Acer PD100D User Reviews
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I have a PD100D now for 15 months. I am really very happy, it has surpasses all my expectations. It now has 3300 hours on its lamp and I only bought a spare today. The old lamp is going strong! The lamp is relatively cheap also. Will easily buy another PD100 or whatever the newer models are.
Any Problems: NONE!
I bought this projector last week. This is my first projector so I don't have a lot of things to compare it to. It's a definitive step up from my Sony Wega tv. Picture is clear & sharp, colours look deep & alive. I noticed the rainbow effect with some movies, only with the subtitles in certain scenes, it doesn't bother me much. Plenty choice with connections, only thing missing is a real component input (Acer includes a VGA to component bracket). Xbox360 looks amazing on 720p, DVD's also look considerably better. Great value for a very basic HT setup. Especially for buyers who don't want to go all out first time.
Any Problems: - Rainbow effect (sometimes). - Component only with bracket. - Manual is unclear sometimes. - Included cables are a bit on the short side, so you still have to invest in cables.
I've tried almost all inputs (except s-video) and this is my opinion: - DVD using components input is very good (dark scenes and colors very nice) on YPbPr 720p Progressive Scan - PC using 15-pin VGA cable is very good image is very clear and sharp on native resolution (800*600) but for the other supported resolutions only recommend the 1024*768 because on the other ones the scaling is not to good. - Digital Satellite Receiver trough composite is viewable but the image is note very sharp but it’s the problem of composite connection. I've watch mainly sports, soccer and NBA, and its way far better than on the TV even with the poor connection (receiver don’t have another one ) - Audio its normal (but i don't think it is relevant because normally don't think it will be used) Resuming the image on a good source and connection is very good. The eco mode is bright enough. On full mode I’ve watched sports with a lot of light in the room and it is very good even so. Preset modes are quite good and menus are easy to use.
Any Problems: As posted, to put and get the lens cap "defocus" the projector. At least in my unit the zoom well is note very sensitive.
I've bought this projector yesterday and I'm really in love with it. I spent just 718€ (I'm from Spain) and it comes with VGA / VGA PassThrough, SVideo, Composite and DVI-I, wich is not usual in this price range. The connection is very simple and straight forward since it has input autodetection. I've tested VGA, SVideo and Composite with no problem at all. The point here is that you get all the cables right out of the box, but they are only useful if the image source and the projector are not more than 2 meter one away from the othern, I mean, the cables are not too long. The image quality is superb, but due to the fact that neither I'm a professional, nor I'm interested in finding rainbow effect or so on when I buy something, but just want to relax and view a good film or a F1 race in a 100" screen, may be my opinion is not too relevant for those who just want numbers and measurements. Even so, it's definitely mind blowing in my 75" provisional-home-made screen, years away from CRTs, TFTs and even plasmas, wich I consider really disappointing. In the daylight is viewable, but It's really amazing when the Sun starts to fall. I do also recommend to use it in the ECO mode: not much difference, you get half more lamp life, and it's barely audible. The next week I'll have my 100 inches Neoko screen, priced 104€, so I'll have a 100" screen for 822€, unvelibeable only a year ago. I recomend it to all of those who want a projector but not to sell their soul for it.
Any Problems: The lens cover fits directly on the focus wheel, so whenever you put or release it, the focus moves. Not a huge problem, even more with this price tag, but could be better.