Acer H5360 3D Home Theater Projector
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.
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