BenQ – MP771 projector review

excellent short-throw projector
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£836

It used to be the case that projectors weighed a ton, had to be placed in a room the size of a garage in order to have half a chance of achieving a decent focus, needed an asbestos mat to deal with the over-heating and required a good stock of bulbs because of the constant blow-outs whenever you turned the machine off and on.

That was light years ago compared to the modern, portable, lightweight models that are currently on the market. However, the degree of improvement has been so considerable that manufacturers are looking for new angles to make their model stand out from the crowd.

In the case of BenQ’s MP771, the main selling point is its impressive short-throw distance. Specifically designed for small rooms where you still want large-screen results, this high-brightness XGA projector (native resolution 1024 x 768) is able to project a 74-inch picture from just a metre away. Not only does this make it easy to pack more people into a restricted space but it also avoids unnecessary lamp glare into the presenter’s eyes.

The big enemy of clear presentations is bright room conditions, but the powerful 3,000-lumen lamp (which has an average use time of 4,000 hours) can overcome virtually any ambient light levels. In addition, the healthy 2,000:1 contrast ratio ensures that even the smallest print is well defined and the new UNISHAPE Lamp Lighting Technology varies the intensity of the lamp to provide a further 40 percent brightness boost when needed.

When it comes to accuracy of colour, BenQ’s BrilliantColor Technology is claimed to enable a greater than 50 percent brightness increase in mid-tone hues, while the 6-Segment Colour Wheel supposedly ensures the colours stay vibrant. If that wasn’t enough, you can use 3D colour management to fine-tune the six colours for hue, saturation and gain. Regardless of the specs, it certainly looked good to our eyes.

The MP771 is perhaps not as easily portable as some of its rivals, measuring 275 x 131 x 338mm and weighing 4.1kg, yet it has a stylish black exterior and an easy to operate top control panel which includes an on-screen FAQ in place of a printed manual. It’s quiet too (29dB in economic mode) and inputs include DVI-I, D-sub for Analogue and Component, S-Video, Composite and a stereo mini-jack (no HDMI, though, and only one 2W speaker), plus USB output.

If you don’t have a handy screen to work with, then there are five wall colours to choose from and the quick auto search facility takes seconds to recognise a source when connected. While you do get a detachable keypad, remote control and power cord supplied, surprisingly only a VGA cable is included for all those inputs.

Company: BenQ

Contact: 01442 301 000


Verdict
BenQ's MP771 stands above most of the competition thanks to its excellent short-throw capability which means that projections can take place in any size room with well above average clarity.