BenQ MH535FHD Home Theater Projector review: Easy to use projector
Instead of using a traditional television, my family and I threw everything on our walls with a projector.
- A high quality home theater projector should produce a clear image, be bright enough to view media in a well-lit room, and project onto a variety of surfaces.
- I like the BenQ MH535FHD 1080P DLP Home Theater Projector because it’s easy to adjust settings to match my living room and bright enough to still produce sharp, colorful images during the day.
- It’s affordable for a projector too (Currently $ 549 on Amazon) and is backed by a three-year parts and labor warranty and a one-year or 2,000 hour lamp warranty.
For the past five years my family has lived without a television. Before commending our self-control or judging our hipster lifestyle, know that we still watch a lot of movies, shows, and sports. We just use a home theater projector instead of an expensive and unattractive flat screen TV.
Projectors are an inexpensive way to use the screen, and your setup can be as simple or complex as you want. In the first few years of our projector life, we simply poured media onto a white wall. However, if your walls are textured, you can pick it up a projection screen for less than $ 60.
BenQ offers projectors at a variety of prices, whether you’re looking for a budget setup or an experience that reflects your local cinema. The company is based in Taiwan and manufactures projectors for home and business use. It recently sent me the new one MH535FHD 1080P DLP home theater projector. Below are my experiences with it.
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The BenQ MH535FHD Home Theater Projector (“the 535”) is about 13 inches wide, 9.5 inches deep and 4 inches high so it doesn’t take up much space. Depending on how you position the projector, you can get images up to 300 inches diagonally or 25 feet. It contains a helpful guide in determining the best placement for your projector based on your preferred screen size and viewing experience. It also comes with a power cord, VGA cable, warranty card and remote control with batteries.
The 535 is an update of BenQ’s popular MH530FHD (“the 530”) that originally launched in 2017. The main differences between the two models are that the 535 is brighter at 3600 lumens versus 3300 lumens, and in “SmartEco” mode the 535’s light source has a much longer lifespan (15,000 hours versus 10,000 hours). The 535 is also 3D compatible (though you’ll have to supply your own glasses) while the 530 isn’t, and the 535 will cost you about $ 115 more than the 530.
For more specifications, Read the data sheet for the MH535FHD.
The setup process
Currently Amazon offers Expert projector setup for $ 170.88, including ceiling mounting. However, you have to deliver the bracket for the price to seem too high. However, that criticism comes from a man who has all of the parts for a ceiling mount and hasn’t got around to installing it in months.
Instead, our projector is on shelves on the side wall of our living room. This basic setup took five minutes from opening the box to streaming YouTube videos from my phone. It’s easy to set up – you just wall-mount the projector and connect it to your media player. The only manual that comes with the 535 is a quick start guide that gets the job done but relies on Ikea-style images with no words. Luckily I found a more detailed instruction manual online.
I used a Chromecast, but there are several other ways to connect a media player to the projector: VGA cable (included), VGA to DVI-A cable, USB cable, HDMI cable, component video to VGA adapter cables, S-video cables, and video cables.
This BenQ projector allows me to make tiny adjustments so that the image matches the unique layout and specifications of my living room.
What distinguishes the projector?
Although it took five minutes to get everything hooked up and running, fine-tuning the image on my screen was an additional 10. Fortunately, the 535’s intuitive controls made this effortless, making every little change easy to make.
My screen was pretty square to start with, so I set the aspect ratio to 4: 3 to be more rectangular. There are also 16: 9, 16:10, auto and real options. If the picture is If you touch the screen at a strange angle, you can adjust the keystone using the keystone buttons on the remote control. “Keystoning” is when the picture is further distorted above or below.
After the keystone was locked in place, the image was still a little jumbled, so I adjusted the zoom ring, which is right next to the projection lens, to fit my screen better. While holding the projector at the angle I wanted it to be, I unscrewed the legs and then locked the focus so the image quality was finally crystal clear.
At this point everything was up to my standards, but for fun I went to the menu to make the slightest adjustments. There are tons of ways to get the picture just right for your space. For example, if you are projecting onto a wall, you can correct the color of the wall. The pre-calibrated colors are blackboard, blue, light green, pink, and light yellow. You can also adjust brightness, contrast, hue, sharpness, color temperature and more. The user manual contains some useful tips.
If a projector is to be your primary media consumption tool, it has to work well in ambient light, and the 535 does an excellent job in that department. There are also four picture modes to help you get the most out of your surroundings. The “Bright” and “Presentation” modes are designed for use in well-lit areas, while the “sRGB” and “Cinema” modes are designed to really pop the colors. You can also save up to two custom settings.
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Cons to consider
The 535’s speakers are awful. The volume is only up to 32 decibels and the sound is empty and thin. In relative terms, I don’t know of any projectors with good speakers. I think BenQ is betting on you to use the projector as part of a fancy home theater setup with a custom surround sound speaker system. I hooked up a speaker with an aux cable and it worked fine so it wasn’t a big deal to me, but it can be for people who don’t have external speakers.
The final result
Overall, I am very impressed with the BenQ MH535FHD home theater projector. The image quality is good enough for my nearsighted eyes to clearly see captions and other details from more than 15 feet away. Despite the large windows surrounding my living room, I can still see shows on bright sunny days. Plus, it’s easy to customize the screen area to suit the unique characteristics of a room. If you are looking for an affordable projector to replace your TV, I highly recommend the BenQ MH535FHD.
Benefits: Affordable by projector standards, the 3,600 lumen lamp is bright enough for well-lit rooms. Up to 300 inches picture size, three year guarantee, adapts to the unique room layout
Disadvantage: S.Peaker is quiet and has a terrible sound quality. Not supplied with the instruction manual