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The Viewing Experience
Best Home Theater Projectors
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
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Acer H6510BD Projector Acer H6510BD
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Street Price: $708
MSRP:$799
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:10,000:1
Lumens:3000
Weight: 4.8 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.3x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
7,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$179.00
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB, HDMI 1.4 (x2), USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p

Acer H6510BD
1080p 3D Home Video Projector

Bill Livolsi, April 12, 2013

Acer, the fourth-largest maker of PCs in the world, has become well-known in projector circles for building affordable home theater projectors that perform exceptionally well for the price. Their latest effort, the H6510BD, is a 1080p projector with full HD 3D capability that sells for less than $1,000.

The H6510BD has full HD 3D compatibility, making it one of the least expensive full 3D projectors on the market. As such, it is getting a lot of attention as an affordable way to bring 3D into the home. While it certainly has its issues, chief among them being color performance, for certain users the H6510BD is a good choice. Whether you need a projector for the theater or the living room, the H6510BD can hold its own.

Editor's note: We erroneously reported the BenQ W1070's color wheel speed as 4X in this article; it is 6X (3X physical wheel speed, RGBRGB segments). We apologize for the error. - Bill Livolsi

The Viewing Experience

The H6510BD is a small projector clad in a square-edged white case with a small lens mounted off center. It has a 1.3:1 manual zoom/focus lens and no lens shift, so projector placement is critically important. As such, the best mounting options for the H6510BD are either a ceiling mount or a table placement. Ceiling mounts have the advantage of being up and out of the way, and with the H6510BD's white case the projector can disappear into the ceiling. On the other hand, a table placement requires no additional hardware and has the advantage of being portable. With a projector as small as the H6510BD, bringing it along to friends' houses isn't out of the question. As a bonus, it does have a small 2W speaker.

The H6510BD's 1.3:1 lens can project a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 8' 5" to 10' 10", or a 120" diagonal image from 10' to 13'. The projector has a mild throw offset of roughly 7%, meaning that the bottom edge of the projected image will appear 7% of the image's height above the centerline of the lens. On a 100" diagonal image, that would be about four inches. If you do plan to use a ceiling mount, that mild offset might require you to use an extension tube to bring the projector down low enough to hit your screen.

Once we got the projector set up properly, we connected a Blu-ray player over HDMI and fired it up. Preset image modes on the H6510BD are almost uniformly bright, ranging from 2524 lumens on the high end to 1336 lumens on the low end. Low lamp mode can reduce output by 26%, bringing output down to 988 lumens on the low side, but that's still quite a bit of light. While that much light has some beneficial applications - namely living room use and 3D projection - it can be too much light if you plan to use the projector in a dark room. In those cases, you can disable BrilliantColor to reduce light output by about half.

As far as actual image quality goes, the H6510BD needs some adjustment before it's suitable for use in a home theater environment, though the default calibrations are just fine for living room use. The H6510 is really ideal for a living room environment -- both because of its high brightness and its middling black level, putting it on par with other home video projectors. The projector does do a respectable job of differentiating shadow detail. And, contrary to our usual advice, we ended up getting better, more consistent results for both color and gamma with BrilliantColor on.

Review Contents: The Viewing Experience Key Features Performance Limitations
  Shootout vs BenQ W1070

Reader Comments(16 comments)

Posted Mar 25, 2014 7:58:44 AM

By Spectre

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This info is clearly listed in the specs:

Lamp Life: 4,000 Hrs 7,000 (eco

Posted Mar 5, 2014 1:09:26 PM

By RAMA

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Please tell me guys which glasses work with this projector. I bought the Xpand Yuniversal X104 adn X103 but I failed to make it working. TIA

Posted Dec 3, 2013 11:13:20 AM

By Jeff

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Any idea how long the bulb should last? It would be a shame if replacement costs over time outprice the unit. Had this issue with a Mitsubishi in the past.

Posted Aug 29, 2013 1:00:55 PM

By Laggy?

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Bill,

What was the input lag test results?

Posted Jul 30, 2013 5:13:57 PM

By jcc

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Can you use a higher frequency glasses? This projector has a 96Hz, would the 3d work with let's say a 125 Hz?

Thanks

Posted Jul 24, 2013 11:07:08 AM

By Joey

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That's normal, it's called horizontal keystone. Basically the projector is not squared to the wall. If the horizontal edges converge to the right, you need to aim the picture more to the right (the distance the light travels will dictate the amount of keystone). Most projectors have vertical keystone correction but not horizontal, so you have to adjust the projector position appropriately.

Posted Jun 10, 2013 4:28:58 AM

By Angel

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Hi! you say:

"Color wheel. With a six-segment RGBCMY color wheel spinning at 7200RPM, the H6510BD has a 2X-speed color wheel. This means those sensitive to rainbows will see them in droves. As there are other projectors around this price range with faster color wheels, the H6510BD could be a poor choice for anyone with a known sensitivity to color separation artifacts."

"Rainbows. The W1070's 4x-speed RGBRGB wheel shows significantly fewer rainbows than the H6510BD's 2x-speed RGBCMY wheel. If you are sensitive to rainbows, that's worth considering."

The h6510BD at 7200rmp --> 2x at 60hz + six-segment wheel = ¿4x at 60hz? ¿or its 2x because w1070 is RGBRGB and h6510bd is RGBCMY?

I have the h6510bd and I've noticed that putting it from 60hz hdmi to 50hz hdmi, color wheel is heard speeding, does that may mean that it gets to 7500rpm?

If it gets to 7500rpm --> 2,5x at 50hz + sig segment wheel = ¿5x at 50hz?

Posted May 13, 2013 2:09:46 PM

By Anil

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HI, I bought this projector. This is good projector for the $$$. I guess i have an issue, the projection Projection screen is no rectangle. If I project from table, it looks as image goes towards right, it narrows down. Basically the horizontal lines are not parallel. I though it is my illusion due to Projector surface, but I measured the height from right and left sides. They are not same. Left side height is 2” less than the right side (projected on 90” diagonal). Any one knows how to correct it or it’s a projector issue?

Posted May 8, 2013 8:13:11 AM

By Kevin H

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I have two words for those that are considering getting this projector...DO IT!

My Dell 1409X started having the white dot issue (DMD chip?) shortly after putting in a new bulb. I decided on an upgrade. I had researched several projectors and had decided on the BenQ W1070. Just before getting the BenQ, I saw the Acer H6510BD. It was cheaper and the specs were close to the BenQ. So, I got it. It has great picture and color and blew my Dell 1409X out of the water. I had to get a new screen as well for the larger picture. I am projecting on a Elite 16:9 135-inch (M135UWH) screen at just under 12 feet away. I got the screen and the projector for under $1,000 from Amazon. The only con I can think of is the angle of the throw. I think it would work better attached to the ceiling. Not doing 3D yet so I can comment to that aspect.

Posted May 2, 2013 10:53:34 PM

By SakkeL

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SainSonic branded SSZ-200DLB 144HZ 3D Active Rechargeable Shutter Glasses.

Posted Apr 28, 2013 9:50:38 PM

By Tony Sammo

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so what are the best glasses to work with this projector?

Posted Apr 25, 2013 3:40:33 PM

By S G

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Bill,

How did you determine the speed (Mz) of the 3D glasses because the manual only talks about 3D specs (120hz)with a computer and Acer support could not even answer this question for a stand-alone Bluray player.

Just curious because I want to buy glasses but, I don't want to purchase the wrong ones.

Thanks!

Posted Apr 22, 2013 12:30:53 PM

By Bill Livolsi

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davidm - while I don't have the Pro8200 in front of me, I do remember that it was quite loud. The H6510BD should be significantly quieter than the Pro8200.

Posted Apr 18, 2013 12:54:33 PM

By davidm

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I have a Viewsonic Pro8200, which is really distractingly loud, even in eco/low light mode. Would this model be significantly quieter?

Posted Apr 15, 2013 2:54:09 PM

By S G

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I'm glad I bought the Acer over the Benq now since our proj is installed in a room where the ambient lightning is not controlled but,light is reduced well with normal window blinds. Kinda disappointing on the 3D refresh rate but, since the projector has high lumens it must show the image brighter than the Benq but, then is prone to flickering. I guess it's a trade-off type of thing. Unfortunately, no information about the refresh rate was listed on Acer's website and tech support didn't know either. Still a great projector for my first one!

Posted Apr 13, 2013 12:43:52 PM

By Ted Nunn

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Thanks for your review on the new Acer H5610BD projector. I also appreciated your decision to incorporate a shoot out between it and the Benq W1070. I am sure that this has helped a number of people decide which projector to buy. It is not easy to experience a demonstration of these products in a store, much less have the opportunity to compare them in calibrated and uncalibrated conditions. Thanks for another great review!!!

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