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Optoma EH500 Projector

10000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 30dB Oct 2013
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The Optoma EH500 will make your presentations shine crystal clear in full high definition. Its powerful 4700 lumens bright output combined with an outstanding 10,000:1 contrast ratio delivers... More
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11 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

We calculated the average ratings for all Optoma projectors and also specifically for Optoma 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors and found that in both cases Optoma had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Optoma EH500 supports Full HD projection, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the EH500 do not support Full HD projection.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative multimedia projectors which support Full HD projection currently available including the H9505[pl_2246698_price], or the P7505[pl_2185126_price] both from Acer or the Epson EB-1985WU[plb_2399673_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma EH500 supports 3D image projection, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the EH500 which do not support 3D image projection.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors which support 3D image projection and we think the H9505[pl_2246698_price], and the U5313[pl_2126225_price] both from Acer or the Optoma X600[plb_2067505_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma EH500 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also have a built-in speaker.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including because of it's better review score, the BrightLink 575WI+[pl_2175965_price], the EB-595Wi[pl_2237072_price], or the EB-1970W[pl_2399671_price] all from Epson.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma EH500 has a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800). The worst resolution of all data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the EH500 is SVGA (800x600) and the best is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

At 4,700 ANSI lumens, the Optoma EH500 has a fairly bright projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. Across all the projectors of this type and age the projector brightness range from 300 ANSI lumens to 12,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,300 ANSI lumens.

If you are looking for a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the P7505[pl_2185126_price] (5,000 ANSI lumens), or the P7305[pl_2194407_price] (5,000 ANSI lumens) both from Acer or the Epson EB-1985WU[plb_2399673_price] (4,800 ANSI lumens) which is also higher rated.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Optoma EH500 supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this projector). In addition, this data projector support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

This projector's resolution (1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)) is actually the best supported resolution across all projectors that came out around the same time as the EH500.

A 640 x 480 (VGA) graphics resolution is the worst supported resolution amongst comparable types of projector.

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

The matrix sizes of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the EH500 range from 0.45" to 0.96", and the average matrix size is 0.62". With a matrix size of 0.65 inches, the Optoma EH500 has one of the bigger matrix sizes amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma EH500 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port multimedia projector.

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Fairly High Number of Colours

With a number of colours of 1,070 million, the Optoma EH500 has a fairly high number of colours compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. The average number of colours of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the EH500 is 480M, and the numbers of colours range from 1M to 1,100M.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 30 decibels, the Optoma EH500 has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the EH500. Across all the multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the EH500 the noise levels range from 28dB to 49dB, and the average noise level is 35dB.

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5 Reasons Against

Price Increase of £246.26

The EH500 has increased in price by £246.26 in the last 7 days.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma EH500 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the EH500 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a WiFi connectivity and we think the EB-1970W[pl_2399671_price], or the EB-1975W[pl_2399672_price] both from Epson or the Acer H9505[plb_2246698_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Cheap

We think this multimedia projector looks expensive compared to other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. The cheapeast data projector of this type and age that we found costs £205 and the most expensive costs £16,252.

Quite Short Lamp Service Life

The shortest lamp service life of data projectors of a similar spec and age to the EH500 is 500h and the longest is 30,000h. The Optoma EH500 has a quite short lamp service life (only 3,500 hours) compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the EH500.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the EH500 have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the Optoma EH500 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma EH500

OK Running Costs

The EH500 is typical compared to the other 136 similar spec data projectors that have been around for more than two years that we have looked at for 1 year running costs. Based on typical usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the EH500 is £110.

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
HDMI Version
DisplayPort
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Colour
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
3D Glasses Included

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 23 September 2015 by Rolondo B.
(Verified Purchase)

I RMA'd the unit, taking forever, no TV. Just got notice today it's shipped.. but why not make it a quick delivery? It's going to take like a week it says, just to get here. Oh well. I'll give an... Read more…

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £102.55
Electricity cost when on standby £7.37
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Total running cost over 5 years £109.92
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.55 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 14 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma eh500, optoma p189789, optoma p240496, optoma p189789p, optoma p240496p, optoma e1pd0p1e031, optoma e1p1d0p1e031, special e1p1d0p1e031
Barcodes 00163121425241, 00172304336410, 00796435418656, 00834013358908, 05054629703403, 05060059049332, 07964354186564

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