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Optoma EH501 Projector

1080p (1920x1080) 27dB 5,000 ANSI Lumens Aug 2013
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The Optoma EH501 was designed to deliver unsurpassed performance and reliability to meet your installation needs. Its powerful 5000 lumens output and impressive 15,000:1 contrast ratio deliver... More
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12 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Projector Reviews

Optoma is one of the superior data projector brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Optoma also has good ratings for its projectors.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Optoma EH501 supports Full HD projection, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the EH501 do not support Full HD projection.

We compared this data projector to all the other multimedia projectors which support Full HD projection and we think the Benq W7000+ ($5,907.74), and the Panasonic PT-AE8000U ($1,699.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma EH501 has a built-in speaker, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the EH501 do not have a built-in speaker.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including because of it's better review score, the Acer H7531D, or the Epson PowerLite 98.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the EH501, the Optoma EH501 supports 3D image projection.

Alternative projectors which support 3D image projection currently available which you might also want to look at include the Benq W7000+ ($5,907.74), or the Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WU which has better reviews.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

At 5,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma EH501 has a fairly bright projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors that came out more than two years ago. Across all the projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the EH501 the projector brightness range from 300 ANSI lumens to 9,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 2,900 ANSI lumens.

If this projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to look at the Epson PowerLite 4650 ($1,862.42) (5,200 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

This projector has a native projector resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is the most frequently found native projector resolution on projectors of a similar spec and age to it.

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Four USB 2.0 Ports

The Optoma EH501 has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the EH501. This multimedia projector is a four USB 2.0 port projector compared to most of the projectors of this type and age which only have between one and three USB 2.0 ports.

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Very High RMS Rated Power

The RMS rated power of projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the EH501 range from 1W to 30W, and the average RMS rated power is 9.9W. With an RMS rated power of 30 Watts, the Optoma EH501 has one of the highest RMS rated power amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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Two Built-In Speakers

The Optoma EH501 is a two built-in speaker projector.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma EH501 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port data projector.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

At only 27 decibels, the Optoma EH501 has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the EH501. The average noise level of multimedia projectors of this spec and age is 32dB, and the noise levels range from 20dB to 47dB.

If you don't mind having a louder noise level then you might also want to look at the Optoma H180X ($635.87) (28dB).

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma EH501 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other data projectors of this spec and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Vivitek Qumi Q7 ($650.00), or the Benq GP20 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

The shortest lamp service life of projectors of this age and spec is 1,500h and the longest is 30,000h. At only 2,500 hours, the Optoma EH501 has a fairly short lamp service life compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the EH501.

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Only One HDMI Port

Most projectors of this age and type have between one and three HDMI ports, including the Optoma EH501 which has one HDMI port.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma EH501

Released Over Three Years Ago

Optoma released the EH501 over three years ago.

Specification

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RS-232 Port
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Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
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Vertical Scan Range
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RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on $88.29
Electricity cost when on standby $2.86
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Total running cost over 5 years $91.15
Running costs for this projector have been estimated based on other similar projectors. If you know how much electricity and water the Optoma EH501uses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
0.58T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.58 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
15
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

Barcodes 00796435418038, 05060059047109, 07964354180388

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