is a data projector geared to classrooms that provides solid image quality at low cost” in their review of this projector yet they gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5.

Good Product Quality

Six customers who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Expert review site Itreviews.com said “Its video quality is sufficient for typical classroom presentat” yet they scored the Benq MS517 60 out of 100. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this projector “Video quality suitable for short to mid-length clips”. They also said “A budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality” in their review.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq MS517 is ceiling mountable, as are most of the other projectors of this spec and age.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was November 2012 when Benq released the MS517.


Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq MS517 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other data projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to this data projector also have a built-in speaker(s).

There are a number of other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might want to look at including the Benq MX819ST (£517.17) which is cheaper.

There are a number of alternative projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) that you might want to consider including the Acer X1273 (£279.99), or the Benq MX525 (£280.53).

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to this multimedia projector, the Benq MS517 does not support full HD.

We compared all the other data projectors which also support full HD to this projector and we think the Benq TW526E (£319.98) is also worth considering.

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Projector

Only SVGA (800x600) Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq MS517 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than the most frequently found projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

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

The best resolution across similar types of projector is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 2,800 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS517 has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as this data projector. The dimmest projector brightness of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to this data projector is 800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might want to consider the Benq TW523 (£309) (3,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated); or the Benq MX819ST (£517.17) (3,000 ANSI lumens and cheaper).

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Performance

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 32 decibels, the Benq MS517 has a pretty average noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years.

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Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Benq MS517 has an On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as this multimedia projector.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Benq MS517 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to this multimedia projector also have a handheld remote control.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Benq MS517 does not have a DVI port. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this data projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00031113572641, 00168141610226, 00840046024949, 04718755035630, 05053973962047, 08400460249490

Benq MS517 Review Sources

To prepare this Benq MS517 review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 328,120 product attributes, 14,264 projector reviews and 2,801,300 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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