Optoma ML550
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Optoma ML550

£249.99 £141.79 cheaper than 30 days ago Recommended Award Recommended Techradar Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy
A remarkably economical to run 10000:1 280 x 800 multimedia projector with a Best Buy award from one expert review website
10000:1 WXGA (1280x800) Yes 30dB Jun 2013
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Optoma ML550 Review

With very low running costs and representing excellent value for money, we have ranked the Optoma ML550 number 19 across all projectors.
22 Reviews + 4 Awards
4 Years Old
£24 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 84?

It has great expert reviews and superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this data projector to others. This projector has received four awards including a "Recommended" award from Techradar plus two other sites and a "Best Buy" award from Expert Reviews. Sony projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer projectors with better features are available. However this Optoma projector has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest data projectors 2017.
The ML550 has running costs of only £24 over 1 year, which puts it in the cheapest 3% of all 1,763 data projectors that we have compared it to.
Customers report it is a good size.
It has some great features:
Has a carrying case
Quite long service life of lamp
Supports AVI, DAT and 11 more video formats supported
Quite quiet noise level

Should You Buy it Now?

Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. You may want to consider buying now before the price goes up. The price has dropped from £391.78 to £249.99 in the last 30 days. You may want to consider buying now before the price goes back up.
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Optoma ML550 In-Depth Analysis


Four Industry Awards

This projector is one of the most awarded by experts in projectors of all the projectors.

The writers at websites Techradar, and all recommend this data projector and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Website Expert Reviews decided that this projector was very good and gave it their "Best Buy" award.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and the average expert rating of this data projector is 83%.

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User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 14 user reviews this Optoma data projector has an excellent overall user rating. 7 reviewers (87% of all reviewers) gave this projector the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Optoma Has Very Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Based on 2,445 owner and expert reviews (including 398 verified purchases), Optoma has very good ratings for its projectors. 96% of those that bought a Optoma multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report That it is a Good Size

Two customers reckoned that it was compact.

Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

Three owners who bought it concluded that it was good value for money.

  • We are very happy with our purchase and would recommend this to anyone wanting a great projector at a reasonable price…
  • It was going to cost about $300 to get it replaced so we decided to go with an LED projector instead…
  • It is nice projector for the price…

Value For Money

Excellent Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and good features but is over 6 months old. However at £249.99 it is cheaper than 96% of projectors.

Price Has Gone Down by £142 (36%)

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Optoma ML550 and the United Kingdom price of £249.99 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $379.99 (£493.80).

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Has a Carrying Case

The Optoma ML550 has a carrying case, unlike 81% of projectors which do not have a carrying case.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamp of the Optoma ML550 of 20,000h is fairly long compared to most other data projectors. It is in the longest 12% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. The shortest service life of lamp of multimedia projectors is 20h, the longest is 40,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,800h.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightnesses of projectors range from 12 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The Optoma ML550's projector brightness of only 550 ANSI lumens is fairly dim compared to most other projectors. It is in the dimmest 6% of all projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Supports AVI, DAT and 11 More Video Formats Supported

The number of supported video formats on the Optoma ML550 is more than most projectors. This projector supports an MP4 video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported supported by projectors. The video formats supported "WMV", "AVI", "RM", "RMVB", "MOV", "DIVX", "MPG", "MPEG", "MKV", "VOB", "DAT" and "TS" are also supported by this Optoma projector.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of projectors range from 10dB to 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. The Optoma ML550's noise level of only 30dB is quite quiet compared to most other projectors. It is in the quietest 15% of all projectors when sorted by this feature.

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The Optoma ML550 is HD-Ready, unlike 79% of projectors which are not HD-Ready.

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RoHS Compliance

RoHS compliance

The Optoma ML550 is RoHS compliance, unlike 82% of projectors which are not RoHS compliance.

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The Optoma ML550 is 3D-ready. 85% of projectors are not 3D-ready.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma ML550 has a built-in speaker, as do 76% of projectors.

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Does Not Support Full HD

Like most other projectors, the Optoma ML550 does not support full HD. 64% of multimedia projectors do not support full HD.

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Only 280 X 800 Resolution

The Optoma ML550 has a 280 x 800 projector native resolution which is higher than the WXGA (1280x800) resolution found on most projectors.

Across comparable types of data projector the best resolution is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

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Has a Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma ML550 has a card reader integrated, unlike 95% of projectors which do not have a card reader integrated.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released in June 2013.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are Very Low

The average 1 year running cost of the ML550 is only £24 based on average energy prices and usage levels, which makes it one of the most economic to run data projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma crtopml550rfb, optoma 2rt3414, optoma ml550
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