Samsung SP-M255 3LCD Portable Projector - A Comparison
The Samsung SP-M255 is somewhat similar to the SP-F10M projector which we did review.
This article discusses the Samsung SP-M255's differences.
June 28, 2011 - Hayden Kershaw
Samsung SP-M255 Projector Comparison
For the annual Classroom Projector Report, Samsung chose to nominate a series in addition to the Samsung SP-F10M since it has no direct relatives. They chose the Samsung M-Series because they felt it was also suited for classroom and business environments. Below we will take a brief look at the Samsung SP-M255, in addition to some notable comparisons with the Samsung SP-F10M and the other projectors in the Samsung M-Series.
Aside from 3LCD technology, XGA resolution (1024x768), and single 7 watt speakers, there are hardly any other notable similarities between the Samsung SP-M255 and the Samsung SP-F10. The most significant differences include lamp life, with 30000 max in the Samsung SP-F10 due to its LED light source, versus the Samsung SP-M255's conventional lamp life of 3000 hour max. Also different is their brightness, which is 2500 lumens in the Samsung SP-M255 as opposed to the F10M's 1000 lumens. Lastly, they differ in price - the Samsung SP-M255 has an MSRP of $749, whereas the Samsung SP-F10 has an MSRP of $1099.
As mentioned above, there is a significant difference in lamp life due to the Samsung SP-F10 having an LED light, allowing it to run for an extensive amount of time at a lower brightness. However, this also means that you most likely will never have to change the bulb in the Samsung SP-F10 which is where the price difference comes in. With the Samsung SP-M255, it will continue to cost you to change the lamp over the course of the projector's life.
The Samsung SP-M255 both the most advanced and the most expensive projector in Samsung's M-Series (MSRP $749) compared to its siblings, the Samsung SP-M220 (MSRP $599), and the Samsung SP-M250 (MSRP $699), both of which we have compared recently.
As with the entire M-Series models, the Samsung SP-M255 has a resolution of 1024x768 (XGA) and a contrast ratio of 500:1. Amongst most projectors that contrast ratio is fairly low. The Samsung SP-M255 and the rest of its siblings also share the same single, 7 watt speaker. This creates enough sound to fill small conference rooms or classrooms. The Samsung SP-M255 has a lamp life of 3000 hours at max and 5000 in eco-mode, as do the rest of the projectors in the M-Series.
With a height and weight of 3.2H x 11.0W x 9.1D and 5.3 pounds, the Samsung SP-M255 and the rest of the Samsung M-Series are all easily transportable and very easy to transfer from room to room. Though the Samsung SP-M250 and its siblings have blackboard mode (in case you don't have a white screen to project on) and close-captioning capabilities, they do not include wired networking. The SP-M255 also has an HDMI input, allowing you to connect to a DVD/Blu-Ray player, game console, or cable/satellite box. Lastly, the SP-M255 does have a USB input, which the others do not. This allows for hassle-free, computer-less, cable-less presentations, since you can just pull your USB drive from your pocket and go!
Below, the rear of the SP-M250, the SP-M255's sibling. In addition to the inputs below, the SP-M255 also has a USB input!
So what makes the Samsung SP-M255 stand out amongst its siblings? It's super portable, afforable, bright, has a pretty great lamp life, and has the best warranty out there - 3 years parts and labor! So if you're looking for portability, convenience and enough power, brightness, and watts to handle your presentation needs in your classroom or conference room.
Specs for the Samsung SP-M255
Native Resolution: XGA (1024x768)
Brightness: 2500 lumens
Zoom Lens ratio: 1.20:1
Lens shift: None
Lamp life: 3000 hours max, 5000 hours in eco mode
Dimensions: 3.2H x 11.0W x 9.1D
Weight: 5.3 lbs.
Special Features: blackboard mode, RS232, USB port
Warranty: 3 years parts and labor
View full specifications: Samsung SP-M255