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Acer K132 LED Portable Projector HDMI 1280x800 3D-ready 500 ANSI Lumens 10000:1 3D-ready
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I bought this projector for watching movies at home, replacing a 720p darkchip3 projector that died. I was attracted to it's low cost, nice specifications, long lamp life and theoretically higher reliability compared to traditional DLP. I'd say the subjective image quality is generally the same as traditional DLP with reduced sharpness and a better color gamut. Compared to 720p 3LCD technology it's a big improvement.

Pros:

- 4x color wheel equivalent (I measured this by comparing the blue refresh rate to two other DLP projectors with known color wheel speeds)
-Excellent native contrast/black levels with dynamic black off, subjectively a bit better than Darkchip3
-Wider color gamut than traditional DLP, very close to Adobe RGB
-Richer colors than lamp based dlp, no mustardy yellows
-Meets SMTPE brightness standards for movie theaters on a 92 inch screen
-Image still looks great with a little bit of ambient light (better than I guessed)
-Brighness is very even across the screen.
-Out of the box contrast is great with gamma set to #4
-No lamp flicker like non led projectors
-Theoretically better relibility due to lack of mechanical color wheel and hid bulb
-low power consumption
-Much less landfill at end of life than traditional DLP projector or LCD panel TV.

Cons: -Lower sharpness when fed native resolution due to the diamond pixel configuration. Because the pixels are not on a rectangular grid the signal must be resampled, reducing sharpness. This effect can be reduced for video, static images and powerpoint by feeding the projector a higher resolution signal (like 1080p), though I recommend native resolution for a desktop environment.
-Lens is not as sharp as other DLP projectors I've had, but not bad.
-No optical zoom! No placement flexibility whatsoever.
-Rainbows are still pretty obvious despite the 4x refresh rate (Over time my brain has learned to tune the rainbow effect out, but when I get a new projector and I'm analyzing the image I notice them more)
-Fan sound is a bit grating
-Out of the box color is oversaturated and can't be adjusted with some input resolutions
-Out of the box tint is off and can't be adjusted with some input resolutions. Red looks pinkish/salmon color. With minor adjustment color looks great.
-I was excited about the dynamic black function, but it's total garbage because of the obvious way the projector modulates the brightness. Sometimes it's like lamp flicker. Fortunately the contrast is still excellent with dynamic black set to off.
-I'd like to see a longer warranty, many data projectors come with 3 years at the moment.

Other Thoughts: I watch a 92 inch screen at a distance of 13 feet, and the brightness seems just right in a darkened room. This setup gives me a viewing angle of 29 degrees, which I think is an good compromise between screen size and visual acuity. Standard definition content like DVD doesn't look too blown up, but the screen is large enough to give an impressive theater experience.

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ACER H5360 720P 1280x720 2500 ANSI Lumens NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready Home Theater DLP Projector
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent, don't be misled by the low price 04/18/2011

This review is from: ACER H5360 720P 1280x720 2500 ANSI Lumens NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready Home Theater DLP Projector

Pros: 1. Impressive film like image quality with HD source material. Grayscales/colors are excellent.

2. Excellent contrast. Don't be put off by the published numbers (which are essentially made up), this projector produces dark, inky blacks that are much better than your typical commercial theater. If you are watching in a room with white walls you will not get any benefit from a higher contrast projector in most types of scenes.

3. Image is very bright. I think it is almost too bright in eco mode for a fully darkened room on my 92 inch screen. On my screen the image is probably in the neighborhood of 6-10x brighter than the SMTPE standard of 16 foot lamberts for commercial theaters.

Cons: 1. Rainbows. This is the Achilles heel of DLP. If I'm looking for rainbows (like right after I hook up a new projector), I'll see them everywhere and it's annoying. In practice my brain tunes them out and I only notice them once in a while. In my opinion, the killer image quality of darkchip3 more than makes up for the rainbows.

2. Projector placement is not very flexible, which is expected at this price.

Other Thoughts: I bought this projector to replace my dead Planar PD7060 (a 720p Darkchip3 projector that cost $3k in 2007) and the image quality of the Acer is nearly identical. The only thing that is not as good is the slower color wheel makes the rainbows more noticeable. On the plus side the Acer is much cheaper, much brighter and has a better lens.

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VANTEC NexStar NST-350U2 Aluminum Alloy 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Set up in ten minutes, worked without a hitch on my 160gb samsung ntfs drive. Nicely (albeit lightly) constructed.

Cons: Mini screwdriver that came with it broke. Sides of case are thin aluminum, might dent easily. Tiny screws holding the aluminum thread into plastic, but I think you could swap out the drive several times without having the threads wear.

Other Thoughts: If you're gonna complain about this thing then go and buy something that costs more. For the money I am very happy with this case.

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Nicholas B.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas B.

Date Joined: 05/20/06

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 05/23/06
  • Last Review: 02/07/14
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