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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

Limitations

Rainbows. The H5370BD uses a 2X-speed RGBCMY color wheel. As a result, if you are sensitive to rainbow artifacts you are probably going to see them in spades on the H5370BD. If you aren't sure whether or not you are sensitive to DLP rainbows, here's how you can figure it out. Order the H5370BD from a vendor with a generous return policy, then pop in a Blu-ray copy of either The Dark Knight or Quantum of Solace. Both movies have bright highlights moving quickly against dark backgrounds, which tend to induce rainbows more often than other types of content. If you see flashes of color where they shouldn't be, you're seeing the rainbow effect. If you see it only occasionally it may not be worth worrying about. If you see them frequently they will drive you nuts with distraction and you will want a different projector.

Placement flexibility. The extensive lens adjustment controls found on home theater projectors are pricey, so they tend not to be found on low-cost projectors. The H5370BD has a basic 1.1:1 manual zoom lens with no lens shift. That means you'll have to be careful about mounting the projector, as there's not a lot of wiggle room to work with. This is another reason why table placement is a good choice for the H5370BD, as you can move it around easily to square it up with the screen. A ceiling mount requires precision and care.

Locked presets. Like many inexpensive projectors, the H5370BD's pre-calibrated image modes are locked to the factory settings. If you make any significant adjustments, the projector kicks you over to the single "User" memory setting. The same goes for color temperature. If you want to fine-tune grayscale tracking, you'll have to use the User CT setting as the defaults (unhelpfully named CT1, CT2, and CT3) are not adjustable. This also means that you cannot have a "Day" setting and a "Night" setting, for example, which would be useful on a projector meant for occasional ambient light use.

Quirky HDMI pairing. Several times over the course of our testing, our H5370BD would simply refuse to recognize our Blu-ray player or other HDMI device. When this happened, the projector's Re-Sync button did not do anything, and we instead had to power cycle both the projector and the HDMI source device until they recognized each other once again. This may not occur with all HDMI devices, but there's no way to tell until you test them and find out for yourself. The glitch occurred most often when switching inputs after the projector had already been running for some time, rather than on a cold start.

Fan cycling. Occasionally, the H5370BD's fan will kick into high gear and start making much more noise. While the normal fan noise is quite low and drowned out by the projector's small speaker, the high-power fan is much louder. Our test room was maintained at 75 degrees fahrenheit (which, for Las Vegas in the summertime, is quite cool) throughout the test, and fan cycling tended to occur after the projector had been running for an hour or two, indicating that the problem is likely heat-related. This quirk will be most noticeable if you use the H5370BD in a long-run application such as video gaming or television viewing.

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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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