BenQ MW519: A 1280x800 Projector
for Classrooms and Conference Rooms
April 9, 2013
Good data image quality. Aside from the obvious differences in resolution, the MW519's data image quality is similar to the MS517's quality, at least in terms of color and crispness. Most colors were vibrant and well saturated in my tests, except for yellow, which was a little mustard colored in all preset modes. Red and blue were also a little darker than they should be, but only in the brightest mode. Color balance was good, with suitably neutral grays at all levels from black to white in most presets, and only a hint of yellowish tinge in the brightest shades of the brightest mode.
The projector also did well with detail, with both black text on white and white text on black crisp and readable at sizes as small as 7 points. One issue for the MW519--which didn't show up with the MS517--was distracting pixel jitter and moire patterns with some images when using an analog connection. Many people will never see this issue, however, because it's most likely to show up in images that use patterned fills of dots or lines instead of solid blocks of color. If you tend to use images that cause the problem, you can still avoid it by using the projector's HDMI connection, assuming your computer offers a digital output.
Portable. At 4.4" x 11.9" x 8.7" (HWD) and just 5.1 pounds, the MW519 is small and light enough to store away easily when you're not using it or carry with you as a regular traveling companion. Unfortunately, BenQ doesn't include a carrying case, however, so you'll have to buy one separately.
Long lamp life. Lamp life for the MW519 is longer than typical, at a claimed 4,500 hours in full power mode and 6000 hours in Eco mode. Replacements are $199 direct, which isn't a notably low cost, but is lower than with many projectors.
Useful optical zoom.The MW519's 1.2x zoom is enough to give you some flexibility in how far you can put the projector from the screen for a given size image. It's also more than the MS517 offers, with its 1.1x zoom.