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Benq MS517 Projector

projectorcentral.com Highly Rated
13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 32dB Nov 2012
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Featuring a brightness of 2800 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a SVGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MS517 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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BenQ MS517 2800 Lumen SVGA DLP Smarteco Projector Quick Review

12 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This projector received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on five expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, PC Advisor.co.uk, gadgetreview.com and projectorcentral.com the average expert rating of this 13000:1 contrast ratio projector is 75%.

Good Product Quality

Several Benq MS517 owners who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Three years ago expert review site Pcmag.com gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review “It has decent data image quality”. Pcmag.com also mentioned “Its video quality is sufficient for t”. Pcmag.com also said “Video quality suitable for short to mid-length clips”.

Good Picture Quality

Some Benq MS517 owners reckoned that the Benq MS517 had good picture quality. A number of Benq MS517 reviewers reckoned that the Benq MS517 had a good contrast ratio. Gadgetreview.com wrote “Has a very high contrast ratio of 13000 1”.

Robust

A few people reckoned that it was well made. Pcmag.com said in their review of this projector on expert review site PC Mag “A budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality”.

Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Benq has good average ratings for its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other brands.

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Good Size

One customer said in their reviews that the Benq MS517 was good physically. Expert website Gadgetreview.com wrote “He three biggest obstacles to using a front projector has been its physical size” in their review of this projector and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MS517 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MS517 also support 3D image projection.

There are a number of other data projectors which support 3D image projection currently available which you might want to consider including the Benq MS502 which is cheaper; or the Optoma DS325 ($382.27) which has better reviews.

We compared all the other data projectors which also support 3D image projection to this multimedia projector and we think the Benq MW526 ($350.00) is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years, the Benq MS517 has a built-in speaker.

Alternative projectors with a built-in speaker currently available that you might want to look at include a cheaper projector such as the Benq MS502 or you might consider a better rated projector such as the Optoma DX325.

We compared all the other projectors which also have a built-in speaker to this projector and we think the Benq MW526 ($350.00) is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This multimedia projector supports a graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is typical of many comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Offset

With an offset of 130 percent, the Benq MS517 has one of the bigger offsets amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS517 the offsets range from 100% to 160%, and the average offset is 120%.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MS517 do not support Full HD projection. The Benq MS517 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other projectors which also support Full HD projection to this data projector and we think the MW526 ($350.00), or the MW820ST both from Benq or the Acer X1373 ($318.99) is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MS517, the Benq MS517 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 2,800 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS517 has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. The dimmest projector brightness of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might also want to look at the Benq TW523 (3,000 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

Across all the projectors of this spec and age the noise levels in economy mode range from 26dB to 38dB. At 30 decibels, the Benq MS517 has a quite loud noise level in economy mode compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the MS517.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MS517

Released Over Four Years Ago

This data projector was released over four years ago.

Average Noise Level

At 32 decibels, the Benq MS517 has a pretty typical noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MS517.

If you would consider a projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Benq MS502 (33dB) which is also cheaper.

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SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq MS517 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
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Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
AUX Input
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
Preset Mode
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Timeshift
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Packaging Weight
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Cable Included
Other Features
Audio Input
Aspect Ratio
Built-In Touchpad

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Expert Reviews

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10 August 2013

At $339, the BenQ's MS517 SmartEco Projector is a capable front projection system that is well suit...

Test pattern generator
Monitor can connect through projector
Has a very high contrast ratio of 13000 1
Sharp image even when projecting higher than native resolutions
3D from a BluRay player via HDMI
4 3 native aspect ratio
For very specific applications color may need a lot of adjustment
Resolution is low so not great for spreadsheets or teaching software applications
Lamp not very accessible
Not a short throw projector so the projector needs to be pretty far back to ac

The BenQ MS517 is a DLP projector that produces a manufacturer rated 2800 lumens in its brightest mode. It is competitively priced with a MSRP of $409.00. Street prices show it at around $349.00.... Read more…

15 April 2013

With its classroom-friendly features and pricing, the BenQ MS517 directly targets the educational sector. At only £283, you're not going to be getting high quality here, but the projector should... Read more…

Projectorcentral.com

The MS517 projector is very much in the running if you need a low-cost projector for a conference room or classroom, a brighter alternative to 500-lumen LED projectors for portable use, or an... Read more…

30 March 2013

The BenQ MS517 is a data projector geared to classrooms that provides solid image quality at low cost...

28 March 2013

The BenQ MS517, a budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality, and video quality suitable for short to mid-length clips...

10 April 2013

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on $60.76
Electricity cost when on standby $2.85
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Total running cost over 5 years $63.61
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.41 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 ms517, benq ms517h, benq p236485, benq ms517hd, benq 9hjfa77, benq 800x600, benq p236485p, benq ms517hdl, benq ms517hdlp, benq 9hjfa7714, benq 1920x1200, benq 9hjfa7714e
Barcodes 00168141610226, 00840046024949, 04718755035630, 04718755063572, 05053973962047, 08400460249490

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