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Dell S518WL Laser Projector

Part Number: S518WL
Our Price: $1,299.99
Availability: Usually ships the same business day
Dell S518WL Laser Projector

Easy to use. Easy to impress.

Lamp-Free. Hassle-Free.
  • Project instantly: Lamp-free laser technology eliminates lag-time with instant on and off, minus warm up and cool down time.
  • Long life: Say goodbye to replacement lamps. The S518WL has multiple redundant laser banks that can last for up to ten years1.
  • Any angle, anytime: The S518WL is engineered to run 24/7, and has a low power consumption, making it perfect for use in demanding environments.
Get Close to the Details.
  • Short throw projection: Short throw projection lets you place the projector three feet from your viewing surface, for a more descreet location that won't get in your way. Now you can stand and share with reduced shadows and distracting lights, whether you're in a classroom or a meeting room.
  • Add color to any room: View a brilliant color gamut of rich, true hues for more realistic images. More than 1 billion colors and 3200 ANSI lumens captures an audience from the start of your presentation to finish.
Seamless and Flexible Interactions.
  • PC-free presentation: No computer? No problem — present your files from a USB drive. Or upload up to 7GB2 of files to the projector's memory and present directly from the projector.
  • Cut out cables: Remove clunky cords and project wirelessly through your school or office network. Connect your projector with a network cable and use the EZCast app on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet, or the Dell Network Projection app on a laptop to start presenting.
Reliable Support and Security

Dependable warranty3 options make the S518WL an ideal choice.

  • Comprehensive support: Your S518WL projector is backed by support with the 2-Year Advanced Exchange Warranty4 , and the laser system is covered under the same warranty for up to 20,000 hours of use. If you opt to extend your warranty4 to 3-, 4-, or 5-years, the laser system is still covered for 20,000 hours use or the term of the warranty.
  • Get the most from your projector: The laser light source of the projector lasts for up to 20,000 hours of use1. If the projector is used for 8 hours each working day, it would take up to ten years to reach 20,000 hours1.
  • Project and protect: The integrated Kensington security port and password protection functionality help keep your S518WL secure against theft and unauthorized access.

1. Laser life of 10 Years assumes 8 hours usage every working day.

2. 7GB of internal memory requires a firmware upgrade that will be released in October 2017.

3. Mobile device must be either iPhone, iPad, or Android phone /tablet, and have wireless settings enabled. APP and applications must be downloaded and mobile device connected to the S518WL wireless network for proper function.

4. For a copy of our guarantees or limited warranties, please write Dell USA L.P., Attention Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682. For more information, visit

Detailed Specifications
Resolution:WXGA (1280 x 800)
Display Device:Single Chip DLP LVDS
Brightness:3200 Lumens
Contrast Ratio:20000:1
Video Signals:NTSC, PAL, SECAM; Computer signals up to 1080p (1920x1080)
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Number of Colors:1.07 Billion
Lamp:Laser Light Engine
Typical Lamp Life:Up to 20,000 Hours
Lens:F/2.8; f=2.8mm
Throw Ratio:0.52:1
Image Size:70" - 100"
Throw Distance:2.56' - 3.67'
Keystone Correction:Auto Keystone ±5°
Projection Methods:Front/Rear, Tabletop/Ceiling Mount
Inputs:HDMI x 2
VGA x 1
Composite Video (RCA Yellow) x 1
3.5mm Stereo Audio x 1
RCA Audio (L/R) x 1
USB Type A x 1
USB Mini B x 1
RJ45 x 1
RS232 x 1
Outputs:VGA x 1
3.5mm Mini Jack Audio x 1
Speaker:10W Stereo
Audible Noise:36dB/32dB (Normal/Eco)
Weight:12.2 lbs.
Dimensions:15.2" x 11.9" x 4.5"
Accessories:Power cord (DAO - 9.8ft, RoW - 1.8m), VGA Cable (1.8m/5.9ft), Remote control with included CR2032 battery, 1x CR2032 battery (spare), User’s Guide & Documentation, USB-key User's Guide
Remote Control:Remote Control Included with Batteries
Mfg Warranty:2 Year Advanced Exchange Warranty
Product Data Sheet: Product Data Sheet

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By Focused Technology Sales
Sarasota FL
October 17, 2017
Projector Central Reveiw
What the Dell S518WL is designed for:
It is ideal for:

Low cost, 20,000 hour short throw presentation for conference rooms and classrooms.

It is also good for:
3D, PC-free presentation, and mobile device inputs - A network connection or an optional wireless dongle broadens your choice of image material.

What the Dell S518WL gives you:
20,000-hour redundant laser bank illumination system

Instant on, instant off -- no warm up or cool down time

Any projection angle, 24/7 operation

Networking & PC-free presentations

Very short throw distances to eliminate shadows on screen

Dual HDMI inputs and VGA pass-through

7GB of internal memory

4-to1 split screen viewing

3-D capable

Warranty: 2 years Advanced Exchange, 20,000 hours illumination system

Weight: 12.2 lbs.

Connection Panel:
1. Mini-USB
2. Kensington Lock slot
3. VGA Out / Monitor loop through
4. VGA In
5. Composite Video
6. HDMI 1.4a inputs
7. RJ45
8. USB-A
9. Audio Out (3.5mm)
10. Audio In (3.5mm)
11. RCA input
12. RS-232
13. AC power

Physical attributes. The connector panel is on the rear of the S518WL. Air intake is from the left side, and hot air is exhausted from the right side of the chassis. The power connector is at the lower right of the connector panel, and a keypad is located at the back left of the cover panel.

Lab Tests: What the Meters Say
Brightness. The S518WL is rated at 3,200 lumens. Our test unit delivered 2,830 lumens in its brightest factory preset color mode, which was Bright. With the illumination set to Bright and Eco mode disabled, our test unit produced ANSI lumen readings as follows:

Dell S518WL ANSI Lumens

Bright 2830 2183
Presentation 2425 1870
Movie 1440 1110
sRGB 1660 1282

ECO mode. ECO mode reduced brightness by about 23%, so for many viewing environments, you can take advantage of the lowered fan noise in Eco mode and still have a sufficiently bright image, especially in the 90" to 100" image size range.

Brightness Uniformity.The S518WL delivered uniformity of about 80%, which is excellent for a short throw projector and solid performance for any projector. Excellent uniformity is a key for presentation projectors since hot spots and side/corner fading are particularly visible with spreadsheets, text docs, and solid color PowerPoint presentation graphics. Poor uniformity is less visible in video, although still undesirable.

Throw Distance. Although it is rated for throw distances from 2'7" to 3'8" and corresponding image sizes of 70" and 100", our test unit focused nicely at up to 20% longer and shorter throw distances than specified. Diagonal images of up to 120" were sharp edge to edge, so if you want to push the image size a bit beyond maximum spec there should be no focus issue.

Input Lag. The S518WL has an input lag of 33ms.

Fan Noise. Fan noise is relatively low and is composed of medium frequencies that do not bother most spectators. Invoking Eco mode reduces fan noise to a whisper, so if the room's ambient light is low enough, you can reduce fan noise and possibly extend the already long life of the illumination system.

Setting up the Dell S518WL
Throw distance. The S518WL specs call for an image size of 70" to 100" diagonal images. Since there is no zoom lens, you determine the image size by moving the projector closer to or farther from the screen. This is not an ultra short throw projector by our classification, which normally has a throw ratio of 0.3 or less. The throw ratio of 0.52 means the throw distance from lens to screen for a 100" image will be 3'8".

Focus.The focus ring is effective over the rated throw distance range, and even beyond those specifications. The image is sharp edge-to-edge throughout its intended image size range, and even about 20% more than the rated maximum throw distances. This means a 120" image remains as optically sharp as a 100" image, although with a resolution of 1280x800, a 100" image will look sharper and better integrated with complex data presentation material.

Our take on the Dell S518WL
At this writing the $1500 Dell S518WL is the lowest priced laser-based 1280x800 projector on the market. There are a handful of models that are ultra short throw that cost somewhat more, but one of the benefits of a slightly longer throw is better brightness uniformity, and at 80%, the S518WL is doing a very solid job.

Our tests show that a 100" image diagonal is well lit even in rooms without shades drawn as long as the outside light is indirect. If you want to maintain a bright room with full lights one, you will want to limit image size to 80" or so to preserve enough contrast for audience satisfaction.

Even though its resolution is 1280x800, the S518SL is a good video projector with nicely saturated color and good black levels in high contrast mode. Adjustments to brightness and contrast can be made to suit the ambient light level in the viewing environment. As a data projector, the S518WL does an excellent job with text down to 8 point even at maximum keystone correction settings.

Complementing the visual performance are dual 10W speakers that are plenty loud enough for a medium-sized room. Though this is ample audio power for many conference and classrooms, there is an audio output should you need to use external speakers.

The laser illumination system is rated for 20,000 hours of operation, so there is no need to budget for lamp replacements. A $1500 projector that delivers 20,000 hours is giving you a total operation cost of 7.5 cents an hour.

Connect your S518WL to your network or use an optional wireless dongle, and your choice of input devices expands. You can choose from not only your PC or DVD player but also your tablet, phone, and other portable media devices. There is also a USB input that accepts memory sticks for PC-free presenting.

Unlike many short-throw projectors, the S518WL is 3D capable. Optional 3D glasses are required, but if viewing 3D content is a desired option, the S518WL does it.

In the end, the essential story of the DELL S518WL is one of excellent value - more than sufficient lumen output for up to 100" screens in conference and classroom settings with ambient light, the convenience of short throw, solid brightness uniformity, PC-free presentation, 3D if you want it, and a 20,000 hour light engine, all for $1500. That is a hot deal by any measure in today's market.