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Benq TW523 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 32dB Mar 2014
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
The Best Value Choice for Small-Medium SpaceFeaturing a brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, a high contrast ratio of 13,000:1 and a WXGA resolution, the cost-effective and eco-friendly TW523 offers a... More
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Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Projector expert review site lite-magazin.de scored this 13000:1 contrast ratio projector 100%. That puts this data projector in the top 1% of all the data projectors of a similar spec and age.

Excellent Owner Reviews

People who bought this projector rated this projector 90 out of 100 on average.

Good High Def TV

A few customers concluded that this projector was good at displaying high definition TV. Dr. You wrote “It gives a really bright color(most HD gives no greater than 3000lm.”. Drew said in his review of this projector on Amazon “Having owned a full 1080p HD projector which packed in earlier in the year, I was a bit hesitant on going back to a 720p projector”. Two years ago J D. mentioned “Stunning clear 720p hd screen” in their review of the Benq TW523.

Good Picture Quality

Some Benq TW523 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had good picture quality. Bluepie scored it 4 stars and mentioned “Decent picture quality for a budget projector”. Dr. You said two years ago “The white seems a bit yellow.), so it is a little tricky to get a better vision without this function” . Three years ago M. Ohrstrom said on Amazon “Iplayer via the chromecast gives very impressive image quality”.

Some people who reviewed this projector reckoned that it had good colour saturation. Three years ago Bluepie mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “Good clarity and bright colours” and scored the product 4 stars. Jon mentioned on Amazon “Colours are great forget the rainbow effect I can't see what the other reviews are on about to my eyes” and gave this projector a score of 5 stars. Robert gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review on Amazon two years ago “So when I plugged this in I was immediately taken by how much clearer the image was and how vivid the colours appeared”.

One person who bought the product considered that it was good for watching movies. Alex mentioned on Amazon “Perfect for movies” in his review. One Benq TW523 owner who reviewed the Benq TW523 said that it had clear images. Three years ago Bill mentioned “I found the image clarity to be excellent” but even so he only gave the Benq TW523 a score of 3 stars.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

Several customers wrote that the Benq TW523 had a good 3D picture quality. Bill said “3d is simply stunning” . Christopher Atkinson said on Amazon “Stunning 3D”. Christopher Atkinson also mentioned “I must confess I was sceptical how good the 3D would be”.

Easy to Use

Ten Benq TW523 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Dr. You gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this projector on Amazon “Although most of the projectors are easy to setup, I like BenQ better comparing to Epson”. Geoffrey Bridge said in his Benq TW523 review “Easy to set up with HDMI or VGA”. Krussel wrote on Amazon “Easy to set up and the remote control lights up as well”.

A number of Benq TW523 owners agreed that this projector was easy to use. D. Hazlie said on Amazon “Excellent projector and easy to use” in their review of the Benq TW523. Two years ago Mikey 2008 said in their review of this projector “Easy control panel” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Mr B Cronshaw wrote “Good picture for the price easy to use” in his review.

One Benq TW523 owner who purchased the Benq TW523 concluded that it had a good experience. Dmitirjs wrote “We find it really enjoyable cinema-like experience with no overwhelming noises” in their review of this projector. One customer mentioned that it was easy to use the menus.

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Nice Design

Several customers who purchased this projector said that it was good looking. A. Kwabula mentioned “It also looks gorgeous in while” in their review of this projector and rated the Benq TW523 as excellent. Three years ago Bluepie said in their review “The remote has been upgraded and is pretty useful”. Cornwallnick gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon in the same month “Pretty good picture straight out of the box”.

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was rough. Dr. M. Clayton wrote in their review “It is not rugged for a lot of rough travel” . One customer said in their reviews that the product was smooth. Three years ago Mr Jamie M Robinson wrote on Amazon “Moving objects very smooth” but despite that he gave it a score of 2 stars.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers who purchased the product thought it was good quality. A. Kwabula scored this projector 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Amazing Picture Quality” in their review. A. Kwabula also said “The picture quality is amazing”. Anon wrote “Image quality is superb” in their review of the Benq TW523.

Good Connectivity

Four customers said in their reviews that this projector was good in terms of HDMI connections. Hafiz said in their review “For its price brilliant, you get very marginally better ones same price ( this has one HDMI) 3d viewing is stunning”. Jon rated the Benq TW523 5 stars and he said “Such a good deal on this offer! Great picture in hdmi at 100 inches, fan is much quieter than my Optoma I had” in his review of this projector. Kevin Condron mentioned on Amazon “Very easy to set up and added an android dongle to the HDMI which works great” in his review.

One customer said in their reviews that it was good in terms of USB connections.

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Benq Has Good Projector Reviews

Benq has good average reviews for its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire projector range.

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Good Sound Quality

Four Benq TW523 reviewers thought it had good sound quality. Cornwallnick scored it 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Bonus - surround sound turned up” in their review of this projector. Kevin Condron scored it very highly and he said on Amazon “External speaker for improved sound so dont notice any noise that comes from it.I have it setup in a small room”.

Good Technical Features

Some Benq TW523 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had good features. Two years ago Mr. P Le Page mentioned “Easy to setup and good features” in her review of this projector and gave the product a very good review.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it was quiet. Alex mentioned in his Benq TW523 review on Amazon “When the room is silent we can hear it.”. Dr. You scored the product very highly and mentioned “It is quite quiet to me”. J D. wrote on Amazon “The fan noise I would say is quiet” in their review of this projector.

One customer who bought it considered that it was noisy. Krussel said on Amazon “Perhaps the fan has a little more noise than I would really like” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Size

One Benq TW523 reviewer reckoned that it was lightweight. Dr. M. Clayton gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “It's easy to use, lightweight”.

Good Support

One Benq TW523 owner wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Morgon said three years ago “Again very pleased - help for new buyers in my review” in their Benq TW523 review and scored it very highly.

Supports 3D

The Benq TW523 supports 3D. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the TW523 also support 3D.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative multimedia projectors which support 3D currently available including the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000[plb_2168955_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other similar spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago, the Benq TW523 has a built-in speaker(s).

There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000[plb_2168955_price].

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Benq TW523 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this multimedia projector). The resolution of all 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the TW523 ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Benq TW523 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

This data projector's resolution (WXGA (1280x800)) is actually the best resolution across all comparable spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the TW523.

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is the worst resolution across similar types of data projector.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Benq TW523 is a three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity projector. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the TW523 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Two Audio (L,R) Ins

The Benq TW523 has more audio (L,R) ins than most of the multimedia projectors of this age and spec. Most of the multimedia projectors of this spec and age only have one audio (L,R) in, however this projector has two audio (L,R) ins.

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Quite High Horizontal Synchronization (max)

With a horizontal synchronization (max) of 102 kilohertz, the Benq TW523 has a fairly high horizontal synchronization (max) compared to most of the other data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the TW523. The lowest horizontal synchronization (max) of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the TW523 is 0.1kHz, the highest is 110kHz, and the average horizontal synchronization (max) is 93kHz.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness (economic Mode)

When compared to other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the TW523 that we have checked, the projector brightness (economic mode) of the Benq TW523 of 3,000 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest. The dimmest projector brightness (economic mode) of similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the TW523 is 2,000 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 3,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness (economic mode) is 2,500 ANSI lumens.

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Light

Multimedia projectors of this age and type have weights of between 1.3kg and 6.2kg. With a weight of only 2.3 kilograms, the Benq TW523 is one of the lighter 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the TW523 amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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5 Reasons Against

Not Robust

One Benq TW523 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Benq TW523 was not strong and durable.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq TW523 does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors of this age and type also do not support full HD.

There are a number of alternative projectors which also support full HD that you might also want to look at including the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000[plb_2168955_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Benq TW523 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The bulb powers of similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the TW523 range from 190W to 310W, and the average bulb power is 210W. At only 190 Watts, the Benq TW523 has a very small bulb power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the TW523.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The Benq TW523 has a very low RMS rated power (only 2 Watts) compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the TW523. Projectors of a similar age and spec to the TW523 have RMS rated powers of between 2W and 20W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Benq TW523

Released Over Two Years Ago

This projector was released over two years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

The Benq TW523 has a pretty average projector brightness (3,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the TW523.

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Average Noise Level

The Benq TW523 has a pretty standard noise level (32 decibels) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the TW523.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Vertical Synchronization (min)
Horizontal Synchronization (max)
Vertical Synchronization (max)
Horizontal Synchronization (min)
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
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
3D-Ready
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
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
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

(2)
7 January 2015

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1 August 2014

Der BenQ TW523P ist wie geschaffen für preisbewusste Heimkino-Einsteiger, die sich ein großes Kinobild zu Hause wünschen. Innerhalb von wenigen Minuten ist der Projektor auf die Leinwand...

User Reviews

(68)
(Verified Purchase)

I wanted to buy a new high end Samsung 55inch 3D TV but I didn't have

Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Steve Scott
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic picture quality!!! I have it projected at just over 100 inches and the picture is as good as 1080p!!! Mount it upside down if fitting this high up or the correct side up if mounting it... Read more…

Reviewed 22 June 2015 by Errol Williams
(Verified Purchase)

Wow Fantastic price.

Reviewed 3 June 2015 by Bea Frazer "Readaholic"
(Verified Purchase)

Great projector for the price.

Reviewed 2 June 2015 by Affinity Trust
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect!

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Electricity cost when switched on $58.11
Electricity cost when on standby $2.78
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Total running cost over 5 years $60.89
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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

Manufacturer Part Numbers benq p178662, benq p178662p
Barcodes 04718755049880, 04718755051531
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