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Benq MW523 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 32dB Oct 2013
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Featuring a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a WXGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MW523 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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BenQ MW523 Review (sort of)
Projektor unboxing | Benq MW523 3D DLP

10 Reasons For

Good Brand

Benq has good average reviews for its 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors as well as across its entire projector range.

Good Product Quality

Several Benq MW523 owners said that the Benq MW523 was good quality. Lb 1 said on Amazon “The picture quality is great! Very bright”. Pcmag.com said in their review on PC Mag three years ago “It offers a bright, high quality data image with a WXGA (1,280 by 800) native resolution”.

Reasonably Priced

One Benq MW523 reviewer who bought it thought it was a bargain for the price. Lb 1 mentioned “Not an issue as they are very cheap to buy at around”.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Benq MW523 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good 3D picture quality. Three years ago Lb 1 wrote in their review of the Benq MW523 “The 3d mode is amazing! Just plug your 3d blu ray player in” and rated it as very good.

Good Picture Quality

One customer who reviewed the Benq MW523 said that it had good picture quality.

Supports 3D

The Benq MW523 supports 3D, as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative projectors which support 3D currently available that you might want to look at include the MS502[pl_1385309_price], the MX666[pl_2298355_price], or the MX600[pl_2024731_price] all from Benq which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MW523, the Benq MW523 has a built-in speaker(s).

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq MS502[plb_1385309_price], the Acer X1273[plb_2193441_price], and the Optoma ML800[plb_1966220_price] is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Benq MW523 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most frequently found supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this Benq data projector). In addition, this projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1280 x 800. Across all multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq MW523 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than the most frequently found projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This multimedia projector's resolution (WXGA (1280x800)) is actually the best resolution amongst all multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the MW523.

The worst resolution across similar types of multimedia projector is SVGA (800x600).

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MW523 range from 26dB to 40dB, and the average noise level is 33dB. With a noise level of only 32 decibels, the Benq MW523 has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the MW523.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 32dB noise level data projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the TW519[pl_1552764_price], or the MX819ST[pl_1552200_price] both from Benq or the Optoma ES556[plb_1818226_price].

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9 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com this data projector has an overall expert rating of 65 out of 100.

Difficult to Use

One Benq MW523 owner who reviewed the product said that it was not easy to use the menus.

Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the MW523, the Benq MW523 does not support full HD.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also support full HD to this multimedia projector and we think the Benq MS512[plb_2290289_price], or the Acer S1283Hne[plb_3202253_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq MW523 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age also do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at including the Benq MW817ST[plb_1414729_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The smallest bulb power of projectors of a similar age and type to the MW523 is 190W, the biggest is 310W, and the average bulb power is 210W. When compared to other data projectors that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the Benq MW523's bulb power of only 190 Watts is one of the smallest.

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Very Low Number of Colours

The lowest number of colours of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MW523 is 1M and the highest is 1,100M. The Benq MW523 has a quite low number of colours (only 1.07 million) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the MW523.

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Only Supports Two Video Colour Modess

The number of video colour modes supported by the Benq MW523 is more than most comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to it. This data projector supports a Dynamic video colour modes, which is the most frequently supported video colour modes supported by comparable spec data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the MW523. The video colour modes "Cinema" is also supported by this Benq data projector.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The Benq MW523 has a fairly low RMS rated power (only 2 Watts) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW523. The average RMS rated power of data projectors that came out around the same time as the MW523 is 7.5W.

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Only Two VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

Most 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MW523 have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, including the Benq MW523 which has two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MW523

OK Running Costs

The average 1 year running cost of the MW523 is £81 based on typical energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 78 data projectors of a similar type and age.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Benq projector has been on the market for over three years.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW523 has a fairly typical projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the MW523.

There are a number of other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available which you might also want to consider including the ES556[pl_1818226_price], or the DH1011[pl_1726991_price] both from Optoma or the Benq MW817ST[plb_1414729_price] which has better reviews.

If this Benq projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might also want to consider the S1283Hne[pl_3202253_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens and higher rated), the X133[pl_2780263_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the S1283e[pl_3202252_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens and higher rated) all from Acer.

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
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
Video Colour Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Supported 3D Formats
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
PC in (D-Sub)
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
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)
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included
Other Features
Audio Input
Audio Output

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

29 January 2014

The BenQ MW523 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, WXGA (1,280 by 800) resolution, a rated 10,000 hour lamp life, and 3D...

Bright
3 000-lumen rating
WXGA 1 280 by 800) resolution
Lamp rated at up to 10 000 hours
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low-volume sound system
27 January 2014

The BenQ MW523 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds, and it offers a bright, high quality data image with a WXGA (1,280 by 800) native resolution...

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 8 September 2014 by LB 1
(Verified Purchase)

I brought this projector a few months ago now so thought I would write a quick review.
The picture quality is great!! Very bright and clear, there are not many settings only brightness and... Read more…

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £76.91
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £80.60
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.4 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 9hj6k7735, benq 9hja37734, benq 9hj6k7735e, benq 9hja37734e
Barcodes 00087944331018, 00319763443017, 00840046028756, 04718755047527, 08400460287560

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