Review Contents
The Viewing Experience
Best Home Theater Projectors
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
DIY Home Theater
Acer H5370BD Projector Acer H5370BD
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Street Price: $513
MSRP:$549
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:13,000:1
Lumens:2500
Weight: 5.3 lbs
Resolution:1280x720
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.1x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:5,000 Hrs
6,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI (x2), USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Acer H5370BD
3D Home Video Projector

Bill Livolsi, May 14, 2013

The Acer H5370BD is a new 720p projector for home theater and living room use, and at $549 it is attracting no small amount of attention.

This low-priced home video projector doesn't pack a lot of features, but it does produce a solid, enjoyable image at a bargain-basement price. It is quite possibly the ideal first projector for someone new to the big screen experience, as its price is lower than even many televisions. While its 720p resolution means it is not a true full-HD experience, it has great picture quality for the money, and from a pure bang-for-the-buck perspective it's difficult to pass up.

The Viewing Experience

The H5370BD is small, portable, and very bright, with a modest onboard speaker and no appreciable upward throw angle. That combination of features makes it a good candidate for table placement. It would also fit well in a ceiling mount, especially paired with a small extension tube, but ceiling mounts add expense to what is otherwise a very affordable projector.

Firing up the H5370BD for the first time, the projector produces an intensely bright image in the default Standard mode. However, the other preprogrammed image modes give the H5370BD a lot of flexibility when it comes to light output, and decreasing lumens for home theater use is easy. While Standard mode is a good choice for a living room's ambient light, the projector's Movie mode is particularly well suited to dark theater use -- doubly so if BrilliantColor is turned off. That's not a small accomplishment for a projector that costs half as much as some other inexpensive home theater projectors.

The H5370BD is a 3D projector, capable of displaying 3D content from HDMI 1.4 compatible sources such as Blu-ray discs and satellite/cable set-top boxes. It is not "full HD 3D" because the projector itself has a native chip resolution of 1280x720 rather than 1920x1080. That said, it is the least expensive way to get HDMI 1.4 3D projection into the home so far. The H5370BD uses DLP Link, so 3D glasses are inexpensive and widely available. And while the H5370BD doesn't produce cutting-edge 3D, it does make an expensive technology much more affordable.

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Reader Comments(7 comments)

Posted Apr 18, 2014 5:38:30 PM

By Eno V.

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I Have this projector for 6 months now. It is fantastic. Picture quality is amazing. I`m using only hdmi inputs with my WD TV Media Player, and no problems there( it does take around 15 seconds to switch to netflix input). 3d looks excellent. 3d glasses are around 20-30$ on Ebay.( make sure they are 144Hz). Fan only gets loud when powering off, fan is really silent, even after 5+ hours of use. Replacing lamp with housing is around 110$. I did paint my wall with digital crystal paint- now picture looks like my plasma tv, my friends can`t believe it is not real tv screen. I`m using 16:9 aspect ratio, 120" size. Overall I`m happy with this projector, black levels are excellent, picture is really sharp for 1280x 800,720p:) My little one watch a lot of cartoons , 600 hours on lamp and picture still looks the same. I would highly recommend this projector.

Posted Oct 12, 2013 11:24:24 PM

By Hobie Brooks

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This projector should have no fan cycling if the room is below the 72°f. I keep the house cool 68°f to 72°f and have only heard the fan cycle when i turn it on or off.

Posted Aug 1, 2013 5:38:55 PM

By Rich o

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I have the projector and snow HDMI. Problems I play video games and watch movies, Call me crazy but I think the 720 P projectors have more of a true cinema feel because they're not quite as sharp, whenever you go to the movies it's never razor-crisp, This is my first projector and so far I love it, got it for $400 on new egg worth every penny!.. 3d is quite amazing for movies, I play call of duty black ops two on Xbox 360 in 3d, I feel like the game 3-D has a little less depth than the movie 3-D, but the movie 3-D matches my 60 inch Panasonic 3-D plasma TV if not better, I bought cheap moaac glasses off amazon worked perfect first time, I've had a lot of TVs the 2-D to 3-D conversion on this projector is excellent to say the least, Both Samsung and Panasonic make Bright saturated colors standout, The 5370 BD seems to handle it perfectly. I don't wish they had a Short throw model for this. Black Friday and cyber Monday are both coming I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't find this projector for $350.

Posted Jul 15, 2013 11:57:21 AM

By Anna

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All of these say home theatre and the lighting refers to indoors. I am looking for an outdoor projector for a 8ft screen. What is recommended for this use? Is there one that runs under $1000.00

Posted Jun 9, 2013 4:54:53 PM

By Jack Mcmahon

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And regarding the 2nd issue I raised, after beginning to work at full force, does the fan keep going at it for the entire duration of the viewing session or does the fan speed return to normal once the projector hascooled off,say 10 minutes later or so?

Posted Jun 7, 2013 9:17:52 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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Jack, HDMI pairing problems are usually due to HDCP handshake issues, which is purely an HDMI problem. You shouldn't have any problems over VGA.

Posted Jun 7, 2013 4:16:06 AM

By Jack Mcmahon

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I was interested in the projector, but the several issues mentioned in the article feel important- does the hdmi pairing issue occur only with hdmi, or with all inputs? I want to use the projector with VGA, and I don't plan on switching inputs much, will it happen if I only use VGA and composite? Additionally, does the fan keep going strongly like that for hours or just for a limited amount of time? Because If the fan just stays loud for the rest of the viewing session and doesn't at some point go back to normal that could be a big problem... I'd appreciate any response on the matter from anyone who owns this projector.

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