Acer H5360 720P DLP Projector
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$599 MSRP Discontinued

The Acer H5360 is a 1280x720 DLP projector that can project 3D material by way of a 120Hz input signal. With a brightness level near 2,200 ANSI-lumens, the H5360 is capable of supporting large screen sizes in theater lighting conditions and moderate screen sizes in environments that contain moderate levels of ambient light. It produces a bright, high impact image, and is well equipped to support a true big-screen 3D experience at a very low cost of ownership.


Brightness and Picture Quality: The Acer H5360 is rated at 2,500 ANSI-lumens and performed close to this specification. Our test unit measured 2,169 ANSI -lumens using normal lamp and the 'bright' image preset. This represents 86.8% of the published specification and was measured with slightly over 90 hours on the lamp. Enabling the 'eco' mode provides a noticeable reduction to fan noise and drops the light output to 73% of the standard mode. The H5360 produced 1,601 ANSI lumens with a combination of eco and bright settings. Brightness uniformity was average, measuring 73% in normal lamp mode and 69% in eco mode.

The H5360 performed well when tested with a variety of video, photo and presentation material. I did most of my video viewing in either the 'movie' or 'dark cinema' preset modes. I preferred the movie mode for HDTV and most film based Blu-ray material, but utilized the 'dark cinema' mode for content with a low average picture level such as the Blu-ray of True Blood, Season 2. The 'dark cinema' mode lowered the black level of the H5360 and helped to maintain shadow detail at the expense of some top end brightness. Brightness in 'movie' and 'dark cinema' modes measured 974 lumens and 623 lumens respectively. While this is a significant drop compared to the peak light output, the movie preset has enough light output to produce over 30 foot-lamberts on a unity gain 100-inch diagonal screen.

An additional advantage of the H5360 is its ability to synchronize to a 24Hz refresh rate and eliminate the need for 3:2 pull down when watching film based material. I did not measure the gamut of this display, but found the color reproduction to be somewhat oversaturated even in the 'movie' or 'dark cinema' presets. Acer states that the H5360 contains 'Acer ColorBoost' technology, but does not provide a direct adjustment for this setting. While the degree of distraction from the over saturation is highly personal, I found the H5360's color reproduction acceptable after a few clicks down on the saturation control.

3D Capability: The H5360 supports 3D display using either the NVIDIA 3D Vision system or the Texas Instruments DLP Link 3D system. I tested it with 3D gaming and using the NVIDIA system and with 3D Blu-Ray source material using the latest release of PowerDVD10 Ultra.

The NVIDIA 3D Vision system uses the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) to identify if a display is supported. This led to some setup issues since my HDMI switch (a Denon AVR) does not pass through EDID data. So when the H5360 was connected through the Denon, the NVIDIA system did not recognize it as a supported display.

Additionally, I normally use a single HDMI cable for audio and video out from the HTPC. My only solution was to connect video direct from the HTPC to the H5360 and connect a separate analog audio output from the HTPC to the receiver. Users should plan on a direct connection from HTPC to the H5360 or on the use of a passive HDMI switch.

Once the H5360 and HTPC were connected directly, the NVIDIA setup process was nearly seamless (very straightforward compared to using an unsupported display) and was completed in a few minutes. I was able to use the most recent drivers with the H5360 as compared to an older driver set that is required for an unsupported display.

The H5360 switches to a specific image preset when the 3D mode is activated - it appears that this mode adjusts the color balance to take into account the slight color shift due to active shutter glasses. As is typical, switching to 3D mode results in a significant decrease in light output - the H5360 output drops to 698 ANSI-lumens in either the NVIDIA 3D or DLP Link modes. On the positive side, brightness, contrast, color and gamma controls can be adjusted to optimize the balance between shadow detail and black level when in either 3D mode.

I recently reviewed an XGA resolution BenQ projector that supports the NVIDIA 3D Vision System. The largest advantage of the H5360 in 3D, in addition to the easier setup, is the HD level resolution. The higher resolution of the H5360 and corresponding increase in detail accentuated the impression of depth and overall immersion into the game. I found the impact of 3D gaming on the H5360 very impressive.

A major limitation to evaluating 3D video performance to date has been limited source material. Up to my experience with the 3D Blu-Ray of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", all 3D video material was downloaded form the internet and suffered from low resolution or was highly compressed. Seeing properly mastered source material at the full bit rate provided by Blu-ray was simply the best 3D I experienced on the H5360. The excitement started from the opening frames, seeing the Columbia Pictures logo (the woman holding a torch and draped in the American Flag) extend into the screen was a great indication that this film experience was going to be something special. The Cloudy plot and animated content was a great fit for the 3D treatment; I feel that watching this film in 3D added to the overall experience. Early in the film, the protagonist attempts to 'generate' a cheeseburger using an invention of his own design. Viewing this scene in 3D bring a much greater sense of being in the action as object starts to materialize directly in the foreground. Comparatively, watching the same scene in 2D had a more observatory and disconnected feel.

However, the benefit of 3D is not without tradeoffs. A 720p display has less than one-half of the pixels as a full HD 1080p display. In addition, the light loss from the 3D mode and the light loss due to the active shutter glass system is significant. The glasses also had a noticeable impact to overall color fidelity when watching the Blu-ray content. Colors when viewing with the 3D glasses off were more saturated and crisper.

Ultimately, I found the negatives to be more of an issue with gaming as compared to the Blu-ray experience. I am not ready to give up 2D gaming at 1080p for 3D at 720p. However, I can honestly say that the 3D effect makes it a close call. This speaks well for the performance of the H5360 since I am comparing it to a 1080p projector at 3-4 times the price. Comparatively, I found the 3D experience that Blu-ray provides to be well worth the trade-offs. Given the opportunity, I would not hesitate to view new content in 3D using the Acer H5360. The experience of this relatively early stage of 3D Blu-ray was quite impressive.

Cost of Ownership: At under $700 from reputable on line retailers, the Acer H5360 represents a very low cost option for one's first step into the new 3D universe. It can easily support screen diagonals greater than 100 inches in theater lighting conditions. 3D flat screens at the 50-inch range are over double the cost of the H5360. So the H5360 represents a first-rate value considering a 100-inch diagonal image is over 4 times the viewable area of a 50-inch diagonal image. In addition to its low price, replacement bulbs can be found for around $200, which is lower than average for this class of equipment.

Input Options: The H5360 includes a VGA analog input and component, S-video and composite video inputs. It includes an HDMI input that will allow the projector to reproduce video and audio from a digital source. The sole analog audio input is a 3.5mm input jack. The H5360 also includes a Kensington security lock slot.


Limited Zoom Range and Fixed Offset: The zoom range on the H5360 is only 1.1x. At a ten-foot throw distance, it produces an image between 79 and 85 inches in width. Six inches of variable screen width is enough to accommodate small differences in planned versus actual mounting location, but significantly limits the placement flexibility for a given screen size and throw distance.

Image offset measured a reasonable 13.2% of screen height, comparing well to the 12% that is specified in the manual. In a tabletop configuration, the bottom edge of the image starts above lens center.

3D 'Notification' Pop-Up Menu: After the 3D setting in the H5360's menu is enabled, a pop-up menu is activated that displays a notification that one has entered the 3D mode. While this menu only shows up for 10 seconds, it is a definite annoyance when using the NVIDIA system. Each time a 3D video or a 3D game is launched, this pop-up is displayed. A menu option to disable or 'never show again' would be greatly appreciated.

Remote control: The remote is limited in both physical design and function. It is rectangular, slightly smaller in length and width than a credit card and is generally uncomfortable to hold. It worked best when pointed directly at the projector. I had difficulty getting the projector to recognize commands when bouncing the IR signal off the screen. While this is an annoyance, it becomes a non-issue with the use of a universal or third party remote control.

Color Wheel Speed: The H5360 runs at a 3X color wheel speed. I noticed an occasional rainbow while testing the H5360, however they were nearly exclusive to 2D content. While I did not find the degree of rainbow reproduction objectionable, I am not extremely rainbow sensitive; the relatively slow color wheel speed may be a limitation to some viewers. While I was able to 'create' rainbow artifacts in 3D mode by quickly darting my eyes across the screen, I did not notice rainbows in normal viewing of 3D material.

RS232 Port: The RS232 port on the connection panel is not functional.


The primary feature that sets the Acer H5360 apart from similar projectors in this price range is the ability to provide a quality reproduction of 3D content. Additionally, the low cost of ownership, very useable levels of light output and good 2D video performance place the H5360 high on the price/performance curve. It has it limitations, particularly in limited placement flexibility. However, it excels in its intended use scenario - 3D. If you are looking for a reasonably priced way to experience the new world of 3D gaming and video (and the limited placement capability is not an issue) I would recommend a close look at the Acer H5360.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Acer H5360 projector page.

Comments (51) Post a Comment
Jim Hilty Posted Jul 15, 2010 11:42 AM PST
It's good that some of the native 720p projectors are receiving nvidia support. I notice that the HD66 has now appeared as being supported on the Nvidia website. With a HTPC that supports Nvidia and Cyberlink, affordable 3d Blu-Ray is now available for front projection. DLP Link projectors such as the Acer 5360 and the Optoma HD66 could lead to 1080p DLP Link projectors, especially if one uses DLP Link shutterglasses which have a fairly long viewing range with no emitter. Posted Jul 15, 2010 2:43 PM PST
You wrote: "This represents 86.8% of the published specification and was measured with slightly over 90 hours on the lamp." First impressions of projectors are important but with the expensive expendable lamps, what does the lumen output curve look like as a function of time on most of the projectors you (as especially your readers) evaluate? I'm especially interested in 0, 100, 500, and 1000 hour lumen output.
Steve Posted Jul 15, 2010 5:50 PM PST
Thanks for your great reviews....

Since you reviewed both the Acer H5360 and Optoma HD66, can you provide some comparative thoughts on the two units?

Eric Faulkner Posted Jul 21, 2010 9:36 AM PST
I am very interested in the #D that seems to be booming. I currently have a projector in my living room and don't want to give up the size for a 3d tv. Can you tell me which #D Bluray Player you tested this with?

Jeff Janas Posted Jul 21, 2010 11:51 AM PST
Steve, Unfortunately, I did not review HD66. The HD66 was reviewed by Bill Livolsi back in February. Regards, Jeff
PatB Posted Jul 21, 2010 1:02 PM PST
A few years ago there was the choice between LCD and DLP. More recently there was the choice of Blu-ray vs HDDVD. Today we are faced with the choice between DLP Link and the Nvidia system for syncing the active shutter glasses for 3D. I want to buy a 3D projector but I need one of your well researched articles explaining the advantages and tradeoffs of each technology.
Jeff Posted Jul 28, 2010 10:53 AM PST
I'm investigating these systems, and haven't yet found an answer to this: With an active glasses projection system, is a 3D ready screen necessary, or will any projector screen do?
Kevin Posted Aug 3, 2010 1:12 PM PST
Are you sure that it can synchronize to a 24hz signal? I have this projector and I can't figure out how to get 24hz using Nvidia control panel. I only see 60hz, 75hz, 120hz on 1280x720. I tried adding a custom resolution with 24hz, but as soon as I hit "test" it just turns to a 60hz signal.
Gilles Posted Aug 8, 2010 3:01 AM PST
To avoid the 10'' 3D notification menu, just do no select any 3D display mode in the menu of the projector. The projector will still continue to swich back and forth automatically to 3D mode with Nvidia 3D Vision system.
Daniel Posted Sep 5, 2010 1:04 AM PST
I do not game and do not intend to use a HTPC, can I still view bluray 3D movies in 3D through this projector having only plugged the bluray player to the projector? Appreciate any helping comments as I am new to the scene.
henry Posted Sep 25, 2010 6:05 PM PST
Will this projector work with the new PS 3 3D update?
Patrick Posted Nov 18, 2010 7:23 AM PST
Wow, this is a tough one. I am torn between the Optoma HD65 and this one (Acer H5360). They are both about the same price. The Optoma his a little higher contrast and the noise is supposed to be a little less. But, the Acer has an estimated 1000 more hours on the lamp. I can get both for nearly the same price. Any suggestions??
timgray Posted Dec 10, 2010 8:01 AM PST
The projector does NOT have rs232. After weeks of fighting with Acer support I finally got a email that said, "the projector has no RS232 control. the RS232 port is not for use."

so it does NOT have rs232. That needs to be noted.
Leon Posted Dec 30, 2010 2:14 AM PST
I bought a Yamaha RV 765 amp .I cant get the acer projector to display an image .The company where I bought it from says I need to do an upgrade of the projector software ..Any suggestens.
staindrocks Posted Jan 9, 2011 9:10 AM PST
@Leon Run 2 separate cables from to 5360 and one to your amp/avr.

Quote from the review above: My only solution was to connect video direct from the HTPC to the H5360 and connect a separate analog audio output from the HTPC to the receiver. Users should plan on a direct connection from HTPC to the H5360 or on the use of a passive HDMI switch.
Nathan U. Posted Jan 18, 2011 6:16 PM PST
Jeff & fellow Home Theater Enthusiasts,

Do you think using Cyberlink Power DVD 10 for 3D on the "choose display method" of "NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready Display" that you would be able to use one HDMI connection through an AVR (like the Onkyo S7300 I'm eyeing)?

I ask b/c I would like to use my laptop to play Bluray 3D and still have digital surround sound (I was so thankful when I found PowerDVD will output the bluray 3D to checkerboard for my Mitsubishi DLP TV... Glad I found a post about setting overscan to 0!
Nathan U Posted Jan 18, 2011 7:04 PM PST

Sorry for two comments back to back, but were you using DLP link active shutter glasses or NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses with their USB emitter when using Power DVD for bluray 3D playback?

I currently have DLP link glasses and am hoping I can use them in a PowerDVD10 Acer H5360 setup for Bluray 3D.
Israel Posted Jan 21, 2011 9:23 AM PST
Will this projector work with Avatar 3D blu-ray movie using a current 3D bluray player with REGULAR HDMI cable (not HDMI 1.4)? Please Help! Thank you
levy Posted Jan 28, 2011 3:59 PM PST
yes it will play Avatar 3d through and hdmi 1.3 cable but only through an htpc with blu ray drive not a regular blu ray player. I view it this way
Nick Posted Jan 31, 2011 7:09 PM PST
It will also work with a PS3 or 3D blu ray player, if you run it through a 3D-XL.
ignacio cazares Posted Feb 14, 2011 12:38 AM PST
ok i just bought this projector and would like it to watch 3d movies? i have a ps3 and pc but no actual blueray player, so im just curious what do i have to get to start watching 3d movies?
ignacio cazares Posted Feb 14, 2011 12:39 AM PST
ok i just bought this projector and would like it to watch 3d movies? i have a ps3 and pc but no actual blueray player, so im just curious what do i have to get to start watching 3d movies?
Victor Posted Feb 18, 2011 2:19 PM PST
I bought a Acer H5360 and a sony BDP-s770, I hooked upa hdmi cable and i get the message that a 3D diplay was not detected...what am I doing wrong, since I saw that you were able to watch cloudy with a chance of meatballs using this same projector? please help.

Scott Brown Posted Mar 15, 2011 3:29 PM PST
I am looking for a projector for gameing on xbox and for movies ,is this ok for this purpose?
Renz Posted May 9, 2011 4:05 AM PST
I bought my acer h5360 last year and I've been using for 4 months now,but now I had this message reminder saying that fan fail-will automatically turn off soon.Can someone tell me what's wrong?
Renz Posted May 9, 2011 4:13 AM PST
I've using my acer h5360 for 4 months now,but now I got this message reminder saying fan fail-will automatically turn off soon.Can some one tell me what's wrong?
Michael de Berry Posted May 15, 2011 5:47 AM PST
I have used the ACER H5360 with the PS3 the Nvidia Glasses (via laptop) and the OPTOMA DLP box and glasses.It works fine with all these 3D methods,just change the menu settings on the projector to match. I only have one problem,white spots developed after a while,which seems to be something to do with dust? I have one of these compressed air cans for my camera,after using that i made it worse,any suggestions anyone?
redman Posted Sep 26, 2011 11:43 AM PST
yea had the same problem went onto acer homepage, it is a known problem if you don't have good cooling, found out that the projector needs a ton of air don't put next to any other electronics or in a case of any sorts. Put on a shelf up a little higher and spaced out evenly for good cooling and haven't had the fan failure problem again.
Tommy Posted Oct 5, 2011 11:36 AM PST
Also experiencing "fan failure" message. Finding NO HELP from Acer on 14-month old Acer H3560. Does anyone know what is wrong? I can replace fan or board if necessary. Thanks.
jello Posted Nov 27, 2011 6:52 PM PST
so this works with the ps3 3d games without a converter?
KRISTOF Posted Dec 8, 2011 4:09 AM PST

I have the same problem. Have you fixed it yet. Can you please help me? thank you, kristof
Jason Fisher Posted Dec 12, 2011 11:01 AM PST
Adding an exception: I am able to use my YSP-4000 to pass 120Hz 720p video correctly for Optoma DLP glasses, Using Bino on OS X to play.
Chase Posted Dec 30, 2011 1:55 PM PST
I bought the acer h5360 and a pioneer receiver but i cant get them to connect via hdmi. Any suggestions?
Fred Posted Jan 6, 2012 3:36 PM PST
This projector is hdmi 1.3 only. You need a Hdmi 1.4 compatible projector (eg. the latest h5360BD) or a converter to be able to connect it directly to a 3D bluray drive. But a PC with an internal or external bluray drive will play 3D flawlessly with appropriate software, like Power DVD.
Igor Lopes Posted Jan 28, 2012 9:13 AM PST
Hi, I'm thinking about buying this projector. But I'd like to know if I need active 3D glasses or passive glasses works? It has to be the Nvidia kit or other glasses work too?
Peter Posted Mar 2, 2012 11:01 AM PST
You need either the Optoma 3D-XL or the Viewsonic VP3D1 to convert the 3D signal to a signal your DLP projector understands. ALso a PS3 or a BD that supports 3D and 3D content. Good luck!
One of THOSE guys.. Posted May 1, 2012 12:08 PM PST
The Monoprice 3D Creator will convert sbs to the frame sequential input required. If you have a source that outputs sbs (Panny Blu-ray, HTPC, etc.), you may want to consider this as the Monoprice unit is cheaper than the previously mentioned options.
alexandre Posted Jun 18, 2012 12:18 PM PST
o projetor é muito bom , porém apresenta uma peça com a vida útil muito reduzida ; esta peça é o dmd , com mil horas de uso apresentou pontos brancos na tela , Opreço do dmd é de 189 dolar . e o codigo da peça é 1272-6038b

Google translation to English: the projector is very good, but presents a number with the very limited life, this piece is the dmd, with a thousand hours of use had white dots on the screen, the price had dmd is $ 189. and the code number is 1272-6038b
Ferris Posted Aug 9, 2012 9:38 PM PST
I'm having trouble getting 3d Blu ray disks to play through ps3 and h5360. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Ferris
Anthony Ernst Posted Aug 10, 2012 9:45 AM PST
I have an HDMI connected from my gaming system (xbox 360) to the projector. Is there anyway I can get the audio to play from external speakers while plugged into the projector?
Fhantom Posted Aug 12, 2012 8:28 AM PST
Hi! I have the same problem (Pioneer reciever and HDMI connect, any idea?
McLovin Posted Nov 30, 2012 5:09 PM PST
This projector was cheaper than chapstick over Black Friday, so I couldn't resist. I must say, what a steal! This thing looks slick in 720p and stands up well to ambient light pollution. An 8 foot throw gives me 59 x 33"! I love projectors. They're the best-kept secret of consumer display technologies..
Rollie Posted Dec 30, 2012 7:50 AM PST
Yes, I watch 3D movies when I get them. There are 2 ways to watch in 3D. Thru a computer hookup or by purchasing - Optoma 3D-XL (around $200.00). Use DLP 3D setting on projector. This added converter also up-converts Cable programs and other inputs. I have my cable box plugged to stereo reciever, output to converter box, then to projector. It took me about a year to find the solution.
Bricks Posted Jan 4, 2013 3:52 PM PST
Yes. If you still have your original xbox plug for the video/adio jack, you can literally 'hack' it. Remove the plastic casing with a butter knife, thus allowing you to wedge the hdmi cable AND the xbox adio/video jack into position. Run video through the hdmi, and audio out of the xbox jack. Good luck
Chewe Chirumba Posted Feb 13, 2013 1:24 PM PST
I liked almost everything about the Acer projector H5360. only one problem with it. it produces white spots which later turns to black spots and they are now almost covering the all parts of the screen view. what has caused this and what can I do to fix it.
xxx Posted Mar 31, 2013 9:32 AM PST
These spots are dust, You need to clean the optics. Unfortunately, You need to dismantle the projector to get rid of it. I did it two times and after the second approach I almost entirely got rid of these spots. On the google You can find service manual, that will help You with disassembly. Don't be afraid, just be careful and do it slowly.
Qamar Posted Apr 16, 2013 2:12 PM PST
There are some dust particles in fans of your projector of particles of packing material. YOu just use blower to removes these particles from fans or shake the projector for three or four times. I also had the same problem and was solved by using the above mentioned method. thx
kylekub97 Posted May 1, 2013 9:02 AM PST
What universal remote will work with this projector? I bought one on amazon and they didn't send me a remote with it! Got a pretty decent refund for them not sending me one, so I am now looking into universal remotes to control everytihng. Thanks!
Sal Posted Jun 19, 2013 9:04 PM PST
Mine developed spots after air duster too. Thing is, some of that dust gets behind the lens area (past the bulblike in the chamber thingy to be precise). You can actually see some of it on the inside if you lookand its filthy enough. Mine was perfect, blew it out, came back horrible, blew it out again real good, All better. This time I made sure to blow it out behind the lens side vents too and that did the trick. Dust kills this thing and it gets HAWT, dont even try to turn your ac off. My room goes over 72 and its shutdown time and I go sprinting for the thermostat. Aside from those things, its freakin awesome.
Robbie Posted Sep 11, 2013 4:38 PM PST
I want to buy projector, for the best viewing and gaming I can get .... Want it support a proper surround sound bassa as possible ...any help is much appreciated ..... O and as cheap as possible x
Ted Posted Mar 2, 2014 8:31 AM PST
I have. Acer h5360 projector so what kind of (Model) 3D glasses and (model) 3D blue ray that works with acer h5360 projector?

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