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Optoma EW556

Optoma EW556 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB 3,200 ANSI Lumens Oct 2012
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9 Reasons For

Optoma Multimedia Projectors Have Good Reviews

On average Optoma 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all projectors produced by Optoma.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma EW556 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the EW556 also have a built-in speaker(s).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Optoma EW556 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the EW556. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this Optoma projector. In addition, this multimedia projector support supported graphics resolutionss of 1024 x 768 (XGA) and 1280 x 1024 (SXGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). The resolution of all 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the EW556 ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the EW556 is 800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Optoma EW556 has one of the brighter projector brightnesss amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age.

If you want a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the MW724 (£668.19) (3,700 ANSI lumens), or the MX723 (£614.84) (3,700 ANSI lumens) both from Benq.

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The Optoma EW556 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

A WXGA (1280x800) projector native resolution is actually the best resolution amongst all data projectors of a comparable type and age to the EW556.

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is the worst resolution amongst similar types of data projector.

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Quite Big Matrix Size

The matrix sizes of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the EW556 range from 0.45" to 0.65", and the average matrix size is 0.57". With a matrix size of 0.65 inches, the Optoma EW556 has a fairly big matrix size compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the EW556.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The average noise level of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the EW556 is 33dB, and the noise levels range from 26dB to 40dB. The Optoma EW556 has one of the quieter noise levels (only 30 decibels) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age.

We compared this projector to all the other 30dB noise level projectors and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq MX503 is also worth considering.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

Across all the data projectors of this type and age the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 3,000h to 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 6,100h. With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of 6,500 hours, the Optoma EW556 has one of the longer service life of lamp (economic mode)s amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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Light

The Optoma EW556 is one of the lighter data projectors that were released around the same time as the EW556 (only 2.2 kilograms) amongst similar spec multimedia projectors of this age. The weights of 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the EW556 range from 1.3kg to 6.2kg, and the average weight is 2.8kg.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D

The Optoma EW556 does not support 3D, unlike most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors which also support 3D that you might want to look at including the Benq MX600 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma EW556 does not support full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the EW556 also do not support full HD.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most projectors of a comparable age and type to the EW556 do not support wi-Fi. The Optoma EW556 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Very Small Bulb Power

Multimedia projectors of this age and type have bulb powers of between 190W and 310W. At only 190 Watts, the Optoma EW556 has a quite small bulb power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the EW556.

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Quite Small Offset

The Optoma EW556 has one of the smaller offsets (only 115 percent) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the EW556 have offsets of between 100% and 160%.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma EW556

OK Running Costs

The EW556 has an average running cost of £92 over 1 year based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 78 multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec.

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this multimedia projector was released.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
AUX in
S-Video Inputs Quantity
PC Audio in
Serial Interface Type
PC Audio Out
Microphone in
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
AV Output
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Ceiling Mountable
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
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Other Features
Connectivity Technology

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £88.13
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £91.82
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0.46T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.46 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
12
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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