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BenQ MP512 ST

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of BenQ MP512 ST. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People really like the design and noise. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the size.

price, image quality, usability, noise, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the BenQ MP512 ST is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Hugo Jobling (

BenQ MP512 ST DLP Projector


Want the big screen experience, but without the big screen expense? BenQ has the answer.

should be a top priority for anyone thinking of buying the MP512 - or any projector for that matter. Even BenQ seems to agree, because neither the remote, nor the projector's top-mounted controls offer a volume function.

Feb, 2011

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BenQ MP512 ST review


If you own a Nintendo Wii, this could be the ideal projector with which to partner it.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Andrew Gould (

BenQ MP512 Projector


The MP512 is an affordable entry-level projector. Priced better than a LCD TV it���s great for entertainment, but its disappointing 800 x 600 maximum resolution means it can support HD video.

It offers low noise emissions and a 2500:1 ?�contrast ratio.

Its maximum resolution of 800 x 600 is a little disappointing and colours could have been better.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Lawrence Latif (

Benq MP512ST projector


Take your Wii to the next level

So the MP512ST is pretty much middle-of-the-road in everything. The only clanger is the resolution and those looking to purchase a projector with the intention of using it with a future high definition capable source will have to look elsewhere. That...

May, 2009

Expert review by (

BenQ MP512 ST


One look at the large fish-eye lens on the front panel of the BenQ MP512 ST projector and you know it is something special. Indeed, the ST in the product's official moniker might also give it away. It stands for "short throw," meaning you can park this...

Feb, 2009

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Benq MP512


Wow. I must agree with you "shiba", I've also been using the BenQ MP512 for my classrooms, but my school recently adopted the BenQ MP771, which I helped push for! You see, the MP512 was my own personal projector, I use it at home for movies, ocasional...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

Love the BenQ Projector


Recently opened up a restaurant and is planning to purchase 2 more of these projectors for the place.

Bright, and easy to set up. Looked around for a projector and you can't beat the price. This short throw Projector works great with my PS3, Laptop and Sling box. I love to watch Sports in this projector. Very light and can take it anywhere

Not a HD product athough it has an HDMI input. It still looks great

Jun, 2009

Consumer review (

You won't want to put it away!!


I usually entertain several people on a regular basis, the short throw allows us to move about the room without casting shadows on the screen. The large screen size allows us to sit wherever we want in the room and assures that we will all be able to...

The first thing you'll notice when you get this projector up and running, is just how much of a short throw distance this has. The first few times you use it you will probably overestimate the amount of distance needed to be able to fill your wall or...

Like all low resolution projectors, the "Screen door" effect is very noticeable since you will get a large image at such a small distance. This is something to expect from all low resolution projectors, however, it was a lot more noticeable than I...

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

Amazing projector!


For the price it can't be beat. Projecting a huge screen from such a short distance is amazing.

Great DVD quality picture. I have mine on a coffee table about 5 feet from the screen and have a 64" picture. Very quiet and has lots of picture adjustments. Has HDMI , s video and rca inputs.

It's 800 x 600 so you won't get the full hd effect. However it does take hd input (by way of HDMI) then scales it down to 800x600. The built in speakers are acceptable but not great (they can easily be turned off).

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

Small & Fun Projector


I recommend you match a projector with the quality of the rest of your home audio system. If you have $10,000 invested in your system already, by all means, match it with a real home theater projector. If you've got a simple box store surround audio...

The short throw and price of this projector are its selling points. At 6' from a wall I am getting an 8' image. Try getting a 96" TV of any type at this price point! I am using it for business and HTPC purposes

800x600 resolution isn't really high def, and large projections viewed close up show pixels accordingly. And while having high def would help, this phenomenon is largely a function of how close you sit to a screen vs. how big the screen is. Smaller...

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

The stylish MP512 ST is your ideal short-throw projector for both business and pleasure. Now, you can experience the amazing flexibility whether you're traveling back and forth between clients or kicking back at home playing video games. Thanks to the special aspherical lens adopted by BenQ, the MP short-throw projectors only require half the projection distance of traditional projectors! With its short-throw ratio lens precisely calculated and positioned, the MP projectors are able to deliver large-screen projection in tight spaces without jeopardizing picture quality. This is something other brands cannot do for you. The snow white MP512 ST is built to please your eyes. The full-bodied design of this desktop projector - the extraordinary posterior, the barrel shaped lens and the one-of-a-kind leaflet cooling vents - shows how the designers at BenQ's Lifestyle Center work towards integrating function and style, bringing total visual enjoyment to your everyday life.

Audio Output



Ceiling mountable: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Colour Support:24-bit (16.7 million colours)
Display Resolution Abbreviation:SVGA
Image Brightness:2200ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:2500:1
Max Image Size:7.62m / 762cm
Max Resolution:800 x 600
Max Screen Distance:5.5m
Min Image Size:0.7m / 70cm
Min Screen Distance:0.5m
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Recommended Use of Projector:Presentation and multimedia
Type:DLP Projector


Model:MP512 ST
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:BenQ


Bulb power:185 / 220
Service life of lamp:2000 / 3000
Service life of lamp (economic mode):3000 / 4000

Lens System

Focal length range (f-f):10 - 12.3 / 2.5 - 10 / 22
Throw ratio:0.9 - 1.08:1


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista


Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
RMS rated power:10 / 5


Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Aspect Ratio:4:3 / 4:3, 16:9
Audio input:1
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):255 x 214 x 90 / 255 x 90 x 214 / 90 x 214 x 255
Lens focal range:2.5 / F:2.6
Lens system:F:2.6, f=22mm / F= 2.6, f=22mm
Power requirements:100 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz / 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Resolution:1280 x 1024 / 1600 x 1200
Video compatibility mode:480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i

Packaging Content

Cables included:VGA
Handheld remote control: Yes


Horizontal scan range:31 - 82 / 31 - 92
Noise Level:31
Vertical scan range:48 - 85 / 48 - 86

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) out:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite Video In:1
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1 / 2


Power Consumption (Standby):1 / 5
Power consumption (typical):275 / 280


Contrast ratio (typical):2500:1
Number of Colours:16.78 million colours
Projection Technology:DLP
Projector brightness:2000 / 2200 / 2500
Projector native resolution:SVGA (800x600)
Screen size compatibility:27"/300" / 635 - 7620 / 698.5 - 7620
Zoom ratio:1.2:1 / 2.0:1

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:3000hour(s)


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM
HD-Ready: Yes

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / PAL / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:2.2 / 2.4