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Benq MW523 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 32dB Oct 2013
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Featuring a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a WXGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MW523 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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BenQ MW523 Review (sort of)
Projektor unboxing | Benq MW523 3D DLP

9 Reasons For

Benq Data Projectors Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Benq multimedia projectors and also specifically for Benq 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors and found that in both cases Benq had good ratings.

Good Product Quality

A few Benq MW523 owners said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Lb 1 said “The picture quality is great! Very bright” in their review of the Benq MW523 and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “It offers a bright, high quality data image with a WXGA (1,280 by 800) native resolution” in their Benq MW523 review.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good 3D picture quality. Lb 1 rated the Benq MW523 5 stars and wrote “The 3d mode is amazing! Just plug your 3d blu ray player in” in their review.

Good Picture Quality

One Benq MW523 owner who purchased it considered that it had good picture quality.

Supports 3D

Like most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the MW523, the Benq MW523 supports 3D.

Other projectors which support 3D currently available that you might want to consider include the ES500[pl_3258242_price], or the MS504[pl_2024728_price] both from Benq or the Optoma DX346[plb_2212801_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other projectors of this age and spec, the Benq MW523 has a built-in speaker(s).

We compared this data projector to all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the MX522[pl_2029720_price], and the MW817ST[pl_1414729_price] both from Benq which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

This projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1280 x 800|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is typical of many multimedia projectors of this spec and age.

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The Benq MW523 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

This projector's resolution (WXGA (1280x800)) is actually the best resolution amongst all multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the MW523.

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

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on projectors that were released around the same time as it.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

This projector has an average expert rating of 65 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Difficult to Use

One person who bought the Benq MW523 thought it was not easy to use the menus.

Does Not Support Full HD

Most 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago do not support full HD. The Benq MW523 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

We think you might also be interested in alternative multimedia projectors which also support full HD including the MS504[pl_2024728_price], or the MX505[pl_2024730_price] both from Benq or the Optoma DH1011[plb_1726991_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq MW523 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the MW523 also do not support wi-Fi.

Other multimedia projectors which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Benq MW817ST[plb_1414729_price].

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Very Small Bulb Power

Similar spec projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MW523 have bulb powers of between 190W and 310W. At only 190 Watts, the Benq MW523 has a quite small bulb power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Number of Colours

Data projectors of this age and type have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M. The Benq MW523 has a quite low number of colours (only 1.07 million) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Supports Two Video Colour Modess

The number of video colour modes supported by the Benq MW523 is more than most projectors that have been available for more than two years. This projector supports a Dynamic video colour modes, which is the most frequently supported video colour modes supported by 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the MW523. The video colour modes "Cinema" is also supported by this Benq multimedia projector.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The Benq MW523 has one of the lower RMS rated powers (only 2 Watts) amongst projectors of this age. The average RMS rated power of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW523 is 7.5W, and the RMS rated powers range from 2W to 20W.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level (economic Mode)

At 30 decibels, the Benq MW523 has a fairly loud noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the MW523. Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the MW523 the noise level (economic mode)s range from 26dB to 38dB, and the average noise level (economic mode) is 29dB.

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Only Two VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Benq MW523 is a two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity data projector. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the MW523 have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MW523

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW523 has a pretty average projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the MW523.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness multimedia projectors and we think because of it's better review score, the ES556[pl_1818226_price], and the DH1011[pl_1726991_price] both from Optoma or the Benq MW817ST[plb_1414729_price] is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a data projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the S1283[pl_2575478_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens), or the X133[pl_2780263_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens) both from Acer or the Benq MX600[plb_2024731_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens) which is also higher rated.

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 32 decibels, the Benq MW523 has a relatively standard noise level compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MW523.

We compared all the other 32dB noise level data projectors to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the TW519[pl_1552764_price], and the MX819ST[pl_1552200_price] both from Benq or the Optoma ES556[plb_1818226_price] is also worth considering.

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Video Colour Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Supported 3D Formats
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
PC in (D-Sub)
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
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
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
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
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included
Other Features
Audio Input
Audio Output

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

29 January 2014

The BenQ MW523 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, WXGA (1,280 by 800) resolution, a rated 10,000 hour lamp life, and 3D...

Bright
3 000-lumen rating
WXGA 1 280 by 800) resolution
Lamp rated at up to 10 000 hours
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low-volume sound system
27 January 2014

The BenQ MW523 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds, and it offers a bright, high quality data image with a WXGA (1,280 by 800) native resolution...

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 8 September 2014 by LB 1
(Verified Purchase)

I brought this projector a few months ago now so thought I would write a quick review.
The picture quality is great!! Very bright and clear, there are not many settings only brightness and... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $58.83
Electricity cost when on standby $2.82
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Total running cost over 5 years $61.65
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.4 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

Barcodes 00087944331018, 00319763443017, 00840046028756, 04718755047527, 08400460287560

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$ 744.00 $613.99
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One More VGA (D-Sub) Port
10% Bigger Lamp Power
$130 More Expensive
20% Shorter Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
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