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Optoma W501 Projector

15000:1 UXGA (1600 X 1200) 27dB Jul 2013
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The Optoma W501 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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11 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Based on 1,709 owner and expert reviews, Optoma has good reviews for its multimedia projectors. Optoma also has good reviews specifically for its 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors compared to other brands.

Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other data projectors of this type and age, the Optoma W501 supports 3D image projection.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the W501, the Optoma W501 has a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the LG PA72G[plb_1580755_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of projectors of this type and age range from 700 ANSI lumens to 11,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 4,200 ANSI lumens. At 5,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma W501 has a fairly bright projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the W501.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This multimedia projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 768 (WXGA)|1280 x 800 (WXGA)|1360 x 768 (WXGA)|1400 x 1050 (SXGA+)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is the most commonly supported graphics resolution on projectors of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Quite Big Matrix Size

With a matrix size of 0.65 inches, the Optoma W501 has a fairly big matrix size compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the W501. The matrix sizes of 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the W501 range from 0.45" to 1.1", and the average matrix size is 0.61".

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Four USB 2.0 Ports

Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the W501 only have between one and three USB 2.0 ports, however the Optoma W501 has four USB 2.0 ports.

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Very High RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the W501 is 7.1W, and the RMS rated power range from 2W to 30W. The RMS rated power of the Optoma W501 of 30 Watts is one of the highest amongst projectors of this age and spec.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma W501 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port multimedia projector.

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Quite Bright Lamp Power in Economic Mode

The average lamp power in economic mode of 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago is 1,500W, and the lamp powers in economic mode range from 160W to 10,000W. With a lamp power in economic mode of 4,000 Watts, the Optoma W501 has a fairly bright lamp power in economic mode compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the W501.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 27 decibels, the Optoma W501 has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for more than two years. The quietest noise level of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the W501 is 26dB, the loudest is 40dB, and the average noise level is 33dB.

Multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that might also be worth looking at include the Optoma EH300[plb_1727047_price] (26dB).

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to the W501 do not support Full HD projection. The Optoma W501 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other projectors which also support Full HD projection to this multimedia projector and we think the Viewsonic PJD7820HD[plb_1536139_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma W501 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been around for a similar time to the W501 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors which also support WiFi connectivity which you might also want to look at including the Optoma EX400[plb_2110318_price], or the Epson EB-Z11000[plb_2549617_price].

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

The average lamp service life of projectors of this spec and age is 4,700h. The Optoma W501 has one of the shorter lamp service lives (only 2,500 hours) amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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Only One Audio in Port

Most similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the W501 have one audio in port, including the Optoma W501 which has one audio in port.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma W501

Released Over Three Years Ago

Optoma released the W501 over three years ago.

UXGA (1600 X 1200) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma W501 is UXGA (1600 x 1200). That's 88% more resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp Power in Economic Mode
Lamp
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
HDMI Version
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
Bluetooth
Storage
Optical Disc Player
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
Power
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 Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Cable Included
3D Glasses Included
Other Features
Built-In Touchpad

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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
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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

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma w501, optoma p176411, optoma p176411p
Barcodes 00796435418021, 05060059047093, 07964354180210

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