Picopros Reviews the Latest HD Projector from Optoma: The ML550
By pmarganski on Tuesday, Oct/15/2013
We've reviewed all the latest portable projectors. In fact, our YouTube Channel has over 130 review videos. So, we know what we're talking about when it comes to what features and performance people are looking for.
With the ML550, Optoma is really pushing the very limits of what performance can be designed into an ultra-portable projector. Using the latest technology, Optoma has created a 720p HD projector with a 20,000 LED lamp life that generates 500 lumens and weighs in at less than 16 ounces. In fact, the ML550 is truly palm-sized. It is the smallest 500 lumen projector we've reviewed to date.
The Optoma ML550, in addition to the high brightness and resolution, offers a lot of connectivity options. In addition to VGA connectivity, it has a full-HDMI port, microSD memory card slot, and a Universal I/O port (for things like composite video). It's safe to say that the ML550 can support whatever content you want to project, including gaming and presentations. With this performance, you might expect to spend upwards of $1000 or more. However, Optoma is offering the ML550 for under $600.
As soon as we received the ML550, we had to shoot a quick video to share with our readers. Its size alone blew us away. With all the technology that is packed into this projector, Optoma has really set themselves apart from the competition.
To give people a better idea of how good the performance of the ML550 is, we published a short video showing the image quality and features of the projector. In a typical residential setting, this product performed exceedingly well.
Finally, we wanted to do a full review of the Optoma ML550. Here, we do an unboxing as well as a demonstration of its projection performance. The 500 lumens immediately make themselves known. Paired with a DLP chipset, the ML550 generates fantastic images. Color reproduction is very accurate and contrast is sharp. Have a look at the video below to see just how good this mobile projector really is.
In summary, the ML550 is a fantastic product. With top-of-the-line specs, this product is crazy-small. With a $599 price tag, it is fairly affordable. Be sure to let us know what you think using the comments section below.
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