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Optoma ML550 Projector

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10000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB Jun 2013
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The Optoma ML550 is an incredibly small LED projector with the power and performance of a larger unit. Delivering an impressive 550 lumens and 10,000:1 contrast ratio, along with razor sharp focus... More
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Three Industry Awards

This projector has received three awards from projector experts.

This 10000:1 contrast ratio projector was given a "Recommended" award by both Techradar and Techradar.com/au/, both of which concluded that this Optoma projector was good.

The editor of Expert Reviews decided that this projector was good and gave it their "Best Buy" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector is 83 out of 100 based on eight expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and businesscomputingworld.co.uk.

User Reviews Are Excellent

ML550 owners on average rated this projector as brilliant.

Running Costs Are Very Low

The ML550 is in the cheapest 5% of all 136 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years that we have looked at for 1 year running costs. Based on typical energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the ML550 is only £25.

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Optoma Projectors Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,708 expert and owner reviews for Optoma data projectors and found that on average Optoma has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Optoma has good ratings specifically for its 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

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Good Size

Some people who purchased the product reckoned that it was compact. Three years ago Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on Expert Reviews “Measuring just 39x105x106mm, this tiny black box is even more compact than our Best Buy-winning Asus P1M projector”. Projectorreviews.com wrote “The Optoma ML550 Pocket projector is a powerful projector in a very compact package”. Tbreak.ae wrote “It's light and compact, making it great for anyone who needs to do presentations on the go” in their review of this projector.

One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. Expert review site Techradar.com said in their review “Small and easy to carry they might be.” .

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Easy to Use

One Optoma ML550 owner said in their reviews that this projector was easy to setup. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said “We liked Easy to set up and with plentiful connectivity on its rear” in their Optoma ML550 review and gave this projector a score of 5 stars.

Good Picture Quality

One Optoma ML550 owner concluded that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One person who reviewed the Optoma ML550 wrote that it was good quality. Tbreak.ae wrote three years ago “The ML550 delivers some great picture quality without compromise”.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma ML550 supports 3D image projection, unlike most of the other projectors of this age and spec which do not support 3D image projection.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which has better reviews.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a 3D image projection and we think the W1070[pl_1522360_price], or the MH680[pl_1998672_price] both from Benq is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ML550, the Optoma ML550 has a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker to this data projector and we think the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This data projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many projectors of this spec and age.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 20,000 hours, the Optoma ML550 has a fairly long service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type. The average service life of lamp in economic mode of projectors of a comparable spec and age to the ML550 is 7,400h, and the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 1,000h to 30,000h.

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Very Long Lamp Service Life

Across all the data projectors that were launched around the same time as the ML550 the lamp service lives range from 500h to 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 6,400h. With a lamp service life of 20,000 hours, the Optoma ML550 has one of the longest lamp service lives amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The average noise level of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 35dB, and the noise levels range from 28dB to 49dB. At only 30 decibels, the Optoma ML550 has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age.

If you would consider a multimedia projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the W1080[pl_1495063_price] (33dB), or the W1070[pl_1522360_price] (32dB) both from Benq.

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Supports Thirteen Video Formats

The number of supported video formats on the Optoma ML550 is more than most projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported video format is MPEG4, but this video format is not supported by this data projector. The video formats AVI, DAT, DIVX, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, RMVB, TS, VOB and WMV are also supported by this multimedia projector.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Optoma ML550 is more than most 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago. This multimedia projector supports a BMP image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the ML550. The image format "JPG" is also supported by this projector.

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Light

The lightest data projector of this spec and age is 360g heavy, the heaviest is 54kg, and the average weight is 4.6kg. When compared to other multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the ML550, the Optoma ML550's weight of only 380 grams is one of the lightest.

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Narrow

With a width of only 105 millimeters, the Optoma ML550 is one of the narrowest data projectors of this type and age amongst projectors of this age. Projectors that are a similar age to the ML550 have widths of between 100mm and 970mm, and the average width is 320mm.

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8 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One person who purchased it considered that it was not cheap. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review “It’s expensive.” but they rated the product 5 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Optoma ML550 owner said in their reviews that it was not noisy. Expert review site Tbreak.ae mentioned in their review “Projectors have certainly come a long way from being the massive, noisy, poor-performing beasts that were exiled to conference rooms”.

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the ML550 is 3,300 ANSI lumens. The Optoma ML550 has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 500 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the ML550.

If this projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might also want to consider the Infocus IN1146[plb_2100767_price] (1,000 ANSI lumens), or the Benq W1300[plb_1998671_price] (2,000 ANSI lumens).

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the ML550 do not support Full HD projection. The Optoma ML550 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

We think you might also be interested in other projectors which also support Full HD projection including the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma ML550 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors of this spec and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative projectors which also support WiFi connectivity including the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the ML550 have RMS rated power of between 1W and 20W. With an RMS rated power of only 1 Watt, the Optoma ML550 has one of the lower RMS rated power amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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Quite Small Offset

The average offset of similar spec multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the ML550 is 100%, and the offsets range from 8% to 140%. At only 100 percent, the Optoma ML550 has a fairly small offset compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

Projectors of a similar spec and age to the ML550 have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.96". The Optoma ML550 has one of the smaller matrix sizes (only 0.45 inches) amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ML550

Released Over Three Years Ago

Optoma released the ML550 over three years ago.

1280 X 800 Graphics Resolution

The Optoma ML550 supports a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. That's over three times the resolution of the most frequently found graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Digital Resolution
Maximum Analog Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp Type
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Memory Card
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Memory Card Size
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Image Format
Video Format
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Document Format
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Colour
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

3 Awards

techradar.com/au/ Recommended Techradar Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy

Expert Reviews

(10)

Don?t let the lack of inches fool you, the Optoma ML550 (around £350 ex. VAT) is a highly capable and surprisingly bright LED projector, equipped with the same business-class features as larger... Read more…

Brightness
Versatility
Flash drive
Portability
Design
No Wi
Fi
Tablet integration requires dongle
Bulky power pack
High price
16 December 2013

The Optoma ML550 is one of the first of a new generation in the highly portable LED projector category. Meant for both business presentations and casual home entertainment use, it shares most of... Read more…

5 December 2013

Brighter than its competitors at this size and enormously well connected, Optoma has come up with something quite special for those after something to power portable presentations. Easy to stow...

Techradar

5 December 2013

We liked Easy to set up and with plentiful connectivity on its rear, the ML550 isn't likely to let you down. Able to project a crisp, bright image in almost any ambient light conditions, it's...

Techradar.com/au/

7 November 2013

The Optoma ML550 is bright for its size, with a palmtop form factor and a 500-lumen rating...

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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 24 May 2014 by Shaun
Shaun would recommend the Optoma ML550

It is nice projector for the price. I tried few projectors in the same price range and this one has better qualities than the others...

Reviewed 29 December 2014 by EDSFamily
EDSFamily would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

We use this projector in our home theater and I was concerned it would be bright enough but it is plenty bright! Our previous projector was not LED and I was always concerned about the bulb going... Read more…

Focus Range
High Brightness
Picture quality
It's light and compact and has great resolution
Lack Of Internal Battery
Audio output
Nothing
Reviewed 10 July 2014 by Sherm04
Sherm04 would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

This was a great purchase! It's light and so compact. The resolution of it exceeded my expectations and is great for presentations while traveling!

Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Janani
Janani would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

Got a feel of being in IMAXX on projection on my wall ; excellent sound quality...

Reviewed 8 July 2015 by Steveh2904
Steveh2904 would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

Needed a small compact projector for work, as I travel a lot. This is a perfect size, weight and has ample resolution. I have actually purchased 4 of these for my colleagues...

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £19.87
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £23.56
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.12 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 3 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma optoma, optoma p168183, optoma p168183p, optoma 958ua01gc0e1
Barcodes 00086000230494, 00709436177347, 00796435418595, 00796435418724, 05060059048113, 07123290463515, 07964354185956

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