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BenQ MW523 WXGA 3000 Lumen 3D 10K Hour Lamp Life DLP Projector

by BenQ
4.6 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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  • Supports 3D Blu-ray via HDMI
  • Instant Restart
  • Connections: HDMI x1; D-Sub x2 (PC in, Monitor Out); S-Video; Composite Video; Audio In/Out; 2W Speakerx1; Control Terminals: (RS232/USB/IR Receiver)
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Technical Details

  • 3d-ready

Product Description

BenQ MW523 SmartEco 3D Projector
The perfect choice to deliver stunning images and lower total cost of ownership.
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The Best Value Projector for a Small to Medium Space

Featuring a WXGA resolution, a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a contrast ratio of 13000:1, and an unbelievable lamp life of up to 10,000 hours, the MW523 is the perfect projector choice for your everyday life. Whether it's in business, education, or at home, the MW523 delivers stunning images and lower total cost of ownership.

SmartEco Lamp Saving Technology

Incorporating BenQ's renowned SmartEco Lamp Saving Technology, the MW523 not only offers greater energy savings to you, but continues to deliver amazing picture quality through this innovative technology. The SmartEco mode is designed to use only the exact amount of lamp power a projector needs to deliver the best contrast performance. With this feature, schools get to provide students and teachers uncompromising projection quality and reduce the total cost of ownership by extending the lamp life and lowering power consumption.

SmartEco Lamp Care Mode

Within the SmartEco Lamp Saving Technology umbrella, Lamp Care mode takes your dollars further by offering an astonishing lamp life of up to 10,000 hours.

No Source Detected Feature

There will be times when a projector is turned on without a display source, such as a classroom PC or notebook. To avoid a projector from running with full lamp power, BenQ created the No Source Detected feature to lower the projector lamp brightness to 30% after the projector has remained unconnected to a display source for more than three minutes. When inactive, the MW523 keeps power consumption to a minimum of 0.5W standby power, further lowering your total cost of ownership.

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Specifications
  • Projection System: DLP
  • Native Resolution: WXGA (1280 x 800)
  • Brightness: 3000AL
  • Contrast Ratio: 13000:1
  • Display Color: 1.07 Billion Colors
  • Lens: F=2.55-3.06, f=21-25.6mm
  • Aspect Ratio: Native 16:10 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
  • Image Size (Diagonal): 39"-300"
  • Lamp Type: 190W
  • Speaker Type: 1 x 2 watts
  • Inputs: D-sub 15pin, RCA, S-Video, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, USB, RS232
  • Outputs: D-sub 15-pin, HDMI, 3.mm audio
3D Blu-ray Ready Projection

The MW523 is equipped with 3D Blu-ray ready projection technology to bring you the same amazing 3D effects you get in 3D movies. Offered for no added cost, the 3D feature on 3D Blu-ray ready BenQ projectors gives your audience an immersive real-life experience. Get ready to experience 3D like you've never seen it before.

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SVGA (800x600) Resolution
XGA (1024x768) Resolution
WXGA (1280x800) Resolution
13000:1 Contrast Ratio
SmartEco Technology
Up to 300" Image Size (Diagonal)
3000 ANSI Lumens
HDMI Input

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.7 x 11.9 x 4.4 inches
Item Weight 5.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 7.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00G2HX6OW
Item model number MW523
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,187 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Projectors > Video Projectors
#2,443 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Presentation Products
#19,674 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com October 21, 2013

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By Rodrigo on February 4, 2014
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This is my new projector since two weeks ago, and its wondrous to see movies and digital pictures on a projection screen of 80 (w) by 60 (h) inches (100" diagonal). I like this projector very much. Its projections are clear, defined, marvelous. Also it is so quiet.
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I got this to replace an older HP projector that only had a VGA input. I lucked out and found it available from Amazon Warehouse Deals for $343, which is an absolute steal! Make sure to click on the "used and new" link to see if there are deals for refurbished units, open boxes, etc. Mine came in MINT condition, and I saved over 50 bucks just because the packaging had a rip in it.

Anyway, I'm so happy I decided to upgrade to this unit. I mainly upgraded so I could just have an HDMI input, but got so much more. The video quality is awesome. On my 86" screen, the resolution is plenty. I don't see the need to spend twice as much for a 1080p model. There is no "screen door" effect like I had on my old projector. The colors seems well balanced, the brightness is high, and the contrast is sufficient.

The audio is what you would expect for a single speaker. If you are using this for a home theater, you should be hooking this up to a stereo or surround sound system. I can't imagine trying to watch a movie with just the built-in speaker. But for presentations it should be fine.

The user interface is a breath of fresh air! My old projector was a nightmare to setup and adjust. This one is well thought-out and intuitive. The remote is equally easy to use. It's very simple to change the aspect ratio, choose inputs, and make adjustments. The focus and zoom are done manually on the lens, and work great. The zoom is more than sufficient to adjust for varying screen sizes and distances. The ONE thing that annoys me, is there is no keystone adjustment for left-to-right; only up-and-down. It would really help with some installations to have that capability.

Overall I'm extremely happy and would absolutely recommend this to anyone.
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Excellent product. I have been using it for almost a year now, picture quality and projection aspect ration are commendable.
3D experience is a good feel. Audio output from BenQ when connected through HDMI from my laptop has little low volume with external sound system. I am not sure if it requires compatible audio speakers.
Otherwise the product is worth for your penny spent.
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I picked this up due to the price and options thinking I'd have an instant home theater for under 1/2 a Grand. Well, It wasn't bad but it wasn't great. This projector has a soft focus for movies, which means it always feels slightly fuzzed out. (I'm projecting to an elite 120" screen) Skin tones are overly green and there is no way to adjust color on this unit. The options are there but Benq locks you out of any adjustments. I also noticed that the brightness varies, depending on how long you've been watching it. This is probably a fine presentation projector, which is what its truly designed for but didn't work well for my purposes. I used it for a weekend and decided to return for the MW 1070.
The 1070 although has a lower lumens rating is brighter and so much sharper. Colors are cleaner and can be adjusted. The 3D is amazing. My only gripe with the 1070 is the throw ratio. For a 120" screen is shorter by about 2' on the long side of the zoom lens.) than the 523 and lines up on my couch rather than behind it as I prefer. (I cant ceiling mount due to a fan in the room. I've tried it on the coffee table but its distracting.) The search continues...
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I've owned several projectors, this one is by far the best I've owned. My first was an Epson... that was a good projector but was expensive to purchase and cost $400 per year in bulb cost.

The next three I had, were cheap Chinese made models. Much higher 'spec'... but the quality was so poor that they were all worse than the Epson.

This one has an excellent picture, even being lower spec than the cheap Chinese made one... the picture was FAR superior. It runs very near silent (the Chinese ones were very loud) and has a bulb that shouldn't take more than one $100 replacement during it's entire service life.

It's an excellent projector, I would buy it again in a heart beat... or buy the 1080p model.
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OK....so I'm not one to write a lot of reviews here in Amazon but felt I needed to write something positive for this great projector.

So, back around Christmas my old projector died- I immediately came to Amazon and bought a ViewSonic projector. It was the highest rated projector out there and I rely heavily on those ratings when making purchases. I had 2 issues- the first one was my fault in that I didn't do enough research because the screen size of the ViewSonic did not fit my screen- it was much smaller. The other issue was not my fault. It completely died. Yes- 2 months in the screen went black and red light came on the projector. The red light means return to dealer. Fortunately for me Amazon took it back.

In doing some research I determined BenQ would be my replacement- it was just a matter of which one. AS I said, I had a particular screen size I had to fit so I went to the BenQ web site and was able to put in some numbers to see that this projector would fit perfectly. It was delivered and just as I had hoped it fits perfectly. I think it's marketed as one of their "value" projectors but there is nothing cheap about this projector. Top notch picture and very quiet. Not a thing about it I would change.

If your looking for a good projector I highly recommend BenQ. If the size of the screen makes no difference this is a great model for a very reasonable price. If you need a specific size check out the BenQ web site to see what models fit your screen. My projector is about 14' back from the wall and projects about a 117" diagonal picture. Good stuff!

If your in the market- get it.. You won't be sorry you did!
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