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Optoma EH503 Projector

2000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 37dB Feb 2014
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
- 5200 Lumens, 1080p Resolution- Installation flexibility Lens shift, interchangeable lenses, off-axis short throw option- Ultimate Control - Full support for Crestron, Extron, AMX, PJ-Link and... More
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Optoma EH503 Projector Introduction

9 Reasons For

Good Brand

On average Optoma projectors are rated 88%, which is in the top 19% of all projector manufacturers that we have looked at.

Supports 3D

Unlike most of the other 2000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that came out more than two years ago which do not support 3D, the Optoma EH503 supports 3D.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors which support 3D and we think the NEC U310W[plb_1531485_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD

The Optoma EH503 supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other 2000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the EH503 do not support full HD.

Alternative data projectors which support full HD currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the AAXA Technologies LED Android Pico Projector[plb_3156294_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma EH503 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in speaker(s).

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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution

The Optoma EH503 has a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most frequently found projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768). Across all 2000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for more than two years the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200) and the worst is XGA (1024x768).

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Optoma EH503 supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over six times the resolution of the most frequently found supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this projector). In addition, this data projector support supported graphics resolutionss of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). The resolution of all projectors of this age and type ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Quite Big Bulb Power

The bulb powers of projectors of a comparable type and age to the EH503 range from 170W to 4,000W. At 370 Watts, the Optoma EH503 has a quite big bulb power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to the EH503.

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Two Audio (L,R) Ins

Most projectors of a comparable age and type to the EH503 have between one and two audio (L,R) ins, including the Optoma EH503 which has two audio (L,R) ins.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors of a similar type and age to it.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most projectors that have been available for around the same time as the EH503 do not support wi-Fi. The Optoma EH503 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other data projectors which also support wi-Fi which you might want to consider including the Epson PowerLite 1761W[plb_1735741_price], or the AAXA Technologies M2 Micro[plb_1759924_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp

The shortest service life of lamp of similar spec data projectors that have been available for more than two years is 200h, the longest is 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 5,200h. The Optoma EH503 has a very short service life of lamp (only 1,500 hour) compared to most of the other 2000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the EH503.

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Heavy

With a weight of 8.6 kilograms, the Optoma EH503 is one of the heavier multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the EH503 amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. The weights of similar spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the EH503 range from 370g to 23kg, and the average weight is 6.5kg.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Optoma EH503

Average Running Costs

The EH503 is typical compared to the other 85 2000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for more than two years that we have assessed for 1 year running costs. Based on typical energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the EH503 is £152.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This 2000:1 contrast ratio projector was released over three years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

The Optoma EH503 has a pretty typical projector brightness (5,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the EH503.

We compared this projector to all the other 5,200 ANSI lumens brightness projectors and we think the Sony VPLFH36/W[plb_1477017_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the Panasonic PT-EX510[plb_2584403_price] (5,300 ANSI lumens).

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Average Noise Level

At 37 decibels, the Optoma EH503 has a fairly average noise level compared to most of the other 2000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you are not concerned about having a louder noise level then you might also want to consider the Benq SP920P[plb_1538071_price] (37dB).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Digital Resolution
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Supported Aspect Ratios
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
BNC Input Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
PC Audio in
Serial Interface Type
PC Audio Out
PC in (D-Sub)
HDMI Version
DisplayPorts Quantity
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
HDMI Connector Type
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Power Off
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £147.42
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £151.11
Running costs for this projector have been estimated based on other similar projectors. If you know how much electricity and water the Optoma EH503uses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.75 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 20 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00796435418892, 05060059049349

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