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Benq MS521P Projector

£268.78
£249.00 £19.78 cheaper than 5 days ago
13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 33dB Oct 2013
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BenQ MS521P Blu-ray Full HD 3D Projector Review - Must-Watch Before Buying

14 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, MS521 owners rated this projector 80 out of 100.

Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

Benq is one of the superior multimedia projector manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Benq also has good reviews for its 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Some Benq MS521 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good 3D picture quality. Jonah said on Amazon “On the DVD/ Blu Ray/ 3D, JUST Great” in his review of this projector. Itreviews.com said in their Benq MS521 review on IT Reviews.com “It also offers some advantages over the Epson EX3212, notably an optical zoom and full support for 3D with so”.

Reasonably Priced

One Benq MS521 owner mentioned in their reviews that this projector was good value for money. Jonah mentioned on Amazon “Very good value for money, on some, I've always wanted from a kid, yes! It's in my Man Cave” in his review.

Easy to Use

One Benq MS521 reviewer who purchased the Benq MS521 concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Jonah wrote on Amazon “The functionality/ menus are great” in his Benq MS521 review and scored it 80 out of 100.

Price Drop of £19.78

Yesterday the price of the MS521 has dropped by £19.78.

Supports Full HD

The Benq MS521 supports full HD, unlike most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the MS521 which do not support full HD.

There are a number of alternative projectors which support full HD currently available that you might also want to look at including the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D

The Benq MS521 supports 3D. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec also support 3D.

Other data projectors which support 3D currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the MS517[pl_1463623_price], or the MX525[pl_2415515_price] both from Benq or the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq MS521 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MS521.

There are a number of alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might want to look at including the MS517[pl_1463623_price], or the MX525[pl_2415515_price] both from Benq which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Benq MS521 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 Benq multimedia projector). The worst resolution of all 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MS521 is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Benq MS521 is a three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity data projector. Most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the MS521 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of 4,500 hours, the Benq MS521 has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec. The service life of lamps of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS521 range from 2,000h to 20,000h.

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Very Low Power Consumption (PowerSave)

The average power consumption (PowerSave) of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS521 is 200W. At only 0.5 Watts, the Benq MS521 has a fairly low power consumption (PowerSave) compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS521.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 1.9 kilograms, the Benq MS521 is one of the lighter multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS521 amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. Multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MS521 have weights of between 1.3kg and 6.2kg, and the average weight is 2.8kg.

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 45 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com. That puts this projector in the bottom 4% of all the data projectors that have been available for more than two years.

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq MS521 does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MS521 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq MS521 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than a XGA (1024x768) data projector, which is the most common resolution.

This projector's resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is actually the worst resolution amongst all projectors of this spec and age.

A WXGA (1280x800) projector native resolution is the best resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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Very Small Bulb Power

The Benq MS521 has a fairly small bulb power (only 190 Watts) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS521. The average bulb power of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MS521 is 210W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Projectors that were launched around the same time as the MS521 have RMS rated powers of between 2W and 20W. The Benq MS521 has a quite low RMS rated power (only 2 Watts) compared to most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the MS521.

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High Running Costs

The MS521 is one of the less economic to run data projectors of a similar spec and age that we have analysed for running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the MS521 will cost £1,709 over 1 year to run.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MS521

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this projector was released.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS521 has a pretty standard projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the MS521.

If this projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to look at the Acer X133[plb_2780263_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens), or the Benq MX525[plb_2415515_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Benq MS521 has a relatively average noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for a similar time to the MS521.

If you would consider a data projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Benq MS517[plb_1463623_price] (32dB and higher rated).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Vertical Synchronization (min)
Horizontal Synchronization (max)
Vertical Synchronization (max)
Horizontal Synchronization (min)
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
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
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
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
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included
3D Glasses Included

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

23 January 2014

The BenQ MS521 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, SVGA (800 by 600) resolution, and a claimed 10,000-hour lamp life...

Bright, with a 3 000-lumen rating
Lamp life rated at up to 10 000 hours
High-quality data image
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low volume sound system
Sometimes has trouble synching correctly when switching between image sources
21 January 2014

The BenQ MS521 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds, and it offers a bright, high-quality data image at a native SVGA (800 by 600) resolution...

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 22 September 2014 by MR DAVID P HIGGINS
(Verified Purchase)

Love it.

Reviewed 20 June 2014 by Ronnie Kilpatrick
(Verified Purchase)

I can only give it 3 stars because i only had it for 3 weeks and used it twice before it developed a fault and i had to return it.

(Verified Purchase)

Very good value for money, on some, I've always wanted from a kid, yes! it's in my Man Cave, and if it does what it's suppose too,
It's staying with me.
The functionality/ menus are... Read more…

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £86.53
Electricity cost when on standby £1,621.62
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Total running cost over 5 years £1,708.15
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8.5T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 8.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
218
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 218 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ms521p
Barcodes 00840046028695, 02515111301574, 03609740138577, 04718755050640, 05054230146996, 08400460286952

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