Optoma ML550 review

The brightest, nicest and best connected palm projector yet

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We liked

Easy to set up and with plentiful connectivity on its rear, the ML550 isn't likely to let you down. Able to project a crisp, bright image in almost any ambient light conditions, it's equally at home with PDFs and Powerpoint presentations as with photos and video files.

Optoma ML550 review

We disliked

Sadly, the ML550 - as it comes - has no Wi-Fi. A separate, add-on Wi-Fi dongle is available, which allows the ML550 to wirelessly project from smartphones and tablets installed with the impressive EZ-View app (iOS and Android) that's also used by other projector brands such as BenQ and ViewSonic.

It's a shame this doesn't come as a default since we can imagine that most prospective buyers of the ML550 would expect some kind of wireless tablet integration, though we suppose this projector is already priced quite highly.

Final verdict

Brighter than its competitors at this size and enormously well connected, Optoma has come up with something quite special for those after something to power portable presentations.

Easy to stow and a cinch to set up and operate, we're nevertheless wary that the ML550 comes with no tablet/smartphone features as standard.

An optional Wi-Fi dongle is needed for that - at extra expense - which does seem rather archaic in our post-dongle days, but an ML550 with a dongle added adds up to the most versatile and capable ultra-mobile projector around. Expensive, but worth it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDLP Projector
Native Resolution1280 x 800
Number of Lamps1
Maximum Lens ApertureF/2
Standard Mode Brightness500 lm
Graphic ModeWXGA
Native Aspect Ratio16:10
Operating Power Consumption65 W
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Video Signal FormatPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Input Scan Format1080p
Output Scan Format720p
3D Type3D Ready
Maximum Diagonal Image Size2540 mm
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameOptoma
Contrast Ratio10,000:1
Lamp TypeLED
Projection MethodFront, Rear, Ceiling
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Normal Mode Lamp Life20000 Hour
Height39 mm
Width105 mm
Depth106 mm
ManufacturerOptoma Technology
Product ModelML550
Product NameMobile LED Projector ML550
Manufacturer Part Number95.8UA01GC0E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.optoma.co.uk
Marketing InformationThe Optoma ML550 is an incredibly small LED projector with the power and performance of a larger unit. Delivering an impressive 550 lumens and 10,000:1 contrast ratio, along with razor sharp focus and magnificent color accuracy, the ML550 will make your presentations stand out above the rest. Designed for traveling professionals, the Optoma ML550 is small in size, light in weight and strong in performance and reliability. Its LED light source is rated to last over 20,000 hours, so there are no expensive bulbs to replace. It is built Optoma tough, so you know it will last for years to come.
Package Contents
  • Mobile LED Projector ML550
  • AC Power Cord
  • Universal I/O Cable
  • Carry Bag
  • Infra Red Remote Control with Battery
  • Quick Start Card
  • Warranty Card
Weight (Approximate)400 g