Review Contents
Introduction
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Education
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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:4,500:1
Lumens:3000
Weight: 7.7 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:DLP
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:2,500 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  Composite, RGB, HDMI (x2), Network, USB
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24

Acer S5201M
Interactive Short Throw Projector

Jeff Janas, September 20, 2011

The Acer S5201M is a new interactive short throw, DLP-based XGA projector rated at 3000 lumens. It provides refined image quality at a street price under $800. The short throw design easily fits a big picture into a small room, the S5201M can produce an image that is 1.6 times wide as the distance of the projector from the screen. The projector includes a full complement of features, including the Acer SmartPen and virtual whiteboard software, 3D capability, dual HDMI inputs and a 4,000 hour eco lamp life. The Acer S5210M makes it easy to engage the audience with a big and bright image, a short throw that provides minimal image interference and a unique software package that enables on-screen interaction between the audience and the presenter.

Best Application:

The short throw design and XGA resolution make the S5210M best suited for the professional or educational environment. The case size (11.4"x10"x3.9") and near 8 pound weight are appropriate for fixed location or room to room use. With a fixed lens (no zoom function), the image size is adjusted by physically moving the projector. A mobile cart is a good solution for the classroom while office users will want to make sure available mounting locations provide a suitable screen size.

I tested the projector in several different conference rooms. The projector was a great fit for small 4 person breakout rooms that contain a single circular table. Placing the projector at the table edge provided only three feet of throw distance, yet the S5210M generated engaging 70" diagonal image. Comparatively, a standard throw projector with a 2:1 throw ratio would provide an image diagonal of only 23". Selecting the "light yellow" Wall Color image preset improved image color balance when using the beige wall as a screen.

I used the projector to give a presentation in a small executive office using only the included media player and a flash drive. Leaving the laptop at my desk allowed me to go from a cold start to presenting in about a minute. Additionally, I did not have to deal with toting around a laptop or connecting the laptop to the projector. The remote control worked perfectly to advance the slides and its built-in laser pointer was handy.

Review Contents: Introduction Key Features Limitations and Conclusion

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