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Optoma ML550 Projector

£408.51
£385.41 £23.10 cheaper than 18 days ago
10000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB Jun 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date £23.56 Electricity cost over 5 years
Four industry awards
Running costs are very low
Good product quality
19 Reviews + 4 Awards
ddworld.cz Recommended Award techradar.com/au/ Recommended Techradar Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy
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Energy

Running Costs Are Very Low

The ML550 is in the cheapest 4% of all 161 similar spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago that we have assessed for running costs. Based on typical energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the ML550 will cost only £24 over 1 year to run.


Reviews

Four Industry Awards

Expert review sites really like this multimedia projector and have given it four awards.

Review websites Techradar, Techradar.com/au/ and Ddworld.cz all said that concluded that they would endorse this projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

One additional expert review site thought that this data projector would make a great purchase. Expert Reviews gave this multimedia projector a "Best Buy" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This data projector has an average expert rating of 83% based on eight expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Users have rated this multimedia projector as fantastic on average. Over 87% of reviewers gave this projector the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 1,873 expert and owner reviews, Optoma has good ratings for its data projectors. Optoma also has good ratings specifically for its 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors compared to other brands. 100% of those that bought a Optoma projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Price Has Gone Down by £23.10 (6%)

The price has dropped from £408.51 to £385.41 in the last 18 days. Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There is a 85% chance that the price will go back up. However the future is never certain and there remains a 15% chance that the price will actually go down further.

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Reasonably Priced

Three customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good value for money. Three years ago Edsfamily mentioned in their review of this projector “We are very happy with our purchase and would recommend this to anyone wanting a great projector at a reasonable price”. They also wrote “It was going to cost about $300 to get it replaced so we decided to go with an LED projector instead” in their review. Shaun said in his review of this projector “It is nice projector for the price”.


Good Picture Quality

Three owners wrote in their reviews that it had good picture quality.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Six customers concluded that the Optoma ML550 was compact. Four years ago Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews “Weighing a mere 380g and measuring just 39x105x106mm, this tiny black box is even more compact than our Best Buy-winning Asus P1M projector” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Expert website Tbreak.ae said in their review of this projector “It's light and compact, making it great for anyone who needs to do presentations on the go” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expert review site Projectorreviews.com mentioned “The Optoma ML550 Pocket projector is a powerful projector in a very compact package” .


Design

Good Product Quality

Four customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was good quality. Expert website Tbreak.ae mentioned four years ago “The ML550 delivers some great picture quality without compromise” in their review of this projector. Janani wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Got a feel of being in IMAXX on projection on my wall ; excellent sound quality”. Two years ago Jlo138 mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “In comparison to that one, this is quite a bit better in picture quality” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Ceiling Mountable

The Optoma ML550 is ceiling mountable, as are most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This 10000:1 contrast ratio projector has been on the market since June 2013.


Projector

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

Across all the multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to this projector the projector brightnesses range from 300 ANSI lumens to 20,000 ANSI lumens. When compared to other projectors that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the projector brightness of, the Optoma ML550's projector brightness of only 550 ANSI lumens is one of the dimmest.

If you would prefer a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to look at the Benq MH680 (£461.61) (3,000 ANSI lumens).

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WXGA (1280x800) Resolution

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

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma ML550 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

It is worth also looking at alternative projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) including the Benq MH680 (£461.61).

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Supports Thirteen Video Formats Supported

The number of supported video formats on the Optoma ML550 is more than most 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as it. This Optoma multimedia projector supports an AVI video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported supported by comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this data projector. The video formats supported "DAT", "DIVX", "MKV", "MOV", "MP4", "MPEG", "MPG", "RM", "RMVB", "TS", "VOB" and "WMV" are also supported by this multimedia projector.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma ML550 does not support full HD, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were launched more than two years ago also do not support full HD.

Alternative projectors which also support full HD that you might want to consider include the Benq MH680 (£461.61).

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3D-Ready

The Optoma ML550 is 3D-ready. Most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to this projector also are 3D-ready.

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HD-Ready

The Optoma ML550 is HD-Ready, as are most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as this projector.

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Storage

Has a Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma ML550 has a card reader integrated, which is unusual. Most of the other data projectors of this spec and age do not have a card reader integrated.

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Certificates

RoHS Compliance

RoHS compliance

The Optoma ML550 is RoHS compliance. Most of the other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as this projector also are RoHS compliance.

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Lamps

Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

The shortest service life of lamp of similar spec projectors that came out more than two years ago is 500h, the longest is 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,400h. At 20,000 hours, the Optoma ML550 has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Optoma ML550 has a carrying case. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to this multimedia projector also have a carrying case.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma ML550 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to this data projector.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Optoma ML550 does not have a DVI port, although it is worth noting that most of the other data projectors of a comparable type and age to this projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Performance

Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Optoma ML550 has an On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The average noise level of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to this projector is 36dB, and the noise levels range from 28dB to 49dB. The Optoma ML550 has a fairly quiet noise level (only 30 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age.

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Product Identifiers

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

Optoma ML550 Review Sources

To prepare this Optoma ML550 review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 326,513 product attributes, 14,250 projector reviews and 2,764,700 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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