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Optoma EH500 Projector

10000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 30dB Oct 2013
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The Optoma EH500 will make your presentations shine crystal clear in full high definition. Its powerful 4700 lumens bright output combined with an outstanding 10,000:1 contrast ratio delivers... More
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11 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Based on 1,709 owner and expert reviews, Optoma has good ratings for its projectors. Optoma also has good ratings specifically for its 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Optoma EH500 supports Full HD projection. Most of the other comparable spec data projectors that came out around the same time as the EH500 do not support Full HD projection.

We compared this projector to all the other multimedia projectors which support Full HD projection and we think because of it's better review score, the Epson EB-1985WU[plb_2399673_price], the NEC M322[plb_2268469_price], and the Acer H9505[plb_2246698_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma EH500 supports 3D image projection, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago do not support 3D image projection.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including because of it's better review score, the M302[pl_2250185_price], or the M420[pl_2168268_price] both from NEC or the Optoma X600[plb_2067505_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other projectors of this spec and age, the Optoma EH500 has a built-in speaker.

We compared this projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker and we think because of it's better review score, the EB-1985WU[pl_2399673_price], the EB-595Wi[pl_2237072_price], and the BrightLink 575WI+[pl_2175965_price] all from Epson is also worth considering.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma EH500 has a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most common resolution. Across all data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the EH500 the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200) and the worst is SVGA (800x600).

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Quite Bright Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of comparable spec multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the EH500 range from 300 ANSI lumens to 20,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,400 ANSI lumens. At 4,700 ANSI lumens, the Optoma EH500 has a quite bright projector brightness compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

If this data projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might also want to look at the P7505[pl_2185126_price] (5,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the P7305[pl_2194407_price] (5,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Acer or the Epson EB-1985WU[plb_2399673_price] (4,800 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Optoma EH500 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this Optoma multimedia projector). In addition, this projector support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) graphics resolution is actually the best supported resolution amongst all 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the EH500.

Amongst similar types of projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Quite Big Matrix Size

With a matrix size of 0.65 inches, the Optoma EH500 has a fairly big matrix size compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the EH500 have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.96", and the average matrix size is 0.62".

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma EH500 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port multimedia projector.

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Quite High Number of Colours

With a number of colours of 1,070 million, the Optoma EH500 has one of the higher numbers of colours amongst multimedia projectors of this age. Projectors of this type and age have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of comparable spec multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago range from 28dB to 49dB, and the average noise level is 36dB. The Optoma EH500 has one of the quieter noise levels (only 30 decibels) amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most projectors of a similar spec and age to the EH500 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Optoma EH500 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of alternative projectors which also support WiFi connectivity which you might also want to consider including the EB-1985WU[pl_2399673_price], or the EB-1975W[pl_2399672_price] both from Epson or the Acer H9505[plb_2246698_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Short Lamp Service Life

At only 3,500 hours, the Optoma EH500 has a fairly short lamp service life compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the EH500. Across all the projectors that were released around the same time as the EH500 the lamp service lives range from 500h to 30,000h.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the EH500 have between one and three USB 2.0 ports, including the Optoma EH500 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma EH500

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this projector was released.

Specification

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Vertical Keystone Correction
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Uniformity
Number of Colours
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Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
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Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp Service Life
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Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
HDMI Version
DisplayPort
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot Type
Colour
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Cable Included
3D Glasses Included

User Reviews

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Reviewed 23 September 2015 by Rolondo B.
(Verified Purchase)

I RMA'd the unit, taking forever, no TV. Just got notice today it's shipped.. but why not make it a quick delivery? It's going to take like a week it says, just to get here. Oh well. I'll give an... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $79.36
Electricity cost when on standby $5.70
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Total running cost over 5 years $85.06
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.55 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 14 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma eh500, optoma full3, optoma full3d
Barcodes 00012307126543, 00014445832751, 00041113971894, 00070090122456, 00132018210895, 00163121425241, 00172304336410, 00331969550917, 00664355540705, 00718117589935, 00718117604836, 00731215392917, 00734184281718, 00765042398712, 00779184071594, 00782386098733, 00796435418656, 00801049954664, 00804067182521, 00808112922902, 00809392589878, 00834013358908, 00872182783930, 00971494540061, 05053959398297, 05054629703403, 07964354186564, 08656112306947

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