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Benq MW721 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 33dB Mar 2013
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The BeQ MW721 is just the projector you need to perfect your presentation in all settings. Featuring WXGA resolution with 3500 ANSI lumens and 13,000:1 high contrast ratio, the MW721 also offers... More
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12 Reasons For

Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors built by Benq have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors) and found that Benq also has good ratings across its entire range.

Good Picture Quality

Several customers who reviewed the Benq MW721 agreed that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

Three customers who purchased this projector said that it was good quality. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “It offers good data image quality and usable video” but even so they only gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100. Pcmag.com also mentioned “Provides good data image quality”.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Several people reckoned that it had a good 3D picture quality. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “It is 3D ready”. It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “3D capable” in their review of the Benq MW721.

Good Connectivity

A few people who reviewed the Benq MW721 wrote that it was good in terms of connectivity. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “Has a decent range of connectivity choices, though it lacks a USB type A port for connecting to a USB thu” but in spite of that they scored it 3 stars.

Supports 3D

The Benq MW721 supports 3D. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the MW721 also support 3D.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors which support 3D currently available including because of it's better review score, the MS502[pl_1385309_price], the MW665+[pl_2298354_price], or the MX600[pl_2024731_price] all from Benq.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq MW721 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the MW721 also have a built-in speaker(s).

Alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available which you might want to look at include the MS502[pl_1385309_price], or the MX703[pl_2031057_price] both from Benq or the Optoma DS330[plb_1878570_price] which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Benq MW721 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors of this spec and age. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this data projector. Across all 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 3,500 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW721 has a quite bright projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been around for more than two years. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago the projector brightnesss range from 300 ANSI lumens to 4,200 ANSI lumens.

We compared this projector to all the other 3,500 ANSI lumens brightness projectors and we think the Benq MX720[plb_1477160_price], and the Acer P1276[plb_1563560_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might be worth considering include the MW724[pl_2770285_price] (3,700 ANSI lumens), the MX723[pl_2818905_price] (3,700 ANSI lumens), or the MW769[pl_2953761_price] (4,200 ANSI lumens) all from Benq which is also higher rated.

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq MW721 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than the most frequently found projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This projector's resolution (WXGA (1280x800)) is actually the best resolution amongst all multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years.

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

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Fairly High RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of 10 Watts, the Benq MW721 has one of the higher RMS rated powers amongst data projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MW721 the RMS rated powers range from 2W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 7.5W.

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Quite Big Bulb Power

With a bulb power of 240 Watts, the Benq MW721 has one of the bigger bulb powers amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. The average bulb power of data projectors of a comparable age and type to the MW721 is 210W, and the bulb powers range from 190W to 310W.

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7 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this data projector is 60 out of 100. If all the projectors of this age and spec are ranked by average expert review score then this projector is in the bottom 15%.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq MW721 does not support full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the MW721 also do not support full HD.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also support full HD including the MX518[pl_1521707_price], or the MS512[pl_2290289_price] both from Benq or the Acer S1283Hne[plb_3202253_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most projectors of this age and type do not support wi-Fi. The Benq MW721 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also support wi-Fi to this data projector and we think the Benq MW817ST[plb_1414729_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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High Running Costs

The MW721 is one of the less economic to run projectors of this age and spec that we have analysed for 1 year running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the MW721 is £124.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp

The shortest service life of lamp of projectors of a comparable age and spec to the MW721 is 2,000h and the longest is 20,000h. With a service life of lamp of only 3,500 hours, the Benq MW721 has a quite short service life of lamp compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

With a weight of 2.9 kilograms, the Benq MW721 is one of the heavier multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MW721 amongst multimedia projectors of this age. The lightest 13000:1 contrast ratio projector that is a similar age to the MW721 is 1.3kg heavy and the heaviest is 6.2kg.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

At only 5,000 hours, the Benq MW721 has a fairly short service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the MW721. The service life of lamp (economic mode)s of multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the MW721 range from 3,000h to 10,000h.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Benq MW721

Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released over three years ago.

Average Noise Level

At 33 decibels, the Benq MW721 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MW721.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 33dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available including the MS502[pl_1385309_price], the MW851UST[pl_1517049_price], or the MX850UST[pl_1454745_price] all from Benq which has better reviews.

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamp Power (economic Mode)
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
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Noise Reduction
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Plug and Play
Preset Modes
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

28 September 2013

The BenQ MW721 is portable yet bright, and provides good data image quality...

Bright
Good data image quality
Portable
Loud audio
3D capable
Lacks port for USB thumb drive
Wi-Fi unavailable, even as an option
26 September 2013

The BenQ MW721 is portable yet bright, and provides good data image quality...

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Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £123.87
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.61 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 16 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00045555961772, 00617407380521, 00840046024963, 04718755035647, 08400460249636

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