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Benq MW526 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 33dB Jul 2014
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Good User Reviews

Based on 13 user reviews this data projector has an average user rating of 88 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

A few Benq MW526 owners said in their reviews that it was good quality. Af said in their review of this projector on Amazon “Good image quality”. Ben gave it an excellent review score and he wrote “Fantastic quality, quite amazing specs”. Hannicka wrote on Amazon “Slightly lacking if you are after quality for gaming and movies.”.

Benq Projectors Have Good Reviews

On average Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all projectors built by Benq.

Easy to Use

One person who bought it concluded that it was easy to use. Last year Nyree Ellison Anjos mentioned on Amazon “Very nice and easy to use” in their review of the Benq MW526. One customer who purchased this projector concluded that it had a good experience. Af gave this projector a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “It makes it a much better experience than a TV” in their review.

Good Picture Quality

One person who bought it reckoned that it was good for playing games on. One Benq MW526 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it had good picture quality.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One person mentioned that it had a good 3D picture quality. Louis Allen wrote on Amazon “It upscales to HD well in my opinion and the 3-D its absolutely fantastic”.

Good Size

One Benq MW526 owner thought the product was tight.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Benq MW526 supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the MW526 which do not support Full HD projection.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a Full HD projection and we think the MW820ST, or the MX819ST ($589.99) both from Benq or the Acer X1373 is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Benq MW526 supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other similar spec projectors that were released around the same time as the MW526.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection currently available that you might want to consider including the Optoma DS330, or the Benq TW523 which has better reviews.

Alternative data projectors which also support 3D image projection that you might want to consider include the Optoma DX330.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Benq MW526 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in speaker.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think because of it's better review score, the Optoma DS330, and the Benq TW523 is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also have a built-in speaker including the Optoma DX330.

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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 of this age and type.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

Projectors of a similar spec and age to the MW526 have projector brightness of between 800 ANSI lumens and 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens. At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW526 has a fairly bright projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the MW526.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The Benq MW526 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This multimedia projector's resolution (WXGA (1280x800)) is in fact the best resolution amongst all data projectors of this age and spec.

Amongst comparable types of multimedia projector the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600).

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Supports Four Video Colour Modes

The number of video colour modes supported by the Benq MW526 is more than most 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years. This data projector supports a Dynamic video colour mode, which is the most commonly supported video colour mode supported by comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MW526. The video colour modes "Cinema", "Presentation" and "sRGB" are also supported by this multimedia projector.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MW526 the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 3,000h to 10,000h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 10,000 hours, the Benq MW526 has one of the longer service life of lamp in economic mode amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Fairly High Maximum Horizontal Synchronization

The lowest maximum horizontal synchronization of comparable spec data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW526 is 0.1kHz, the highest is 110kHz, and the average maximum horizontal synchronization is 95kHz. At 102 kilohertz, the Benq MW526 has a fairly high maximum horizontal synchronization compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the MW526.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on data projectors of this age and type.

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Very Narrow

With a width of only 283 millimeters, the Benq MW526 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MW526. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago the widths range from 260mm to 340mm, and the average width is 300mm.

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Very Light

At only 1.9 kilograms, the Benq MW526 is fairly light compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MW526 the weights range from 1.3kg to 5.4kg, and the average weight is 2.8kg.

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3 Reasons Against

Poor High Def TV

One Benq MW526 owner concluded that this projector was not good at displaying high definition TV. Dr. You mentioned “A pity that it is not HD” .

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MW526, the Benq MW526 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Small Offset

Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the MW526 the offsets range from 100% to 160%. When compared to other multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago, the offset of the Benq MW526 of only 100 percent is one of the smallest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Benq MW526

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Benq MW526 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the MW526.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 33dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available including the Benq MS502 which is cheaper; or the Benq TW523 which has better reviews.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Minimum Vertical Synchronization
Maximum Horizontal Synchronization
Maximum Vertical Synchronization
Minimum Horizontal Synchronization
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp
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
Video Colour Mode
Analog Signal Format System
3D Format
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
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
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Cable Included
Technical Details

User Reviews

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Reviewed 14 June 2015 by Dr. G. A. Trimble "Mad Mick"
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this for our church to replace an ageing one. Does the job just finw and can be used on bright summer evenings without the need to squint.

Reviewed 12 June 2015 by Mr. Gomez
Mr. Gomez would recommend the BenQ MW526 (Verified Purchase)

Very good Projector with hight quality...

Reviewed 10 May 2015 by Nyree Ellison Anjos
(Verified Purchase)

Very nice and easy to use.

Reviewed 8 April 2015 by Amazonian
(Verified Purchase)

Great product.

Reviewed 20 March 2015 by Hannicka
(Verified Purchase)

Downgraded to this from a HD gaming projector, and for the price it is a good product. It is perfect for business presentations or the class room, but slightly lacking if you are after quality for... Read more…

Reviewed 13 February 2015 by Louis Allen
(Verified Purchase)

Great quality projector for the price, Even runs well on sky , very good on ps3, It upscales to HD well in my opinion and the 3-D its absolutely fantastic and HD.

Reviewed 3 February 2015 by DR. YOU
(Verified Purchase)

It is really bright but a pity that it is not HD.

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by AF
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent projector. Good image quality. We use it to project films on to the wall and it makes it a much better experience than a TV.
Very pleased with with our recent acquisition.

Reviewed 30 December 2014 by Adam M.

To anyone thinking about buying this to watch films and / or game with, please note that the native resolution of the projector is 800x600 and as such any input content which is higher in... Read more…

Reviewed 26 December 2014 by Ben | 5 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

This is an absolute bargain if you want a 1080p (up-scaled from its native 800x600), 3D cinematic experience in your house and are on a tight budget. Fantastic quality, quite amazing specs and... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $63.15
Electricity cost when on standby $2.87
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Total running cost over 5 years $66.02
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.42 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 mw526e, benq mw526, benq mw526e, 9H.JD977.33E, benq 9hjd97733, benq 9hjd97733e, benq wxga16101280x8003200lm130001, benq wxga16101280x8003200lm130001z, benq wxga16101280x8003200lm130001zo, benq wxga16101280x8003200lm130001zoo, benq wxga16101280x8003200lm130001zoom
Barcodes 00471875505585, 04718755053337, 04718755055850, 04718755056390, 07426044693603

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