Posted on June 14, 2011 Art Feierman
Check out our review of the award-winning BenQ MP780ST interactive projector.
The BenQ MP776ST is the more expensive counterpart of the BenQ MP780ST projector. This comparison is to help you decide if the BenQ MP776ST is a better fit for your presentation needs than the MP780ST, which we recently reviewed in-depth.
The MP776ST is a DLP interactive projector very much like its sibling except for a few key differences. The BenQ MP776ST (MRSP $2499) is an XGA (1024×768) projector, whereas the MP780ST (MSRP $2099), which earned this year’s Best in Classroom Interactive Award, is widescreen WXGA resolution (1280×800). Therefore, the MP776ST has a 4:3 aspect ratio, while the MP780ST has 16:10. The MP776ST is significantly brighter than the MP780ST, boasting 3500 lumens compared to its sibling’s 2500. However, the MP776ST has a lower contrast ratio, 2400:1 versus the other’s 3000:1, and the MP776ST does not offer the USB input for presentations that the MP780ST does.
A plus, the MP776ST is also lighter than the MP780ST by almost a pound, but that comes at the expense of smaller speakers. The MP776ST is equipped with two 5W speakers, which is more than enough to meet your presentation needs under most circumstances. But if you’re looking to use sound in very large room with a bigger audience, the heavier MP780ST is more endowed with two 10W speakers that can handle virtually any environment.
The MP776ST’s lamp does cost more than its dimmer sibling ($269 versus $179), but that is because the MP776ST’s lamp gives more lumen output and therefore can handle more ambient light in your classroom, conference room or training room. But if you’re concerned about the price of upkeep, the difference is not huge – especially since both projectors come with a coveted 3-year parts and labor warranty to ensure your cost of maintenance is low.
The photos below were taken using the BenQ MP776ST’s sibling, the MP780ST. With that noted, the images from the MP776ST projector should look fairly similar to the one we reviewed, except that they’d be brighter but with a little less contrast.
Above, the MP780ST projector in Cinema mode. The MP776ST is 1000 lumens brighter, so picture this color accuracy, but brighter!
Above, the MP780ST in 1600×1200 resolution, which is the MP776ST projector’s maximum resolution.
The MP776ST is similar to its award-winning sibling in many ways. Both are short throw projectors to minimize shadows on the screen during your presentations, both use DLP link technology, and, perhaps most exciting, both are 3D ready! The MP776ST and its sibling both have network monitoring, control and presentation capabilities, but neither have wireless networking. They both have lamp lives of 3000 hours, and 4000 hours in eco-mode.
But what makes the MP776ST a good buy compared to its Best in Classroom sibling? If you don’t need widescreen resolution, the MP776ST will suit you just fine. For a couple hundred more bucks (not enough to really break the bank), you get an extra 1000 lumens to handle environments that may be polluted by ambient light and that makes the MP776ST capable of filling larger screens. As it is intended for use in conference rooms and classrooms, the MP776ST boasts a laser pointer on the remote, a built-in presentation countdown timer, and a full-featured input panel including HDMI, s-video, component, and composite inputs. The MP776ST is also a bit more portable, weighing almost a pound less, with a total of 10W in speakers that are more than satisfactory for most presentation environments.
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