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DELL S500 Projector

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2300:1 WXGA (1280x800) 3,200 ANSI Lumens Feb 2013
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Get closer than ever to the big picture with the Dell S500wi Ultra Short Throw Projector, which can project an approximate 80" diagonal image from just 20" away. With a native WXGA (1280x800)... More
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Tech Review: Dell S500wi Interactive Projector
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19 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

Four experts from sites including PC Mag, v3.co.uk, zdnet.co.uk and projectorcentral.com have rated this projector on average 80 out of 100. That puts this multimedia projector in the bottom 100% of all the data projectors of a similar age and spec.

Good Sound Quality

Two DELL S500 owners who bought the DELL S500 considered that it had good sound quality. Pc Mag wrote in their DELL S500 review “Good sound from internal speakers”. Expert website Projectorcentral.com mentioned in their review of the DELL S500 “Excellent audio” and scored it 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

A number of DELL S500 reviewers reckoned that the DELL S500 was good quality. Pc Mag gave this projector a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote on PC Mag five years ago “Good picture quality”. In the same month expert review site Projectorcentral.com mentioned “It also earns points for its fast interactive response time, high quality data images”.

Good High Def TV

One DELL S500 reviewer who purchased the DELL S500 considered that it was good at displaying high definition TV.

Good Picture Quality

One DELL S500 reviewer who reviewed the DELL S500 mentioned that it had good picture quality.

Acceptable Noise Level

One DELL S500 reviewer who purchased this projector thought it was quiet. Pc Mag said in their review on PC Mag “Surprisingly quiet” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Robust

One person who reviewed it thought it was well made. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the DELL S500 on expert review site PC Mag “Built in interactivity lets you interact with the image without needi”.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One person said that the product had a good 3D picture quality. Pc Mag wrote in their DELL S500 review five years ago “3D is highly limited” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Good Technical Features

One DELL S500 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. V3.co.uk wrote “A very good HD projector with great close-range performance and versatile interactive features”.

Supports Wi-Fi

The DELL S500 supports wi-Fi, unlike most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the S500 which do not support wi-Fi.

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Supports 3D

The DELL S500 supports 3D, unlike most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S500 which do not support 3D.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the S500, the DELL S500 has a built-in speaker(s).

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of the DELL S500 of 3,200 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest amongst data projectors of this spec and age. Comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago have projector brightnesss of between 1,800 ANSI lumens and 3,200 ANSI lumens.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The DELL S500 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys than most of the 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the S500. Most of the similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the S500 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, however this projector has three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The DELL S500 is a two USB 2.0 ports quantity projector. Most of the other 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the S500 only have one USB 2.0 ports quantity.

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Very Big Bulb Power

The average bulb power of projectors of a similar type and age to the S500 is 210W. At 280 Watts, the DELL S500 has a very big bulb power compared to most of the other data projectors of this type and age.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Resolution

The biggest native resolution of the DELL S500 is WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more native resolution than the most common native resolution of XGA (1024x768). Across all projectors of a similar spec and age to the S500 the best native resolution is 1080p (1920x1080) and the worst is SVGA (800x600).

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Wired Connectivity Technology

This projector supports a Wired connectivity technology, which is the most frequently supported connectivity technology on projectors of this age and spec.

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Very Low Power Consumption (PowerSave)

2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S500 have power consumption (PowerSave)s of between 6W and 280W. The DELL S500 has a fairly low power consumption (PowerSave) (only 10 Watts) compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were launched around the same time as the S500.

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7 Reasons Against

DELL Only Has Unexceptional Projector Reviews

Projectors built by DELL are fairly ok projectors according to average user and expert reviews.

Does Not Support Full HD

The DELL S500 does not support full HD. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the S500 also do not support full HD.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

The shortest service life of lamp (economic mode) of 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S500 is 3,000h and the longest is 7,000h. At only 3,000 hours, the DELL S500 has a fairly short service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other data projectors that are a similar age to the S500.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

The DELL S500 has a fairly short service life of lamp (only 2,500 hours) compared to most of the other data projectors that are a comparable age to the S500. The shortest service life of lamp of 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the S500 is 2,500h and the longest is 5,000h.

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Very Low Number of Colours

Multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the S500 have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M. The DELL S500 has a quite low number of colours (only 1.07 million) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The RMS rated powers of data projectors that came out more than two years ago range from 2W to 16W. With an RMS rated power of only 5 Watts, the DELL S500 has one of the lower RMS rated powers amongst 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Heavy

At 7 kilograms, the DELL S500 is quite heavy compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and type. 2300:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 2.4kg and 7.3kg, and the average weight is 3.7kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the DELL S500

Released Over Four Years Ago

DELL released the S500 over four years ago.

WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

This data projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Video
3D
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
HDMI Version
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Plug and Play
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Other Features
Connectivity Technology
Aspect Ratio

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(4)
17 June 2011

The Dell S500wi projector offers a bright image, interactivity, and an ultra-short throw that projects big images from inches away, so you don't have to worry about casting shadows. Buy it now...

Ultra short throw yields big images from just a few inches
Bright
Interactive
Pen doesn't need to touch screen
3D support
Below par video quality
3D is highly limited
Limited maximum screen size
Interactive mode requires cable between projector and PC
Bulky

Projectorcentral.com

The Dell S500 wi interactive projector goes beyond most of its competitors by offering 1280x800 native resolution and an ultra short throw. It also earns points for its fast interactive response... Read more…

5 April 2011

A very good HD projector with great close-range performance and versatile interactive features. If you need a very large display, however, the S300wi is a better choice...

21 March 2011

If you want an interactive 3D projector but you're struggling to get a decent-sized projection display in a confined space, Dell's S500wi could be the answer.?...

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Electricity cost when switched on $81.68
Electricity cost when on standby $2.72
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Total running cost over 5 years $84.40
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.57 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers dell s500, dell s500w, dell s500wi
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