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Optoma ML550 Projector

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10000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB Jun 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
The Optoma ML550 is an incredibly small LED projector with the power and performance of a larger unit. Delivering an impressive 550 lumens and 10,000:1 contrast ratio, along with razor sharp focus... More
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15 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Amongst multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec, this data projector is one of the most awarded.

Techradar and Techradar.com/au/ both wrote that concluded that they would recommend this projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

One other expert review site said that this Optoma projector was good. Expert Reviews gave this projector a "Best Buy" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and businesscomputingworld.co.uk this projector has an average expert rating of 83 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Owners have rated this projector as superb on average.

Very Low Running Costs

The ML550 is in the cheapest 4% of all 131 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years that we have assessed for 1 year running costs. Based on typical energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the ML550 is only £24.

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Optoma Projectors Have Good Reviews

10000:1 contrast ratio projectors built by Optoma have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that Optoma also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Size

Some Optoma ML550 reviewers who bought it mentioned that it was compact. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on Expert Reviews four years ago “Measuring just 39x105x106mm, this tiny black box is even more compact than our Best Buy-winning Asus P1M projector” in their review of the Optoma ML550 and gave this projector an excellent review. Expert review site Projectorreviews.com wrote “The Optoma ML550 Pocket projector is a powerful projector in a very compact package” in their review. Tbreak.ae mentioned in their review “It's light and compact, making it great for anyone who needs to do presentations on the go”.

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was easy to carry around. Expert review site Techradar.com said “Small and easy to carry they might be.” in their review of the Optoma ML550 and rated it 5 stars.

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Easy to Use

One Optoma ML550 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to setup. Four years ago Techradar.com/au/ gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “We liked Easy to set up and with plentiful connectivity on its rear”.

Good Picture Quality

One customer considered that the product had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One Optoma ML550 reviewer thought it was good quality. Expert review site Tbreak.ae wrote “The ML550 delivers some great picture quality without compromise”.

Supports 3D

Unlike most of the other projectors that were launched more than two years ago which do not support 3D, the Optoma ML550 supports 3D.

We compared this data projector to all the other multimedia projectors which support 3D and we think the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors with a 3D and we think the Benq W1070[plb_1522360_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma ML550 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other data projectors of this type and age also have a built-in speaker(s).

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price].

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Very Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

The average service life of lamp (economic mode) of data projectors of this spec and age is 6,700h, and the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 3,500h to 30,000h. With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of 20,000 hours, the Optoma ML550 has a very long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other data projectors of this type and age.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The Optoma ML550 has a quite quiet noise level (only 30 decibels) compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the ML550. The quietest noise level of multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the ML550 is 27dB, the loudest is 49dB, and the average noise level is 35dB.

Other multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the W1080[pl_1495063_price] (33dB), or the W1070[pl_1522360_price] (33dB) both from Benq.

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Light

When compared to other multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years that we have checked, the Optoma ML550's weight of only 380 grams is one of the lightest. The weights of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the ML550 range from 360g to 54kg.

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9 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was not cheap. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review “It’s expensive.” but in spite of that they still rated it 5 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed the product considered that it was not noisy. Expert review site Tbreak.ae said “Projectors have certainly come a long way from being the massive, noisy, poor-performing beasts that were exiled to conference rooms”.

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

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

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

Multimedia projectors of this age and type have projector brightnesss of between 300 ANSI lumens and 12,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,300 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of only 500 ANSI lumens, the Optoma ML550 has one of the dimmer projector brightnesss amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

If you are looking for a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the Benq W1350[plb_2750779_price] (2,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma ML550 does not support full HD. Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also do not support full HD.

We compared all the other projectors which also support full HD to this projector and we think the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Optoma ML550 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the ML550 also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative data projectors which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider include the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The lowest RMS rated power of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago is 1W, the highest is 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 8.9W. With an RMS rated power of only 1 Watt, the Optoma ML550 has one of the lowest RMS rated powers amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Quite Small Offset

10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago have offsets of between 8% and 150%. With an offset of only 100 percent, the Optoma ML550 has a fairly small offset compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the ML550.

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Very Small Matrix Size

Across all the projectors of a comparable type and age to the ML550 the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.96", and the average matrix size is 0.62". At only 0.45 inches, the Optoma ML550 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released around the same time as the ML550.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ML550

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Optoma released the ML550.

1280 X 800 Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Optoma ML550 supports a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. That's over three times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
3D-Ready
HD-Ready
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
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
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

3 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(10)

Don?t let the lack of inches fool you, the Optoma ML550 (around £350 ex. VAT) is a highly capable and surprisingly bright LED projector, equipped with the same business-class features as larger... Read more…

Brightness
Versatility
Flash drive
Portability
Design
No Wi
Fi
Tablet integration requires dongle
Bulky power pack
High price
16 December 2013

The Optoma ML550 is one of the first of a new generation in the highly portable LED projector category. Meant for both business presentations and casual home entertainment use, it shares most of... Read more…

5 December 2013

Brighter than its competitors at this size and enormously well connected, Optoma has come up with something quite special for those after something to power portable presentations. Easy to stow...

Techradar

5 December 2013

We liked Easy to set up and with plentiful connectivity on its rear, the ML550 isn't likely to let you down. Able to project a crisp, bright image in almost any ambient light conditions, it's...

Techradar.com/au/

7 November 2013

The Optoma ML550 is bright for its size, with a palmtop form factor and a 500-lumen rating...

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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 24 May 2014 by Shaun
Shaun would recommend the Optoma ML550

It is nice projector for the price. I tried few projectors in the same price range and this one has better qualities than the others...

Reviewed 29 December 2014 by EDSFamily
EDSFamily would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

We use this projector in our home theater and I was concerned it would be bright enough but it is plenty bright! Our previous projector was not LED and I was always concerned about the bulb going... Read more…

Focus Range
High Brightness
Picture quality
It's light and compact and has great resolution
Lack Of Internal Battery
Audio output
Nothing
Reviewed 10 July 2014 by Sherm04
Sherm04 would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

This was a great purchase! It's light and so compact. The resolution of it exceeded my expectations and is great for presentations while traveling!

Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Janani
Janani would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

Got a feel of being in IMAXX on projection on my wall ; excellent sound quality...

Reviewed 8 July 2015 by Steveh2904
Steveh2904 would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

Needed a small compact projector for work, as I travel a lot. This is a perfect size, weight and has ample resolution. I have actually purchased 4 of these for my colleagues...

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Electricity cost when switched on £19.87
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £23.56
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.12 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 3 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00086000230494, 00709436177347, 00796435418595, 00796435418724, 05060059048113, 07123290463515, 07964354185956

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