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Optoma ML1500E

Optoma ML1500E Projector

WXGA (1280x800) AC Dec 2014
Projector Native Resolution 3D Built-In Speaker(s) Power Source Release Date
Introducing the all new ML1500e ultra-slim portable LED projector. This powerful, lightweight and portable projector projects vibrant HD ready images up to an impressive 100. Weighing only 1.4kg... More
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16 Reasons For

Running Costs Are Very Low

The ML1500E is one of the most economic to run projectors of this age and type that we have analysed for running costs. Based on typical energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the ML1500E will cost only £51 over 1 year to run.

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

We calculated the average reviews for all Optoma data projectors and also specifically for Optoma data projectors and found that in both cases Optoma had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Good Connectivity

Four customers who bought this projector mentioned that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Mz Rider mentioned “I have found that it works best with an HDMI input” in their Optoma ML1500E review. Mz Rider also said “I have found using a media player with HDMI works better tan direct USB”. Mz Rider also mentioned “I have used a DVD player direct with HDMI and that is fine”.

Good Size

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Iaincatt said two years ago “Compact, effective and works well from external sources” in their Optoma ML1500E review. Mr L Miller wrote “A great unit for its compact size” but even so he rated the product 60 out of 100.

Nice Design

Several Optoma ML1500E owners considered that the Optoma ML1500E was good looking. Two years ago Mr S J Dillon mentioned in his review of the Optoma ML1500E on Amazon “Pretty bright image.” and gave this projector a rating of 5 stars. Ms. Tj Norwood mentioned in their Optoma ML1500E review “What a beautifully sharp display! The picture quality on this is gorgeous” .

Good Product Quality

Some Optoma ML1500E reviewers concluded that the Optoma ML1500E was good quality. Robert Grosvenor said “Excellent quality image for something this size” in his review of this projector.

Reasonably Priced

One Optoma ML1500E owner who bought it said that it was good value for money. Two years ago Mark Deeley gave this projector a very good review and he mentioned on Amazon “Great Projector, Excellent Value for money, Small” in his review of the Optoma ML1500E.

One Optoma ML1500E owner who reviewed the product concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Mz Rider said on Amazon “I bought a cheap blue tooth transmitter, plug into the audio output on the projector cable or the source” in their review.

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Good Picture Quality

One person concluded that the Optoma ML1500E had good picture quality.


One Optoma ML1500E reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Dave mentioned “It feels like it in the dark) Connectivity is generally good for the video and the built in player manages most formats (apart from the choppiness”.

Good Remote Control

One Optoma ML1500E owner said in their reviews that it had a good remote control. Dave wrote “Remote is ok” but despite that he gave it a score of 3 stars.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The ML1500E has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in speaker(s).

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the Acer H7531D[plb_1418806_price].

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Supports 3D

The Optoma ML1500E supports 3D, as do most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the ML1500E.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors which support 3D and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq W7000+[plb_1403580_price], and the Sony VPL-HW40ES[plb_2298294_price] is also worth considering.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The ML1500E is a three USB 2.0 ports quantity multimedia projector.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

The shortest service life of lamp of multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the ML1500E is 1,500h and the longest is 30,000h. At 20,000 hours, the ML1500E has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other data projectors that are a similar age to the ML1500E.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Light

Across all the data projectors that were launched around the same time as the ML1500E the weights range from 2.2g to 26kg. The Optoma ML1500E is one of the lighter data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the ML1500E (only 1.4 kilograms) amongst comparable spec projectors of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Optoma ML1500E owner considered that it was not noisy. I. Morrison mentioned in their review of this projector “The fan is a wee bit noisy”.

Difficult to Use

One Optoma ML1500E reviewer who reviewed the Optoma ML1500E concluded that it was not easy to use the menus. Dave wrote on Amazon “Menu system is appalling, particularly the buttons which do not do what they state” in his review of this projector.

One Optoma ML1500E reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Optoma ML1500E was not easy to use. Dave wrote in his review of the Optoma ML1500E “Would be better with a backlight to use in the dark (or at least have something to make it easy to feel which way up it is”.

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Inferior Sound Quality

A number of Optoma ML1500E reviewers who reviewed it thought it did not have good sound quality. Barbeche wrote “The speakers are very weak, connecting an external speaker is a bit of a faff as you need to use a multipurpose cable” in their review of the Optoma ML1500E but even so they gave it a rating of 5 stars. Dave scored the Optoma ML1500E 60 out of 100 and he mentioned on Amazon “Not bright enough, choppy video and poor sound” in his review of this projector. Dave also wrote “Generally I don't The main problem is the sound”.

Does Not Support Full HD

Most comparable spec projectors that have been around for a similar time to the ML1500E do not support full HD. The ML1500E is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

Alternative projectors which also support full HD that you might want to consider include the Benq W7000+[plb_1403580_price], or the Panasonic PTAE7000U[plb_1897671_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the ML1500E do not support wi-Fi. The Optoma ML1500E is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at other projectors which also support wi-Fi including the Benq GP20[plb_2231335_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This multimedia projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is the most frequently supported zoom ratio on data projectors that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

The Optoma ML1500E is a one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity data projector.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

When compared to other data projectors of this spec and age that we have assessed, the Optoma ML1500E's matrix size of only 0.45 inches is one of the smallest. Multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the ML1500E have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.75".

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ML1500E

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this data projector was released.

WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The Optoma ML1500E has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 51% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Expert Reviews

12 July 2014

High-quality portable projector, but its lack of built-in Wi-Fi is a disappointment...

User Reviews

Reviewed 12 July 2016 by Peter Johnson
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this for a small presentation and it works much better than i had expected. Small, easy to use, bright so will become my projector of choice even for fairly large groups. Delivered on time too.

Reviewed 22 June 2016 by Orc
(Verified Purchase)


Reviewed 27 March 2016 by C. Fonseka
(Verified Purchase)

Very impressed by this projector. It's tiny, it's bright, and if you pair it with a standard tripod, it becomes wonderfully simple in terms of set up, even if you have to move it round your house... Read more…

Reviewed 11 March 2016 by Adam Gnourie
(Verified Purchase)

Very good for meetings and showing off photos.

Reviewed 22 February 2016 by Wells Toofargone
(Verified Purchase)

The best of its kind highly recommend...

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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.25 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 7 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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