BenQ MW855UST Review – For the Classroom

The BenQ MW855UST is an ultra-short-throw data projector that is primarily made for the classroom. It offers good brightness, a decent number of ports, and a satisfactory resolution. When placed close to a screen, it can display images of up to 100-inches (measured diagonally). The standard packaging includes a wall mount which makes it easy for those who would want to permanently install it above a screen. There is also a vertical lens shift which makes it straightforward to adjust the image height. Even though there are some of its rivals within its price class that can do better, BenQ’s offering is still worth a look.

BenQ MW855UST Review - For the Classroom

The BenQ MW855UST is Intended Primarily for Classroom Use

The BenQ MW855UST is a DLP-based projector that has a native resolution of WXGA, or 1,280 x 800. It throws images at an aspect ratio of 16:10 and has a brightness rating of 3,500-lumens, which is above average. It is large and heavy as it has dimensions of 7.9 x 13 x 11.3-inches and weighs 11-pounds.

This particular projector can be set up on a surface at the base of a screen, or on a table. It can also be attached above a screen with an included wall mount. The unit provides up to 8-degrees of vertical lens shift. This allows users to move the images up and down without moving the projector. This does provide some ease-of-use when it comes to placing the projector that will be relative to the screen.

Port selection is good as the BenQ MW855UST Ultra-Short-Throw Projector comes with two VGA-in ports, two HDMI ports, and one monitor-out port. There are also three RCA jacks for composite audio/video jack, one audio-in and audio-out jack, an Ethernet port (for controlling the device via LAN), and an S-video port. There is also a USB Type B port which is only used for firmware updates. A mini USB Type B port can be found for an optional PointWrite interactive module, and a USB Type A port for powering said module.

Data-images showed to have good quality, but not excellent, as it should be considering its price point and the fact that it is made for classroom or business presentations. The overall text quality was pretty decent as well. Text was easily readable down to 9 points of font size. Also, the color balance was pretty solid, but there were signs of red in some gray-toned backgrounds.

However, some data images showed that colors looked a bit dull, but this is uncommon with regards to DLP-based projectors. Also, when using a VGA connection, there will be some mild pixel jitter in many gray-scale images. When viewing videos, the rainbow effect becomes very apparent, which can become very distracting.

For classroom and business presentations, the BenQ MW855UST does perform well. It delivers bright, solid data image quality, and it does come with a wall mount. However, video performance is subpar because of the rainbow artifacts, and there are some of its rivals that can deliver better performance in throwing data images.


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