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Benq MX518 Projector

13000:1 XGA (1024x768) 32dB Feb 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
- Native XGA Resolution (1024x768)- 2800 ANSI Lumens; 13,000:1 Contrast Ratio- SmartEcoTM Power Saving Technology- Up to 6500 Hours Long Lamp Life- Instant Restart & HDMI- Various 3D Format for... More
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BenQ MX518 XGA Projector Review (HD)
BenQ MX518 2800 Lumen XGA DLP Smarteco Projector Quick Review

15 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and itproportal.com the average expert rating of this 13000:1 contrast ratio data projector is 70 out of 100.

Benq Projectors Have Good Reviews

13000:1 contrast ratio projectors produced by Benq have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all multimedia projectors (not just 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that Benq also has good ratings across its entire range.

Good Picture Quality

Three Benq MX518 reviewers who purchased it said that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

Three people said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Pcmag.com said on expert website PC Mag three years ago “With good brightness, easy portability, data image quality good enough for typical presentations”. Expert review site Itproportal.com rated the Benq MX518 70 out of 100 and said in their review of this projector “A data image quality suitable for typ”.

Robust

A few Benq MX518 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was well made.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Benq MX518 reviewer considered that this projector had a good 3D picture quality. Itproportal.com mentioned “They're 3D capable, with eco”.

Easy to Use

One person mentioned that the Benq MX518 was easy to handle. Expert review site Itproportal.com rated it 70 out of 100 and said in their review of the Benq MX518 “All three of the new budget BenQ data projectors are capable of handling the demands of a classroom, providing multiple connection choices, solid data image quality”.

Supports Full HD

The Benq MX518 supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the MX518 do not support full HD.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which support full HD to this data projector and we think the Epson EH-TW5100[plb_2591283_price], and the Acer S1283[plb_2575478_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the MX518, the Benq MX518 supports 3D.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative data projectors which support 3D currently available including because of it's better review score, the Epson EH-TW5100[plb_2591283_price], the Benq MX850[plb_2718425_price], or the Acer X123[plb_2717080_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MX518, the Benq MX518 has a built-in speaker(s).

There are a number of other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might also want to look at including the Benq MX850[plb_2718425_price], or the Acer S1283[plb_2575478_price] which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

This projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is the most frequently supported supported graphics resolutions on data projectors of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly Big Offset

The Benq MX518 has one of the bigger offsets (130 percent) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Across all the projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MX518 the offsets range from 100% to 160%, and the average offset is 120%.

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Two Audio (L,R) Ins

Most of the other projectors that came out more than two years ago only have one audio (L,R) in, however the Benq MX518 has two audio (L,R) ins.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

The average service life of lamp (economic mode) of projectors that were released around the same time as the MX518 is 6,100h, and the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 3,000h to 10,000h. At 6,500 hours, the Benq MX518 has a quite long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors of this type and age.

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2 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq MX518 does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the MX518 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level (economic Mode)

The average noise level (economic mode) of projectors that came out around the same time as the MX518 is 29dB, and the noise level (economic mode)s range from 26dB to 38dB. At 30 decibels, the Benq MX518 has a quite loud noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other data projectors that were released around the same time as the MX518.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Benq MX518

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this multimedia projector was released.

XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768), which is typical of many projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Average Noise Level

At 32 decibels, the Benq MX518 has a relatively typical noise level compared to most of the other data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the MX518.

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Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MX518 has a fairly average projector brightness (2,800 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MX518.

If this Benq projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to look at the X123[pl_2717080_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens), or the S1283[pl_2575478_price] (3,100 ANSI lumens) both from Acer which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
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)
Focus
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
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)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
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
Cables Included
Other Features
Aspect Ratio

Expert Reviews

(2)
17 May 2013

All three of the new budget BenQ data projectors are capable of handling the demands of a classroom, providing multiple connection choices, solid data image quality, and good enough video for...

Very portable
3D ready
Long lamp life and power saving features
Eco-friendly, with long lamp life and power-saving features
Some rainbow effect in video
Feeble audio
Lacks carrying case
15 May 2013

With good brightness, easy portability, data image quality good enough for typical presentations, the BenQ MX518 is a solid choice for a budget educational projector...

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Electricity cost when switched on $58.01
Electricity cost when on standby $2.72
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Total running cost over 5 years $60.73
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0.41T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.41 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
11
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 00071090269080, 00086000558956, 00100177421087, 00115971220088, 00163120591145, 00766150038507, 00840046025311, 04718755035746, 05053959180052, 05711045535031

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