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DELL S500WI Projector

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2300:1 WXGA (1280x800) 3,200 ANSI Lumens Feb 2013
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution 3D Image Projection Projector Brightness Release Date
Get closer than ever to the big picture with the Dell S500wi Ultra Short Throw Projector, which can project an approximate 80" diagonal image from just 20" away. With a native WXGA (1280x800)... More
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18 Reasons For

Good Sound Quality

Two DELL S500 owners who bought the DELL S500 considered that it had good sound quality. Pc Mag wrote in their DELL S500 review “Good sound from internal speakers”. Expert website Projectorcentral.com mentioned in their review of the DELL S500 “Excellent audio” and scored it 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

A number of DELL S500 reviewers reckoned that the DELL S500 was good quality. Pc Mag gave this projector a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote on PC Mag five years ago “Good picture quality”. In the same month expert review site Projectorcentral.com mentioned “It also earns points for its fast interactive response time, high quality data images”.

Good High Def TV

One DELL S500 reviewer who purchased the DELL S500 considered that it was good at displaying high definition TV.

Good Picture Quality

One DELL S500 reviewer who reviewed the DELL S500 mentioned that it had good picture quality.

Acceptable Noise Level

One DELL S500 reviewer who purchased this projector thought it was quiet. Pc Mag said in their review on PC Mag “Surprisingly quiet” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Robust

One person who reviewed it thought it was well made. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the DELL S500 on expert review site PC Mag “Built in interactivity lets you interact with the image without needi”.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One person said that the product had a good 3D picture quality. Pc Mag wrote in their DELL S500 review five years ago “3D is highly limited” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Good Technical Features

One DELL S500 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. V3.co.uk wrote “A very good HD projector with great close-range performance and versatile interactive features”.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The DELL S500 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the S500 do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The DELL S500 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other similar spec data projectors that were launched around the same time as the S500 do not support 3D image projection.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The DELL S500 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the S500 also have a built-in speaker.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of projectors of this type and age is 1,800 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 3,200 ANSI lumens. When compared to other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the S500, the DELL S500's projector brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The DELL S500 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The DELL S500 is a two USB 2.0 port projector. Most of the other similar spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years only have one USB 2.0 port.

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Very Big Lamp Power

When compared to other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the S500, the lamp power of the DELL S500 of 280 Watts is one of the biggest. 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago have lamp power of between 190W and 280W.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Resolution

The biggest native resolution of the DELL S500 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more native resolution than a XGA (1024x768) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found native resolution. Across all projectors of a similar type and age to the S500 the native resolution ranges from SVGA (800x600) to 1080p (1920x1080).

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Wired Connectivity

This projector supports a Wired connectivity, which is typical of many projectors that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

Projectors of a similar age and spec to the S500 have power consumption during PowerSave of between 10W and 380W. At only 10 Watts, the DELL S500 has a quite low power consumption during PowerSave compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the S500.

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6 Reasons Against

DELL Projectors Only Have Unexceptional Reviews

On average DELL projectors are rated 67%, which is in the bottom 6% of all projector manufacturers that we have assessed.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most similar spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S500 do not support Full HD projection. The DELL S500 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

At only 3,000 hours, the DELL S500 has a quite short service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S500. The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the S500 is 3,000h and the longest is 7,000h.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

The lamp service lives of data projectors of this spec and age range from 2,500h to 5,000h, and the average lamp service life is 3,400h. At only 2,500 hours, the DELL S500 has a quite short lamp service life compared to most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the S500.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The lowest RMS rated power of 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years is 2W, the highest is 16W, and the average RMS rated power is 10W. The DELL S500 has one of the lower RMS rated power (only 5 Watts) amongst 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Heavy

At 7 kilograms, the DELL S500 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the S500. The lightest multimedia projector that has been around for around the same time as the S500 is 2.4kg heavy, the heaviest is 7.3kg, and the average weight is 3.8kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the DELL S500

Released Over Four Years Ago

This DELL data projector was released over four years ago.

WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found native projector resolution on 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as it.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Video
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
HDMI Version
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
WiFi Standard
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Connectivity
Aspect Ratio

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(4)
17 June 2011

The Dell S500wi projector offers a bright image, interactivity, and an ultra-short throw that projects big images from inches away, so you don't have to worry about casting shadows. Buy it now...

Ultra short throw yields big images from just a few inches
Bright
Interactive
Pen doesn't need to touch screen
3D support
Below par video quality
3D is highly limited
Limited maximum screen size
Interactive mode requires cable between projector and PC
Bulky

Projectorcentral.com

The Dell S500 wi interactive projector goes beyond most of its competitors by offering 1280x800 native resolution and an ultra short throw. It also earns points for its fast interactive response... Read more…

5 April 2011

A very good HD projector with great close-range performance and versatile interactive features. If you need a very large display, however, the S300wi is a better choice...

21 March 2011

If you want an interactive 3D projector but you're struggling to get a decent-sized projection display in a confined space, Dell's S500wi could be the answer.?...

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Electricity cost when switched on $85.09
Electricity cost when on standby $2.84
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Total running cost over 5 years $87.93
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.57 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers s500wi, s500w5y, dell s500, dell s500w, dell s500wi

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