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Optoma ML500, WXGA, 500 LED Lumens, Mobile Projector (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Truly portable at under 3 pounds
- Project large widescreen images of up to 120" diagonal
- 2000:1 contrast ratio for detailed images
- LED light source lasts over 20,000 hours while producing excellent color
- DLP Pico imaging technology
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Mobile professionals and on-the-go presenters alike will appreciate the compact design and vivid LED performance of the Optoma ML500. Delivering 500 lumens of brightness and WXGA resolution, this projector creates crisp, clear widescreen images of up to 120 inches on most surfaces. Built-in media and Microsoft Office document viewer allows for playback of videos, presentations, documents and images directly from the projector's memory, while HDMI provides quick connection to the broadest possible range of devices.
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Optoma ML500 500 LED lumens, 3000:1, Lamp-Free Travel Projector
Lamp-Less and PC-Free Projection Deliver Incredible Value
Road-warrior professionals will love the Optoma ML500 LED portable projector for its compact size and powerful features which support powerful and effective presentations in a variety of environments without complexity. Meanwhile, small office and home office users presenting to small groups can meet their projection needs without the cost and complexity of an installation projector. Home users will appreciate the opportunity to take their entertainment with them-or quickly set up an impromptu backyard theater.
The ML500 is designed to be simple to use. The built-in Office viewer delivers PC-free projection of Microsoft Office documents, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. from onboard memory, SD cards, or USB flash drives. USB display provides quick, easy projection from laptops.An HDMI connector lets the projector connect readily to the broadest possible range of devices. Auto Keystone automatically optimizes the image shape for non-standard projection setups.Instant On/Off minimizes time to projection.
At less than 2.5 pounds, the projector is ultra-portable and is designed so that the AC cord does not need a power brick (reducing weight and enhancing portability).
- No laptop required-Present directly from SD card or USB
- LED light source produces excellent color while lasting over 20,000 hours, so the projector can be used four hours every day for over 13 years.
- DLP Pico imaging technology
- Directly display movies, photos and Office files through USB
- On-board memory and SD card slot allows for memory expansion up to 32GB
- VGA and HDMI inputs - Connect to laptops, tablet computers (such as iPads), Blu-ray players, game systems to display content
Incredible Power, Efficiency and Durability in a Single Solution
The Optoma ML500 provides a compact design and vivid LED performance. Designed by the leader in LED-based projection, the ML500 sets a new standard for brightness at 500 ANSI Lumens. LED brightness cannot be easily compared to lamp-based brightness. LED brightness lets users create larger images in rooms with more light while still allowing for easy viewing. With a wider color gamut than standard lamp projectors, the ML500 delivers more vivid colors. Delivering Native WXGA resolution, this projector creates crisp, clear widescreen images of up to 180 inches on most surfaces. This DLP Pico projector allows users to share detailed presentations (with 3000:1 contrast ratio) without being hooked up to a computer.
Built-in media and Microsoft Office document viewer allows for PC-free playback of videos, presentations, documents and images directly from projector's 2GB memory, SD cards or from a USB drive. A combination of VGA and HDMI inputs also allows users to readily connect to laptops, Blu-ray players, tablets including iPads and game systems to display content. The media player is compatible with video file formats including H.264 (AVI, MOV, MP4 and 3GP), MPEG4 (AVI), Xvid (AVI), M-JPEG (AVI) and image file formats JPEG and BMP. The Office viewer supports Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. An SD card slot allows for memory expansion up to 32GB.
Weighing in at less than 2.5 lbs. and measuring a compact 8.7"W x 1.7"H x 6.7'"D, the ML500 supports the following video signals: HDTV (up to 1080p) NTSC, and PAL. Computer compatibility includes resolutions up to WXGA (1280 x 800) through VGA and HD (1920 x 1080) through HDMI. A two-Watt speaker provides audio output.
User controls and media navigation are provided through an innovative on-screen menu that requires fewer steps to access the desired function and provides support in 16 languages. The ML500 is 3D capable, delivering XGA resolution 120HZ thru the VGA port (the equivalent of 3D-PC).The projector can deliver a 50-inch 3D image with plenty of brightness.
Leading the DLP Market in the Americas
Optoma Technology is the leading manufacturer of Texas Instrument's DLP projectors in North and South America. TI's DLP features multi-color processing to produce accurate and vibrant colors on the screen.
Optoma's product line offers products designed to meet the needs of any kind of user, from mobile professionals, gamers and home theaters to much larger theater installations. Designed and built to deliver reliability, usability and image quality, Optoma projectors help users get the most out of their digital content, encourage collaboration and communicate clearly and effectively. Optoma projectors are designed to provide the features that you need today and a path to grow into other capabilities as you need them.
Green by Design
As part of the Optoma Project Green program, Optoma's Pico projectors, which incorporate LED technology, have been designed and manufactured for eco-friendliness. These projectors:
- Are designed to be compact and lightweight, which ensures a reduction in the production of green house gas emissions during transportation.
- Incorporate an LED light source. LED lamps last 20,000 (or 9.6 years of 40 hour per week use) for long life. LEDs produce less heat and consume less power compared to traditional projector lamps for excellent energy savings. LEDs do not contain mercury or other environmentally hazardous materials.
- Are packaged for eco-friendliness. Optoma uses minimal packaging to create a smaller ecological footprint at disposal.The entire package is recyclable. In addition, the Pico's manual is delivered in digital format on the projector's internal memory to eliminate paper printouts.
- Comply with RoHS standards by eliminating lead and other hazard materials.
|Display Technology||DLP Technology by Texas Instruments||Resolution||Native WXGA (1280 x 800)|
|Brightness (Bright Mode)||500 LED Lumens||Maximum Resolution||WXGA (1280 x 800) through VGA 1080p through HDMI|
|Light Source||LED||Contrast Ratio||3000:1 (Full On/Full Off)|
|Lamp Life||Estimated life of over 20,000 hours||Projection Distance||21.7" to 216"|
|Image Size (Diagonal)||17" to 180" (16:10 native)||3D Compatibility||3D capable, delivering XGA resolution 120HZ thru the VGA port|
|Audio||2-Watt Speaker||Video Input Compatibility||H.264 (AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP), MPEG4 (AVI), Xvid (AVI), MJPEG (AVI)|
|Computer Compatibility||WXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, VESA, PC and Macintosh Compatible||Weight||2.5 lbs. (total weight including power adapters)|
|I/O Connectors||HDMI, VGA-in, Composite Video, miniUSB, USB, SD slot, S-video||Power Consumption||90 Watts max (Bright mode with multimedia function)|
|Dimensions||8.7'' x 1.7'' x 6.7'' (220mm x 42.5mm x 170mm)||Warranty||One-Year Limited Parts and Labor|
Which Optoma Pico Projector Is Right For You?
|Picture||Model||Title||Lumens||Application||Image Size / Quality||Resolution||Product Dimension/Weight||Inputs & Outputs|
|PK301||Optoma PK301, WVGA, 50 LED Lumens, 2000:1 Travel Pico Projector||50 LED Lumens Bright Mode (With AC Power Adapter or Optional Extended Power Battery Pack); 20 LED Lumens STD Mode||Business Presentations and Personal Media Sharing||5" to 120"||WVGA (854 x 480)||4.7" x 1.2" x 2.7" / 8 oz (227g) with Standard Battery||Mini HDMI, microSD Slot, 24-Pin Universal Port / VGA, 2.5 mm AV Input (Composite Video and Stereo Audio-In), Micro USB, 3.5 mm Audio-Out, DC Input|
|PK301+||Optoma PK301+, WVGA, 75 LED Lumens, 3000:1 Travel Pico Projector||75 LED Lumens Bright Mode (With AC Power Adapter or Optional Extended Power Battery Pack); 20 LED Lumens ECO Mode||Business Presentations and Personal Media Sharing||5" to 120" (16:9 Native)||WVGA (854 x 480)||4.7" x 1.2" x 2.7" / 8 oz (227g) with Standard Battery||24-pin Universal Port, 2.5mm Jack AV Input (Composite Video and Stereo Audio-In), Micro USB, Mini HDMI, microSD Slot, 3.5mm Audio-out Jack, DC Input Jack|
|PK320||Optoma Pk320, WVGA, 100 Lumens, 3000:1 Travel Pico Projector||100 LED Lumens Bright Mode 25 LED Lumens STD Mode (Battery)||Business Presentations and Personal Media Sharing||5" to 150"||WVGA (854 x 480)||4.7" x 1.2" x 2.7" / 8.3 oz. (235g) with Standard Battery||Mini HDMI, microSD Slot, 24-pin Universal Port for VGA, 2.5mm AV Input (Composite Video and Stereo Audio-in), Micro USB, 3.5mm Audio-out, DC Input|
|ML300||Optoma ML300 WXGA, 300 LED Lumens, 3000:1 Lamp-Free Travel Projector||300 LED Lumens Bright Mode||Business Presentations and Personal Media Sharing||17" to 160"||WXGA (1280 x 800)||7.2" x 1.8" x 4.4" / 1.4 lbs. (635g)||Mini HDMI, VGA-in, 2.5mm AV Input Jack (Composite Video and Stereo Audio-in), 3.5mm Audio-out, microUSB, USB, microSD Slot, DC Input|
|ML500||Optoma ML500, WXGA, 500 LED Lumens, 3000:1 Lamp-Free Travel Projector||500 LED Lumens||Business Presentations and Personal Media Sharing||17" to 180"||WXGA (1280 x 800)||8.7" x 1.7" x 6.7" / 2.5 lbs. (1.13kg)||HDMI, VGA-in, Composite Video, S-video, Mini USB, USB, SD Slot|
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|BC-VGCRXY00||VGA Male to Component Female Adapter|
|BC-PK3AHMX||HDMI to Mini HDMI cable, 1M|
|DP-MW3050A||50", 4:3, Matte White Mini Pull-Up Screen|
Projection Distance / Image Size
|Projection Distance||Minimum Diagonal||Maximum Diagonal|
|21.7" to 216"||17"||180"|
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What's in the Box?
This package includes the Optoma ML500 projector, one remote control with batteries, VGA cable, USB cable (Type A to Mini USB), carrying case and AC power cord.
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For the past few months, i have noticed that the video randomly goes blank, it displays "searching..." and the video comes back again. At first i thought it was not the projector. Later, i contacted customer rep and they said it's a HDMI bug (i should use shorter cables). But, i see the problem continues with all types of HDMI and VGA cables with different sources (laptop & cable box).
I am waiting for customer service to respond.
--End of update on 1/22/2013
This projector is worth buying. I am difficult at liking anything but this is a good projector.
+ Fan noise does make noise. It is not much and you don't hear anything when playing a video.
+ Video clarity is good. I don't see distortion or fuzzy pixels at all.
- BIG issue : Using SD/USB disk option is good as no wires, but no audio outpput makes this meaningless (inbuilt speakers are meek)
- When watching cable, if channel's resolution has changed then it tries to re-detect. Sometimes, it never finds, screen remains blank.
solution is hit HDMI again on the remote.
- There needs to be an option to buy warranty to protect this investment
- My Laptop --> USB --> Projector option to display laptop video didn't work. Customer Service is not able to solve this problem.
Note: Attached youtube video is a bit misleading. Projected video does not have any fuzzy pixels.
It is damn clear picture. I think the low lighting makes my Sony camera to creates a bit of fuzziness.
Note: Light coming from the projector illuminates the entire room
Note: Best results are when room is dark. Video is watchable is semi-dark / afternoons with blinds closed too.
This was the best buy i ever did,the colors is beautiful and the picture is amazing i been watching movies on this on my 100 inch screen and is like being in the theater because I have my connected to my surround sound it sound amazing for the price that I pay I cannot complain. So if you not sure which one to buy ill tell you now that you will not go wrong with this one.I know that there are other in the market better and more expensive but like I said I pay a good price on this one brand new and I am very happy with it.so I just hope that this will eliminate some of your worry trust me you will not go wrong or regret it
The first projector I got, my HDMI signal would drop about once every hour, where the screen would go black and it would start searching for signals.
I thought it could be my computer or cable since my cable is 25ft. When I went back to my parent's for thanksgiving, I tried their 6ft HDMI and laptop, but same issue occurred.
I got an exchange for a second projector. I had the same issue with this projector, and also the remote control died the second day. I confirmed that it was not a dead battery for the remote. I then bought the 25ft BlueRigger cable thinking that maybe all of the cables I have used have issues, but nope, same issue even with this new cable.
I got an exchange for a third projector (Because of the dead remote).This time I decided to take my roommate's PS3 and his HDMI cable that he uses for his TV. The SAME issue occurs.
Can you imagine playing a game and all of a sudden your screen turns black for 6 seconds while it tries to find signal?
I called Optoma and they recommended me to send in this projector so they can check it out, but I don't see the point of sending this in when I have had the same issue with 3 projectors. I would just be wasting money on shipping.
Only thing I could find online was get a better cable, but my BlueRigger cable did not help.
I also saw a few suggestions to turn off auto-source and only enable HDMI input, but they did not help.
I only had this issue with HDMI.
Besides the HDMI issue, I did not like the sleep timer on this projector. Once the time is up, it automatically turns off the project, whereas for my old Viewsonic projector, it will give you at least 5 seconds to press any key before it shuts off.
-VGA cable and wireless worked great, so I'm at least giving this a two star.
-For 500 lumens this is plenty bright. It is brighter than the previous Viewsonic Short throw projector (Non-LED) that I owned, because I couldn't even use the Viewsonic during the daytime, but it supposedly had like 4x the lumens of this projector.
Anyways, 5 stars to Amazon for being very helpful with all of these exchanges.
I am returning this projector and I am going to try my luck with another projector.
EDIT:: I have used the Acer K330 projector for two days without HDMI signal dropping, it seems like it was an issue with the Optoma projector. Will give more updates later.
EDIT2:: I can confirm that I have 0 signal drop issues with the K330 after using it for a few weeks.