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DELL S500 Projector

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2300:1 WXGA (1280x800) 3,200 ANSI Lumens Feb 2013
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Get closer than ever to the big picture with the Dell S500wi Ultra Short Throw Projector, which can project an approximate 80" diagonal image from just 20" away. With a native WXGA (1280x800)... More
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Tech Review: Dell S500wi Interactive Projector
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19 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, v3.co.uk, zdnet.co.uk and projectorcentral.com the average expert rating of this projector is 80%. Multimedia projector experts are not sure about this 2300:1 contrast ratio projector.

Good Sound Quality

Two DELL S500 owners who bought the DELL S500 considered that it had good sound quality. Pc Mag wrote in their DELL S500 review “Good sound from internal speakers”. Expert website Projectorcentral.com mentioned in their review of the DELL S500 “Excellent audio” and scored it 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

A number of DELL S500 reviewers reckoned that the DELL S500 was good quality. Pc Mag gave this projector a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote on PC Mag five years ago “Good picture quality”. In the same month expert review site Projectorcentral.com mentioned “It also earns points for its fast interactive response time, high quality data images”.

Good High Def TV

One DELL S500 reviewer who purchased the DELL S500 considered that it was good at displaying high definition TV.

Good Picture Quality

One DELL S500 reviewer who reviewed the DELL S500 mentioned that it had good picture quality.

Acceptable Noise Level

One DELL S500 reviewer who purchased this projector thought it was quiet. Pc Mag said in their review on PC Mag “Surprisingly quiet” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Robust

One person who reviewed it thought it was well made. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the DELL S500 on expert review site PC Mag “Built in interactivity lets you interact with the image without needi”.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One person said that the product had a good 3D picture quality. Pc Mag wrote in their DELL S500 review five years ago “3D is highly limited” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Good Technical Features

One DELL S500 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. V3.co.uk wrote “A very good HD projector with great close-range performance and versatile interactive features”.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

Unlike most of the other data projectors of this age and type which do not support WiFi connectivity, the DELL S500 supports WiFi connectivity.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The DELL S500 supports 3D image projection, which is unusual. Most of the other data projectors of this age and spec do not support 3D image projection.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The DELL S500 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the S500 also have a built-in speaker.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

Across all the comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the S500 the projector brightness range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 3,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 2,900 ANSI lumens. When compared to other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the S500, the DELL S500's projector brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The DELL S500 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports than most of the projectors of a comparable age and spec to the S500. Most of the 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports, however this projector has three VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the S500 only have one USB 2.0 port, however the DELL S500 has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Very Big Lamp Power

Across all the 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the S500 the lamp power range from 190W to 280W. At 280 Watts, the DELL S500 has a very big lamp power compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the S500.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Resolution

The DELL S500 has a maximum native resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more native resolution than a XGA (1024x768) multimedia projector, which is the most common native resolution. The native resolution of all projectors of this spec and age ranges from SVGA (800x600) (worst) to 1080p (1920x1080) (best).

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Wired Connectivity

This projector supports a Wired connectivity, which is the most commonly supported connectivity on data projectors of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

With a power consumption during PowerSave of only 10 Watts, the DELL S500 has one of the lower power consumption during PowerSave amongst similar spec data projectors of this age. The lowest power consumption during PowerSave of 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the S500 is 6W and the highest is 280W.

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6 Reasons Against

DELL Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

Multimedia projectors from DELL have an average rating of 67%, which is in the bottom 6% of all projector manufacturers that we have assessed.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The DELL S500 does not support Full HD projection. Most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the S500 also do not support Full HD projection.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The service life of lamp in economic mode of projectors that are a comparable age to the S500 range from 3,000h to 7,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 6,000h. At only 3,000 hours, the DELL S500 has a fairly short service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the S500.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

Across all the similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the S500 the lamp service lives range from 2,500h to 5,000h, and the average lamp service life is 3,400h. The DELL S500 has a quite short lamp service life (only 2,500 hours) compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 5 Watts, the DELL S500 has one of the lower RMS rated power amongst data projectors of this age. The lowest RMS rated power of data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the S500 is 2W, the highest is 16W, and the average RMS rated power is 10W.

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Heavy

The lightest comparable spec projector that was launched around the same time as the S500 is 2.4kg heavy and the heaviest is 7.3kg. The DELL S500 is one of the heavier 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years (7 kilograms) amongst data projectors of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the DELL S500

Running Costs Are Average

The S500 is typical compared to the other 11 comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years that we have analysed for running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the S500 will cost £115 over 1 year to run.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market for over three years.

WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This data projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found native projector resolution on data projectors that came out around the same time as it.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Video
3D Image Projection
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
HDMI Version
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
WiFi Standard
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Plug and Play
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Other Features
Connectivity
Aspect Ratio

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(4)
17 June 2011

The Dell S500wi projector offers a bright image, interactivity, and an ultra-short throw that projects big images from inches away, so you don't have to worry about casting shadows. Buy it now...

Ultra short throw yields big images from just a few inches
Bright
Interactive
Pen doesn't need to touch screen
3D support
Below par video quality
3D is highly limited
Limited maximum screen size
Interactive mode requires cable between projector and PC
Bulky

Projectorcentral.com

The Dell S500 wi interactive projector goes beyond most of its competitors by offering 1280x800 native resolution and an ultra short throw. It also earns points for its fast interactive response... Read more…

5 April 2011

A very good HD projector with great close-range performance and versatile interactive features. If you need a very large display, however, the S300wi is a better choice...

21 March 2011

If you want an interactive 3D projector but you're struggling to get a decent-sized projection display in a confined space, Dell's S500wi could be the answer.?...

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £110.56
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £114.25
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.57 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
15
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dell s500, dell s500w, dell s500wi
Barcodes 00100177422046, 00163120857838, 00884116063001, 00884116063018

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