Epson PowerLite 500c Projector Review

Key Benefits:

The Epson PowerLite® 500c is proof positive that good things come in small packages. The PowerLite 500c packs the most brightness ever-an incredible 800 lumens-into a superportable 5.8 lb SVGA package. It’s packed with all the features and reliability you’ve come to expect from Epson. But, like all the projectors in Epson’s Commuter Series, it sacrifices absolutely nothing in delivering superior image quality.

From the moment you fire up the PowerLite 500c, you’ll get breathtaking color and sharp, easy-to-read text. The three-LCD projection system generates outstanding corner-to-corner brightness and superior color saturation to single-chip processing, such as DLP. Image quality, brightness and contrast ratio are so superb you can use the PowerLite 500c in the most challenging lighting conditions.

The PowerLite 500c is also equipped with the strongest feature set in its class. Our exclusive SizeWise™ technology supports resolutions up to SXGA (1280 x 1024). And it’s also armed with ±15° keystone correction, a zoom lens, a USB mouse port and a full-featured remote control. A digital comb filter and picture-in-picture capability make it ideal for video presentations.

Worried about setup? Don’t be. The PowerLite 500c has a simple four button control panel which includes a context sensitive help feature. In addition, an easy-to-navigate 3-D menu system offers a variety of interactive set up features.

Even technical support is high performance. The PowerLite 500c is backed by Epson’s exclusive PrivateLine, a person-to-person support hotline. Epson also offers a renowned Road Service support program and an international warranty for multi-national accounts.

The EPSON PowerLite 500c- the superbright, superportable SVGA projector that’s easy on the arms, easy on the eyes and easy on the budget.


Projection System EPSON Original Prism technology
LCD Panel EPSON 0.9″ Poly-Silicon TFT; Active-matrix
Number of Pixels 2,359,296 pixels
(800 x 600) x 3 panels
Pixel Arrangement Stripe
Lens Manual zoom /manual focus
1.2:1 zoom, F = 2.0 – 2.2, f = 35 – 42 mm
Keystone Correction Electronic ±15 degrees
Lamp Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) 2000 hrs. (est.)
120W (user replaceable)
Image Size Diagonal 26″ – 300″
Projection Distance 3.9′ – 52′ (1.2m – 15.7m)
Color Reproduction 24 bit, 16.7 million colors
Brightness 800 ANSI lumens (typical)
Contrast Ratio 400:1
Illumination Ratio 90% (typical)
Audio Built-in monaural speaker; 1w
Pixel Clock 13.5 – 160 MHz
H Sync 15 – 92 kHz
V Sync 50 – 87 Hz
Operating Noise Level <40 dB
Power Requirements/
AC 100 to 120V/200 to 240V
±10%, 50/60Hz
Multiple Aspect Ratios
Wide screen video
Interface Standards
NTSC, NTSC 4.43,
NTSC 5.0


NTSC, Chroma subcarrier
frequency 3.58 MHz, 4.43 MHz
Chroma subcarrier frequency
CCIR, Chroma
Subcarrier frequency 4.43 MHz
CCIR, Carrier frequency 4.43 MHz
Physical Characteristics 10.5″ x 3.5″ x 8.4″ (W x D x H); 5.8 lb
Weight 5.8 lbs
Supplied Accessories PS/2 mouse cable
Macintosh® mouse cable
USB mouse cable
computer cable
AV cable
power cable
remote control
2 AA batteries
user’s guide
Quick Start poster
Product/Accessory Part Numbers EMP-500: EPSON PowerLite 500c multimedia projector
Optional Accessories:
ELPKS18:Wheeled soft case for projector/laptop
ELPKS13:Soft shell shoulder case for projector/laptop
ELPLP10B:Replacement lamp unit


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