Benq MW523
Benq MW523
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Benq MW523

A very economical to run 13000:1 280 x 800 data projector with alright features
13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) Yes 32dB Oct 2013
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Benq MW523 Review

With low running costs and very good reviews, we have scored the Benq MW523 as follows for Summary.
3 Reviews
Average Features
3 Years Old
£81 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 44?

It has superb user reviews but ok expert reviews with an average overall rating of 77%. Sony projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer data projectors with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest projectors 2017.
This Benq projector has running costs of £81 over 1 year, which puts it typical compared to the other 1,763 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
The MW523 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a built-in speaker
Does not support full HD
Quite small bulb power

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Benq MW523 In-Depth Analysis


Average Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT this data projector has an average expert rating of 65 out of 100.

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Benq Has Very Good Projector Reviews

Based on 2,105 owner and expert reviews (including 276 verified purchases), Benq has very good ratings for its projectors. 94% of those that bought a Benq multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MW523 has a built-in speaker, as do 76% of multimedia projectors.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq MW523 does not support full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that 64% of projectors also do not support full HD.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The smallest bulb power of data projectors is 3.5W, the biggest is 4,200W, and the average bulb power is 260W. The bulb power of the Benq MW523 of only 190W is in the smallest 6% of all data projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Average Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of the Benq MW523 of 3,000 ANSI lumens is pretty typical compared to most other projectors. It is in the brightest 38% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

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Average Noise Level

The Benq MW523's noise level of 32dB is pretty standard compared to most other projectors. It is in the loudest 30% of all projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Only 280 X 800 Resolution

The Benq MW523 has a 280 x 800 projector native resolution which is higher than most projectors. Most projectors have a WXGA (1280x800) resolution.

Across comparable types of projector the best resolution is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This projector has been on the market since October 2013.

Running Costs

OK Running Costs

The MW523 has an average 1 year running cost of £81 based on passable usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 1,763 projectors.

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Product Identifiers


00087944331018, 00319763443017, 00840046028756, 04718755047527, 08400460287560

Much better expert reviews
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4dB quieter noise level
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A lot dimmer projector brightness