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Street Price: n/a
3D: Full HD 3D
Weight: 5.3 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
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, VGA In, 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


Light output. The H5370BD is rated at 2500 ANSI lumens, and the maximum recorded from our test sample was a respectable 2127 lumens in the projector's brightest mode, Bright. Bright mode has a noticeable color bias towards green, so it's most useful when ambient light is a serious problem and you just want to make sure people can see the image.

Standard mode, which is the projector's default, produced 1569 lumens on our test unit. Standard mode's contrast and color are much improved compared to Bright mode, but light output is decreased by 27% as a result. Standard mode is the go-to for living room and home entertainment use, as its high output will still help combat ambient light without the ugly green color cast of Bright mode.

Movie mode, at 1358 lumens, is not terribly dissimilar from Standard mode until you disengage BrilliantColor. Turning off BrilliantColor improves image balance by reducing the brightness of highlights. It also makes colors appear more fully saturated and improves gamma (since 100% white is no longer being made unnaturally bright). This reduces light output to 675 lumens, however, so it is best used in a light-controlled room.

In any preset image mode, light output can be further reduced by switching to Eco lamp, which drops output by 17% and increases lamp life by 1,000 hours. For more fine-tuned control in modes where BrilliantColor is enabled, you can also adjust the projector's White Peaking control to raise or lower the brightness of highlights.

Contrast. The H5370BD displays some mild compression of the image's dynamic range. Shadows are sometimes crushed in the very low end but this is somewhat typical in home entertainment projectors, where ambient light more often than not wipes out shadow detail in a significant portion of the image. Black level is comparable to other home video projectors released this year; it is good enough that the H5370BD can multi-purpose as a home theater projector, but not nearly as good as dedicated home theater projectors that are much more expensive.

Color. The H5370BD has excellent color for a home entertainment projector. Standard mode as preset at the factory produces a smooth, consistent 7000K grayscale with no major flaws, even in the shadows. This makes Standard a good choice for living room use, especially since ambient light tends to be yellowish (especially when it comes from incandescent bulbs or compact fluorescents meant to mimic such).

Acer H5370BD Standard mode factory defaults

Movie mode is both less consistent and less accurate than Standard mode; it measures about 7200K and has more variation than Standard's smooth, even grayscale.

Acer H5370BD Movie mode BrilliantColor on factory defaults

Switching off BrilliantColor starts to ameliorate the situation by increasing red and decreasing green. The net result is an average color temperature closer to 6900K with less variation. If you don't want to get into the nitty-gritty of adjusting the projector's grayscale more fully, this is the best color available without any real calibration.

Acer H5370BD Movie mode BrilliantColor off RGB levels pre-calibration

With some small adjustments, though, the H5370BD's grayscale goes from "okay" to "great." By reducing blue and green and bumping red, our test unit produced a near-perfect 6580K average grayscale.


Acer H5370BD Movie mode BrilliantColor off RGB levels post-calibration

The Bias adjustments are more important than the Gain adjustments, as the Bias control is far more sensitive. In fact, leaving the Gain controls at their default 50 only alters color temperature by about 100 degrees Kelvin despite the huge adjustments made in our final calibration.

As for gamut, the H5370BD does include a color management system (CMS), but really digging into gamut is much more difficult than adjusting grayscale. Most users of the H5370BD won't bother, but luckily you don't need to. The default gamut is close enough to the Rec. 709 standard that the differences won't be visible unless you do side-by-side testing against a reference monitor.

Acer H5370BD color gamut

Sharpness and clarity. A 720p projector like the H5370BD will not have quite the sharpness and clarity of a 1080p projector. All 1080p content fed to the H5370BD must first be compressed to 720p, and some detail is lost as a result. However, the end product is still much higher resolution than standard DVD and looks quite good for the money.

On the upside, the H5370BD has no noticeable inter-pixel gap (the dreaded "screen door effect"). Sitting at 1.25 to 1.5 times the screen width eliminated pixelation, and sitting at 1x the screen width was acceptable for video gaming (where pixels are more acceptable).

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Reader Comments(8 comments)

Posted Jun 2, 2016 7:12 PM

By Sal DiMAio

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Had unit for 2 years, the glass/mirror inside of unit MELTED and almos started a fire. Acre says "sorry, out of warranty"......Good ventilation and cleaned grille frequently....

Posted Apr 18, 2014 5:38 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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