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It's Back...BenQ DLP Projector £199.99

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8y, 7m agoFound 8 years, 7 months ago
This was on a while back and a few people missed it, but now its back!!...

The spec isn't going to blow you away but it's still a decent piece of kit for a first home cinema setup...

Premium Branded DLP Projector

Native SVGA (800 x 600) resolution

2100 ANSI lumens

Contrast Ratio: 2000:1

16.7 Million Colours

2000 / 3000 Hours Lamp Life

Projection Position: Front/Rear, Table/Ceiling

3D colour management in this premium branded projector means you can adjust red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow independently for hue, saturation and value

Wall Colour Correction: This amazing feature makes it easy to get excellent picture quality with accurate colour rendition even projecting onto a wall or other surface by automatically compensating for its colour

Presentation Timer: An on-screen timer helps users run presentations with professional ease, while keeping the audience's attention focused on what's onscreen and not their watches
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#1
With no scart connection and only 800*600 resolution "not" really suitable for a home cinema
#2
I have a £700 projector (well it was a year ago) and it doesn't have a scart connection...I don't think you would honestly use it if it did...

I'll maintain that this is perfectly viable for a first home cinema setup...
#3
You dont get scarts on projectors these days.

800x600 is more than dvd resolution (I think).
#4
cokeman123
You dont get scarts on projectors these days.

800x600 is more than dvd resolution (I think).


Will it is sort of but its 4:3 format.

Which is pants.
#5
Voted hot, scart can be converted from over connections (easy) format and resolution doesn't really matter as it VERY cheap, wouth it.
#6
Of course the resolution matters.

You will get black bars top and bottom playing any DVD other than a full screen one. And playing a 2.35:1 aspect ratio DVD will give you less than 50% of the screen actually displaying video. Other than that could will zoom in, which at that resolution and at that size will not be good.

If this was 16:9 format it would be fine, but 4:3 is really bad for DVD etc.
#7
what model is this? it doesent state it? thanks
#8
Model: MP511 +


At the bottom of the description:
"In The Box - MP511+ Projector • User's Manual CD • Quick Start Guide • Remote Control • Battery for R/C • VGA Cable • Power Cord"
#9
It says in the spec:


Resolution (Maximum)
SXGA ( 1280 x 1024 dpi)

Resolution (Native)
SVGA ( 800 x 600 dpi)

Picture format
4:3 (Native) • 16:9 HD Compatible


So, I'm sure it will play DVD's at the required resolution if it says it does 16:9? Ok, it's not native but it at least does it.
#10
makeshiftam
It says in the spec:


Resolution (Maximum)
SXGA ( 1280 x 1024 dpi)

Resolution (Native)
SVGA ( 800 x 600 dpi)

Picture format
4:3 (Native) • 16:9 HD Compatible


So, I'm sure it will play DVD's at the required resolution if it says it does 16:9? Ok, it's not native but it at least does it.


Off course it can play it.

Theres only one way of putting a 2.35:1 widescreen DVD onto a 4:3 source and thats by putting huge stonking black bars top and bottom. Exactly the same as it does on your old 4:3 portable CRT.
#11
Broadsword;1958408
Off course it can play it.

Theres only one way of putting a 2.35:1 widescreen DVD onto a 4:3 source and thats by putting huge stonking black bars top and bottom. Exactly the same as it does on your old 4:3 portable CRT.

I quite like black bars, neater than wall and carpet.
#12
#13
Could this one be better? http://www.oyyy.co.uk/product.php?xProd=60047
It costs £25 more...

http://www.oyyy.co.uk/shopimages/products/normal/OPTPR045.jpg
#14
Broadsword
You will get black bars top and bottom playing any DVD other than a full screen one

Black bars ?!

It's a projector - it can't produce black !

16:9 content works perfectly, because the "black bars" are transparent - you just see the 16:9 picture on your screen. It's the same width as 4:3 content, but obviously it has less height.

DVDs on this will look just fine.

Don't worry about the lack of SCART - it's got Component inputs instead.
#15
I bought this several months ago when it was £230 odd. I think its a great machine, very quite indeed (this was important as its in the living room).

While I don't use it for movies as I have a 42" LCD, (mostly Wii and Xbox game when mate are around) the pic quality was fine for them esp with the SVideo input. Connecting up a PC also gives a very clear picture even at the non native 1280 x 1024.

There may be better machines out there but at this price its a steal.
#16
If you can spend £429.99 then go for Optoma HD65
It is 720p HD projector and at this price it is amazing! I am very happy with purchase although Dixons customer service is sh%^t!
#17
Nom
Black bars ?!

It's a projector - it can't produce black !

16:9 content works perfectly, because the "black bars" are transparent - you just see the 16:9 picture on your screen. It's the same width as 4:3 content, but obviously it has less height.

DVDs on this will look just fine.

Don't worry about the lack of SCART - it's got Component inputs instead.


Yes but it eats into the resolution. The 800*600 native resolution of the projector will result in half of that resolving the black bars.

The effective resolution of the viewable area on this 4:3 projector of a 2.35:1 film will be 800 * 340. The other 260 lines will be black, or blank if you like. If it was a 16:9 projector with a resolution of say 1067*600 then it would be 1067*454 which would have only 146 lines of blackness.

And a WS projector will have no black bars if its a 1.85:1 film or game, whereas this will.

I'm not saying it isn't watchable, but its certainly not better than a PAL DVD resolution due to the fact that its 4:3 and its not the WOW experience that a projector should be. If you want it for films and games then try spending a little more and getting a WS one.
#18
The resolution is quite low compared to today's projectors that's why this is so cheap. I wouldn't recommend it for home cinema unless it is HD Ready, but if you don't have a HD Source then this is good. It's also ideal for work presentations.
#19
valentins
If you can spend £429.99 then go for Optoma HD65
It is 720p HD projector and at this price it is amazing! I am very happy with purchase although Dixons customer service is sh%^t!


Heh - Just bought one (the HD65 that is). I've had a BenQ projector for the last few years, and I gotta say it's been great.

As a few people have mentioned, you DON'T need (and in fact can't actually get as far as I know?) scart on a home projector. Getting a huge scart cable run to a projector mounting site would not only be ugly, it would be quite difficult, and bloody expensive if you went for decent quality scart leads!

The main thing to look at when buying any projector is the cost of the new Lamps. I don't know about this one, but my BenQ (a PB6110) costs around 180-200 quid to 're-lamp', and to me that's just a rip off. I've paid £429 for the new Optoma HD65, which is not only HD (720p, 1080i), but also only costs around £90 for a replacement lamp.

My BenQ is actually working fine still, it's just the lamp that has gone, but for the cost of the lamp, I'm halfway to a better, higher-spec, and cheaper running unit.

With the BenQ units, you get UP TO 3000 hours in economy mode, but bear in mind this is an estimate, as lamps can go before this (as has mine, after 2300 hours in economy mode).

As for resolution, unless you are worried about HD, then 800x600 is perfectly adequate for most people. it's done me fine for the last few years, and for this price, I wouldn't sniff at it!

Basically, if you can afford a HD unit (like the Optoma at £429) then go for it, else go for this one - it's unlikely you'll be disappointed at this price point.

Cheers.
#20
As a budget offering this will be perfectly acceptable.

My own projector, which is generally lower spec, produces a fantastic picture at 800x600. Great for xbox, ps3 and Wii.

And produces a very acceptable picture when shone out of my patio door onto my neighbour's white house (I have to wait until they're out before playing halo and GOW .with a 25 ft screen. Pretty decent quality though!)
#21
I have a BenQ projector that is now about 4 years old. Great piece of kit with worst spec than this. Great for films and games probably the best piece of entertainment equipment I have ever purchased and the screen goes to 100” with no picture lose.
#22
its a 205 quid (inc del) projector!

You could spend more than double but not all of us can thus hot hot hot. Doubt any1 would be disappointed with its short comings at this price.
#23
A bit off post but could someone please explain to me;
I recently listed a SE mobile that had been listed on HUKD before but had expired as out of stock.
I got a fair amount of flack for not unexpiring the previous thread and listing again and very quickly, a mod I presume, deleted my listing.
The same thing seems to have happened here but seems all OK. Why was my listing any different?
Could someone please explain to a new user.
Thanks :)
#24
good for a wii if youve got a big wall with a shelt on top for the wii sensor..
#25
marktuck
A bit off post but could someone please explain to me;
I recently listed a SE mobile that had been listed on HUKD before but had expired as out of stock.
I got a fair amount of flack for not unexpiring the previous thread and listing again and very quickly, a mod I presume, deleted my listing.
The same thing seems to have happened here but seems all OK. Why was my listing any different?
Could someone please explain to a new user.
Thanks :)


As a new user (or rather an infrequent poster of deals...someone always beats me to it!! lol), i didn't know you could unexpire deals.

What I did though was look at that thread and saw that it was a different model of projector to this one...OK, that one was a 510 and this is a 511, probably no difference whatsoever, but in case there was any technical spec difference, its probably best on a new thread inadvertently or not...

as for the flack...I love this place but I've come to learn that there's a fair few cynics on here that will shout down every deal thats posted...don't worry about it mate, leave them to whinge... :)

HTH
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marktuck
A bit off post but could someone please explain to me;
I recently listed a SE mobile that had been listed on HUKD before but had expired as out of stock.
I got a fair amount of flack for not unexpiring the previous thread and listing again and very quickly, a mod I presume, deleted my listing.
The same thing seems to have happened here but seems all OK. Why was my listing any different?
Could someone please explain to a new user.
Thanks :)


Unfortunately that is the way it goes on this website. Also if a mod posts something thats already been posted, then thats ok, but if your quite new and have the rudeness to post a thread that has already been posted, or even a new lower price, then it will probably be deleted or at the very least voted cold cold cold. Either that or people will be rude to you.
It is a great site, but some of the people are awful. Sometimes you post a deal, and it's barely received, then someone posts it a week later, and it's a mod, and it's hot hot hot. Just try to ignore it.
#27
Most DVD players and home cinema systems have composite video outputs these days. If not, you can get converters from SCART to composite or SVHS leads for around £1. Check the cost and life of a new bulb though, it could cost you more than the cost of the projector.
#28
Jonnym;1961408
As a new user (or rather an infrequent poster of deals...someone always beats me to it!! lol), i didn't know you could unexpire deals.

What I did though was look at that thread and saw that it was a different model of projector to this one...OK, that one was a 510 and this is a 511, probably no difference whatsoever, but in case there was any technical spec difference, its probably best on a new thread inadvertently or not...

as for the flack...I love this place but I've come to learn that there's a fair few cynics on here that will shout down every deal thats posted...don't worry about it mate, leave them to whinge... :)

HTH


savagevixen;1961422
Unfortunately that is the way it goes on this website. Also if a mod posts something thats already been posted, then thats ok, but if your quite new and have the rudeness to post a thread that has already been posted, or even a new lower price, then it will probably be deleted or at the very least voted cold cold cold. Either that or people will be rude to you.
It is a great site, but some of the people are awful. Sometimes you post a deal, and it's barely received, then someone posts it a week later, and it's a mod, and it's hot hot hot. Just try to ignore it.

Nice to know I wasn't doing anything wrong :thumbsup:
#29
BenQ = good pjs, most def. It may only be 4:3 but it's a good price and a good way to dip into projectors, especially checking to see if it works in your room and if you are prone to the DLP rainbow effect. I had a Hitachi 800x600 and liked it so much I now have a £1800 Sharp HD one.

For £200 you can even just keep it for the footy when people come round or run older consoles on. The Optoma one looks good too.

Voted hot!
#30
Broadsword
Yes but it eats into the resolution. The 800*600 native resolution of the projector will result in half of that resolving the black bars.

The effective resolution of the viewable area on this 4:3 projector of a 2.35:1 film will be 800 * 340. The other 260 lines will be black, or blank if you like. If it was a 16:9 projector with a resolution of say 1067*600 then it would be 1067*454 which would have only 146 lines of blackness.

And a WS projector will have no black bars if its a 1.85:1 film or game, whereas this will.

I'm not saying it isn't watchable, but its certainly not better than a PAL DVD resolution due to the fact that its 4:3 and its not the WOW experience that a projector should be. If you want it for films and games then try spending a little more and getting a WS one.


Nom
Black bars ?!

It's a projector - it can't produce black !

16:9 content works perfectly, because the "black bars" are transparent - you just see the 16:9 picture on your screen. It's the same width as 4:3 content, but obviously it has less height.

DVDs on this will look just fine.

Don't worry about the lack of SCART - it's got Component inputs instead.


I'm probably being blonde, but if a projector can't do black, what does something like deep space look like in a sci-fi film, or a black car on a white background?
#31
Janeyjugs
I'm probably being blonde, but if a projector can't do black, what does something like deep space look like in a sci-fi film, or a black car on a white background?


It looks the same as the background that it is projected on.

So imagine a white wall in the daylight, it looks white right? Now turn the lights out and it looks black yes? So the black is the abscence of light. Which is why you need the lights very low or preferably off to make the best of one.
#32
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#33
there was a HD projector for £100 more not so long ago, I would have rather bought that than his. Voted cold.
#34
valentins
If you can spend £429.99 then go for Optoma HD65
It is 720p HD projector and at this price it is amazing! I am very happy with purchase although Dixons customer service is sh%^t!


BEST response so far!!! - if your careful with your money then don't buy this PJ - get the cheapest HD projector you can - the Optoma HD65 is the best entry level PJ.

4:3 will just upset your viewing....sure some people say you can use letterbox mode to emulate 16:9 but it isnt the same - you can still get backlight where the black bars should be.

I'm actually been there and done it, I bought a 4:3 projector, same price range as this - and its just not worth it, colours are not up to scratch and the image can be blurry.

So now I got myself a Sanyo Z5 HD projector ..... wow, the difference is incredible,. granted it was £600, but the image is just.....untouchable - and it is true 16:9!

If anyone is interested and on a tight budget, honestly just save up and buy the HD65!

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