BenQ MP721c review

BenQ takes its first steps into the budget projector market

If you're after an entry-level projector, we can recommend the MP721c

TechRadar Verdict

If you can put its boxy design out of your mind, this is a great-value model from BenQ


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    Great bulb life of 3,000 hours

    High contrast ratio

    Excellent value for money


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    Boxy design

    Minimal set-up options

    Average colour saturation

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Unlike many others in the peripherals field, BenQ takes its budget products as seriously as its high-end ones, with individual technologies filtering through its ranges based on need rather than money-saving tactics. This is noticeable in its monitor range, and now here, in its first budget projector.

Unfortunately, BenQ's design department hasn't exactly nailed the MP721c, which does look boxy and unrefined next to other projectors of this ilk.

Considering this is a budget machine - you can pay less, but not without compromising on brightness - you get an impressive 1024 x 768 native resolution, and an equally impressive brightness rating of 2,200 ANSI lumens, with 2000:1 contrast. The serious limitation is that the interpolated resolution won't go above 1280 x 1024. Video is supported up to 1080i, with an optional VGA adaptor accepting component video.

The MP721c is bigger and slightly heavier than many other business models, but not by much. The button panel ergonomics are good, with solid click action and intuitive menus, although the built-in sound effect option is useless unless you enjoy scaring people. The credit-card-sized remote includes a handy keystone setting, but is otherwise rather minimal.

Display modes include a solid range of options, with the usual whiteboard/blackboard/theatre modes, with sRGB for a more neutral colour space. Subjective video performance is great for the price, with deep blacks and crisp whites. Colour saturation lets the side down a little, but it's at least as good as anything else at this price.

Annoyingly, the optional Wi-Fi plug-in module is Windows only. This is a shame, as the ability to pipe video without lengthy and cumbersome cables would have been a superb boon, and at £250 it's one of the best value wireless packages available.

The MP721c is great for the money and offers great results in a sticky-fingered case. It's just a shame about the Wi-Fi. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.