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Benq W703D Projector

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10000:1 WXGA (1280x720) 31dB Dec 2012
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
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14 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of Trusted Reviews said that concluded that they would endorse this data projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Running Costs Are Low

Based on average energy prices we estimate that the 1 year running cost of the W703D is only £88, which is in the cheapest 17% of all 131 data projectors of this age and type.

Reasonably Priced

A few customers said in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “The BenQ W703D 1,280x720 DLP projector is incredibly cheap, making it seem like a good choice on paper”. Expertreviews.co.uk also mentioned “It’s very cheap.”. Expert Reviews mentioned four years ago “Incredibly cheap for what it offers” but despite that they rated this projector 40 out of 100.

One Benq W703D owner wrote in their reviews that it was cheap. Expert review site Techradar.com rated this projector 4 stars and mentioned “Enjoying the full-on cinema experience at home isn't as expensive as it used to be -”.

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Benq Projectors Have Good Reviews

Benq has good average ratings for its 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire data projector range compared to other manufacturers.

Easy to Use

A number of customers agreed that it was easy to setup. Dynamite Refluxx said “Other settings including the projection angle are very convenient to set up and the projector comes a lens protector” in their Benq W703D review. One Benq W703D reviewer who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was easy to use.

Good Picture Quality

One customer who purchased the Benq W703D considered that it had a flickering image. Dynamite Refluxx said four years ago “For some reason the image is flickering and hence I cant use it in that mode (any suggestions?” in their review.

One customer who bought this projector concluded that it had a good contrast ratio. Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review “1 contrast ratio and even built-in 3D playback, this remark” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

Some Benq W703D owners who reviewed the Benq W703D agreed that it had a good 3D picture quality.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Benq W703D reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was quiet. Dynamite Refluxx wrote in their Benq W703D review “The projector is really quiet and you get a carrier bag for free”.

Nice Design

One Benq W703D owner who bought the product wrote that it was good looking. Ash mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “Id have to turn off the 3d to bring the picture back ! Ok now i was pretty upset!” but they gave it a score of 1 stars.

One person said that the product was a good design. Expert Reviews mentioned in their review of this projector “Cute design”.

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Supports 3D

The Benq W703D supports 3D, unlike most of the other data projectors of this age and spec which do not support 3D.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors which support 3D currently available including the X1111, the 240, or the X1140 all from Acer which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq W703D has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec also have a built-in speaker(s).

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the Acer X1311, the Epson PowerLite 97, or the NEC NP-M282.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Benq W703D supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the W703D. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this Benq data projector. The best resolution of all 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Very Quiet Noise Level

At only 31 decibels, the Benq W703D has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the W703D. The quietest noise level of similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago is 27dB and the loudest is 49dB.

We compared this projector to all the other 31dB noise level projectors and we think the Benq W710ST which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level (economic Mode)

The Benq W703D has a fairly quiet noise level (economic mode) (only 28 decibels) compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the W703D. The average noise level (economic mode) of comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the W703D is 30dB.

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7 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this data projector is 68 out of 100 based on five expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and 01net.com.

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Poor High Def TV

Some Benq W703D reviewers concluded that it was not good at displaying high definition TV. Four years ago Expert Reviews said “No Full HD” and gave the product a score of 40 out of 100. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ said “It's HD performance is remarkable for a sub-£500 projector, despite the fact that it doesn't do 1080p Full HD and it's easy to setup” in their Benq W703D review.

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq W703D does not support full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the W703D also do not support full HD.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors with a full HD and we think the Acer X1311, the Vivitek H1180HD (£745.00), or the NEC NP-M322X (£382.49) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the W703D do not support wi-Fi. The Benq W703D is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth considering alternative multimedia projectors which also support wi-Fi including the EB-X18, or the PowerLite 1222 both from Epson or the Benq W1500.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the W703D have projector brightnesss of between 300 ANSI lumens and 12,000 ANSI lumens. The Benq W703D has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 2,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the W703D.

If you want a brighter projector brightness then you might want to look at the Acer S1370 (2,500 ANSI lumens), the Infocus IN8606HD (£450.00) (2,500 ANSI lumens), or the Benq W1350 (2,500 ANSI lumens) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

At only 190 Watts, the Benq W703D has a quite small bulb power compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the W703D. The bulb powers of projectors of this type and age range from 15W to 840W, and the average bulb power is 240W.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Benq W703D

Released Over Four Years Ago

This data projector has been on the market for over four years.

WXGA (1280x720) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq W703D has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x720). That's 10% less resolution than the most common projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Number of Colours
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
3D-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
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) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Ceiling Mountable
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
Carrying Case
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

1 Award

Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert Reviews

(5)
7 May 2013

It?s very cheap, but its 3D support and overall image quality are lacklustre...

Price
HD performance
Flexibility
Ease of use
Incredibly cheap for what it offers
No Full HD
No 3D glasses as standard
3D performance
Light leakage
3D images lack contrast
26 March 2013

Enjoying the full-on cinema experience at home isn't as expensive as it used to be - and that's due in part to products like this: the BenQ new W703D DLP projector. Capable of splashing 720p HD... Read more…

26 March 2013

There's a lot to love about the BenQ W703D. it's HD performance is remarkable for a sub-£500 projector, despite the fact that it doesn't do 1080p Full HD and it's easy to setup and use - making...

9 November 2012

The BenQ W703D has come out of nowhere to become one of our favourite AV products of the year. It completely rewrites the budget projector rulebook, delivering some genuine AV picture thrills - in...

Trusted Reviews

3 April 2012

Avec le W703D, BenQ réalise de nouveau un bon produit. Payer moins de 600 ? pour un projecteur HD, compatible 3D et offrant une connectique complète, est plutot une bonne affaire. D?autant que...

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 25 January 2013 by Dynamite Refluxx
(Verified Purchase)

I am very happy with the projector so far, very bright, good picture and really easy to configure. Just recently I saw my mates projector which is an LCD 800x600 epson, I really have to say this... Read more…

Reviewed 20 November 2012 by ASH
(Verified Purchase)

Where shall i start? well first thing i noticed is that it had a 2 pin power cable...HELLO?? we are in the uk ! ok so i managed to scrounge a cable out of some hole and powered the projector... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on £80.12
Electricity cost when on standby £7.37
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Total running cost over 5 years £87.49
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.43 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq w703, benq w703d, benq 9hj667727, benq 9hj667727e
Barcodes 04718755033674, 04718755044687

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