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Benq TW523 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 32dB Mar 2014
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The Best Value Choice for Small-Medium SpaceFeaturing a brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13,000:1 and a WXGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly TW523 offers a... More
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25 Reasons For

Excellent Expert Reviews

This projector received an expert rating of 100 out of 100 from lite-magazin.de. That puts this multimedia projector in the top 1% of all the data projectors of this age and spec.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

People who bought this data projector rated this projector 90% on average.

Good High Def TV

Eight people said in their reviews that the Benq TW523 was good at displaying high definition TV. Two years ago Dr. You scored the product very highly and wrote in their review on Amazon “It gives a really bright color(most HD gives no greater than 3000lm.”. Drew mentioned in his Benq TW523 review three years ago “Having owned a full 1080p HD projector which packed in earlier in the year, I was a bit hesitant on going back to a 720p projector” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. J D. mentioned “Stunning clear 720p hd screen”.

Good Picture Quality

Twelve Benq TW523 owners who reviewed it considered that it had good picture quality. Bluepie wrote three years ago “Decent picture quality for a budget projector”. Two years ago Dr. You said on Amazon “The white seems a bit yellow.), so it is a little tricky to get a better vision without this function”. M. Ohrstrom mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Iplayer via the chromecast gives very impressive image quality” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Several Benq TW523 owners wrote in their reviews that it had good colour saturation. Bluepie said on Amazon “Good clarity and bright colours”. Jon wrote three years ago “Colours are great forget the rainbow effect I can't see what the other reviews are on about to my eyes” in his Benq TW523 review. Robert mentioned on Amazon “So when I plugged this in I was immediately taken by how much clearer the image was and how vivid the colours appeared”.

One Benq TW523 reviewer considered that it was good for watching movies. Alex mentioned in his review of this projector on Amazon “Perfect for movies”. One person said in their reviews that the Benq TW523 had clear images. Bill he mentioned on Amazon “I found the image clarity to be excellent”.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good 3D picture quality. Three years ago Bill mentioned in his review of the Benq TW523 “3d is simply stunning”. Christopher Atkinson mentioned on Amazon “Stunning 3D” in his Benq TW523 review and rated the product 5 stars. Christopher Atkinson also said “I must confess I was sceptical how good the 3D would be”.

Good Product Quality

Nineteen people mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Two years ago A. Kwabula said in their Benq TW523 review “Amazing Picture Quality”. A. Kwabula also mentioned “The picture quality is amazing”. Anon wrote “Image quality is superb” in their review of this projector.

Easy to Use

Several Benq TW523 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to setup. Two years ago Dr. You mentioned “Easy to setup”.

Some people mentioned that this projector was easy to use. D. Hazlie rated it as very good and wrote in their Benq TW523 review “Excellent projector and easy to use”. Dr. M. Clayton wrote “It's easy to use, lightweight” in their review. Two years ago Mikey 2008 wrote in their review of the Benq TW523 “Easy control panel” and scored it 80 out of 100.

One customer who reviewed this projector thought it had a good experience. Dmitirjs scored the product 4 stars and said “We find it really enjoyable cinema-like experience with no overwhelming noises”. One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus.

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Nice Design

Five Benq TW523 owners considered that it was good looking. A. Kwabula said on Amazon “It also looks gorgeous in while”. Bluepie gave this projector a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “The remote has been upgraded and is pretty useful”. Cornwallnick mentioned in their review on Amazon “Pretty good picture straight out of the box”.

One customer considered that the product was rough. One Benq TW523 reviewer said in their reviews that the Benq TW523 was smooth. Mr Jamie M Robinson mentioned in his review of this projector “Moving objects very smooth” nonetheless he gave this projector a score of 40 out of 100.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of Benq TW523 reviewers who purchased it thought it was good value for money. Two years ago Bea Frazer wrote “Great projector for the price” in her review of the Benq TW523 and gave it a very good review score. Dr. M. Clayton gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said “It's a pretty good price point too, so the five stars are for what it is, rather than what it is not”. Three years ago Drew mentioned on Amazon “All in all an excellent projector for a great price”.

Some Benq TW523 reviewers considered that this projector was a bargain for the price. Cornwallnick wrote on Amazon “Bought a cheap pair of sainsonic 3d glasses” in their review of the Benq TW523. Two years ago Dr. M. Clayton gave the product a very good review score and wrote “If you want a cheap, decent, light projector to pop in your car” in their Benq TW523 review. Jack mentioned “Would recommend to someone who needs a good quality cheap projector”.

One Benq TW523 owner who reviewed the Benq TW523 reckoned that it was cheap. Toplad wrote in their review of this projector on Amazon three years ago “Fantastic picture quality for a budget projector better than most tvs”.

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Good Connectivity

Several people who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Hafiz mentioned “For its price brilliant, you get very marginally better ones same price ( this has one HDMI) 3d viewing is stunning”. Jon gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Such a good deal on this offer! Great picture in hdmi at 100 inches, fan is much quieter than my Optoma I had”.

One Benq TW523 owner who purchased it concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections.

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Benq Has Good Data Projector Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Benq data projectors and also specifically for Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors and found that in both cases Benq had good reviews compared to other brands.

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Good Sound Quality

Some Benq TW523 owners thought it had good sound quality. Cornwallnick said “Bonus - surround sound turned up”. Kevin Condron mentioned “External speaker for improved sound so dont notice any noise that comes from it.I have it setup in a small room” in his review of this projector and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good Technical Features

Several Benq TW523 owners said in their reviews that the Benq TW523 had good features.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some Benq TW523 owners mentioned that it was quiet. Alex wrote in his review of the Benq TW523 on Amazon “When the room is silent we can hear it.”. Dr. You said on Amazon “It is quite quiet to me”. J D. scored it 5 stars and said on Amazon two years ago “The fan noise I would say is quiet” in their review of this projector.

One Benq TW523 reviewer mentioned that this projector was noisy. Krussel said “Perhaps the fan has a little more noise than I would really like”.

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Good Size

One Benq TW523 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was lightweight.

Good Support

One Benq TW523 reviewer who purchased this projector thought it had good technical guidance. Morgon wrote in their review of the Benq TW523 on Amazon “Again very pleased - help for new buyers in my review”.

Supports 3D

The Benq TW523 supports 3D. Most of the other comparable spec data projectors that have been around for more than two years also support 3D.

We compared this data projector to all the other projectors which support 3D and we think the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000[plb_2168955_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq TW523 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the TW523.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) to this projector and we think the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000[plb_2168955_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Benq TW523 supports a maximum resolution of 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 of this spec and age. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector. Across all multimedia projectors of this spec and age the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq TW523 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most common resolution.

A WXGA (1280x800) projector native resolution is in fact the best resolution across all data projectors of this age and type.

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is the worst resolution across similar types of projector.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Benq TW523 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys than most of the 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. Most of the 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the TW523 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, however this projector has three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Quite High Vertical Synchronization (max)

The Benq TW523 has one of the higher vertical synchronization (max)s (120 kilohertz) amongst comparable spec data projectors of this age. The vertical synchronization (max)s of projectors of a similar spec and age to the TW523 range from 0.12kHz to 480kHz, and the average vertical synchronization (max) is 94kHz.

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Two Audio (L,R) Ins

Most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the TW523 only have one audio (L,R) in, however the Benq TW523 has two audio (L,R) ins.

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Fairly High Horizontal Synchronization (max)

At 102 kilohertz, the Benq TW523 has a fairly high horizontal synchronization (max) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the TW523. The average horizontal synchronization (max) of data projectors of this spec and age is 94kHz.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness (economic Mode)

The average projector brightness (economic mode) of projectors of this type and age is 2,500 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness (economic mode) of the Benq TW523 of 3,000 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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5 Reasons Against

Not Robust

One Benq TW523 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was not strong and durable. Dr. M. Clayton wrote “It is not rugged for a lot of rough travel” in their review.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq TW523 does not support full HD. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago also do not support full HD.

We compared this data projector to all the other projectors with a full HD and we think the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000[plb_2168955_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago, the Benq TW523 does not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

At only 190 Watts, the Benq TW523 has a very small bulb power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the TW523. The average bulb power of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the TW523 is 210W, and the bulb powers range from 190W to 310W.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

When compared to other similar spec projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the TW523, the RMS rated power of the Benq TW523 of only 2 Watts is one of the lowest. The lowest RMS rated power of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the TW523 is 2W, the highest is 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 7.5W.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Benq TW523

OK Running Costs

The TW523 is typical compared to the other 79 projectors of a comparable type and age that we have analysed for 1 year running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the TW523 is £81.

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this multimedia projector was released.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq TW523 has a fairly average projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the TW523.

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 32 decibels, the Benq TW523 has a fairly average noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the TW523.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Vertical Synchronization (min)
Horizontal Synchronization (max)
Vertical Synchronization (max)
Horizontal Synchronization (min)
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
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
3D-Ready
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
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) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Preset Modes
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

(2)
7 January 2015

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1 August 2014

Der BenQ TW523P ist wie geschaffen für preisbewusste Heimkino-Einsteiger, die sich ein großes Kinobild zu Hause wünschen. Innerhalb von wenigen Minuten ist der Projektor auf die Leinwand...

User Reviews

(68)
(Verified Purchase)

I wanted to buy a new high end Samsung 55inch 3D TV but I didn't have

Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Steve Scott
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic picture quality!!! I have it projected at just over 100 inches and the picture is as good as 1080p!!! Mount it upside down if fitting this high up or the correct side up if mounting it... Read more…

Reviewed 22 June 2015 by Errol Williams
(Verified Purchase)

Wow Fantastic price.

Reviewed 3 June 2015 by Bea Frazer "Readaholic"
(Verified Purchase)

Great projector for the price.

Reviewed 2 June 2015 by Affinity Trust
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect!

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Running Cost

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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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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 tw523, benq tw523p, benq p178662, benq p236497, benq p178662p, benq p236497p, benq 9hjc27714, benq 9hjc27714e, pro series tw523, projectors tw523, 9hjc27714e tw523, 9hjc27714e tw523p, pro series tw523p, projectors tw523p, pro series 9hjc27714, pro series 9hjc27714e, pro series uk9hjc27714, pro series uk9hjc27714e
Barcodes 00644535505946, 04718755049880, 04718755051531

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