57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
Purchased this when no reviews were available on Amazon or the wider web so took a bit of a risk. I had an old optoma which claimed 3000 lumens, so I was a little concerned this unit wouldn't be bright. In fact, It's amazing.
Things I love:
* Tiny, literally, it's a true micro projector. Fits in palm of hand.
* Very bright, widescreen display, even at 4m in a light room. Incredible given size of projector.
* Easy setup and remote for keystone etc.
* High quality color and great constrast ratio
Things I don't love:
* It has a couple of small fans which create a high pitched sound all the time, to varying levels (depending on screen mode). During quieter parts in movies or TV it's noticeable.
Overall, this projector creates an incredible display from a tiny package and I'd highly recommend it to anyone in a smaller room or who travels a lot.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
Very bright. Very small and light (easy to carry in my laptop bag). Very clear. Everyone who sees it and what it projects is amazed. I haven't noticed any unusual noise from the fan or anything. The colors are just what they should be, and the multiple screen resolution options are great. So far I've used the standard laptop connector to my Windows laptop and the HDMI connection to my iPad (with the digital connector from Apple), and both worked as expected. I only wish the focus was a little easier to get right across the entire image, that there was a way to manually switch the source on the projector itself (maybe there is, but I haven't found it and have to use the remote that came with it), and that there was a little adjustable leg to angle it up towards the screen (it just sits flat on the table or a pile of books, sadly no leg to angle it). But overall, I do really like it and recommend it. 4.5 stars, but since that isn't an option, I'll round it up to 5 stars because it does work well.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2014
I normally don't trust reviews on Amazon, so I went around a lot of other venues, and looked up reviews on this. Most of the reviews were for this unit's predecessor, the ML500.
They gushed. Every single one. I grudgingly got this unit.
I already own an EX330, which is a badass little unit, but is still just a bit too big for carry-on. Whenever I pack it, TSA ALWAYS opens my bag (which is often stuffed to the max, and they will mess things up when they reclose my bag), so I need to carry on the projector.
First, this thing is REALLY SMALL. The pictures don't really show how small it is, because the overall proportions pretty much match those of larger ultraportables. However, the lens is really small.
The cables and power brick are basically bigger and heavier than the unit itself. With a little creative re-packing, you can fit this into a really small package.
I tested with HDMI and some pretty hi-def digital input.
Normally, I've been ignoring pico and LED projectors, as they project tiny, dim images only a couple dozen inches across.
This is not a pico. It will project a full-size image, just like my 330, and almost as bright.
It's visible in a lit room, even an image that covers an entire 72" X 48" whiteboard. The EX330 is a bit brighter in a lit room, but not that much brighter, and the EX330 is rated at over 2000 lumens (LED lumens are basically brighter than incandescent ones, because coherence).
The ML1000 is brighter, but it is also physically larger, and I need this to be very small. I can use my EX330 for bigger stuff.
When you dim the lights, the image is tack-sharp, and beautifully saturated. Once focused, it tends to keep its focus, even when moved around. It's not as nice as a laser projector, which basically never needs focusing, but it is better than an incandescent one, which can be finicky.
There is a focus knob, but no way to adjust the zoom, except by physically moving the unit, which isn't that big a deal, as the unit is fairly short-throw. You should keep this in mind when setting up. Plan to have a long wire to your computer, as you may need to set the unit up on a table (a little one), or a tripod (it has a tripod standard 1/4" threaded hole).
The tripod thing is nice. One of my biggest frustrations is getting a table set up for a projector. Since this thing is so small, you can mount it on even a very small or cheap tripod (like a point-and-shoot tripod).
It has 3 fans, but doesn't get more than a bit warm (It's not like the "hair dryer" from my 330). The fans do contribute a bit of noise, but nothing like the incandescent unit.
I don't particularly care about watching TV on these things. I use them for presentations, and I have yet to encounter a projector, from any manufacturer, that won't handle basic presentations.
If you are gonna shell out $550 bucks on a little thing like this, then you should feel its worth it. I feel it was money well-spent.
Absolutely tiny. Easily fits in a standard brief case or a carry-on.
Extremely bright. Astonishingly so.
Can be mounted on a tripod, so you have more options to setting it up.
Surprisingly "short throw." This means that you can place it fairly near the screen.
I have the entire thing packaged in a small LowePro digicam bag. That's including an 8-foot HDMI cable and a micro tripod.
I also dropped the thing from about 3 feet, and nothing happened at all. My 330 would have been destroyed.
This thing is absolutely fine for 90% of my presentation needs.
Has 3 fans, which can be a bit "whiny."
No zoom. You have to move the unit.
Surprisingly "short throw." This means that you have to place it fairly near the screen, which is not always desirable.
External power brick. This is always a pet peeve of mine. The brick is fairly large, as well, with a 3-prong plug. I'd love it if it were a little dinky thing.
Color ain't perfect. Tends to have a red cast. I was able to get something better with a calibrator, but still a bit off. The 330 definitely has better color.
The focus can change from top to bottom if you have the unit fairly near the screen.
Unfortunately, an entire industry has sprung up to create shill reviews. In general, don't believe five-star reviews on Amazon. I wish it were different, but there's lots of money at stake, and whenever there's money at stake, there's unscrupulous people willing to take it.
This isn't a shill; but then, that's what a shill would say. Take this review for what it's worth.
UPDATE: Added a few more notes, now that I have used it a few times.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
Although this particular projector is pitched as a mobile presentation unit, I purchased it for my home theater, as it is one of the more affordable LED projectors.
Despite being advertised with a maximum projection distance just under 10' I have mine at about 12', and the result is still a crystal clear picture that I would estimate at between 110" and 120".
Do not need to access a menu to adjust the volume, or to change input from HDMI to VGA (this was an issue with my last projector).
Fan noise is virtually non-existent and has not had an overheat yet.
Automatic Keystone adjustment has worked flawlessly.
(keep in mind that this projector was not actually designed for my application, and some of these were expected)
Remote in absolutely tiny, you will want to purchase a universal remote that can learn buttons if you intend to use this for a home theater.
Sound is very weak, you will want to use some sort of sound system (projector has a 3.5mm out).
(the following may be specific to my unit, or may be common problems)
The ceiling mount bolt holes are very soft and stripped out almost immediately, as a result I had to build a slanted shelf hanging from my ceiling instead of mounting the projector upside down (as intended).
The focus wheel on the side of the unit has limited resistance, meaning that my sub-woofer sometimes vibrates the projector out of focus
I would absolutely recommend this project at or below $800 (the price point at which Amazon has been selling it), for use as either a home theater or mobile presentation unit.
I would NOT recommend it for home theater use at the list price of nearly $1500, if you are going to spend that you can get a projector that is better designed for that application.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
Compared all 3 in a painstaking process of returns. This is my personal consensus:
* ML550 is very bright, comparable to PB63U and more than Qumi q5.
* ML550 is not good if you need the display focused evenly which is not a big deal for movies. Both qumi and LG had excellent focus both cold start and warm.
* Pricewise LG and ML are about the same, Qumi overpriced.
* Feature of LG way more than ML or Qumi. LG comes with wifi, auto keystone, tv tuner.
* All about the same size. ML thicker. Qumi/LG identical.
* Optoma less noisy than LG on high brightness but not by much.
* ML colors very saturated maybe a bit too much. Qumi is more cold. LG slightly less saturated than ML but also had manual color correction which neither of others have.
Overall i liked the Optoma but for me i was looking for a dual monitor setup to work with so focus was an issue. LG i had to say surprised me. The colors and brightness are very good considering the ML/Qumi/LG i tested were all 500 lumens.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2014
The size is good, and the weight, it all works as advertised. The price is reasonable. I use it with my apple TV2 and it is good for movies etc
BUT....the only problem I have with it is that the focus is not 100% even.
Looking through the reviews I see a few others have mentioned it and there doesn't appear to be a fix that I am aware of. What happens it that you look at the image and it is out of focus in one are, for example at the top the text is blurry. So you adjust the focus and it looks good on the top, but then you look to the bottom, and is out, so you readjust and then it becomes apparent that this is not going to work. One will always be out. If anyone has a fix they know of, please comment and let me know.
It is true that once you start a movie it is not really that noticeable, but this is not the point, you see we are paying for a product that should focus out of the box. If the manufacturer had advertised that it will not be capable of an even focus, and I had been informed BEFORE purchasing it, this would be different, but there was no mention of this. So for this I give 4 stars.