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Optoma ML550 Projector

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10000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB Jun 2013
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The Optoma ML550 is an incredibly small LED projector with the power and performance of a larger unit. Delivering an impressive 550 lumens and 10,000:1 contrast ratio, along with razor sharp focus... More
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14 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Amongst projectors of a similar age and type, this multimedia projector is one of the most highly awarded by experts.

This Optoma multimedia projector was given a "Recommended" award by both Techradar and Techradar.com/au/, both of which decided that this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector was good.

The editor of Expert Reviews thought that this data projector would make a great purchase and gave it their "Best Buy" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and businesscomputingworld.co.uk this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector has an overall expert rating of 83%.

Excellent User Reviews

Users have rated this 10000:1 contrast ratio projector as exceptional on average.

Good Brand

Optoma is one of the better rated projector manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Optoma also has good ratings for its 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors.

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Good Size

Some people mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Optoma ML550 on expert website Expert Reviews “Measuring just 39x105x106mm, this tiny black box is even more compact than our Best Buy-winning Asus P1M projector”. Four years ago expert website Projectorreviews.com said “The Optoma ML550 Pocket projector is a powerful projector in a very compact package” in their review of the Optoma ML550. Expert website Tbreak.ae said in their review of the Optoma ML550 “It's light and compact, making it great for anyone who needs to do presentations on the go”.

One Optoma ML550 reviewer said that it was easy to carry around. Techradar.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Techradar four years ago “Small and easy to carry they might be.” in their review.

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Easy to Use

One Optoma ML550 reviewer considered that the product was easy to setup. Techradar.com/au/ said in their review of this projector four years ago “We liked Easy to set up and with plentiful connectivity on its rear” .

Good Picture Quality

One customer who reviewed the product wrote that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One customer who bought the product said that it was good quality. Four years ago expert website Tbreak.ae said “The ML550 delivers some great picture quality without compromise” and scored it 5 stars.

Supports 3D

The Optoma ML550 supports 3D. Most of the other data projectors of this age and type do not support 3D.

Alternative projectors which support 3D currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price].

We think you might also be interested in alternative data projectors which also support 3D including the Benq W1070[plb_1522360_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma ML550 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most commonly found projector native resolution on multimedia projectors of this age and type.

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Very Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

At 20,000 hours, the Optoma ML550 has a quite long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ML550. The shortest service life of lamp (economic mode) of 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the ML550 is 3,500h and the longest is 30,000h.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 30 decibels, the Optoma ML550 has one of the quieter noise levels amongst multimedia projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors that were released more than two years ago the noise levels range from 28dB to 49dB.

If you are not bothered about having a louder noise level then you might want to look at the W1080[pl_1495063_price] (33dB), or the W1070[pl_1522360_price] (33dB) both from Benq.

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Light

With a weight of only 380 grams, the Optoma ML550's weight is one of the lightest amongst comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago. The weights of projectors that have been available for around the same time as the ML550 range from 360g to 54kg.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was not noisy. Expert website Tbreak.ae mentioned “Projectors have certainly come a long way from being the massive, noisy, poor-performing beasts that were exiled to conference rooms” in their review of this projector.

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on data projectors that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the ML550 is 3,300 ANSI lumens. At only 500 ANSI lumens, the Optoma ML550 has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable type and age to the ML550.

If this projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might want to consider the Infocus IN1146[plb_2100767_price] (1,000 ANSI lumens).

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Does Not Support Full HD

Most data projectors of a similar spec and age to the ML550 do not support full HD. The Optoma ML550 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also support full HD to this data projector and we think the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Optoma ML550 does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the ML550 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other data projectors which also support wi-Fi including the Benq W1500[plb_1561671_price].

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

At only 1 Watt, the Optoma ML550 has a very low RMS rated power compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar type and age to the ML550. The RMS rated powers of data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the ML550 range from 1W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 8.9W.

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Quite Small Offset

At only 100 percent, the Optoma ML550 has a fairly small offset compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the ML550. Across all the projectors that are a comparable age to the ML550 the offsets range from 8% to 150%.

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Very Small Matrix Size

With a matrix size of only 0.45 inches, the Optoma ML550 has a fairly small matrix size compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ML550. Across all the multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.96".

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ML550

Released Over Three Years Ago

This data projector was released over three years ago.

1280 X 800 Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Optoma ML550 supports a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. That's over three times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
3D-Ready
HD-Ready
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

3 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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Don?t let the lack of inches fool you, the Optoma ML550 (around £350 ex. VAT) is a highly capable and surprisingly bright LED projector, equipped with the same business-class features as larger... Read more…

Brightness
Versatility
Flash drive
Portability
Design
No Wi
Fi
Tablet integration requires dongle
Bulky power pack
High price
16 December 2013

The Optoma ML550 is one of the first of a new generation in the highly portable LED projector category. Meant for both business presentations and casual home entertainment use, it shares most of... Read more…

5 December 2013

Brighter than its competitors at this size and enormously well connected, Optoma has come up with something quite special for those after something to power portable presentations. Easy to stow...

Techradar

5 December 2013

We liked Easy to set up and with plentiful connectivity on its rear, the ML550 isn't likely to let you down. Able to project a crisp, bright image in almost any ambient light conditions, it's...

Techradar.com/au/

7 November 2013

The Optoma ML550 is bright for its size, with a palmtop form factor and a 500-lumen rating...

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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 24 May 2014 by Shaun
Shaun would recommend the Optoma ML550

It is nice projector for the price. I tried few projectors in the same price range and this one has better qualities than the others...

Reviewed 29 December 2014 by EDSFamily
EDSFamily would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

We use this projector in our home theater and I was concerned it would be bright enough but it is plenty bright! Our previous projector was not LED and I was always concerned about the bulb going... Read more…

Focus Range
High Brightness
Picture quality
It's light and compact and has great resolution
Lack Of Internal Battery
Audio output
Nothing
Reviewed 10 July 2014 by Sherm04
Sherm04 would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

This was a great purchase! It's light and so compact. The resolution of it exceeded my expectations and is great for presentations while traveling!

Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Janani
Janani would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

Got a feel of being in IMAXX on projection on my wall ; excellent sound quality...

Reviewed 8 July 2015 by Steveh2904
Steveh2904 would recommend the Optoma ML550 (Verified Purchase)

Needed a small compact projector for work, as I travel a lot. This is a perfect size, weight and has ample resolution. I have actually purchased 4 of these for my colleagues...

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Electricity cost when switched on $14.92
Electricity cost when on standby $2.77
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Total running cost over 5 years $17.69
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.12 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 3 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00086000230494, 00709436177347, 00796435418595, 00796435418724, 05060059048113, 07123290463515, 07964354185956

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