Acer H5360 3D Home Theater Projector
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.
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