1080p 3D Home Video Projector
April 12, 2013
Image quality. Acer's home theater projectors have always been alluring specifically because they outperform users' expectations for the price. And for $799, it's hard to find fault with the H6510BD. The H6510BD is a bright projector with solid shadow detail and color that, while it needs work out of the box, can be calibrated to a reasonable approximation of 6500K without too much work. The picture is sharp and clear, and detail from high-definition sources comes through cleanly.
Bright picture. The H6510BD can crank out up to 2524 lumens in its brightest image mode, called Bright. What Bright mode lacks in color fidelity and contrast it makes up in sheet lumen power. But the H6510BD has other modes, like Standard and Movie, which still produce north of 1300 lumens after calibration to 6500K. That makes the H6510BD a wonderful projector for living rooms where light control is not perfect, or very large screens in a more traditional dark-room theater environment.
Full HD 3D. At $799, the H6510BD is one of the least expensive ways to show 3D movies and television. It lacks a lot of the fancy bells and whistles you find on more expensive 3D projectors, like frame interpolation and super-fast refresh rates. It uses DLP Link for synchronization rather than infra-red or radio-frequency sync. It does not come with any 3D glasses, though DLP Link glasses are fairly common and often inexpensive. The H6510BD also lacks a VESA port, meaning you cannot connect the projector to external 3D accessories such as emitters or switching polarizing panels. All of that said, though, it's a full HD 3D projector for $799, something which is unique in today's market.
Quiet fan. Often, small bright projectors are quite loud. While the H6510 isn't whisper-quiet, its fan noise is a low rush of air rather than a loud blast or a high whine. It is easy to ignore, especially if you are seated more than a couple of feet from the projector.
Long life lamp. The H6510BD's estimated lamp life is 4,000 hours in full power mode and 7,000 hours in Eco mode. This is impressively high for any projector. There is no guarantee that any lamp will last its entire specified life, but the manufacturer's estimation is the closest thing to real data that exists on a projector this new.