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Optoma W501 Projector

15000:1 UXGA (1600 X 1200) 27dB Jul 2013
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution 3D Image Projection Noise Level Release Date
The Optoma W501 was designed to deliver unsurpassed performance and reliability to meet your installation needs. Its powerful 5000 lumens output and impressive 15,000:1 contrast ratio deliver... More
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12 Reasons For

Good Brand

Optoma has good average ratings for its 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other brands.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma W501 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the W501 also support 3D image projection.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including the Optoma ML1000[plb_1725906_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma W501 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in speaker.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of projectors of a similar age and type to the W501 is 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the projector brightness range from 700 ANSI lumens to 11,000 ANSI lumens. The Optoma W501 has a quite bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the W501.

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UXGA (1600 X 1200) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma W501 has a maximum resolution of UXGA (1600 x 1200). That's 88% more resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution. Across all multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the W501 the best resolution is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) and the worst is VGA (640x480).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This multimedia projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 768 (WXGA)|1280 x 800 (WXGA)|1360 x 768 (WXGA)|1400 x 1050 (SXGA+)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Matrix Size

The smallest matrix size of similar spec projectors that have been available for more than two years is 0.45", the biggest is 1.1", and the average matrix size is 0.61". With a matrix size of 0.65 inches, the Optoma W501 has a quite big matrix size compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the W501.

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Four USB 2.0 Ports

The Optoma W501 has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the multimedia projectors of this age and type. Most of the comparable spec data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the W501 only have between one and three USB 2.0 ports, however this projector has four USB 2.0 ports.

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Very High RMS Rated Power

When compared to other projectors of this age and type that we have assessed, the RMS rated power of the Optoma W501 of 30 Watts is one of the highest. The lowest RMS rated power of similar spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago is 2W and the highest is 30W.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma W501 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Quite Bright Lamp Power in Economic Mode

The Optoma W501 has one of the brighter lamp powers in economic mode (4,000 Watts) amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. The average lamp power in economic mode of 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the W501 is 1,500W.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The Optoma W501 has a quite quiet noise level (only 27 decibels) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the W501. The average noise level of similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the W501 is 33dB.

Data projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth considering include the Optoma EH300[plb_1727047_price] (26dB).

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the W501 do not support Full HD projection. The Optoma W501 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

We think you might also be interested in other multimedia projectors which also support Full HD projection including the Viewsonic PJD7820HD[plb_1536139_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma W501 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the W501 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative projectors which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider include the Optoma EX400[plb_2110318_price], or the Epson EB-Z11005[plb_2549634_price].

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Very High Running Costs

The W501 is one of the least economic to run multimedia projectors of this age and type that we have looked at for 1 year running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the W501 is £118.

Very Short Lamp Service Life

At only 2,500 hours, the Optoma W501 has a quite short lamp service life compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W501. Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W501 the lamp service lives range from 2,000h to 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 4,800h.

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Only One Audio in Port

The Optoma W501 is a one audio in port data projector.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma W501

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this 15000:1 contrast ratio projector was released.

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 Power in Economic Mode
Lamp
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Progressive Scan Output
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
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
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
Colour
LED Indicator
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
Other Features
Built-In Touchpad

Brochures and Manuals

Running Cost

Hours of Use Per Day: hours
Show running costs over: years
Electricity cost when switched on £113.77
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Electricity price £per kilowatt hour
Annual electricity price inflation %
Water cost when switched on
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Water price £per litre
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Total running cost over 5 years £117.46
Running costs for this projector have been estimated based on other similar projectors. If you know how much electricity and water the Optoma W501uses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
0.58T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.58 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 optoma w501, optoma p176411, optoma p176411p
Barcodes 00796435418021, 05060059047093, 07964354180210

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