What are the best replacement projectors for popular Hitachi & Maxell models used in the classroom?

  • 2021-03-25
A helpful guide for IT managers and administrators who need to find a replacement for legacy Hitachi and Maxell projectors

According to Futuresource, schools have purchased over 200,000 Hitachi and Maxell projectors in classrooms throughout the United States over the last decade.  If you are looking for an alternative or replacement of an existing Maxell or Hitachi model that is no longer available, this is a helpful guide to enable you to have a highly reliable projector from the world’s largest education projector manufacturer using the latest DLP technology.  To make it easy to find your model, we will look at the popular Hitachi and Maxell models for these applications – and what are the differences and benefits you will find with the equivalent models:

  • Ceiling mounted classroom lamp projectors

  • Ultra-Short Throw and Interactive projectors

  • Ceiling mounted classroom laser projectors

  • High Brightness Auditorium and Theater projectors

Ceiling mounted classroom lamp projectors

Hitachi and Maxell had many fans of their XGA and WXGA classroom ceiling-mounted projectors, such as the Maxell MC-EX3551.  BenQ has several lamp-based models with similar lenses that can re-use the existing Maxell mount – and offer unique features for your classroom.  So what makes the BenQ models ideal for replacing a legacy Hitachi or Maxell lamp-based projector?

Eliminate filter cleaning

To keep lamps from overheating, the filters on the Hitachi and Maxell models needed to be cleaned.  The BenQ projectors don’t need any filters – eliminating the hassle of climbing ladders and keeping clean filters available.

Won’t turn yellow after a few years

Because BenQ uses Texas Instruments DLP technology, the projector image won’t turn yellow or look muddy after a few years.   This is the same technology used in Digital Cinemas – and now is affordable as a replacement projector for the classroom.

Longer lamp life

BenQ engineers created a SmartEco lamp mode that can make the lamp last up to 15,000 hours(? Hours) by raising and lowering light output based on the image – which is thousands of more hours than the lamps used on most Maxell or Hitachi models.

Find your replacement projector

Here are the details on brightness, resolution, and throw ratios that can help you narrow down the best replacement projector for your Maxell or Hitachi projector.

 

Maxell MC-EX3551

Maxell MC-EW3551

Maxell MC-EW4051

BenQ MX707

BenQ MW707

BenQ MX731

BenQ MW732

 

Light Source

Maxell MC-EX3551

Lamp

Maxell MC-EW3551

Lamp

Maxell MC-EW4051

Lamp

BenQ MX707

Lamp

BenQ MW707

Lamp

BenQ MX731

Lamp

BenQ MW732

Lamp

 

Brightness

Maxell MC-EX3551

3,700 

Maxell MC-EW3551

3,800 

Maxell MC-EW4051

4,000 

BenQ MX707

3,500 

BenQ MW707

3,500 

BenQ MX731

4,000 

BenQ MW732

4,000 

 

Resolution

Maxell MC-EX3551

XGA

Maxell MC-EW3551

WXGA

Maxell MC-EW4051

WXGA

BenQ MX707

XGA

BenQ MW707

WXGA

BenQ MX731

XGA

BenQ MW732

WXGA

 

Throw Ratio

Maxell MC-EX3551

1.5-1.8

Maxell MC-EW3551

1.5-1.8

Maxell MC-EW4051

1.5-1.8

BenQ MX707

1.51-1.97

BenQ MW707

1.21-1.57

BenQ MX731

1.51-1.97

BenQ MW732

1.21-1.57

Ultra Short Throw Wall Mounted Projectors

If you are using a projector with a Smart or Promethean whiteboard, you are probably looking at a wall-mounted projector that will be mounted above your interactive whiteboard to enable the teacher to write on the board without creating a shadow.  BenQ has two models that are popular replacements for the Maxell MP-AW3001 and similar models.  Here is what is different:

Wall Mount is included with the projector

BenQ makes a tool-free projector mount for classrooms that enable teachers to easily tune and adjust the projector just by turning a knob on the front of the mount if it gets misaligned or bumped.

IP5X Certified Sealed Laser Engine

While both the BenQ and the Maxell MP series use high-powered lasers, the BenQ replacement is truly maintenance-free by featuring a completely sealed laser engine that is tested and certified for dust contamination using the rigorous IP5X dust test.  Not only does this eliminate the eight-step filter cleaning process required on the Maxell – but it also ensures dust stays out of critical components for the life of the projector.

Filter Cleaning

Figure 1- Filter cleaning procedure on the Maxell MP-AW4001/MP-AW3001/MP-AX300

Higher Resolution Option

Both Maxell models display around 960,000 pixels on the whiteboard, but BenQ offers classrooms the ability to put twice as many pixels on the screen for only a small incremental cost.  With 4000 lumens and 1080p resolution, you can have over 2 million pixels – enabling equations and smaller text to be easier to read by students in the back of the room.

Find your replacement projector

Here are the details on brightness, resolution, and throw ratios that can help you narrow down the best replacement projector for your Maxell or Hitachi projector.

 

Maxell MP-AW3001

Maxell MP-TW4011

BenQ LW890UST

BenQ LH890UST

 

Light Source

Maxell MP-AW3001

Laser

Maxell MP-TW4011

Laser

BenQ LW890UST

Laser

BenQ LH890UST

Laser

 

Brightness

Maxell MP-AW3001

3,300 

Maxell MP-TW4011

4,200 

BenQ LW890UST

4,000 

BenQ LH890UST

4,000 

 

Resolution

Maxell MP-AW3001

WXGA

Maxell MP-TW4011

WXGA

BenQ LW890UST

WXGA

BenQ LH890UST

1080p

 

Throw Ratio

Maxell MP-AW3001

0.3

Maxell MP-TW4011

0.3

BenQ LW890UST

0.24

BenQ LH890UST

0.23

 

Wall Mount

Maxell MP-AW3001

Sold separately 

Maxell MP-TW4011

Sold separately  

BenQ LW890UST

Included

BenQ LH890UST

Included

A Centralized Management System is included at no cost

The BenQ projectors come with DMS software that not only enables you to manage the BenQ replacement projectors over the network for automated on/off and other tasks – but the system can also control your legacy Hitachi and Maxell models as well.  And doesn’t have any initial or recurring licensing fees.

Classroom laser projectors

Many schools are avoiding the cost of replacement lamps by using the latest laser projector technology.  Many schools such as Spring ISD are replacing their older lamp projectors with long-lasting laser projectors that offer higher brightness as well.  So besides the IP5X sealed laser engine that eliminates filter cleaning, what else will you get if you replace a Maxell laser projector with a BenQ model?

4000 lumens with stunning color accuracy

The latest laser engines from BenQ deliver unmatched color accuracy at high brightness levels.  These projectors generate over 90% color accuracy against the standard Rec. 709 color standard and are still rated at 4000 lumens for brightness.  BenQ is the only brand that provides color accuracy specifications for classroom laser projectors.

More resolution options

BenQ offers lasers in both XGA, WXGA, 1080p, and WUXGA to enable you either match the screen you have – or upgrade to the resolution you want.

No risk of yellowing or fuzzy pictures

Laser projectors that use three different LCD chips have to be perfectly matched to avoid convergence errors.  By contrast, the single-chip design of the BenQ projector ensures the image stays sharp over time.  And BenQ projectors also are immune to the yellowing effect that can happen on non-DLP projectors – and commonly used by high-powered laser cinema projectors.

Comparison Table

To help you find the right replacement for your Maxell classroom laser projector, here is a helpful table to compare brightness, lenses, and resolution for a replacement projector.

 

MP-JW3501

MP-JW4001

MP-JU4001

LX720

LW720

LH720

LH710

 

Light Source

MP-JW3501

Laser

MP-JW4001

Laser

MP-JU4001

Laser

LX720

Laser

LW720

Laser

LH720

Laser

LH710

Laser

 

Brightness

MP-JW3501

                        3,500 

MP-JW4001

                        4,000 

MP-JU4001

                        4,000 

LX720

                4,000 

LW720

                4,000 

LH720

                4,000 

LH710

                4,000 

 

Resolution

MP-JW3501

WXGA

MP-JW4001

WXGA

MP-JU4001

WUXGA

LX720

XGA

LW720

WXGA

LH720

1080p

LH710

1080p

 

Throw Ratio

MP-JW3501

1.5-1.8

MP-JW4001

1.5-1.8

MP-JU4001

1.3-2.1

LX720

1.82-2.81

LW720

1.45-2.24

LH720

1.38-2.13

LH710

1.13-1.46

High Brightness laser projectors

The brighter the projector – the shorter the lamp life on traditional projectors.  For example, the Maxell MC-WX8265 introduced in 2019 only had a rated lamp of 2000 hours, and replacement lamps that cost as much as $300.  That’s why 75% of high brightness projectors sold in 2020 use lasers.   While Maxell only recently introduced their first high brightness laser projector, BenQ has been making laser projectors since 2012.   What difference will you find with the BenQ alternatives to the Maxell laser projectors?

Up to 6000 lumens with near-perfect color accuracy

The latest laser engines from BenQ deliver unmatched color accuracy at high brightness levels.  Some models have up to 96% color accuracy to ensure that even difficult to replicate colors such as logos and mascots look exactly right on the screen.  BenQ is the only brand that provides color accuracy specifications for 5000 and 6000-lumen laser projectors.

Never climb a ladder of lift for filter cleaning

High brightness projectors are typically mounted well above the ground, requiring either a lift or a large ladder with two people to clean the filter.  Every high brightness Maxell laser projector uses a filter that can trigger the dreaded “clean filter now” warning message on the screen and requires the user to periodically check or clean the filter.   By contrast, the BenQ laser projectors use IP5X rated sealed laser to allow you to set up the projector and never have to touch it again for filter cleaning.

Unmatched reliability over the life of the projector

Maxell introduced their first high brightness laser projectors in 2019, while BenQ has been making laser projectors since 2012.  One reason BenQ uses DLP technology is that these chips have been used with high-powered digital cinema projectors and are immune to the yellowing effect that can happen on non-DLP projectors.    Each DLP chip is rated for over 100,000 hours by Texas Instruments.

Comparison Table

So which is the right replacement for your high brightness Maxell laser projector? Here is a helpful table to compare brightness, lenses, and resolution for a replacement projector. 

 

MP-EW5002

MP-EU5002

MP-WU5603

LH930

LU930

LU785

 

Light Source

MP-EW5002

Laser

MP-EU5002

Laser

MP-WU5603

Laser

LH930

Laser

LU930

Laser

LU785

Laser

 

Brightness

MP-EW5002

5,000 

MP-EU5002

5,000 

MP-WU5603

6,000 

LH930

5,000 

LU930

5,000 

LU785

6,000 

 

Resolution

MP-EW5002

WXGA

MP-EU5002

WUXGA

MP-WU5603

WUXGA

LH930

1080p

LU930

WUXGA

LU785

WUXGA

 

Throw Ratio

MP-EW5002

1.4-2.3

MP-EU5002

1.3-2.1

MP-WU5603

1.4-2.3

LH930

1.36-2.18

LU930

1.36-2.18

LU785

1.15-1.9

Other things you may want to consider

4K UHD Resolution

The highest resolution available on a Maxell projector is WUXGA which has around 2.3 million pixels.  But if you are looking to project onto a 12-foot screen or wider, you may want to consider the BenQ LK952 and LK953ST projectors that deliver 8.3 million pixels in true 4K UHD resolution.  They don’t cost much more than the WUXGA models – and generate spectacular results.

A Centralized Management System is included at no cost

The BenQ projectors come with DMS software that not only enables you to manage the BenQ replacement projectors over the network for automated on/off and other tasks – but the system can also control your legacy Hitachi and Maxell models as well.  And doesn’t have any initial or recurring licensing fees.

Market Leadership in Education

BenQ has been the world’s #1 brand of education DLP projectors for over a decade and has over 75 different models of projectors ranging from portable LED projectors to be used while on outings – to high brightness laser projectors capable of 10,000 lumens.  The company is also a trusted education market leader in classroom interactive displays as well as wireless screen mirroring systems that enable teachers to combine different types of displays in flipped classrooms.

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