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Optoma EH500 Projector

10000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 30dB Oct 2013
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The Optoma EH500 will make your presentations shine crystal clear in full high definition. Its powerful 4700 lumens bright output combined with an outstanding 10,000:1 contrast ratio delivers... More
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Optoma EH500 1080p 4700 Lumen Full 3D DLP Network Projector with HDMI Quick Review
QUICK REVIEW OPTOMA EH500 1080P 4700 LUMEN FULL 3D DLP NETWORK PROJECTOR WITH HDMI
Optoma EH500 1080p 4700 Review

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Optoma Projectors Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Optoma projectors and also specifically for Optoma 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors and found that in both cases Optoma had good ratings.

Supports Full HD

The Optoma EH500 supports full HD, unlike most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago which do not support full HD.

We compared all the other data projectors which support full HD to this data projector and we think because of it's better review score, the EB-1980WU[pl_2399669_price], and the 1980WU[pl_2746486_price] both from Epson or the Benq MW853[plb_2229178_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D

The Optoma EH500 supports 3D, which is unusual. Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released around the same time as the EH500 do not support 3D.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative multimedia projectors which support 3D currently available including the Benq MW853[plb_2229178_price], or the Optoma X600[plb_2067505_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma EH500 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in speaker(s).

There are a number of other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might also want to consider including the EB-1970W[pl_2399671_price], or the EB-1975W[pl_2399672_price] both from Epson or the Benq MW853[plb_2229178_price] which has better reviews.

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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma EH500 is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of a WXGA (1280x800) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. The best resolution of all data projectors of this age and spec is WUXGA (1920x1200) and the worst is SVGA (800x600).

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Quite Bright Projector Brightness

The projector brightnesss of multimedia projectors of this spec and age range from 300 ANSI lumens to 12,000 ANSI lumens. At 4,700 ANSI lumens, the Optoma EH500 has a fairly bright projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

If you would prefer a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the EB-1985WU[pl_2399673_price] (4,800 ANSI lumens), the EB-1975W[pl_2399672_price] (5,000 ANSI lumens), or the EB-1970W[pl_2399671_price] (5,000 ANSI lumens) all from Epson which also has a higher rating.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Optoma EH500 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this projector). This data projector also support supported graphics resolutionss of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) supported graphics resolutions is in fact the best supported resolution amongst all multimedia projectors of this type and age.

The worst supported resolution across comparable types of data projector is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

The average matrix size of 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years is 0.62", and the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.96". With a matrix size of 0.65 inches, the Optoma EH500 has a quite big matrix size compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Optoma EH500 is a two HDMI ports quantity projector.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The quietest noise level of 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched around the same time as the EH500 is 28dB and the loudest is 49dB. At only 30 decibels, the Optoma EH500 has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the EH500.

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4 Reasons Against

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on data projectors of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Optoma EH500 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the EH500 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a wi-Fi and we think the EB-1970W[pl_2399671_price], the EB-1975W[pl_2399672_price], or the EB-1985WU[pl_2399673_price] all from Epson which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of only 3,500 hours, the Optoma EH500 has one of the shorter service life of lamps amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age. Across all the comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the EH500 the service life of lamps range from 500h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,200h.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

The Optoma EH500 is a one USB 2.0 ports quantity multimedia projector. Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that came out around the same time as the EH500 have between one and three USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma EH500

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector was released.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
HDMI Version
DisplayPorts Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included
3D Glasses Included

User Reviews

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Reviewed 23 September 2015 by Rolondo B.
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I RMA'd the unit, taking forever, no TV. Just got notice today it's shipped.. but why not make it a quick delivery? It's going to take like a week it says, just to get here. Oh well. I'll give an... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $77.88
Electricity cost when on standby $5.60
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Total running cost over 5 years $83.48
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.55 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 14 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00163121425241, 00172304336410, 00796435418656, 00834013358908, 05054629703403, 07964354186564

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42% Longer Lamp Service Life
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1,068.93M Lower Number of Colours
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