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Optoma ML1500E
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Optoma ML1500E Projector

WXGA (1280x800) AC Dec 2014
Native Projector Resolution 3D Image Projection Built-In Speaker Power Source Release Date
Introducing the all new ML1500e 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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18 Reasons For

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 20 owner reviews this projector has a brilliant overall owner rating.

Popular Choice

The ML1500E is one the top selling data projector currently available for sale according to Amazon sales data.

Good Connectivity

Some people who reviewed this projector concluded that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Mz Rider wrote on Amazon “I have found that it works best with an HDMI input”. Mz Rider also said “I have found using a media player with HDMI works better tan direct USB”. Mz Rider also wrote “I have used a DVD player direct with HDMI and that is fine”.

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

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

Good Size

A number of people agreed that it was compact. Iaincatt mentioned “Compact, effective and works well from external sources” in their review of this projector. Last year Mr L Miller wrote “A great unit for its compact size” in his review of the Optoma ML1500E.

Nice Design

Some customers who purchased it reckoned that it was good looking. Last year Mr S J Dillon scored the product 5 stars and he said on Amazon “Pretty bright image.” in his Optoma ML1500E review.

Good Product Quality

A number of customers who purchased the product wrote that it was good quality. Ms. Tj Norwood wrote “What a beautifully sharp display! The picture quality on this is gorgeous” in their review of this projector. Robert Grosvenor gave it a very good rating and he mentioned in his review of the Optoma ML1500E “Excellent quality image for something this size”.

Good Picture Quality

One customer who reviewed the Optoma ML1500E mentioned that it had good picture quality.


One customer reckoned that this projector was well made. Dave mentioned “It feels like it in the dark) Connectivity is generally good for the video and the built in player manages most formats (apart from the choppiness”.

Good Remote Control

One person who bought it mentioned that it had a good remote control. Dave mentioned in his review of this projector on Amazon “Remote is ok” but despite that he only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other projectors that have been available for more than a year, the ML1500E supports 3D image projection.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other data projectors which support 3D image projection and we think the PJD5553LWS ($414.99), and the PJD5550LWS both from Viewsonic or the Optoma W402 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The ML1500E has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also have a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker to this projector and we think the Optoma W402 which is cheaper; or the Viewsonic PJD7830HDL ($520.99) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

Other projectors which also have a built-in speaker that you might also want to consider include the Panasonic PT-VW350 ($1,035.95).

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Two Built-In Speakers

The ML1500E is a two built-in speaker multimedia projector.

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Fairly High Number of Colours

At 1,073.4 million, the ML1500E has a quite high number of colours compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ML1500E. Comparable spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ML1500E have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 940M.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

The ML1500E has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the projectors that are a comparable age to the ML1500E. Most of the projectors that were released around the same time as the ML1500E only have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, however this projector has three USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Long Lamp Service Life

The ML1500E has a quite long lamp service life (20,000 hours) compared to most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the ML1500E. The shortest lamp service life of projectors of this age and spec is 2,000h and the longest is 30,000h.

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With a width of only 270 millimeters, the ML1500E is fairly narrow compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec. The widths of projectors that are a similar age to the ML1500E range from 130mm to 510mm.

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Very Light

The Optoma ML1500E is one of the lighter data projectors of a similar spec and age to the ML1500E (only 1.4 kilograms) amongst projectors of this age. Across all the projectors of this spec and age the weights range from 9.7g to 18kg, and the average weight is 4.3kg.

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8 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Optoma ML1500E owner mentioned that this projector was not noisy. I. Morrison said in their review “The fan is a wee bit noisy”.

Difficult to Use

One person wrote in their reviews that it was not easy to use. Last year Dave mentioned on Amazon “Would be better with a backlight to use in the dark (or at least have something to make it easy to feel which way up it is” in his Optoma ML1500E review.

One Optoma ML1500E reviewer who reviewed it thought it was not easy to use the menus. Dave mentioned “Menu system is appalling, particularly the buttons which do not do what they state” and rated it 60 out of 100.

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Inferior Sound Quality

Some Optoma ML1500E reviewers who bought the product agreed that it did not have good sound quality. Barbeche said on Amazon “The speakers are very weak, connecting an external speaker is a bit of a faff as you need to use a multipurpose cable” in their Optoma ML1500E review although they gave it a rating of 5 stars. Last year Dave mentioned on Amazon “Not bright enough, choppy video and poor sound”. Dave also said “Generally I don't The main problem is the sound”.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other projectors that were released more than a year ago, the ML1500E does not support Full HD projection.

It is worth also looking at alternative projectors which also support Full HD projection including the Viewsonic PJD7830HDL ($520.99); or the Viewsonic PJD6352LS ($477.99), or the NEC V332W ($525.00).

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other data projectors that were released more than a year ago, the Optoma ML1500E does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is the most frequently supported zoom ratio on multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to it.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The ML1500E is a one VGA (D-Sub) port projector. Most of the other data projectors of this spec and age have between one and three VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Very Small Matrix Size

At only 0.45 inches, the Optoma ML1500E has a fairly small matrix size compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for more than a year. The smallest matrix size of data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the ML1500E is 0.45", the biggest is 0.74", and the average matrix size is 0.59".

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ML1500E

Released Over Two Years Ago

This data projector was released over two years ago.

WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many projectors that are a comparable age to it.

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Native Projector Resolution
Matrix Type
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamp Type
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Ethernet LAN Connection
Memory Card
Optical Disc Player
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Product Type
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Cable Included
Technical Details
Contrast Ratio

User Reviews

Reviewed 12 July 2016 by Peter Johnson
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this for a small presentation and it works much better than i had expected. Small, easy to use, bright so will become my projector of choice even for fairly large groups. Delivered on time too.

Reviewed 22 June 2016 by Orc
(Verified Purchase)


Reviewed 27 March 2016 by C. Fonseka
(Verified Purchase)

Very impressed by this projector. It's tiny, it's bright, and if you pair it with a standard tripod, it becomes wonderfully simple in terms of set up, even if you have to move it round your house... Read more…

Reviewed 11 March 2016 by Adam Gnourie
(Verified Purchase)

Very good for meetings and showing off photos.

Reviewed 22 February 2016 by Wells Toofargone
(Verified Purchase)

The best of its kind highly recommend...

Reviewed 9 February 2016 by Daryl A. Littlejohns
(Verified Purchase)

A quality bit of kit and has served me well!

Reviewed 4 February 2016 by I. Morrison
(Verified Purchase)

Great little piece of kit. The fan is a wee bit noisy but not to the extent that it's distracting. I am using it mainly for gaming and it holds up pretty well to a much larger Optoma model I... Read more…

Reviewed 23 December 2015 by Patrick B.
(Verified Purchase)

Love it. I use it all the time in rounds.

Reviewed 12 December 2015 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Spare bulb?

For the size in a darkened room the picture is superb for stills and movies. As I basically bought this for movies and knew it would need a darkened room then it fulfills my requirements. I have... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $35.74
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