Acer Introduces K520 Hybrid/LED Projector with 20000 Hour Lamp Life


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Acer has recently introduced Hybrid Laser-LED Projector – Acer K520.

Highlights: 

  • 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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