Review: Optoma ML300

Review of: Optoma ML300
Mini Projector:
Optoma
Version:
ML300

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On October 4, 2012
Last modified:September 29, 2014

Summary:

With a huge range of connectivity options and really innovative features like 3D compatibility you can't really go past the Optoma ML300 mini projector. You can be forgiven for thinking it's a little large and chunky looking, but we think that's a good thing - more room for cool features. Because it comes with a large range of accessories as well, we're giving this thing the thumbs up, it's a great all round projector and well worth the money.

Although on first glance the Optoma ML300 looks a little chunkier than similar models with around 300 lumens brightness you can be forgiven for thinking it’s just like all the rest.

It is true that it weighs a little more, still only 2.1 pounds (~950 grams) though, and has the overall look of a larger projector with it’s protruding lens and air flow grills, but that extra space just adds up to more features and better functionality than you’d expect from a mini projector of it’s kind.

It’s still very portable and even though it dwarfs some of it’s competitors in size, we think big can sometimes be sexy… ahem… in mini projectors.

Optoma ML300 Features Overview

Optoma ML300 Mini Projector The Optoma ML300 is a feature rich, though slightly less bright, cousin of the ML500 (the 500 lumen model).

As you can probably guess from the name, it’s brightness rating is 300 ANSI lumens. It has a native resolution of WXGA 1280 x 800 which is on the high end of the scale making this appropriate for a lot of use cases.

It takes a large range of video signal inputs including 1080p (yay!). You can give it any of these signals: PAL SECAM 576i/p, NTSC 480i/p, HD 720p/1080i/1080p and it will happily continue pumping out crystal clear images for you all day long.

There is automatic keystone correction which is a bonus for business people projecting onto weird surfaces (it happens, trust us), and a relatively short throw ratio of 1.5:1.

The ML300 has a lot of connectivity options as well. Thanks to it’s buxom nature, there’s plenty of room for inclusions which Optoma have certainly taken advantage of.

  • mini-HDMI connector (Audio supported)
  • 15 Pin D-sub (RGB/YPbPr)
  • AV-Input
  • MicroSD Card slot (Multimedia)
  • USB-A (Multimedia)
  • Micro-USB (Display & Data transfer)
  • Audio out 3.5mm stereo socket

Optoma ML300 Mini Projector

There’s also one very cool connectivity option that we’re starting to see included on high end projectors such as the 3M MP410 and the Dell M110, that’s the addition of wireless via an optional wireless dongle.

This wifi feature allows you to connect peer-to-peer to your projector and deliver video signal over the network from your PC or Mac computer.

You can also load presentations, movies, documents, and more onto your USB drive or MicroSD card and play them direct on the projector without the need for a laptop or other device via the onboard multimedia software system. One complaint that we’ve encountered though is that this software is a bit hard to navigate, but it’s nothing you can’t get used to.

Ok… are you ready for the “killer feature” yet?

The Optoma ML300 supports… 3D! Yes you read correctly, you can project 3D content in a couple of resolutions (800×600@120Hz – frame sequential and 1024×768@120Hz – frame sequential). Unfortunately for everyday users it’s a bit crippled, but I expect we’ll see a revolution of this technology somewhere down the line.

According to Optoma’s website it doesn’t support 3D TV broadcast systems, Blu-ray 3D™ and 3D games from the Sony® PS3 or Microsoft® Xbox 360, so it’s really restricted for 3D modelling and design (whatever that means, Optoma!). You’ll also need to pick yourself up a pair of Optoma DLP® Link™ active shutter glasses, sold separately of course.

Optoma ML300 Technology Overview

Optoma ML300 Mini Projector The Optoma ML300 is the first mini projector that we’ve featured here on Mini Projector Watch that has support for 3D viewing and although it’s quite crippled in that manner (seriously, no 3D Blu-rays?) it’s still a pretty cool bit of technology.

It’s also one of the few mini projectors to support WiFi via a USB dongle which allows you to connect via your PC or Mac and stream your screen direct to the projector.

The imaging system runs on a 0.45″ Texas Instruments DMD chip DLP technology with superbright LEDs. It’s LED light source is rated for over 20,000 hours. You can project an image up to 160″ (~4 meters) with a diagonal ratio of 16:10 native (16:9 and 4:3 compatible as well).

What’s in the box?

  • Optoma ML300 projector
  • VGA cable
  • Composite A/V cable (RCA to 2.5 mm)
  • Type A to micro USB cable
  • Remote control (with battery)
  • Power adapter
  • Carrying case
  • Quick Start card
  • Warranty card

Conclusion

With a huge range of connectivity options and really innovative features like 3D compatibility you can't really go past the Optoma ML300 mini projector. You can be forgiven for thinking it's a little large and chunky looking, but we think that's a good thing - more room for cool features. Because it comes with a large range of accessories as well, we're giving this thing the thumbs up, it's a great all round projector and well worth the money.

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