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BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review – Summary

BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review – Summary: Summary, Pros, Cons

Summary

The BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector is intended primarily for business and educational applications.  Good color and contrast make this projector a great choice for small meeting and conference rooms, and smaller than traditional classroom settings.  I appreciate the ease of setup with the pre-installed test patterns and digital vertical keystone.  The Wall Color options are a neat feature, allowing for projection on different color walls, including blackboards, when a purpose built screen is not available.

The MW535A measured in at just above 70% of its brightness claim of 3,600 lumens.  With a price tag of right around $550, I think this is an excellent choice for your presentations in smaller venues even with moderate ambient light.

BenQ MW535A Inputs and Connections
BenQ MW535A Inputs and Connections

The BenQ MW535A has four color modes: Bright, sRGB, Cinema and Presentation.  There are three brightness modes:  Normal, Economic, and Smart ECO.  I really like how Normal and Smart ECO are equal in brightness, even though Smart ECO saves up to 70% lamp power.  There are also two customizable modes, User 1 and User 2, allowing custom setting of color levels, brightness and contrast to suit your specific needs.

Pros

  • $550 Street Price
  • WXGA (1280×800) Resolution
  • Lamp Life Claims of up to 15,000 Hours
  • Measures in at 2,541 Lumens – Bright Enough to combat moderate ambient light
  • 30” to 300” Diagonal Projection
  • Digital Zoom – Increases readability of small text and image details
  • Closed Captioning
  • 3D Capable
  • Blackboard Wall Color Mode

Cons

  • Loud fan – 32dB
  • The speaker is so quiet as to be all but unusable when watching movies, both streaming and BluRay
  • The Audio-Out also seems to drastically reduce the volume of the audio signal sent to external speakers

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