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ArcSoft Photo Studio - Download
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Capable and familiar 08/15/2013

This review is from: ArcSoft Photo Studio - Download

Pros: The menu structure is similar to Photoshop CS. Anybody who knows Photoshop CS 3 or so will be at home with Photo Studio. I was up and running in no time.

Cons: SSSLLLOOOOWWWW. Do not try to run that on a slow PC. I use an older Quad core and it looks like the program only uses 1/2 core. For occasional use or maybe with a <10 mpix camera I will recommend it ... or with a very fast PC.. It's much slower than PS CS3 I'm running on the same machine. Still for the Shell Shocker price it deserves 4 stars

Other Thoughts: I'm looking for some time for a Photoshop CS3 replacement that I can afford on several Pc's. There are some decent programs out there but I always get to frustrated learning and looking for features. With Photo Studio 6 I was productive from the word "go" . why - because it's really a clone of Photoshop. It's also cheap. But there is a one thing - its very slow. You may want to watch a couple movies while working on your pictures. :-) I have it installed on an AMD 2.3 Ghz Quadcore with 2.8 gigs usable ram. Window 8 pro 32 bit (upgrade)

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Acer K130 1280 x 800 300 ANSI Lumens (Standard), 240 ANSI Lumens (ECO) DLP Projector with Speaker 10,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a followup from my earlier review. The K130 is used daily and works great. I would not consider any other projector for the bedroom.

Cons: For the first 30 sec - 1 minute the display is a bit blurry. At first I was concerned but it apparently its a feature :-)

Other Thoughts: You can hear the cooling fan but its reasonable and stayed the same since day one. 3D works only with120Hz. The K130 does do 120Hz but only on lower resolutions. I use the projector with a Nvidia GT640 in a Windows 8 machine and the Windows Media Player with 4 tuners, Netflix and Hulu The combo work great for me. I'm also typing this review on this setup. The resolution is good enough for easy Internet browsing.

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Acer K130 1280 x 800 300 ANSI Lumens (Standard), 240 ANSI Lumens (ECO) DLP Projector with Speaker 10,000:1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: If you are used to these monster projectors you will be skeptical when the UPS guy gives you the box. You will be in for a bigger surprise when you un-box the tiny projector. it almost fits in your hand.

However it will convince you that you did the right thing when you turn it on. The picture is sharp and the colors excellent. The unit allows you to select from a number of preset picture settings and a user setting. I use it with a Logitech Google TV and also with a Win8 PC with Media Center. I will add to the review once I finish my 3D setup.

I use the K130 in my bedroom. Keeping the room dark is no issue while I watch TV. My K130 with the Revue and a "low power" T amp setup lets my enjoy TV with using less than 100 watts. Something to consider compared to a good size Plasma and a 700 watt 7.1 receiver. That combo probably run 20x that specially considering that your AC has to do extra work.

6+/- feet distance produces a 62" screen. It works great in a white room when the lights are off since 300 lumen will not light up all white walls and ceiling.

How you set all settings make a lot of difference in the brightness and clarity of the picture. A good screen is important. A 50 degrees reflection is better than a 160 degrees in my bedroom situation since 50 reflects more light to just one or two persons. It also helps to reduce to light up the entire room. In this regard it is a good idea to mount the K130 on the ceiling. The unwanted light would reflect towards the floor and not as much to the usually white ceiling. Ambient light will reduce the contrast considerably. The K130 has an advertise ratio of 1:10000 far better than most (or all) 2000+ lumen units.

It offers HDMI, VGA, USB MicroSD. In my application I only use HDMI. I never tried the speaker and would not expect much.

I used the mount of a dead Trendnet webcam to mount it to the ceiling. A projector ceiling mount would be overkill.

Bottom line if you put the K130 in a perfect environment for it you will be very happy with it for a long time = +/- 10 lamp lives of its 2000+ lumen brothers.

Cons: really none for the $350.00 price tag. 500 lumen maybe even better but for $1.00 per extra lumen was not worth it to me.

Other Thoughts: Do not look at this projector as an all around solution. It shines in the dark but not so much in a lighted room.

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Display Name: Peter B.

Date Joined: 09/22/02

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  • First Review: 02/15/07
  • Last Review: 08/15/13
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