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Benq MX518 Projector

13000:1 XGA (1024x768) 32dB Feb 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
- Native XGA Resolution (1024x768)- 2800 ANSI Lumens; 13,000:1 Contrast Ratio- SmartEcoTM Power Saving Technology- Up to 6500 Hours Long Lamp Life- Instant Restart & HDMI- Various 3D Format for... More
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BenQ MX518 XGA Projector Review (HD)
BenQ MX518 2800 Lumen XGA DLP Smarteco Projector Quick Review

15 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

This Benq data projector has an average expert rating of 70 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and itproportal.com.

Good Brand

Benq is one of the superior data projector brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Benq also has good reviews for its 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors.

Reasonably Priced

A few customers who bought the product concluded that it was good value for money. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this projector “Respectable brightness; a good price for t”. Itproportal.com said in their Benq MX518 review four years ago “A good price for the resolution”.

One Benq MX518 owner thought it was cheap. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag four years ago “The BenQ MX518 is a solid choice for a budget educational projector”.

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Good Picture Quality

Three Benq MX518 owners who reviewed the Benq MX518 thought it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

A number of Benq MX518 owners said in their reviews that it was good quality. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “With good brightness, easy portability, data image quality good enough for typical presentations”. Four years ago expert website Itproportal.com said in their Benq MX518 review “A data image quality suitable for typ”. Itproportal.com also mentioned “All three of the new budget BenQ data projectors are capable of handling the demands of a classroom, providing multiple connection choices, solid data image quality”.

Robust

A few Benq MX518 reviewers who bought it considered that it was well made.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Benq MX518 owner thought the product had a good 3D picture quality. Itproportal.com wrote “They're 3D capable, with eco”.

Easy to Use

One customer who purchased the Benq MX518 concluded that it was easy to handle.

Supports Full HD

The Benq MX518 supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors of this age and type do not support full HD.

Other multimedia projectors which support full HD currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the S1283Hne (£448.44), or the X1373 both from Acer or the Benq ES500.

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Supports 3D

The Benq MX518 supports 3D. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the MX518 also support 3D.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors which support 3D and we think because of it's better review score, the MS502, the MX666, and the MX620 all from Benq is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq MX518 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age also have a built-in speaker(s).

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the DX346, or the DS330 both from Optoma or the Benq MS502 which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Benq MX518 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most common resolution supported by 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this multimedia projector. The resolution of all projectors that were released more than two years ago ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Benq MX518 is a three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity data projector.

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Two Audio (L,R) Ins

The Benq MX518 is a two audio (L,R) in multimedia projector. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the MX518 only have one audio (L,R) in.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of 6,500 hours, the Benq MX518 has one of the longer service life of lamp (economic mode)s amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. The average service life of lamp (economic mode) of multimedia projectors of this spec and age is 6,100h, and the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 3,000h to 10,000h.

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1 Reason Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the MX518, the Benq MX518 does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other projectors which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at including the Benq MW817ST.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Benq MX518

Running Costs Are Average

The MX518 is typical compared to the other 79 projectors of a similar age and spec that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the MX518 will cost £83 over 1 year to run.

Released Over Four Years Ago

Benq released the MX518 over four years ago.

XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768), which is the most frequently found projector native resolution on projectors of a similar age and spec to it.

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Average Noise Level

At 32 decibels, the Benq MX518 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the MX518.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 32dB noise level data projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the MW663, or the MS517 both from Benq.

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Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MX518 has a pretty typical projector brightness (2,800 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the MX518.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other 2,800 ANSI lumens brightness projectors and we think the Benq MS517 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to look at the ES500 (3,000 ANSI lumens), or the MX620 (3,000 ANSI lumens) both from Benq or the Acer X122 (£362.74) (3,000 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
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)
Focus
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
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
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)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
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
Cables Included
Other Features
Aspect Ratio

Expert Reviews

(2)
17 May 2013

All three of the new budget BenQ data projectors are capable of handling the demands of a classroom, providing multiple connection choices, solid data image quality, and good enough video for...

Very portable
3D ready
Long lamp life and power saving features
Eco-friendly, with long lamp life and power-saving features
Some rainbow effect in video
Feeble audio
Lacks carrying case
15 May 2013

With good brightness, easy portability, data image quality good enough for typical presentations, the BenQ MX518 is a solid choice for a budget educational projector...

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £78.52
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £82.21
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0.41T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.41 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
11
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

Barcodes 00840046025311, 04718755035746, 05053959180052, 05711045535031

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