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Benq MW721 Projector

£543.79
13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 33dB 3,500 ANSI Lumens Apr 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date £123.87 Electricity cost over 5 years
Good picture quality
Good connectivity
Expert reviews are poor
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 60 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com. If all the multimedia projectors of this type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this Benq multimedia projector is in the bottom 10%.

Good Brand

We checked 1,989 user and expert reviews (including 66 verified purchases) for Benq projectors and found that on average Benq has good ratings. We also found that Benq has good ratings specifically within its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors range. 95% of those that bought a Benq multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Good Connectivity

Two people reckoned that this projector was good in terms of connectivity. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Benq MW721 “Has a decent range of connectivity choices, though it lacks a USB type A port for connecting to a USB thu”.


Good Picture Quality

Three customers who reviewed it considered that it had good picture quality.

Good Sound Quality

One customer wrote that it had good sound quality.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Two people who purchased this projector concluded that it had a good 3D picture quality. Pcmag.com mentioned “It is 3D ready” in their review of the Benq MW721 and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.


Audio

Loud Audio

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was noisy. Four years ago It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Loud audio” in their review of the Benq MW721 but in spite of that they only scored the product 17.6 out of 100.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was noisy. Four years ago It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Loud audio” in their review of the Benq MW721 but in spite of that they only scored the product 17.6 out of 100.


Design

Good Data Image Quality

Three customers said that the product was good quality. It Reviews.com said “Good data image quality” in their review of the Benq MW721 however they scored this projector 1 stars.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq MW721 is ceiling mountable, as are most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as this data projector.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Benq released the MW721.


Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq MW721 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other data projectors of a similar type and age to this data projector.

There are a number of other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available which you might want to look at including the Acer S1383, or the Optoma ML800 (£549) which has better reviews; or the Benq MW621 (£537.49) which is cheaper.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq MW721 does not support full HD. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to this projector also do not support full HD.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a full HD and we think the Epson EH-TW5100 (£519.48), the Acer S1283, or the Benq MW820ST (£459.99) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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HD-Ready

The Benq MW721 is HD-Ready. Most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as this data projector also are HD-Ready.

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Projector

Quite Bright Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 3,500 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW721 has one of the brighter projector brightnesses amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors of a similar spec and age to this projector is 800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

We compared this projector to all the other 3,500 ANSI lumens brightness projectors and we think a cheaper data projector such as the Benq MX662 (£529.99) or you might consider a higher rated data projector such as the Acer P1276 (£440.18) are also worth considering.

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might be worth considering include the Benq MW724 (£668.19) (3,700 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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WXGA (1280x800) Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq MW721 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. The best resolution of all projectors that were released more than two years ago is 1080p (1920x1080) and the worst is SVGA (800x600).

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Has a Zoom Capability

The Benq MW721 has a zoom capability, unlike most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as this data projector which do not have a zoom capability.

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Energy

Running Costs Are High

Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the MW721 will cost £124 over 1 year to run, which makes it one of the less economic to run multimedia projectors of this age and spec.


Performance

Average Noise Level

At 33 decibels, the Benq MW721 has a pretty average noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and type.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Benq MW721 features noise reduction. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age also feature noise reduction.

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Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Benq MW721 has an On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to this projector.

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Networking

Has an Ethernet LAN

The Benq MW721 has an Ethernet LAN. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as this multimedia projector do not have an Ethernet LAN.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Benq MW721 has a carrying case. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years also have a carrying case.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Benq MW721 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Benq MW721 does not have a DVI port. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to this projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Lamps

Very Short Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of only 3,500 hours, the Benq MW721 has one of the shorter service life of lamps amongst projectors of this age. Across all the projectors that came out around the same time as this data projector the service life of lamps range from 2,500h to 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,600h.

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Fairly Big Bulb Power

The bulb powers of projectors of a similar type and age to this projector range from 190W to 310W, and the average bulb power is 210W. At 240 Watts, the Benq MW721 has a fairly big bulb power compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as this data projector.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00045555961772, 00050005705189, 00617407380521, 00617407467536, 00644332068965, 00678034049854, 00840046024963, 04718755035647, 08400460249636

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