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Benq MS521 Projector

$450.00
13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 33dB Oct 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date $1,339.85 Electricity cost over 5 years
Reasonably priced
Poor expert reviews
Low volume sound system
5 Reviews
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Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

Users have rated this 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector on average 80%.

Good Brand

We checked 1,989 owner and expert reviews (including 66 verified purchases) for Benq projectors and found that on average Benq has good ratings. We also found that Benq has good ratings specifically within its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors range. 95% of those that bought a Benq data projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

This multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 45% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com. If all the projectors of this type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector is in the bottom 4%.


Design

Easy to Use

One owner who bought it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Jonah wrote “The functionality/ menus are great”.


Good 3D Picture Quality

Three people who bought this projector thought it had a good 3D picture quality. Expert website Itreviews.com rated the product 5 stars and mentioned “It also offers some advantages over the Epson EX3212, notably an optical zoom and full support for 3D with so”. Jonah wrote on Amazon “On the DVD/ Blu Ray/ 3D, JUST Great”.

Works With Blu-Ray for 3D

One customer reckoned that it was good for watching blu-ray discs. Pc Mag wrote three years ago “Works with Blu-ray for 3D” .

Low Volume Sound System

One person said in their reviews that the product did not have good sound quality. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this projector on PC Mag “Low volume sound system”.


Video

Supports Full HD

The Benq MS521 supports full HD. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec do not support full HD.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other multimedia projectors which support full HD and we think because of it's better review score, the MS512, and the MW665+ both from Benq is also worth considering.

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Benq MS521 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think because of it's better review score, the MS502, and the MX522 ($560.13) both from Benq or the Optoma W290 is also worth considering.

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Certificates

Energy Star Certified

The Benq MS521 is Energy Star certified, which is unusual. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago are not Energy Star certified.

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Performance

Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Benq MS521 has an On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to this projector.

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Average Noise Level

The Benq MS521 has a pretty average noise level (33 decibels) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this multimedia projector.

There are a number of alternative 33dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the MS502, the MW851UST ($1,175), or the MX620 all from Benq.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Benq MS521 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as this data projector.

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Lamps

Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

The Benq MS521 has a quite long service life of lamp (4,500 hours) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as this data projector. 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago have service life of lamps of between 2,500h and 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,600h.

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Very Small Bulb Power

Projectors that have been available for more than two years have bulb powers of between 190W and 310W, and the average bulb power is 210W. At only 190 Watts, the Benq MS521 has a quite small bulb power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this data projector.

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Projector

Only SVGA (800x600) Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq MS521 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than the most common projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This multimedia projector's resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is actually the worst resolution amongst all 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

The best resolution across comparable types of multimedia projector is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq MS521 has a pretty standard projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this data projector.

There are a number of other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors currently available that you might want to look at including the MX505, the MW817ST, or the MW820ST all from Benq which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the X133 (3,100 ANSI lumens), or the S1283 (3,100 ANSI lumens) both from Acer or the Benq MX600 (3,200 ANSI lumens) which is also higher rated.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Benq MS521 does not have a DVI port, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors of this type and age also do not have a DVI port.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this projector was released.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ms521p
Barcodes 00840046028695, 02515111301574, 03609740138577, 04718755050640, 05054230146996, 08400460286952

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