Comments by Projector Reviews staff:
We previously reviewed Optoma's ML500 projector here. The latest versions are both brighter and offer expanded connectivity options in the ML1000. We are expecting a ML550 unit to arrive any day now, so check back in the next month for our review and compare for yourself!
Optoma ML550 projector
OPTOMA EXPANDS LED ULTRA PORTABLE PROJECTOR LINE WITH 1,000 and 550 LUMEN MODELS
ML1000 and ML550 Give Mobile Professionals Bright, Light Tools
ORLANDO, FL | June 12, 2013 | Optoma, the worldwide leader in LED projectors, has introduced two new powerful models here at InfoComm 2013 that push the LED performance envelope. Both the 1000-lumen ML1000 and the 550-lumen ML550, represent the latest in lamp-free, feature-rich portable projectors that give the on-the-go professional a persuasive presentation tool.
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“On-the-go pros always walk a fine line in that they have to balance their needs for performance and convenience,” said Jon Grodem, Optoma’s senior director of product and marketing. “The ML1000 and the ML550 are designed to help them confidently walk that line with two levels of convenience that deliver uncompromising performance.”
The ML1000 is the ultimate travel companion for mobile professionals looking for a light, full-featured ultra-portable projector powerful enough to meet challenging light conditions. Weighing only 3 lbs and with a native WXGA resolution (1280 x 800), its 1000 lumens and 15,000:1 contrast ratio combine to produce the richest, most vibrant colors in this class of product.
The ML1000 is also the first LED projector to incorporate a more intuitive touchpad control panel. Said Grodem, “Optoma is committed to continuing its leadership role in LED projection by offering innovative features available elsewhere not available elsewhere. This touchpad is the latest example of that.”
With a full complement of connectivity options, so you can use the ML1000 with just about any video source. A wireless USB adaptor is also included in case you want to access your computer or your network wirelessly. ML1000 also includes an SD card port and pre-loaded software that allow you to deliver PowerPoint presentations, view PDF documents, display pictures, movies and more without the need of a computer or any other external device. The ML1000’s new, innovative touchpad allows you to easily and intuitively control the projector.
For road warriors wanting something a bit smaller and lighter, but still powerful projector loaded with convenience features, the ML550 is a good bet to fit the bill. Weighing less than one pound and delivering 550 lumens with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the ML550 offers the same WXGA resolution, razor sharp focus and magnificent color accuracy found on the ML1000. It includes HDMI, VGA, microSD card slot, and the same pre-loaded software to run presentations and other documents independent of a computer. Wireless connectivity is also available with the optional USB wireless adaptor.
The LED light sources on both projectors are rated to last more than 20,000 hours, so you won’t have to worry about replacing a bulb at the most inconvenient time – such as when you’re in the middle of a presentation. The ML1000 will be available in late July at a price of $999, while the ML550 will be available in late June for $599.
Both projectors carry 1-year warranty. For more information on all Optoma products, go to www.optomausa.com or call 888-289-6786.
ML550 Left Front: https://roherpr.box.com/s/s8e7ufxcr7clponxdced
ML550 Rear Panel: https://roherpr.box.com/s/b1tdz2obefheb0z06a34
ML1000 Left Front: https://roherpr.box.com/s/93ots6hdt7o4wmoa1fw2
About Optoma Technology, Inc.
Optoma Technology, Inc. is an award-winning developer of projection and digital display products for business, education and home. The company manufactures multimedia projectors for mobile users, fixed installations, classrooms and home theaters, as well as HD displays. Optoma products combine superior image processing technologies with exceptional engineering and innovation to deliver images that are bright, crystal clear and finely tuned for tone and color. Optoma products are sold through the company’s global network of Pro AV dealers, major consumer electronics retailers and Internet resellers. For more information, visit www.optomausa.com.
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