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Optoma ML1500 Projector

15000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB Apr 2014
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Introducing the all new ML1500 ultra-slim portable LED projector. This powerful, lightweight and portable projector projects vibrant HD ready images up to an impressive 100. Weighing only 1.4kg... More
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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on three expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, PC Advisor.co.uk and gadgetspeak.com the average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 73 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 44 owner reviews this Optoma projector has an average owner rating of 84%.

Good Product Quality

A few Optoma ML1500 reviewers said in their reviews that this projector was good quality. Anon wrote in their review of this projector on Amazon “Excellent quality images from HDMI”. Biff mentioned in their review “Well Made”. In November last year James Edgeworth gave it an excellent rating and he said on Amazon “Amazing quality for the size!A little noisy”.

Easy to Use

A few Optoma ML1500 owners who reviewed this projector considered that it was easy to use. Anon scored the product very highly and wrote on Amazon “Bright, clear, simple to use”. Blueskyandy scored it very highly and mentioned “Portable, light, works well in light or dark conditions, easy to use, wish there was somwhere clever for the power cable” in their Optoma ML1500 review. Blueskyandy also wrote “It has a convenient remote control which is held in its own pocket within the case which is itself of good quality”.

Four Optoma ML1500 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to setup. Anon mentioned in their Optoma ML1500 review on Amazon “Quick to set up and to cool downso great for presentations on customers premises”. Blueskyandy wrote “It runs very quiet and is easy to set up and use”. Imagetruth wrote in their Optoma ML1500 review on Amazon “Great projector; compact, light and easy to setup” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this projector performed as expected. James Edgeworth gave the product a very good review score and he wrote on Amazon last year “Good quality, does what it says on the tin” in his Optoma ML1500 review.

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Good Size

Several customers reckoned that the Optoma ML1500 was easy to carry around. Imagetruth gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “Compact light and easy to use”.

One customer reckoned that it was compact. Mark Neal mentioned in his review of the Optoma ML1500 “Very compact and good brightness for displaying text in a fairly well lit room although needs a slightly darker room for films etc”.

One Optoma ML1500 owner thought the product was a good size. This year Jt wrote on Amazon “Sometimes the cables take up more space than this! Also it's got a good size screen at a fairly short throw distance, so that's handy in most rooms” in their review of this projector.

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Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

We calculated the average reviews for all Optoma multimedia projectors and also specifically for Optoma 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors and found that in both cases Optoma had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

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A few Optoma ML1500 owners reckoned that it was well made. Techworld.com wrote two years ago “Larger and more solid traditional models”.

Good Picture Quality

Several Optoma ML1500 reviewers said in their reviews that this projector had good colour saturation. In November last year Lee wrote on Amazon “All the colours are great except when in bright mode for some reason” in his review of this projector. Lee also mentioned “Update > I've have since found that the colors look fine in the bright mode when i use it with my PS3”.

Good Remote Control

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the Optoma ML1500 had a good remote control. Lee mentioned on Amazon “Improvements > Much better remote”.

Good Sound Quality

One Optoma ML1500 owner who reviewed it mentioned that it had good sound quality.

Good Connectivity

One Optoma ML1500 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was wifi compatible. Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert website Expert Reviews two years ago “Its lack of built-in Wi-Fi is a disappointment”. One customer thought the product was good in terms of HDMI connections.

One person who reviewed it said that it had network functionality.

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Supports Full HD Projection

The Optoma ML1500 supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age which do not support Full HD projection.

We compared this data projector to all the other data projectors which support Full HD projection and we think the X401[pl_1995677_price], and the EH300[pl_1727047_price] both from Optoma or the Viewsonic PJD6683WS[plb_1514463_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma ML1500 supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the ML1500.

There are a number of other projectors which support 3D image projection currently available which you might want to consider including the W306[pl_1726310_price], or the X401[pl_1995677_price] both from Optoma or the Viewsonic PJD6383S[plb_1514462_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma ML1500 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and spec to the ML1500 also have a built-in speaker.

Other projectors with a built-in speaker currently available that you might also want to consider include the W306[pl_1726310_price], or the X401[pl_1995677_price] both from Optoma or the Viewsonic PJD6383S[plb_1514462_price] which has better reviews.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma ML1500 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. The worst resolution of all 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years is SVGA (800x600) and the best is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Two Built-In Speakers

The Optoma ML1500 is a two built-in speaker data projector.

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Very Long Lamp Service Life

Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago the lamp service lives range from 2,000h to 30,000h. The lamp service life of the Optoma ML1500 of 20,000 hours is one of the longest amongst data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Narrow

The average width of 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the ML1500 is 350mm, and the widths range from 230mm to 750mm. At only 270 millimeters, the Optoma ML1500 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released around the same time as the ML1500.

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Light

Multimedia projectors of this spec and age have weights of between 1.3kg and 27kg, and the average weight is 6.6kg. With a weight of only 1.4 kilograms, the Optoma ML1500 is fairly light compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

Four customers said in their reviews that it was not noisy. In November last year Biff wrote on Amazon “Slightly noisy, Cabling is suprisingly bulky.I struggled for some time to get the wirelss set up” but in spite of that they gave it a score of 4 stars. Olivia Bowles gave it a score of 60 out of 100 and she wrote “The fans are quite noisy and although the projector unit itself is small”.

Poor Design

One customer said in their reviews that it was not good looking. Two years ago Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this projector “They got this wrong, big style and need to rethink the concept”.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma ML1500 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative projectors which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at include the Optoma EX400[plb_2110318_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This data projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is typical of many 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Offset

With an offset of only 105 percent, the Optoma ML1500 has one of the smaller offsets amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The average offset of multimedia projectors of this age and type is 97%, and the offsets range from 13% to 130%.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The Optoma ML1500 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port data projector.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 0.45 inches, the Optoma ML1500 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The average display diagonal of data projectors of a similar age and spec to the ML1500 is 0.89".

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Only One Audio in Port

Most data projectors of a similar age and spec to the ML1500 have one audio in port, including the Optoma ML1500 which has one audio in port.

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Very Small Matrix Size

At only 0.45 inches, the Optoma ML1500 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the ML1500. Comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the ML1500 have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 1.1".

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ML1500

Released Over Two Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market for over two years.

1024 X 768 (XGA) Graphics Resolution

The Optoma ML1500 supports a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). That's 59% less resolution than a 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by multimedia projectors of this spec and age. In addition, this data projector supports a graphics resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA).

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Average Noise Level

The Optoma ML1500 has a pretty average noise level (30 decibels) compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar spec and age to the ML1500.

Alternative 30dB noise level projectors currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the W306[pl_1726310_price], or the W307[pl_1727438_price] both from Optoma.

Alternative multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Optoma X401[plb_1995677_price] (29dB) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Matrix Type
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp
Lamp Type
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Video
Graphics Resolution
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
DC-In Jack
Headphone Output
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Memory Card
Optical Disc Player
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Vertical Scan Range
HDCP
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Maximum Power Consumption
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
Remote Control Type
Cable Included
Technical Details
Contrast Ratio

Expert Reviews

(4)
10 August 2014

If this ratio doesn't work for you, tough, because the ML1500 has no zoom. There's no lens shift either, the idea being that with a projector this size it's easy enough to reposition the whole... Read more…

12 July 2014

High-quality portable projector, but its lack of built-in Wi-Fi is a disappointment...

12 May 2014

For the travelling business person who wants to reduce luggage while still being able to present during meetings, the Optoma ML1500 will seem like an answered prayer. Its plethora of connectivity...

28 April 2014

The Optoma ML1500 is designed to fill the gap between the pico mini projectors that fit in your palm, and larger and more solid traditional models. It's clearly aimed at the executive on the move... Read more…

User Reviews

(33)
Reviewed 11 March 2014 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

I'll start by saying that I'm very happy with the projector it does projection very well, for such a small device. It has a variety of resolutions and settings. the one I get best results from, is... Read more…

Reviewed 11 October 2014 by Anon
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent quality images from HDMI, some colour fringing on VGA input. Bright, clear, simple to use. Quick to set up and to cool down so great for presentations on customers premises...

Reviewed 29 April 2015 by Biff

Quality well made projector that gives a great image. Very light. Slightly noisy, Cabling is suprisingly bulky. I struggled for some time to get the wirelss set up. Not an issue as I won't really... Read more…

Reviewed 3 March 2015 by Olivia Bowles
(Verified Purchase)

Brill, arrived in time and works like a charm, but like other reviews said that I only read after ordering it, the fans are quite noisy and although the projector unit itself is small and light,... Read more…

Reviewed 31 July 2016 by JT
(Verified Purchase)

Had a lot of nice comments about this - very portable and light. Sometimes the cables take up more space than this! Also it's got a good size screen at a fairly short throw distance, so that's... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $35.96
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