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BenQ’s Next-Generation MS517, MX518, and MW519 SmartEco™ Projectors Now Shipping in Canada

Available Exclusively at Staples, Units Offer High Brightness of 2800 ANSI Lumens, Improved Contrast Ratio of 13000:1, and Support for 3D Blu-Ray™ via HDMI® and NVIDIA® 3DTV Play™

TORONTO — Sept. 27, 2012 —BenQ Canada Corp. today announced that its next-generation MS517, MX518, and MW519 SmartEco™ projectors for small to medium-sized spaces are now available at 340 Staples outlets across Canada. Featuring increased brightness of 2800 ANSI lumens, an improved contrast ratio of 13000:1, and SVGA (MS517), XGA (MX518), and WXGA (MW519) resolutions, the new projectors combine stunning image quality with support for 3D Blu-ray™ via HDMI® and NVIDIA® 3DTV Play™ (MW519) for education, corporate, and home entertainment applications.

To maximize A/V enjoyment, the MS517, MX518, and MW519 provide unlimited 3D Blu-ray entertainment via HDMI, supporting 3D frame-sequential, frame-packing, top-and-bottom, and side-by-side formats. In addition, the MW519 boasts support for NVIDIA 3DTV Play. This allows users to connect their laptop or desktop equipped with NVIDIA 3D Vision™ to the projector and enjoy a big-screen entertainment experience. A new user-friendly I/O port design with port names clearly printed on the housing makes operating the units even easier, while larger 80-mm fans reduce unwanted noise.

The projectors’ SmartEco technology reduces power consumption by up to 70 percent — in “Eco Blank” mode or full black — and provides up to 6,500 hours of lamp life. In “SmartEco” mode, the MS517, MX518, and MW519 automatically adjust lamp power to maximize power savings by delivering the best contrast and brightness performance, using only as much light as needed. The “no source detected” mode automatically lowers brightness to 30 percent when no display has been detected for more than three minutes. With “Eco Blank” mode, users can blank screens when not in use to lower light source power consumption to only 30 percent.

“Business and entertainment projectors available at retail have traditionally lacked significant 3D functionality. Our new MS517, MX518, and MW519 address this feature gap with support for 3D Blu-ray via HDMI, allowing users to enjoy a rich 3D experience in any setting from the classroom to the living room,” said Mike Booker, Vice President of Sales at BenQ Canada Corp. “With support for NVIDIA 3DTV Play, the MW519 takes 3D to a whole new level, whether it’s watching 3D movies in full 1080p HD playback, converting standard PC games to 3D, or browsing 3D images on the big screen.”

The MS517, MX518, and MW519 feature a fast cooling time to minimize the risk of heat damage and if the projectors are accidentally switched off, an instant restart feature provides users with a 90-second period to turn them back on.

The projectors display subtitles without the need for an external closed-captioning device, making them perfect for language classes and watching movies. For educational instruction, the units’ teaching template function includes four different line pattern designs — letter formation, musical staff, worksheet, and coordinate chart — that allow teachers to write on a whiteboard easily without the need to draw lines.

Available exclusively at Staples, the BenQ MS517, MX518, and MW519 retail at $449.99 (CAD), $549.99 (CAD), and $649.99 (CAD), respectively. More information is available at www.BenQ.ca.

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About BenQ America Corp.

BenQ America Corp. is a leading innovator of digital lifestyle products, providing an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company offers a broad range of projectors and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, corporate, government, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, 3D-ready projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

The BenQ digital lifestyle stands as a cornerstone of the company’s mission of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this commitment that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP® projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.

More information is available at www.BenQ.ca.

About BenQ Corporation

BenQ Corporation is a renowned global trendsetter of connected digital lifestyle devices founded on the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.” With a keen insight into ever-evolving consumer preferences, BenQ uniquely creates the ideal balance of leading technology and signature design to provide visual and mobile solutions that elevate consumer lifestyles. BenQ continues to delight the world’s consumers with a broad product and embedded technology portfolio spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions.

About BenQ Group

The BenQ Group is a $21+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 120,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life.