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BenQ SL705S Micro DLP projector review: BenQ SL705S Micro DLP projector

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MSRP: $2,095.00

The Good Small and light; long, three-year warranty; bundles international power cables.

The Bad Brightness and contrast fall far short of specs; mediocre image quality; pricey; limited height adjustability; flimsy carrying case.

The Bottom Line The BenQ SL705S may travel lightly, but it offers disappointing performance for the price.

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7.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 5
  • Support 8

Review summary

BenQ (pronounced Ben-Q) is Acer's consumer-oriented brand for a variety of retail products, from digital cameras to plasma TVs to scanners to--in this case--projectors. The BenQ SL705S is an admirably small &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwebopedia%2Ecom%2FTERM%2FD%2FDLP%2Ehtml" target="_blank">DLP projector that comes with extras that you won't find in other budget SVGA projectors. For example, you'll get a pair of tiny remote controls, some international power cables, and an excellent warranty. Unfortunately, the SL705S's image quality is mediocre, and it's one of the most expensive budget-priced SVGA projectors we've reviewed.

Measuring 8.6 by 6.9 by 2.1 inches (W, D, H) and weighing 3.8 pounds, the BenQ SL705S is one of the smallest and lightest SVGA projectors available. Packed into the included (and cheap-feeling) nylon case with its basic cables, the SL705S travels at just 4.9 pounds.

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The BenQ is one of the smallest and lightest projectors we tested.
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The control panel's big, round menu button manages keystone correction and the projector's feature menu.

The BenQ SL705S's rectangular magnesium case is dominated by the large lens barrel on top. The SL705S's front leg tilts the projector slightly, and both back legs adjust for extra height as well as balance. All of the SL705S's ports and connections are on the back. The built-in speaker is squeaky and not particularly loud.

Three buttons on the top of the projector control power, auto-adjustment of the image, and source selection. The fourth button controls keystone (image-distortion) correction and the projector's feature menu. The menu icons for brightness, contrast, and other functions are strange and unintuitive, but the functions themselves work fine. You can toggle the aspect ratios between 4:3 (computer or TV screen) and 16:9 (DVD movies), but unlike with other projectors, you can't switch ratios using the remote.

The projector includes ports for VGA (which doubles for component video with an adapter), S-Video, composite video, and audio. All are well marked, and they work fine.

The SL705S has cables galore. In addition to audio, VGA, S-Video and component video, the SL705S ships with a handy three-prong AC plug converter, as well as 110V, 220V, and 240V international power cords. Unfortunately, the cables weigh nearly one pound each, and they don't all fit into the carrying case.

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Sure, you'll get plenty of connectors, but each cable weighs nearly a pound.
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The tiny remote control works well, but it lacks a laser pointer.

The BenQ SL705S accepts video signals at resolutions from 640x350 to 1,280x1,024. Many of the emulated resolutions (that is, higher than native) have a hazy, distorted look--a common trade-off.

The SL705S has good projection capabilities. It can produce images as large as 25 feet in diagonal width. It displayed our standard, one-meter-diagonal test image while sitting a reasonable 6.4 feet away from the screen. The 1.2X optical zoom works well. The digital zoom lets you enlarge any of the screen's details, but image quality will suffer.

The SL705S includes a tiny, wafer-thin remote control with front and back infrared windows for communicating with the projector. It mimics the projector's control panel and adds imaging and audio functions, such as digital zoom and mute. It lacks a laser pointer, however. BenQ also provides Atek's tiny RemoteTote control, which usually sells for $80, for advancing pages in PowerPoint or a Web browser. The RemoteTote includes a laser pointer and communicates via an IR module that attaches to your computer's USB port. Both remotes are excellent, but we'd rather have it all in one device.

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