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Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors
Benq is one of the better rated multimedia projector brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Benq also has good ratings for its 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors.
The Benq MS517H supports 3D, as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched in the last year.
We compared all the other projectors which also support 3D to this projector and we think the Ms524A[pl_3423911_price], or the MS527E[pl_4019923_price] both from Benq is also worth considering.
Supports Full HD
The Benq MS517H supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors that were launched around the same time as the MS517H do not support full HD.
We think you might also be interested in other projectors which also support full HD including the Ms524A[pl_3423911_price], or the MS527E[pl_4019923_price] both from Benq.
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
The Benq MS517H has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for the last year.
Alternative projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) that you might also want to consider include the Ms524A[pl_3423911_price], or the MS527E[pl_4019923_price] both from Benq.
Very Quiet Noise Level (economic Mode)
The quietest noise level (economic mode) of data projectors that came out in the last 12 months is 28dB, the loudest is 32dB, and the average noise level (economic mode) is 30dB. At only 28 decibels, the Benq MS517H has a fairly quiet noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS517H.
At only 1.9 kilograms, the Benq MS517H is quite light compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MS517H. Across all the recently released similar spec multimedia projectors the weights range from 1.9kg to 5.5kg.
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Does Not Support Wi-Fi
The Benq MS517H does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other latest 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors also do not support wi-Fi.
Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution
The Benq MS517H has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than a XGA (1024x768) data projector, which is the most common resolution. Across all projectors that are a comparable age to the MS517H the resolution ranges from WVGA (854x480) (worst) to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) (best).
Quite Dim Projector Brightness
With a projector brightness of only 3,300 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS517H has one of the dimmer projector brightnesss amongst projectors of this age. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for the last year the projector brightnesss range from 3,000 ANSI lumens to 4,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens.
Quite Small Bulb Power
At only 190 Watts, the Benq MS517H has a fairly small bulb power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MS517H. The average bulb power of new projectors is 180W.
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Only One HDMI Ports Quantity
Most 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MS517H have between one and two HDMI ports quantitys, including the Benq MS517H which has one HDMI ports quantity.
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Average Running Costs
The MS517H has an average 1 year running cost of £91 based on average usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 13 latest 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors.
Released Twelve Months Ago
Benq released the MS517H twelve months ago.
Average Noise Level
At 33 decibels, the Benq MS517H has a pretty standard noise level compared to most of the other recently released projectors.
If you don't mind having a louder noise level then you might also want to look at the Benq Ms524A[plb_3423911_price] (33dB).
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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
3,300 ANSI lumens
Keystone Correction, Vertical
-40 - 40
Screen Size Compatibility
60 - 300
Native Aspect Ratio
Number of Colours
1.073 billion colours
1.96 - 2.15:1
Aperture Range (F-F)
2.56 - 2.68
Focal Length Range (f-F)
22.04 - 24.14
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Composite Video in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Remote (IR) Output
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, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, TUR
On Screen Display (OSD)
Cinema, Custom, Dynamic, Presentation, SRGB
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Handheld Remote Control
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Total running cost over 5 years
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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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