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BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector

B&H # BEMX501 Mfr # MX501
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Product Highlights
  • 2700 Lumens
  • Long Lamp Life Up to 6000 Hours
  • DLP 3D Ready
  • XGA Native Resolution, 1024 x 768
  • Contrast Ratio 4000:1
  • Filter-Free Design
  • Virtually Color Decay Free
  • True-to-Life Color Performance
  • 2x Digital Zoom
  • Built-In 2W Speaker

The BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector is a comprehensive projector, flexible enough for most applications. It offers plenty of control, letting you easily navigate menu screens to change settings. To ensure you'll have smooth presentations and adaptability, the MX501 Multimedia Projector has integrated various display functions and multiple inputs. It's highlighted by XGA resolution, a brightness of 2700 ANSI lumens and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. Considering the MX501 has features that ensure high-quality picture performance in several conditions, it's hard to think of an application that would be out of its range.

The MX501 is also prepared for presentations and entertainment that require 3D technology. With 3D capabilities, it can project images in lifelike 3D and make your entertainment more exciting and your presentations more interactive. All you have to do is add the 3D glasses, content and video card along with the MX501.

BenQ has integrated several inputs, control terminals and audio jacks with the MX501. You can use the USB, S-video and component video inputs to satisfy all different scenarios. Network connection is achievable through the RS-232 terminal. The dual PC inputs give you the power to connect multiple computers to one projector, which is a plus for presentations. The more options you have, the more you'll get out of each presentation. The audio jacks facilitate mic input and audio output to an external source. There is also a 2W stereo speaker built into the projector which is loud enough for most presentations.

The projector integrates high-performance optical engine projection and a user-friendly design to deliver high reliability and ease of use.

Long Lamp Life
Enjoy a lamp life performance of up to 6000 hours - twice the lamp life expectancy of average projector lamps on the market. This certainly lowers the number of lamp changes and keeps all maintenance to a minimum
Reliable Picture Quality with True-to-Life Color Performance
BenQ projectors that use DLP technology are virtually immune to color decay - the yellow/green tint that some projector images develop over extended periods of usage. This is one technological advantage that you'll get to enjoy - year after year
Filter-Free Design
BenQ DLP projectors feature a filter-free design which could reduce the need for filter cleaning and filter replacement. This reduces the labor as well as the budget for filter maintenance and replacement
2700 ANSI Lumens
A 2700 ANSI lumens projection lamp ensures great viewing even in a location with low ambient light. The MX501 is ideal for a small-sized meeting room with under 25 people
Sharpen Up with High Contrast Ratios
The MX501 boasts a high contrast ratio with 4000:1. High contract ratios translate to razor-sharp detail definition and a broader range of subtle color differences, which makes text sharper, cleaner, and easier to read
Go 3D with DLP Link
MX501 is equipped with 3D 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-ready BenQ projectors gives your audience an immersive real-life experience. All you have to do is add the 3D glasses, content and video card along with the MX501
Keystone Adjustment
With up to ±40° keystone adjustment, a perfect square is all you'll see. So go ahead and say goodbye to misshaped images, graphics, and charts
Built-In Speaker
With a built-in 2W speaker for the MX501, not only do you get the vivid visual performance, you get the same audio satisfaction, too
Image Display
Projector Display System DLP DMD Technology by Texas Instruments
3D PC: 120Hz Frame Sequential 3D for Resolutions Up to WXGA
Native Resolution XGA (1024 x 768)
Number of Pixels 786,432
Lumens Brightness 2700 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio 4000:1
Colors 1.07 Billion Colors
Aspect Ratio Native 4:3 (5 Aspect Ratio Selectable)
Horizontal Frequency 31-90kHz
Scan Rate 48-120Hz
System NTSC, PAL, SECAM
HDTV Compatibility 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Picture Modes Dynamic/Presentation/sRGB/Cinema/User 1/User 2
Computer Compatibility VGA (640 x 480) to UXGA (1600 x 1200)
Lens System
Lens F=2.56-2.8, f=21-23.1mm
Throw Ratio 1.86-2.04 (52.5"@6.5')
Focus/Zoom Adjusting Manual Zoom, 1.10:1
Lens Offset 110% ± 5°
Recommended Projection Size 24-300" (609.6-7620mm)
Features
Keystone Correction 1D, Vertical ± 40°
Ceiling Mountable Yes
Rear Screen Projection Yes
Projection Tilt Option Yes
Built-in Speaker 2W
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs/Outputs Computer In (D-sub 15-pin) (Shared with Component) x 2
Monitor Out (D-sub 15-pin) x 1
Composite Video In (RCA) x 1
S-Video In (Mini DIN 4-pin) x 1
Audio In (Mini Jack) x 1
Audio Out (Mini Jack) x 1
Speaker 2W x 1
USB (Type Mini B) (Download & Page Up/Down) x 1
RS-232 (DB-9-pin) x 1
General
Lamp (Bulb) 220W, 4500/6000 Hours (Normal/Economic Mode)
Fan Noise 33/27 dBA (Normal/Economic Mode)
Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 297W, Standby <1W
OSD Languages English/French/German/Italian/Spanish/Russian/Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Swedish/Dutch/Turkish/Czech/Portuguese/Thai/Polish/Hungarian/Croatian/Romanian/Norwegian/Danish/Bulgarian/Finnish/Indonesian/Greek/Hindi/Arabic (28 Languages)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 11.3 x 3.9 x 9.1" (287 x 100 x 232mm)
Weight 5.5 lb. (2.5kg)
BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector
  • Remote Control w/ Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • User Manual CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • VGA (D-sub 15-pin) Cable
  • 1-Year Warranty; 180-Day or 500-Hour Lamp Warranty
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    BenQMX501 Multimedia Projector
     
    4.1

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Clear display (7)
    • Quiet (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Presentations (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Gearhead (3), Tech savvy (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (7), Business (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Bright, clear images

      I use this projector primarily as an occasoinal video projector - for big sports games, movie nights etc.

      Setup was a snap, and the picture is nice bright, very clear...Read complete review

      I use this projector primarily as an occasoinal video projector - for big sports games, movie nights etc.

      Setup was a snap, and the picture is nice bright, very clear and sharp. Colours are nicely saturated, without looking artificial, and there is good scope for customising the picture.

      About the only negative I can say is that the build quality seems a little "cheap" - the focus and zoom rings don't work particularly smoothly. Also the shiny piano-black top cover is excellent for gathering fingerprints and dust.

      Overall though I'm very happy with this projector - especially given it's price - and would recommend it.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great little projector

      Pros:
      * I just got this and have run a few movies on it. The picture quality is sharp.
      * 180-Day or 500-Hour Lamp Warranty - wish this was...Read complete review

      Pros:
      * I just got this and have run a few movies on it. The picture quality is sharp.
      * 180-Day or 500-Hour Lamp Warranty - wish this was better, but it's way better than a lot of the others, i.e. they're not willing to back their own product
      * Nice design
      * focus/zoom adjust is easy to use

      Annoyances:
      * Bulb seems to burn a little too hot for plastic, but not a problem so far.
      * No DVI or HDMI input - seems cheap not to have them
      * I have a throw distance of about 11' this produces a picture that's about 6' measured diagonally. When I reduce this distance in another room to 9' the picture becomes 5' diagonally
      * Replacement bulbs cost around $200, I really loathe the price of project "lightbulbs" but I guess this kind of rip-off is par for the course in projector world

      Reviewed by 10 customers

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      5.0

      Great projector

      By Joe Hart

      from Spring Valley, NY

      Verified Buyer
      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Display
      • Easy To Use
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

          I used this projector last night to show video off my camcorder.

          The image was so clear, I loved it very much.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great buy

          By Histotech

          from San Diego CA

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Display
          • Easy To Use
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Classroom
            • Instruction
            • Presentations

            Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

            This is another projector I bought for our group. The other projector was a HD one. For the price, this has as many features as my other projector, except the wide screen capability. We use the projectors for PPT presentations, and it was more than adequate. Did not even read the instructions or watch the DVD that came with it, just took it out of the box, and the set up was complete within minutes.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            Good Reliable Projector So Far

            By MD

            from BK, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Display
            • Easy To Use
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                This projector is quite good. I have it linked up to my xbox and laptop and use it for more than 6 hours atraight but it hasn't given me any trouble so far(almost 300 hundred hours). The only trouble i'm having is to hook up my xbox which is hdmi to the projector which is analog, it either doesn't accept an hd signal through component or the xbox doesnt transmit it that way. Ordered a hdmi to vga wire so will see if that works.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                good projector at a great price

                By shfitz

                from Brooklyn

                About Me Gearhead

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Display
                • Easy To Use
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                    I'm using this for video projection in a small dark space, and it's been great so far.

                    I've yet to dig deep into the settings, but there hasn't been much need yet. A little disappointed there's no dvi or HDMI connections, and the resolution leaves something to be desired, but overall I'm very pleased.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Better than the price!

                    By emlang

                    from Columbus, OH

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Display
                    • DLP
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Quiet
                    • Small Footprint

                    Cons

                    • Light Level

                    Best Uses

                    • Presentations
                    • Video Review

                    Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                    I bought this projector about a month ago and I must say, It is amazing! For the price it has outstanding contrast and color. The color reproduction is better than my plasma TV. It is not bright in a high light room but you can still see it. I use it for TV, Presentations, and Reviewing videos by my company.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    3.0

                    Great little projector

                    By actually

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Gearhead

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                          Pros:
                          * I just got this and have run a few movies on it. The picture quality is sharp.
                          * 180-Day or 500-Hour Lamp Warranty - wish this was better, but it's way better than a lot of the others, i.e. they're not willing to back their own product
                          * Nice design
                          * focus/zoom adjust is easy to use

                          Annoyances:
                          * Bulb seems to burn a little too hot for plastic, but not a problem so far.
                          * No DVI or HDMI input - seems cheap not to have them
                          * I have a throw distance of about 11' this produces a picture that's about 6' measured diagonally. When I reduce this distance in another room to 9' the picture becomes 5' diagonally
                          * Replacement bulbs cost around $200, I really loathe the price of project "lightbulbs" but I guess this kind of rip-off is par for the course in projector world

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

                          Share this review

                           
                          4.0

                          Projectors for everybody

                          By Luke

                          from Chattanooga, TN

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright
                          • DLP
                          • Fair resolution
                          • Good Value

                          Cons

                          • A bit plasticky
                          • No HDMI

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                            This is a great projector for the money. Very bright intro-level DLP with very few minor downsides for the average user. I use it mainly for movies and for tracing scanned images onto large surfaces. Haven't noticed any significant rainbow effect. The build quality and noise level are not the best, but perfectly acceptable for something in this price range. Performs well even with ambient light - good contrast, fair detail in the blacks. Decent menu-based control for plenty of fine tuning. Lots of lamp hours, does the job. Pretty happy with it overall.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            4.0

                            Great Product

                            By M

                            from Pa

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                                just getting started with this however Techs should let us know what other items are needed when purchasing. it's a bummer to have to run out and get other itmes once you try to get started.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Bright, clear images

                                By Shenanigans

                                from Australia

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Display
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy Construction

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                                  I use this projector primarily as an occasoinal video projector - for big sports games, movie nights etc.

                                  Setup was a snap, and the picture is nice bright, very clear and sharp. Colours are nicely saturated, without looking artificial, and there is good scope for customising the picture.

                                  About the only negative I can say is that the build quality seems a little "cheap" - the focus and zoom rings don't work particularly smoothly. Also the shiny piano-black top cover is excellent for gathering fingerprints and dust.

                                  Overall though I'm very happy with this projector - especially given it's price - and would recommend it.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

                                  Share this review

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Verry Good Value for Money

                                  By TechnoMate

                                  from Paphos, Cyprus

                                  About Me Gearhead

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Display
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Not many inputs

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Classroom
                                  • Instruction
                                  • Presentations

                                  Comments about BenQ MX501 Multimedia Projector:

                                  :) Very clear picture even in brightly lit room
                                  :) Easy Menu Navigation
                                  :) Long Lamp Life
                                  :) Excellent Value for Money
                                  :( If connecting many components at same time, will need a switch.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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