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Benq MW523 Projector

$613.99
13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 32dB Oct 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date $63.22 Electricity cost over 5 years
Expert reviews are average
Difficult to use
Low-volume sound system
3 Reviews
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Reviews

Benq Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

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

Expert Reviews Are Average

Two experts from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com have rated this 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector on average 65%.


Design

Good Product Quality

Two customers who purchased it thought it was good quality. Pcmag.com mentioned “It offers a bright, high quality data image with a WXGA (1,280 by 800) native resolution” in their review of the Benq MW523 and scored the product 8 stars. Three years ago Lb 1 scored the product 7 stars and said “The picture quality is great! Very bright”.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq MW523 is ceiling mountable. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to this projector also are ceiling mountable.

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Difficult to Use

One owner who purchased the Benq MW523 considered that it was not easy to use the menus.


Good 3D Picture Quality

Two people reckoned that the Benq MW523 had a good 3D picture quality. Three years ago Lb 1 wrote “The 3d mode is amazing! Just plug your 3d blu ray player in”.

Works With Blu-Ray for 3D

One customer thought it was good for watching blu-ray discs. Pc Mag wrote “Works with Blu-ray for 3D” but they scored it 1 stars. One owner who reviewed it considered that it had good picture quality.

Low-Volume Sound System

One customer who purchased this projector concluded that it did not have good sound quality. Pc Mag mentioned in their Benq MW523 review on PC Mag “Low-volume sound system”.


Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the MS502, or the MX620 both from Benq or the Optoma W290.

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Projector

WXGA (1280x800) Resolution

The Benq MW523 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than the most common projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768). The best resolution of all 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as this multimedia projector is 1080p (1920x1080) and the worst is SVGA (800x600).

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Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Benq MW523 has a relatively typical projector brightness compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as this projector.

Alternative 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the ES556, or the DH1011 ($806.62) both from Optoma or the Benq MW817ST.

If you would prefer a brighter projector brightness then you might 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 also has a higher rating.

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Performance

Quite Quiet Noise Level

At only 32 decibels, the Benq MW523 has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to this multimedia projector. The average noise level of projectors of a similar spec and age to this projector is 33dB.

We compared all the other 32dB noise level data projectors to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the Optoma ES556, and the Benq TW519 is also worth considering.

If you would consider a projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Benq MX518 (32dB).

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Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Benq MW523 has an On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to this projector.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Benq MW523 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to this projector.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq MW523 does not support full HD. Most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for more than two years also do not support full HD.

We think you might also be interested in other projectors which also support full HD including the MS512, the MW665+, or the MX806 all from Benq which is also higher rated.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Benq MW523 does not have a DVI port, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec data projectors that were released around the same time as this projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector was released.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00087944331018, 00319763443017, 00840046028756, 04718755047527, 08400460287560

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