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Benq MX522 Projector

13000:1 XGA (1024x768) 32dB Oct 2013
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Featuring a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a XGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MX522 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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13 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This projector has an average expert rating of 80% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this 13000:1 contrast ratio projector rated it as 86%.

Running Costs Are Low

The MX522 has an average running cost of only £81 over 1 year based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is in the cheapest 21% of all 78 projectors of this spec and age.

Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

We checked 2,084 expert and user reviews for Benq multimedia projectors and found that on average Benq has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Benq has good ratings specifically within its 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors range.

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Good Size

A number of people considered that the Benq MX522 was easy to carry around. Pcmag.com scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote on expert website PC Mag “It weighs just 5 pounds 2 ounces, making it easy to carry if you need to; it's bright enough, with a 3,000-lumen rating” in their review of this projector.

Reasonably Priced

Some Benq MX522 reviewers who reviewed the Benq MX522 agreed that it was cheap. Two years ago Pcmag.com said “If you're looking for an inexpensive XGA (1,024 by 768) projector, add the BenQ MX522$451.01 at Amazon to your list of possibilities” in their review. Itreviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “If you’re looking for an inexpensive XGA (1,024 by 768) projector, add the BenQ MX522 to your list of possibilities” in their review and rated this projector 80 out of 100.

Supports 3D

The Benq MX522 supports 3D. Most of the other data projectors of a comparable type and age to the MX522 also support 3D.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other projectors which support 3D currently available including because of it's better review score, the Benq MX503[plb_1418386_price], or the Optoma DH1011[plb_1726991_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq MX522 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the MX522 also have a built-in speaker(s).

We compared all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) to this projector and we think the MX503[pl_1418386_price], and the MS619[pl_2024148_price] both from Benq which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Benq MX522 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by data projectors that are a comparable age to the MX522. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector. In addition, this data projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA). The best resolution of all 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MX522 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Benq MX522 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys than most of the projectors of this spec and age. This Benq data projector is a three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity projector compared to most of the comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago which only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

Multimedia projectors of this spec and age have service life of lamp (economic mode)s of between 3,000h and 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 6,100h. At 10,000 hours, the Benq MX522 has a fairly long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MX522.

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Quite Big Offset

The smallest offset of multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the MX522 is 100%, the biggest is 160%, and the average offset is 120%. At 130 percent, the Benq MX522 has a quite big offset compared to most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the MX522.

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Light

At only 2.3 kilograms, the Benq MX522 is quite light compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years. Multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the MX522 have weights of between 1.3kg and 6.2kg, and the average weight is 2.8kg.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD

Most comparable spec data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the MX522 do not support full HD. The Benq MX522 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

We think you might also be interested in other projectors which also support full HD including the Optoma DH1011[plb_1726991_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq MX522 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec also do not support wi-Fi.

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Very Small Bulb Power

The smallest bulb power of similar spec multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago is 190W, the biggest is 310W, and the average bulb power is 210W. The Benq MX522 has a quite small bulb power (only 190 Watts) compared to most of the other data projectors that are a comparable age to the MX522.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The lowest RMS rated power of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the MX522 is 2W and the highest is 20W. The Benq MX522 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 MX522.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level (economic Mode)

The noise level (economic mode)s of projectors that were launched around the same time as the MX522 range from 26dB to 38dB, and the average noise level (economic mode) is 29dB. With a noise level (economic mode) of 30 decibels, the Benq MX522 has a fairly loud noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Benq MX522

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Benq released the MX522.

Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MX522 has a fairly typical projector brightness (3,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the Optoma DH1011[plb_1726991_price] is also worth considering.

If this data projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might want to look at the Benq MW526[plb_2415513_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens).

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XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution

This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768), which is the most frequently found projector native resolution on 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Average Noise Level

At 32 decibels, the Benq MX522 has a relatively standard noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MX522.

Other projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the MS517[pl_1463623_price] (32dB), or the MX819ST[pl_1552200_price] (32dB) both from Benq.

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
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)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
AUX in
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Optical Disc Player Type
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD)
Preset Modes
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Timeshift
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included
Other Features
Built-In Touchpad

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

23 January 2014

The BenQ MX522 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, XGA resolution, and a claimed 10,000-hour lamp life...

Bright, with a 3 000-lumen rating
Lamp rated at up to 10 000 hours
High-quality data image
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low-volume sound system
21 January 2014

The BenQ MX522 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds and offers a bright, high-quality data image at a native XGA (1024 by 768) resolution, plus watchable video and 3D...

User Reviews

(7)
Jairo would recommend the BenQ MX522

At first i used the component input for video playback. The quality was horrible dark scenes seem to blend together, the bright scenes looked ok. I could not adjust color. Tried adjusting... Read more…

Reviewed 28 December 2014 by Moody Daddy
Moody Daddy would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

Use this as a home theater projector to a 5' x 10' screen. Between screen/projector/mount I'm in for just around 420.00 and my kids think it's the greatest thing ever. Resolution is not the... Read more…

Reviewed 17 December 2014 by Vegma
(Verified Purchase)

This was my first projector, we purchased it instead of getting a TV. The light is very bright, such that we can easily watch a movie in daytime if we close the curtains. We place the projector 10... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2014 by Glafizya
Glafizya would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

This is perfect for mixing my video images into my live set as well as a lighting effect for video shoots. Great value for the price. Easy set up with Thunderbolt to HDMI cable on my MacBook Pro...

Reviewed 4 December 2014 by Ed
Ed would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

I bought to replace old proejector for my church and the image is clear and bright. I have encounted a weird problem though when i connect it to a vga source. It is a very picky about the... Read more…

Easily Viewed
Long Lasting
Lightweight
Durable
Bright Ambient Light Safe
Component Input
No Color Adj
Long Term Reliability
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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 mx522
Barcodes 00840046028732, 04718755050657, 05054484576075, 05054533882102, 08400460287324

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