2. 3D Compatibility - Requires PC equipped with appropriate graphics card, and use of DLP Link Compatible Active Shutter 3D Glasses. Not compatible with 3D from Blu-ray Disc player or broadcast/cable.
3. Lens Characteristics: No Zoom. Manual focus via lens mounted focus dial.
4. Throw Ratio: 1.4:1 (Distance/Width)
5. Image size range: 17 to 180 inches.
6. Projection Distance: 20-inches to 214-inches.
7. Aspect Ratio: Native 16x10 - Can be set for both 16x9 and 4x3. The 16x9 aspect ratio is desirable for widescreen films and HD sources. The aspect ratio can be switched to 4x3 for projection of material shot in the 4x3 format.
8. Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (full on/full off).
9. LED Light Source: Approx 20,000 hour lifespan.
14. Office Viewer File Support: Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt, pptx), Word (doc, docx), Excel (xls, xlsx), Adobe (pdf).
15. Internal Memory: 2GB; SD slot supports up to 32GB SDHC Cards.
16. Controls: Manual Focus control, On-screen menu system for other functions. Wireless remote control provided.
17. Keystone Correction: Auto Vertical Keystone with manual override +/-40 deg (no horizontal or vertical lens shift functions).
18. Input Access: Automatic video input Detection. Manual video input selection also available via remote control or buttons on projector.
19. Speaker/Audio Amplifier: 2 Watt Mono.
20. Fan Noise: 28 db (standard mode) - 36 db.
21. Dimensions (WxHxD): 8.7-inches x 1.7-inches x 6.7-inches (220mm x 42.5mm x 170mm)
22. Weight: 2.5 lbs. (1.1 kg).
23. Power Consumption: 120 Watts max (Bright mode with multimedia function).
24. Included Accessories: Power Adapter, VGA Cable, USB-to-mini-USB adapter cable, Soft Carry Bag, Remote Control, Warranty Card.
25. Suggested Price: $699
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ML500 Setup and Installation
Next, plug in your source component(s) and turn one of them on, then turn on the projector. The Optoma ML500 will automatically search for the active input source. You can also access the source manually via the controls on the top of the projector or on the remote control.
At this point, you will see the screen light up. If mounted on a tripod, you can tilt and move the tripod to get the best viewing angle and image size for the screen. However, if you have the ML500 placed on a table or rack, you can use the front mounted adjustable foot to raise or lower the front of the projector to get the proper angle. However, if the projector to screen angle is not quite right, you can adjust the the geometric shape of the image using the Keystone Correction function via the onscreen menu system.
Keep in mind that the ML500 does not have horizontal or vertical lens shift functions, and the zoom function is digital, not optical, which may make the tripod setup option easier, in some cases, to position the projector properly. Try both the table and tripod placement methods and see what works best for you. The tripod method is also a great option when traveling.
Additional Components Used in This Review
Blu-ray Disc Player: OPPO BDP-93.
DVD Player: OPPO DV-980H Upscaling DVD Player.
Home Theater Receiver: Harman Kardon AVR147.
Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System (5.1 channels): EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.
DVDO EDGE Video Scaler used for baseline video upscaling comparisons.
Projection Screen: Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 80-inch Mobile Screen.
Software Content Used in this Review
Blu-ray Discs: Ben Hur, Cowboys and Aliens, Hairspray, Inception, Iron Man 1&2, Jurassic Park Trilogy, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, The Dark Knight, The Incredibles, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Standard DVDs: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, Outlander, U571, and V For Vendetta.
Additional content from USB flash drives.
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