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Optoma EW556 Projector

13000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB 3,200 ANSI Lumens Oct 2012
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11 Reasons For

Good Brand

Optoma is one of the better rated multimedia projector brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Optoma also has good ratings for its 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma EW556 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker and we think cheaper projectors such as the Acer P1276, and the Benq MS512 is also worth considering.

Alternative projectors which also have a built-in speaker that you might want to look at include the Benq MX842.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is the most commonly supported graphics resolution on data projectors of this age and type.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Optoma EW556 has a quite bright projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable type and age to the EW556. The dimmest projector brightness of comparable spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the EW556 is 800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma EW556 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most common resolution.

A WXGA (1280x800) native projector resolution is in fact the best resolution across all 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the EW556.

Across similar types of projector the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600).

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

Comparable spec data projectors that have been around for more than two years have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.65", and the average matrix size is 0.57". The Optoma EW556 has a quite big matrix size (0.65 inches) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the EW556.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma EW556 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port projector. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The Optoma EW556 has one of the quieter noise levels (only 30 decibels) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The quietest noise level of multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the EW556 is 26dB, the loudest is 40dB, and the average noise level is 33dB.

If you would consider a data projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Acer P1276 (34dB) which is also cheaper.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

At 6,500 hours, the Optoma EW556 has a fairly long service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that came out more than two years ago. Similar spec projectors that were launched around the same time as the EW556 have service life of lamp in economic mode of between 3,000h and 10,000h.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Light

The weights of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the EW556 range from 1.3kg to 5.4kg. The Optoma EW556 is quite light (only 2.2 kilograms) compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the EW556.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The Optoma EW556 does not support 3D image projection, unlike most of the other data projectors of this type and age which support 3D image projection.

We compared this projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a 3D image projection and we think the MX806, or the MS512 both from Benq is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Optoma EW556 does not support Full HD projection, although keep in mind that most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the EW556 also do not support Full HD projection.

Alternative projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might also want to look at include the MX806, or the MS512 both from Benq; or the Epson EH-TW5100.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma EW556 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the EW556 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma EW556

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Optoma multimedia projector was released over four years ago.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
AUX Input
S-Video Input
PC Audio Input
Serial Interface Type
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
PC Audio Output
Microphone Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AV Output Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
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
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Connectivity

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on $68.64
Electricity cost when on standby $2.87
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Total running cost over 5 years $71.51
Running costs for this projector have been estimated based on other similar projectors. If you know how much electricity and water the Optoma EW556uses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
0.46T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.46 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
12
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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