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Benq MS616ST Projector

13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 32dB Jan 2013
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7 Reasons For

Good Brand

Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews on average and across all projectors Benq is one of the better rated brands.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Benq MS616ST reviewer said in their reviews that the product had a good 3D picture quality. It Reviews.com wrote “3D capable” in their review of the Benq MS616ST.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The MS616ST supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MS616ST.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including because of it's better review score, the ES500, or the MX522 ($560.13) both from Benq or the Optoma DS328.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MS616ST has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other projectors of this age and spec.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to look at including the MW851, or the MX620 both from Benq or the Optoma ES556 which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

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

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Benq MS616ST is a two USB 2.0 port multimedia projector.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors of this age and type.

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8 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this Benq multimedia projector is 60 out of 100. It seems that multimedia projector experts really don't rate this Benq data projector very highly.

Poor Product Quality

One Benq MS616ST owner thought the product was not good quality. It Reviews.com wrote “Unimpressive data and video quality”.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The MS616ST does not support Full HD projection, although keep in mind that most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago also do not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also support Full HD projection to this projector and we think the ES500, the MS504 ($308.99), or the MX505 all from Benq which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The MS616ST does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MS616ST also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 2,500 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS616ST has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released around the same time as the MS616ST. The dimmest projector brightness of similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago is 800 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 4,200 ANSI lumens.

We compared this projector to all the other 2,500 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq MX850UST is also worth considering.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to look at the DS325 ($382.27) (2,600 ANSI lumens), or the DX325 (2,600 ANSI lumens) both from Optoma or the Acer X112 (2,700 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Resolution

The MS616ST has a maximum native resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less native resolution than the most common native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This projector's native resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is actually the worst native resolution amongst all data projectors of this age and type.

Amongst comparable types of projector the best native resolution is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Only Two VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Benq MS616ST is a two VGA (D-Sub) port data projector.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

The average matrix size of multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the MS616ST is 0.57". With a matrix size of only 0.55 inches, the Benq MS616ST has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and type.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MS616ST

Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released over three years ago.

Average Noise Level

At 32 decibels, the Benq MS616ST has a pretty average noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 32dB noise level projectors currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the MX520 ($779.29), the MS517, or the MW663 all from Benq.

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SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the MS616ST is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
Preset Mode
HDCP
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Colour
Display
Built-In Display
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
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

(2)
21 June 2013

The BenQ MS616ST provides an ample selection of connectivity choices for a low-priced short-throw projector...

Short throw
Low price for a short-throw projector
Good port selection
Can run presentations from a USB thumb drive
3D capable
Unimpressive data and video quality
No carrying case
19 June 2013

The BenQ MS616ST provides an ample selection of ports for a low-priced short-throw projector, but stumbles a bit on both data and video image quality...

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Electricity cost when switched on $68.40
Electricity cost when on standby $2.86
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Total running cost over 5 years $71.26
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0.46T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.46 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
12
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ms616s, ms616st
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