Light­ing Up

BenQ MH680

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TExT // kEVIN BATES

With a score of pro­jec­tors out in the mar­ket, there is some­what of a co­nun­drum when find­ing a pro­jec­tor to suit the user's needs. Whether it's for the home, of­fice or a class­room, not many pro­jec­tors can meet the cri­te­ria to fit in all three en­vi­ron­ments. Some­times, it's just too much of a has­sle to main­tain the pro­jec­tor. This month, we are look­ing at the BenQ MH680 pro­jec­tor, and see how it fares in the three en­vi­ron­ments.

At a glance, the MH680's phys­i­cal de­sign is thought­fully ex­e­cuted, but the aes­thet­ics were the least of the man­u­fac­turer's con­cerns. With that said, the MH680 is de­signed to save power, project high res­o­lu­tion im­ages, while con­trol­ling the amount of light needed and be­ing user­friendly to use and main­tain. The fact that the most im­por­tant part of the pro­jec­tor, which is the lamp, can be eas­ily re­placed by the user them­selves is al­ready a point in the pro­jec­tor's fa­vor. Users can open the easy-ac­cess hatch and sim­ply (al­though it is rec­om­mended to do it slowly and care­fully) re­place the lamp with­out dis­turb­ing any of the other op­er­a­tions on the pro­jec­tor.

The MH680 has BenQ's SmartEco tech­nol­ogy built into the pro­jec­tor, de­signed to deliver un­com­pro­mised im­age qual­ity, while also sav­ing on power and lamp life. This in­clude fea­tures such as SmartEco mode (which is the de­fault mode) that gives op­ti­mal con­trast and bright­ness by us­ing the re­quired amount of light, and Blank Mode, which al­lows users to save 70 per­cent of the lamp's power when not in use, all while en­sur­ing Full HD 1080p res­o­lu­tion.

The MH680 sports a 3,000 ANSI Lu­men lamp, which has a lamp life of up to 4,000 hours on nor­mal set­ting, along with an in­creased life­span of up to 6,500 hours on SmartEco mode. With a con­trast ra­tio of 10,000:1, we found the pro­jected im­age to be highly vis­i­ble even in a brightly lit room. How­ever, it is still rec­om­mended to ad­just the set­tings to fit with the back­ground, should you be pro­ject­ing on a wall or a black­board. The pro­jec­tor also sports the lat­est DLPR tech­nol­ogy to sup­port 3D func­tion­al­ity, al­low­ing users to view Full HD 3D video con­tent from com­pat­i­ble Blu­ray Disc play­ers.

An­other ma­jor draw of the pro­jec­tor is the abil­ity to con­nect the MH680 to vir­tu­ally any de­vice via its as­sort­ment of ports and Wi-Fi sup­port. Users are also given the op­tion to forgo us­ing a PC or tablet, and rely in­stead on the built-in USB reader to play pre­sen­ta­tions or video con­tent di­rectly from the USB. The MH680 also comes with a built-in speaker for au­dio play­back, which al­lows the pro­jec­tor to serve as an au­dio sys­tem even on standby mode. Users can also eas­ily cus­tom­ize the pro­jec­tor's set­tings via menu op­tions to suit their needs. This in­cludes two mod­i­fi­able profiles for more ad­vanced menu set­tings.

Over­all, it's safe to say that the BenQ MH680 pro­jec­tor will fit in nicely with any of the three en­vi­ron­ments. While the over­all im­age qual­ity was pos­i­tively sharp, the pro­jec­tor gave its best when pro­ject­ing video con­tent.

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