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8 Reasons For
Benq Has Good Projector Reviews
On average Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors have good reviews compared to other brands as do all projectors manufactured by Benq.
Like most of the other similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS527, the Benq MS527 supports 3D.
Alternative multimedia projectors which also support 3D that you might want to look at include the MX507[pl_3048398_price], or the MW529[pl_3221473_price] both from Benq or the Acer X123PH[plb_3186331_price].
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
The Benq MS527 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the MS527.
We compared this multimedia projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq MS506[plb_3066021_price] is also worth considering.
We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) to this projector and we think the MX507[pl_3048398_price], or the MW529[pl_3221473_price] both from Benq is also worth considering.
1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The highest resolution supported by the Benq MS527 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by data projectors of this type and age. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector.
This multimedia projector's resolution (1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)) is in fact the best supported resolution amongst all comparable spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MS527.
A 640 x 480 (VGA) supported graphics resolutions is the worst supported resolution across comparable types of multimedia projector.
Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys
The Benq MS527 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys than most of the 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched more than a year ago. Most of the 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS527 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, however this Benq data projector has three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.
Quite Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
At 10,000 hours, the Benq MS527 has a fairly long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MS527. The shortest service life of lamp (economic mode) of multimedia projectors that have been available for a similar time to the MS527 is 3,500h, the longest is 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 6,600h.
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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp
The Benq MS527 has one of the longer service life of lamps (4,500 hours) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. The service life of lamps of data projectors that are a comparable age to the MS527 range from 2,500h to 5,000h.
The Benq MS527 is fairly light (only 1.9 kilograms) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the MS527. The lightest multimedia projector that has been around for around the same time as the MS527 is 1.8kg heavy, the heaviest is 5.5kg, and the average weight is 2.9kg.
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Price Has Recently Increased by £27.61
In the last 11 days the price of the MS527 has increased by £27.61.
Does Not Support Full HD
Most data projectors of this age and spec do not support full HD. The Benq MS527 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.
It is worth also looking at alternative data projectors which also support full HD including the Benq TW526E[plb_2549392_price].
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
The Benq MS527 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other data projectors of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.
Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution
The Benq MS527 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than the most frequently found projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800).
A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is in fact the worst resolution across all 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS527.
A WXGA (1280x800) projector native resolution is the best resolution across comparable types of projector.
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Very Small Bulb Power
With a bulb power of only 190 Watts, the Benq MS527 has a fairly small bulb power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the MS527. The bulb powers of similar spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MS527 range from 190W to 310W.
Very Low RMS Rated Power
The RMS rated powers of projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MS527 range from 2W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 7.7W. With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Benq MS527 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age.
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OK Running Costs
Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the MS527 will cost £91 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 23 projectors of a similar type and age.
Average Projector Brightness
The Benq MS527 has a fairly average projector brightness (3,300 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age.
Average Noise Level
With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Benq MS527 has a pretty standard noise level compared to most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the MS527.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 33dB noise level projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the TW526E[pl_2549392_price], or the MS506[pl_3066021_price] both from Benq.
If you would consider a data projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Benq MX507[plb_3048398_price] (33dB).
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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
3,300 ANSI lumens
Keystone Correction, Vertical
-40 - 40
Number of Colours
Screen Size Compatibility
60 - 300
Native Aspect Ratio
Number of Colours
1.073 billion colours
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp
1.96 - 2.15:1
Aperture Range (F-F)
2.56 - 2.68
Focal Length Range (f-F)
22.04 - 24.14
Supported Graphics Resolutions
640 x 480 (VGA), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
Supported Video Modes
640 x 480 (VGA), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Supported 3D Formats
Frame Sequential, Frame packing, Side by side, Top and bottom
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
Composite Video in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Optical Disc Player Type
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), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ESP, FIN, FRE, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR
On Screen Display (OSD)
3D, Cinema, Custom, Dynamic, Presentation, SRGB
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Colour of Product
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Input Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Input Voltage
100, 100 - 240
Weight & Dimensions
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
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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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