Acer has recently introduced Hybrid Laser-LED Projector – Acer K520.
- Lamp Life: 20,000 Hours
- Brightness: 2000 Lumens (Normal Mode); 1600 Lumens (Eco Mode)
- Resolution: XGA
- Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
- 3D Display: DLP 3D Ready
- Low maintenance cost due to high lamp-life and low power consumption
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Max. Projection Size: 300″ Diagonal
- Instant On/Off
- No color wheel/any moving parts
- Wall color compensation for projection on slightly shaded walls
- Multiple PC source input
- Weight / Dimensions: 8.9 Pounds / 12.6″ x 9.1″ x 3.4″
- Environmental friendly: Mercury & Halogen Free Lamp
- Auto stand-by mode for power savings
- MSRP: $1599 (USD). Sold for much lesser at major outlets.
- Speaker: 1 x 2W speaker
- Warranty: Projector (1 Year); Lamp/Bulb (90 day limited warranty)
My opinion: While the projector has clear advantages – 20000 hour lamp life, DLP 3D readiness, 10000:1 contrast ratio, low power consumption, etc., the projector still has some limitations: 90-day lamp warranty, relatively higher cost, modest resolution, etc.
This projector seems to be targeted at office/business/educational usage and not home/cinema usage. It is not clear if LED projectors can project HD video as clearly as their LCD/DLP counterparts. The main highlight is the low maintenance cost and long lamp life, and I am sure that will draw many buyers towards these projectors. But, the price of LED projectors in this brightness range should break the $500 USD mark for them to become a real disruption. I hope the cost will come down someday.
If you want to buy a good projector with a long lamp-life for office use, this maybe the right projector for you. Of course, there are alternatives for you to consider. But still, very few companies have yet launched Hybrid/LED projectors with this brightness level and in this price range.
Manufacturer’s web-page: Acer K520.
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