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Benq MX522 Projector

13000:1 XGA (1024x768) 32dB Oct 2013
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Featuring a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13000:1 and a XGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly MX522 offers a stunning full-screen presentation with the... More
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12 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

Two experts from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com have rated this 13000:1 contrast ratio data projector on average 80 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 7 owner reviews the average owner rating of this data projector is 86 out of 100.

Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

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

Good Size

A number of people considered that the Benq MX522 was easy to carry around. Pcmag.com scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote on expert website PC Mag “It weighs just 5 pounds 2 ounces, making it easy to carry if you need to; it's bright enough, with a 3,000-lumen rating” in their review of this projector.

Supports 3D

Like most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the MX522, the Benq MX522 supports 3D.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other projectors which support 3D currently available including the Benq MX503 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age, the Benq MX522 has a built-in speaker(s).

It may also be worth considering one of the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the Benq MX503.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

This multimedia projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA), which is typical of many similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The Benq MX522 has a quite quiet noise level (only 32 decibels) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the MX522. 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX522 have noise levels of between 26dB and 40dB.

If you don't mind having a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Benq MX819ST ($609.99) (32dB).

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

The Benq MX522 has one of the longer service life of lamp (economic mode)s (10,000 hours) amongst data projectors of this age. The average service life of lamp (economic mode) of multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the MX522 is 6,100h.

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Quite Big Offset

The average offset of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the MX522 is 120%. The Benq MX522 has a fairly big offset (130 percent) 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 multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to it.

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Light

Across all the projectors of this age and spec the weights range from 1.3kg to 6.2kg. At only 2.3 kilograms, the Benq MX522 is fairly light compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD

Most projectors that have been available for a similar time to the MX522 do not support full HD. The Benq MX522 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also support full HD including the Optoma DH1011 ($806.62) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq MX522 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the MX522 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Very Small Bulb Power

The average bulb power of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago is 210W. At only 190 Watts, the Benq MX522 has a fairly small bulb power compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the MX522.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Comparable spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago have RMS rated powers of between 2W and 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 7.5W. With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Benq MX522 has one of the lower RMS rated powers amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq MX522

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Benq released the MX522.

Average Projector Brightness

The Benq MX522 has a relatively typical projector brightness (3,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the MX522.

We compared all the other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the Optoma DH1011 ($806.62) is also worth considering.

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XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution

This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768), which is the most commonly found projector native resolution on 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
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)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
AUX in
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Optical Disc Player Type
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD)
Preset Modes
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Timeshift
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included
Other Features
Built-In Touchpad

Expert Reviews

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IT Reviews.com

23 January 2014

The BenQ MX522 business projector offers a 3,000-lumen rating, XGA resolution, and a claimed 10,000-hour lamp life...

Bright, with a 3 000-lumen rating
Lamp rated at up to 10 000 hours
High-quality data image
Works with Blu-ray for 3D
Low-volume sound system
21 January 2014

The BenQ MX522 business projector is light enough to carry easily, at 5.1 pounds and offers a bright, high-quality data image at a native XGA (1024 by 768) resolution, plus watchable video and 3D...

User Reviews

(7)
Jairo would recommend the BenQ MX522

At first i used the component input for video playback. The quality was horrible dark scenes seem to blend together, the bright scenes looked ok. I could not adjust color. Tried adjusting... Read more…

Reviewed 28 December 2014 by Moody Daddy
Moody Daddy would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

Use this as a home theater projector to a 5' x 10' screen. Between screen/projector/mount I'm in for just around 420.00 and my kids think it's the greatest thing ever. Resolution is not the... Read more…

Reviewed 17 December 2014 by Vegma
(Verified Purchase)

This was my first projector, we purchased it instead of getting a TV. The light is very bright, such that we can easily watch a movie in daytime if we close the curtains. We place the projector 10... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2014 by Glafizya
Glafizya would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

This is perfect for mixing my video images into my live set as well as a lighting effect for video shoots. Great value for the price. Easy set up with Thunderbolt to HDMI cable on my MacBook Pro...

Reviewed 4 December 2014 by Ed
Ed would recommend the BenQ MX522 (Verified Purchase)

I bought to replace old proejector for my church and the image is clear and bright. I have encounted a weird problem though when i connect it to a vga source. It is a very picky about the... Read more…

Easily Viewed
Long Lasting
Lightweight
Durable
Bright Ambient Light Safe
Component Input
No Color Adj
Long Term Reliability
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Electricity cost when switched on $57.76
Electricity cost when on standby $2.77
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Total running cost over 5 years $60.53
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq mx522
Barcodes 00840046028732, 04718755050657, 05054484576075, 05054533882102, 08400460287324

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