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Optoma ML1500E
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Optoma ML1500E Projector

WXGA (1280x800) AC Dec 2014
Projector Native Resolution 3D Built-In Speaker(s) 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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15 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this Optoma projector is 88 out of 100 based on 20 user reviews.

Good Brand

Optoma data projectors have good reviews on average and across all data projectors Optoma is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Good Connectivity

Four Optoma ML1500E reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Mz Rider mentioned in their review two years ago “I have found that it works best with an HDMI input” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Mz Rider also said “I have found using a media player with HDMI works better tan direct USB”. Mz Rider also mentioned “I have used a DVD player direct with HDMI and that is fine”.

Good Size

A number of Optoma ML1500E reviewers said in their reviews that the Optoma ML1500E was compact. Iaincatt gave it a very good rating and mentioned in their Optoma ML1500E review on Amazon “Compact, effective and works well from external sources”. Mr L Miller said “A great unit for its compact size” in his review of the Optoma ML1500E but despite that he gave it a score of 3 stars.

Nice Design

A few people who purchased it wrote that it was good looking. Mr S J Dillon said in his review of this projector on Amazon two years ago “Pretty bright image.”.

Good Product Quality

A few customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was good quality. Ms. Tj Norwood gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “What a beautifully sharp display! The picture quality on this is gorgeous”. Robert Grosvenor said in his review of this projector “Excellent quality image for something this size”.

Good Picture Quality

One customer reckoned that this projector had good picture quality.


One customer wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Dave he said in his review of this projector on Amazon “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 customer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good remote control. Two years ago Dave mentioned on Amazon “Remote is ok”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the ML1500E, the ML1500E has a built-in speaker(s).

We compared this projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the Vivitek Q7 Plus, and the Optoma W351 ($649.00) which is cheaper; or the Optoma HD151X which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Supports 3D

The ML1500E supports 3D. Most of the other data projectors that came out around the same time as the ML1500E also support 3D.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors which support 3D currently available including the Vivitek Q7 Plus, or the Optoma W351 ($649.00) which is cheaper; or the Optoma HD151X which has better reviews.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The ML1500E is a three USB 2.0 ports quantity projector.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

Multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the ML1500E have service life of lamps of between 1,500h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 7,700h. The ML1500E has a quite long service life of lamp (20,000 hours) compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ML1500E.

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100V AC Input Voltage

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

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Very Light

With a weight of only 1.4 kilograms, the ML1500E is fairly light compared to most of the other projectors that came out more than two years ago. Projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ML1500E have weights of between 2.2g and 26kg.

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7 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Optoma ML1500E reviewer who bought it concluded that it was not noisy. I. Morrison said on Amazon “The fan is a wee bit noisy” in their review but in spite of that they scored the product very highly.

Difficult to Use

One Optoma ML1500E owner wrote that it was not easy to use the menus. Dave scored the Optoma ML1500E 60 out of 100 and he mentioned “Menu system is appalling, particularly the buttons which do not do what they state” in his Optoma ML1500E review.

One customer who reviewed the product thought it was not easy to use. 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 review of the Optoma ML1500E.

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Inferior Sound Quality

Several Optoma ML1500E owners who purchased the product considered 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 review of the Optoma ML1500E however they rated it 5 stars. Dave gave it a rating of 3 stars and he said “Not bright enough, choppy video and poor sound” in his Optoma ML1500E review. Dave also wrote “Generally I don't The main problem is the sound”.

Does Not Support Full HD

The ML1500E does not support full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ML1500E also do not support full HD.

There are a number of other projectors which also support full HD which you might also want to look at including the HD151X, the GT1080 ($674.00), or the EH200ST ($926.99) all from Optoma which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The ML1500E does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other data projectors that came out more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative multimedia projectors which also support wi-Fi including the Benq GP30, or the Optoma W305ST which is also cheaper.

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

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

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Quite Small Matrix Size

Across all the data projectors of a similar age and type to the ML1500E the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.75", and the average matrix size is 0.63". The ML1500E has a very small matrix size (only 0.45 inches) compared to most of the other data projectors that came out around the same time as the ML1500E.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ML1500E

Released Over Two Years Ago

Optoma released the ML1500E over two years ago.

WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The ML1500E has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 51% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution.

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Keystone Correction, Vertical
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Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
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Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps Quantity
Lamp Type
Service Life of Lamp
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Full HD
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Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Ethernet LAN
Compatible Memory Cards
Optical Disc Player Type
Card Reader Integrated
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Cable Lock Slot
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Colour of Product
LED Indicators
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Power Source
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Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
RoHS Compliance
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Carrying Case
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Technical Details
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Expert Reviews

10 August 2014

If this ratio doesn't work for you, tough, because the ML1500 has no zoom. There's no lens shift either, the idea being that with a projector this size it's easy enough to reposition the whole... Read more…

12 July 2014

High-quality portable projector, but its lack of built-in Wi-Fi is a disappointment...

12 May 2014

For the travelling business person who wants to reduce luggage while still being able to present during meetings, the Optoma ML1500 will seem like an answered prayer. Its plethora of connectivity...

28 April 2014

The Optoma ML1500 is designed to fill the gap between the pico mini projectors that fit in your palm, and larger and more solid traditional models. It's clearly aimed at the executive on the move... Read more…

User Reviews

Reviewed 11 March 2014 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

I'll start by saying that I'm very happy with the projector it does projection very well, for such a small device. It has a variety of resolutions and settings. the one I get best results from, is... Read more…

Reviewed 11 October 2014 by Anon
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent quality images from HDMI, some colour fringing on VGA input. Bright, clear, simple to use. Quick to set up and to cool down so great for presentations on customers premises...

Reviewed 29 April 2015 by Biff

Quality well made projector that gives a great image. Very light. Slightly noisy, Cabling is suprisingly bulky. I struggled for some time to get the wirelss set up. Not an issue as I won't really... Read more…

Reviewed 3 March 2015 by Olivia Bowles
(Verified Purchase)

Brill, arrived in time and works like a charm, but like other reviews said that I only read after ordering it, the fans are quite noisy and although the projector unit itself is small and light,... Read more…

Reviewed 31 July 2016 by JT
(Verified Purchase)

Had a lot of nice comments about this - very portable and light. Sometimes the cables take up more space than this! Also it's got a good size screen at a fairly short throw distance, so that's... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $34.90
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