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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

The average expert rating of this data projector is 80% based on four expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, v3.co.uk, zdnet.co.uk and projectorcentral.com. It seems that projector experts are not that keen on this DELL data 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 Wi-Fi

The DELL S500 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the S500 do not support wi-Fi.

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Supports 3D

The DELL S500 supports 3D. Most of the other similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the S500 do not support 3D.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The DELL S500 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the S500.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of the DELL S500 of 3,200 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest amongst 2300:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S500. The projector brightnesss of 2300:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the S500 range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 3,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 2,900 ANSI lumens.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the S500 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, however the DELL S500 has three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The DELL S500 has more USB 2.0 ports quantitys than most of the projectors of a comparable age and spec to the S500. Most of the 2300:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago only have one USB 2.0 ports quantity, however this DELL multimedia projector has two USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Very Big Bulb Power

When compared to other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S500 that we have checked the bulb power of, the DELL S500's bulb power of 280 Watts is one of the biggest. Across all the 2300:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the S500 the bulb powers range from 190W to 280W, and the average bulb power is 210W.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Resolution

The biggest native resolution of the DELL S500 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more native resolution than the most frequently found native resolution of XGA (1024x768). The best native resolution of all multimedia projectors of this type and age is 1080p (1920x1080) and the worst is SVGA (800x600).

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Wired Connectivity Technology

This projector supports a Wired connectivity technology, which is the most frequently supported connectivity technology on comparable spec multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Low Power Consumption (PowerSave)

The average power consumption (PowerSave) of data projectors of this type and age is 180W. At only 10 Watts, the DELL S500 has a quite low power consumption (PowerSave) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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7 Reasons Against

DELL Only Has Unexceptional Data Projector Reviews

Data projectors manufactured by DELL have an average rating of 67%, which is in the bottom 10% of all data projector brands that we have analysed.

Does Not Support Full HD

Most projectors of a similar type and age to the S500 do not support full HD. The DELL S500 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

Across all the comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 3,000h to 7,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 6,000h. With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of only 3,000 hours, the DELL S500 has one of the shorter service life of lamp (economic mode)s amongst 2300:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

At only 2,500 hours, the DELL S500 has a fairly short service life of lamp compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S500. Comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago have service life of lamps of between 2,500h and 5,000h.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of projectors that came out more than two years ago is 10W, and the RMS rated powers range from 2W to 16W. At only 5 Watts, the DELL S500 has a fairly low RMS rated power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

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Heavy

At 7 kilograms, the DELL S500 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the S500. Similar spec data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the S500 have weights of between 2.4kg and 7.3kg, and the average weight is 3.7kg.

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Pricey

We checked multimedia projectors that have been available for more than two years and they range in price from £360 to £802. We think that this multimedia projector looks expensive compared to other multimedia projectors that have been available for more than two years.

3 Other reasons to consider the DELL S500

Running Costs Are OK

Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the 1 year running cost of the S500 is £115, which is typical compared to the other 11 data projectors of a comparable age and spec.

Released Over Four Years Ago

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

WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Video
3D
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
HDMI Version
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Plug and Play
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Other Features
Connectivity Technology
Aspect Ratio

1 Award

projectorcentral.com Highly Rated

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).
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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

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