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Benq MW526 Projector

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

On average, based on 13 owner reviews this Benq projector has an overall owner rating of 88%.

Good Product Quality

Several Benq MW526 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Two years ago Af rated the product as very good and mentioned on Amazon “Good image quality”. Three years ago Ben mentioned on Amazon “Fantastic quality, quite amazing specs” in his review of the Benq MW526. Hannicka wrote on Amazon “Slightly lacking if you are after quality for gaming and movies.”.

Benq Projectors Have Good Reviews

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

Easy to Use

One customer who bought the product concluded that it had a good experience. Af mentioned “It makes it a much better experience than a TV”. One Benq MW526 owner mentioned that it was easy to use. Two years ago Nyree Ellison Anjos wrote “Very nice and easy to use” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Good Picture Quality

One customer reckoned that this projector had good picture quality. One Benq MW526 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was good for playing games on.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Benq MW526 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Benq MW526 had a good 3D picture quality. Louis Allen said “It upscales to HD well in my opinion and the 3-D its absolutely fantastic” in his review of the Benq MW526.

Good Size

One Benq MW526 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it was tight.

Supports 3D

The Benq MW526 supports 3D. Most of the other data projectors of this spec and age also support 3D.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative projectors which support 3D currently available including because of it's better review score, the Benq MX768[plb_2298923_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MW526, the Benq MW526 has a built-in speaker(s).

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the Benq MX768[plb_2298923_price] which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Benq MW526 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the MW526. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector.

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) supported graphics resolutions is in fact the best supported resolution amongst all similar spec data projectors that were released around the same time as the MW526.

Amongst comparable types of multimedia projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found projector native resolution on projectors of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Two Audio (L,R) Ins

The Benq MW526 has more audio (L,R) ins than most of the data projectors of this spec and age. This projector is a two audio (L,R) in multimedia projector compared to most of the multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MW526 which only have one audio (L,R) in.

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Quite Big Offset

At 125 percent, the Benq MW526 has a fairly big offset compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than a year ago. The smallest offset of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released one year ago is 100%, the biggest is 130%, and the average offset is 120%.

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Very Low Power Consumption (economy Mode)

The Benq MW526 has a quite low power consumption (economy mode) (only 212 Watts) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the MW526. The lowest power consumption (economy mode) of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released one year ago is 190W and the highest is 340W.

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Very Light

Data projectors that are a similar age to the MW526 have weights of between 1.8kg and 5.5kg, and the average weight is 3kg. At only 2.3 kilograms, the Benq MW526 is fairly light compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to the MW526.

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4 Reasons Against

Poor High Def TV

One person who bought this projector said that it was not good at displaying high definition TV. Dr. You said on Amazon “A pity that it is not HD” in their Benq MW526 review yet they still gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq MW526 does not support full HD. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW526 also do not support full HD.

Alternative projectors which also support full HD that you might also want to look at include the Benq MX768[plb_2298923_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MW526 do not support wi-Fi. The Benq MW526 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors with a wi-Fi and we think the Ricoh PJ WX4241N[plb_3011581_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Benq MW526 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the MW526. The average RMS rated power of projectors that are a comparable age to the MW526 is 8.3W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MW526

Released Over Two Years Ago

This 13000:1 contrast ratio data projector has been on the market for over two years.

Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MW526 has a pretty standard projector brightness (3,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than a year ago.

If this 13000:1 contrast ratio data projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might want to look at the Ricoh PJ WX4241N[plb_3011581_price] (3,300 ANSI lumens).

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Benq MW526 has a fairly average noise level compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MW526.

Multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth considering include the TW526[pl_2549392_price] (33dB), or the MX525[pl_2415515_price] (33dB) both from Benq.

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Zoom Ratio
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
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
Analog Signal Format System
Supported 3D Formats
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
PC in (D-Sub)
DC-In Jack
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
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)
Preset Modes
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

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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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 benq mw526, benq mw526a, benq mw526e, benq p236490, benq p236492, benq p236492p, benq p236490p, benq 9hjch7713, benq 9hjd97733, benq 9hjd97733e, benq 9hjch7713e, 9hjd97733e mw526, 9hjd97733e mw526e
Barcodes 00471875505585, 04718755053337, 04718755055850, 04718755056390

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