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Acer H6500 home projector outshines ambient light
Acer's H6500 projector features a brightness of 2,100 ANSI lumens
Acer's latest home projector boasts the ability to display a 300-inch, 1080p projection at 24fps, but the main selling point of the US$900 H6500 is that, according to Acer, it's effective in bright ambient light by virtue of its 2,100 ANSI lumens brightness. The downside - no more clandestine smooching in the back row of your home theater.
The Acer H6500 features a contrast ratio of 10,000:1, two HDMI ports, wall-color compensation and "ColorSafe II" technology which is designed to prevent color decay with prolonged use. Images are displayed in 16:9 aspect ratio as standard with the option to adjust to 4:3.
When the lights are low, the power consumption can also be reduced by limiting the output to 1,680 lumens. Acer claims this "ECO mode" can reduce power by up to 70 percent. The lamp provides up to 3,500 hours of standard use, and as long as 5,000 hours in ECO mode.
The H6500 weighs 5.6 pounds (2.54 kg) and the package includes management applications which assist in installation, adjusting the settings for different environments, customizing the start-up screen, and supporting wide format PC resolutions.
Acer H6500 technical specs:
- Minimum Lens Aperture: F/2.55
- Maximum Lens Aperture: F/2.85
- Manual Zoom Factor: 1.2x
- Digital Zoom Factor: 8x
- Lamp Power: 240 W
- Normal Mode Lamp Life: 3500 Hour
- Economy Mode Lamp Life: 5000 Hour
- Standard Mode Brightness: 2000 lm
- Low Mode Brightness: 1600 lm
- Color Supported: 1.07 Billion Colors (30-bit)
- Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Minimum Projection Distance: 59"
- Maximum Projection Distance: 32.81 ft
- Diagonal Image Size: 300"
- Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Compatible Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
- Video Signal Format: NTSC, PAL, SECAM
- Maximum Vertical Sync: 85 Hz
- Maximum Horizontal Sync: 100 kHz
- Weight (Approximate): 5.60 lb
how noisy is it tho ? specs are great but a loud fan can ruin a movie.
That's a reasonable price for a full HD projector with great features.
I see this product as 'behind the times'. 2000 lumens and its 10,000:1 contrast ratio are seriously less impressive than competition: eg, the Optoma new (and 5th generation) projectors produce equal brightness but 8x's the contrast ratio: 80,000:1 with the added significant advantage of no bulb! Yeah, LED lightsources. They go for ? $1400 or so .. Those of us who've used projection bulbs know how expensive they are! Hundreds of dollars! for 3500 hours ? Not a sane "investment" especially in the school/work environment where units are typically used much more often.
Contrast is a major issue, too.
(I have no connection to Optoma or any other projector company. I do own one of Optoma's older units .. a 'bulb' model, and am familiar with the bulb price issue!)
Is the projector 3D equipped?
How much is a new bulb??
I want a projector that i dont have to close the blinds for, doesnt use tons of coal and doesnt blow a bulb or doesnt have a bulb to blow and can play my bluray in hd at ultra crisp contrast and its output display is as big as or bigger than a snooker table. Now what kind of projector would that be and where do i place my order?
2000 lumens might be enough for a power point presentation in a brightly lit office but that's about it. I've got an NEC 2200 lumen DLP projector and for movies, nothing but complete darkness is acceptable. Even if NEC and Acer measure lumens differently, 2000 isn't even close. Having said that, the specs of this unit are good for that price.
I love my DLP projector, I scored it cheaply via Ebay and it'been a great first unit. The rainbow effect is noticeable however - especially during dark parts of movies - and the response rate is slow like old LCD panels so sport and fast motion blurs. When I upgrade to a 1080 unit I will be looking at LCD.
These might be a good first projector. They're certainly bright enough to be useful but don't expect to plonk it down in the lounge without being able to block out the light. And don't be surprised if it whets your appetite for something more expensive down the track!
The new Optoma with its significantly more advanced technology (combination of two LEDs and a laser - no power hungry, noisy and expensive to replace bulbs, no color degradation) at a comparable price range ($1400 or $1500) is obviously a better deal. But Optoma's WXGA is not there yet. I am waiting another one or two years for the resolution to step up to full HD before reconsidering. You really want full HD ...or even higher when it becomes possible with "retina" resolution...but that is five years away at least.
Ever since solid state lamps came out (LEDs), they've been improving. Remember when everything ran on vacuum tubes? Then transistors and integrated circuits replaced everything but the CRT, which was replaced by the LCD panel. A light bulb is just another vacuum tube and should be replaced. The color wheel should be replaced as well. The newer projectors should all have LEDs or laser diodes as the light source, not a 'white' LED and a color wheel. Although, the white LED has come quite a long way, in flashlights, anyway. But if you use RGB LEDs or laser diodes as the light source, you don't need no stinkin' color wheel.
Some time back, I read about a DLP-like device that looked like a row of staples. By applying voltage to an individual staple, it would bend. Project a light on the device and you could control the on/off. The beauty of this device is it only has 1080 elements (or staples), unlike the DLP device, which has tens of thousands or even millions of the little mirrors. I thought, wow, what a great idea! I waited and waited for some display devices or televisions to come out using the device, but never heard a thing, until I did some digging. It appears that the inventor of the device decided he could make more money in the medical field. So, we're stuck with the DLP, which, I guess, isn't a bad thing. But getting rid of the Bulb and color wheel I would think would be a priority.
Oh, here it is. The device is called a MEMS (micro-electromechanical system) GLV (gated light valve) and apparently is now the property of Sony, who, apparently isn't doing much with it.
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