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Acer H5370BD Projector Acer H5370BD
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Street Price: $520
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

Shootout:
Acer H5370BD vs Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD

The H5370BD isn't the only 720p home video projector we've got in house right now. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD, reviewed last month, is a WXGA home video projector with HDMI 3D capability that sells for $799. The two projectors are more alike than they are different, in that they are both sub-1080p home entertainment projectors with 3D capability, but the differences are significant in their own right.

Resolution. From a video standpoint, the H5370BD and 750HD are more or less identical. That's because 1080p content is scaled down to 1280x720 on both projectors. On the other hand, if you're interested in PC gaming, the 750HD's native 1280x800 resolution is slightly larger than the 1280x720 resolution of the H5370BD, giving you more vertical space. The 750HD's added resolution can actually be detrimental for video since the extra pixels create tiny black bars on the top and bottom of the screen when 16:9 material is being displayed.

Light output. Whereas the H5370BD produces 2127 lumens in its brightest mode and 675 lumens in color-optimized mode, the 750HD cranks out a massive 2912 lumens in bright mode and 2003 lumens in color-optimized mode. As a result, the 750HD is a stronger projector in situations where ambient light is present, or you want to push to a larger screen in a room with some ambient light. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the H5370BD can produce 560 lumens minimum while the 750HD cannot drop below 1560 lumens. This makes the H5370BD a more versatile projector for dark-room use or multi-purpose projection where time will be split evenly between theater and living room.

Contrast. The H5370BD produces a blacker black than the 750HD and has higher dynamic range. The 750HD's automatic iris, while helpful for reducing black levels, can't match the deeper native black performance of the H5370BD. On the other hand, the 750HD showed less crushing of deep shadow detail at the very low end of the brightness range.

Color. While both projectors can produce accurate color, the 750HD's higher saturation and better default calibrations make it the go-to choice for applications where rich color is a must-have. On the other hand, the H5370BD has better adjustments, with separate gain and bias controls for RGB adjustments compared to the 750HD's single-axis controls. The 750HD also lacks a color management system, though this won't matter unless you plan to adjust color gamut.

Pixelation. Both projectors down-convert 1080p content to 720p, but the H5370BD's DLP chip has a smaller inter-pixel gap as compared to the pixel structure on the 750HD's LCD panels. As a result, you can sit closer to the H5370BD without noticing any visible pixelation.

3D. While both projectors offer 3D, the mechanisms differ. The H5370BD uses DLP Link, which has the advantage of inexpensive glasses and no required emitter. On the other hand, the 750HD's radio-frequency link is less likely to lose synchronization than DLP Link, but the glasses are proprietary and cost significantly more per pair. It is easier to watch 3D for extended periods on the 750HD because it is a brighter projector and produces less flicker than the H5370BD. For extended 3D viewing, the 750HD is a stronger product.

Input lag. The H5370BD is the faster projector at an average 24ms of lag in our tests. In comparison, the 750HD measured between 40ms and 50ms of lag using the same testing methods. For gamers looking for fast response times, that can be a big difference. On the other hand, unless you already know what input lag is and why it is important, it probably will not affect you.

Rainbows. If you are sensitive to rainbow artifacts, the 750HD is the projector for you. Its three-panel LCD engine will never produce rainbows, while the 2X-speed RGBCMY wheel of the H5370BD will produce them fairly often.

Fan noise. While neither projector is whisper-quiet, the 750HD did not manifest the fan cycling issue we found on the H5370BD.

Placement flexibility. Neither projector has lens shift. The 750HD has a 1.2:1 lens, giving it a few inches of extra adjustment range over the H5370BD's 1.1:1 lens. In most instances, this won't matter, but it can be important when traveling with the projectors.

Conclusion

The Acer H5370BD is perhaps the least expensive way to bring 3D into your home. At $549, this 720p projector is equipped for both home video and home theater, and its highly adjustable light output makes it easy to go from the living room to the darkened theater without a second thought. It has some quirks common to inexpensive projectors, like a lack of User memory settings, the inability to adjust factory presets, and a 2X speed color wheel, but it also has solid color and a great 2D picture. A long-life lamp keeps maintenance to a minimum while inexpensive DLP Link glasses keep ancillary costs low.

The H5370BD faces stiff competition from the Epson Home Cinema 750HD, which offers a brighter image, better color saturation, and a picture free of rainbow artifacts. But the H5370BD's less visible pixelation, more adjustable light output, faster response time, and $250 lower price make it an attractive option for a first projector or a dedicated gaming machine.

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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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