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DELL S500

projectorcentral.com Highly Rated
A Good Value for Money 2300:1 WXGA (1280x800) Multimedia Projector
2300:1 WXGA (1280x800) Yes 36dB Feb 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
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DELL S500 Review

Representing very good value for money but with good features, we have ranked the DELL S500 number 513 across all projectors.
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5 Reviews + 1 Award
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Very Good
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7 Great Features
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4 Years Old
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£115 Over 1 Year
Overall Score
56
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 56?

It has good expert reviews but below average user reviews with an average overall rating of 61%.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better multimedia projectors are available. View the latest data projectors 2017.
It has running costs of £115 over 1 year, which are typical compared to the other 14 new data projectors that we have compared it to.
This DELL projector has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has an Ethernet LAN
Supports Wi-Fi
Very short service life of lamp
Not Energy Star certified

DELL S500 Video Reviews


DELL S500 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 80 out of 100 based on four expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, projectorcentral.com, zdnet.co.uk and v3.co.uk.

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DELL Only Has Unexceptional Multimedia Projector Reviews

Multimedia projectors manufactured by DELL generally have unexceptional ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Not Good for Ceiling Mounting

One person who bought this projector thought it was not good for ceiling mounting. Glenda mentioned on Amazon “This was so essential that I contacted the company beforehand and they assured me (twice!) that the projector does not have to be ceiling mounted” in her review of the DELL S500.

Good High Def TV

One owner who bought it considered that it was good at displaying high definition TV.

Robust

One owner considered that the DELL S500 was well made. Pcmag.com scored the product 7 stars and wrote in their review of this projector on expert website PC Mag “Built in interactivity lets you interact with the image without needi”.

Great Technical Features

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it had good features. Six years ago expert review site V3.co.uk wrote “A very good HD projector with great close-range performance and versatile interactive features”.

Good Sound from Internal Speakers

Two customers who bought it agreed that it had good sound quality. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Good sound from internal speakers” but they gave it a score of 1 stars. Expert review site Projectorcentral.com mentioned “Excellent audio”.

Surprisingly Quiet

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the DELL S500 was quiet. Pc Mag said in their review of this projector “Surprisingly quiet”.

Good Picture Quality

One owner mentioned in their reviews that the DELL S500 had good picture quality.

Good Picture Quality

Two people reckoned that the product was good quality. Six years ago Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Good picture quality”. Expert review site Projectorcentral.com gave it a rating of 9 stars and mentioned “It also earns points for its fast interactive response time, high quality data images” in their review of this projector.

3D Support

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good 3D picture quality. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this projector “3D support”.


Features

Has an Ethernet LAN

The DELL S500 has an Ethernet LAN, as do most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to this data projector.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The DELL S500 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as this projector do not support Wi-Fi.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

At only 2,500 hours, the DELL S500 has a fairly short service life of lamp compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this projector. The average service life of lamp of 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to this projector is 3,900h, and the service life of lamps range from 2,500h to 5,000h.

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Not Energy Star Certified

Like most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this projector, the DELL S500 is not Energy Star certified.

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HD-Ready

The DELL S500 is HD-Ready. Most of the other latest similar spec projectors also are HD-Ready.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The DELL S500 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this projector.

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Very Big Bulb Power

2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as this projector have bulb powers of between 190W and 280W, and the average bulb power is 210W. With a bulb power of 280 Watts, the DELL S500's bulb power is one of the biggest amongst comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to this multimedia projector.

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Does Not Have a DVI Port

The DELL S500 does not have a DVI port. Most of the other data projectors that came out around the same time as this projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The DELL S500 does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as this projector also do not support full HD.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of similar spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as this data projector is 1,800 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 3,200 ANSI lumens. When compared to other similar age 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors, the DELL S500's projector brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest.

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Average Noise Level

At 36 decibels, the DELL S500 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as this projector.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The DELL S500 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as this data projector.

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WXGA (1280x800) Resolution

This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many new 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released in February 2013.


Running Costs

Running Costs Are OK

Based on average energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the S500 will cost £115 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 14 new data projectors.

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DELL S500 Review Sources

To prepare this DELL S500 review we compared this projector to 100 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 330,390 product attributes, 16,086 projector reviews and 2,530,500 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dell s500wi

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