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Acer X1240 1024 x 768 2700 lumens DLP Projector 10,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs X1240 rocks! 01/29/2014

This review is from: Acer X1240 1024 x 768 2700 lumens DLP Projector 10,000:1

Pros: @ $330 (or less), this is a steal. There's just no other projector that comes close in overall value.

@400 it's still a good purchase. I couldn't find anything better anywhere in that range.

@500, I'd compare first.


*Perfect for watching HD movies. @1080p! (yes; it does play at that quality. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If you can't get it to do this, the problem is the device you are playing the movie from and not the fault of the projector).
*Perfect for playing modern PC games.
*Perfect for playing modern Console games.
*Very quiet.
*Easy controls.
*Can tell it what color your wall is, and it will adjust the picture accordingly.
*shut-off timers
*Perfectly usable in a well-lit room and w/ 'some daylight.
ECO mode is so close to the nomal mode, and the brightness is so strong ... that you probably won't ever take it out of ECO mode.
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*I was able to buy a non-electric pair of 3D glasses
that came with some 3D sidewalk chalk (made by Crayola; for like 7 bucks in the toy isle) and I was able to get 'some' 3D effect while viewing the game "Trine 2". It might work somewhat on other 3D games too; am unsure.
But It's a cheap alternative, if you need a 3d-fix and can't afford the actual 3D tech setup yet.
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@ 11 ft. and 10 inches (between the front of the projector and the wall) ... I have an 84 inch screen (diagonal) in wide-screen mode. But if I make some adjustments, It can get a lot bigger before it loses any clarify.
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*It's an ACER!
-which is a very trusted name.
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The official site says 3 years parts and labor.

Cons: The sound quality of the internet speaker is a joke.
I actually laughed when I heard it.
However, you're free to use any other speakers you may own, so it shouldn't be an issue.
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This projector is ANALOG ONLY>
If you try to feed it (hook it up to) a digital signal,
it will not know what to do with it.
However, if you want to hook up to a digital source …. you can buy a cheap converter (digital-to-analog) and you won't lose -any- resolution as a consequence.
-just make sure that if you do that ... you get a true "converter" and not a mere "adapter", because you need a device that will change the digital signal into an analog signal. I picked up a device for 25 bucks that did the trick.; enabling me to run an HDMI cable from my XBOX 360 -to- the converter ... and then a VGA cable (from the converter) to the projector ... and I was suddenly able to play Diablo 3 at 1080p instead of 720.

(note: I don't know if Newegg carries the right converter or not. I got mine elsewhere. but you will have to go online for one. No local gaming or electronics stores will have it; I promise.
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With this projector, 3D features for gaming (and movies) aren't compatible with AMD's Radeon video cards. So if you want to use the 3D features on this projector, you need an NVIDIA/Geforce video card in your PC. (and the compatible electric glasses that you must buy separately).
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*On super bright /high-glare winter days,
you'll want to close the curtains..

Other Thoughts: Buy this.

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ECS NGT440-1GQI-F1 GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: same as mentioned previously

Cons: My son has corrected me about my previous review. He says he can only run BF3 on medium settings, as someone else mentioned. I had seen him set it to the higher settings, but he says he wasn't getting a good frame rate when he used those settings. But he is still running Skyrim on high settings. I just wanted to submit this correction before someone bought this card expecting it to perform better than it actually will.

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Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This drive works exactly as it should.

Cons: Floods in Thailand caused the Hard Drive market to DRAMATICALLY raise the cost of hard drives (especially the 1 Tb drives). This drive was a GREAT deal at $55 dollars (3 months ago). At $125 ... it's only a "good deal" when compared to other drives in it's price range at this time. If you can find a comparable drive at $100 then buy that one. If you can't, then buy this one.
However ... as most of us have found out (the hard way) ... a SATA 6.0 Gbs does NOT read or write at twice the speed of a 3.0 Gbs. It's almost identical in performance as a 3.0 drive. So don't factor in the "6.0" stat when deciding on which drive to buy.

Other Thoughts: Since I don't "need" a drive right now ... I'll be waiting until the prices fall back down to more than HALF of what's being charged at this time, before I'll buy one for myself. However, one of my sons is begging me for another drive, so I'll probably end up buying this one at $125 for him. -but it's really going to bother me to fork out more $$ than this drive is really worth.

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Date Joined: 08/02/07

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