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Optoma ML500 Projector Review

The Optoma ML500 is one of the company’s new LED-based projectors. It is capable of displaying 500 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Today, PC Magazine released their review of the ML500. The writers praised the projector’s small design. It weighs only 2.5 lbs and measures 8.7” x 1.7” x 6.7” (W x H x D). The LED lamp is long lasting, which reduces maintenance checks, but it also provides a dimmer image when compared to other portable projectors. This means that users will have to dim the lights if they are concerned about image quality. One big problem the writers noticed was that the image suffered from scaling artifacts. This problem usually occurs when the content’s native resolution is different from the projector’s resolution. However the writers noticed that this problem occurred even when the content had a native WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. In the end, the writers concluded, “Dimmer than a standard projector, but much brighter than a palmtop and nearly as lightweight, the Optoma ML500 can stand up to a reasonable level of ambient light.”

[via PC Magazine]

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