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Acer H6500 Projector Acer H6500
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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
2100 Lumens
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Acer H6500
1080p Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, April 18, 2012

Key Features

Image quality. The H6500 isn't a feature-rich projector by any stretch. In fact, it's pretty feature-poor, when you get right down to it. The only thing it has going for it is image quality, so it's a good thing that image quality is the most important aspect of a projector. The H6500 is bright and clear, while contrast is maintained thanks to its lamp modulation feature. Once you get the projector in focus, it is tack-sharp from edge to edge, with no sign of distortion or softness in the corners. Contrast is sufficient to give 2D content the three-dimensional pop it needs to look life-like. Color, while not perfect, is only slightly off-kilter in Movie mode, edging towards blue. All in all, the H6500 is a perfectly competent projector when it comes to film and video, even though its brightness makes it better suited to other applications.

Portability. While the H6500 doesn't include a carrying case, it weighs less than six pounds and has a small form factor. If you want to bring it with you, it is easy to do so. And while the projector has no onboard speaker system, it is still useful for photography display or slideshows without the addition of a sound system. If you're looking for a dedicated portable projector complete with sound, other options exist, but most don't have the combination of small size, light weight, and high resolution that the H6500 has.

Price. Not too long ago, any 1080p projector below $2,000 was enough to raise eyebrows. Nowadays, that's fairly common, and $1000 has become the new price to beat. The H6500 is not the first 1080p projector to cross the $1000 line, but it is still in a rather select group. By our count, there are six native 1080p projectors under $1000 currently in production, and of these the H6500 is the smallest and lightest (see portability, above).

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Comments (5) Post a Comment
naumm Posted Apr 25, 2012 1:03 PM PST
Color Wheel Segs: ??? Color Wheel Speed: ???
Jeff Posted May 1, 2012 6:30 PM PST
Same question as above: Color wheel specs?
NEXT Posted May 4, 2012 4:50 AM PST
Color wheel specs?
FutureMedia Posted May 14, 2012 10:25 AM PST
Audio i/o? Analog audio out from HDMI in signal?
Blah Posted Jun 13, 2012 10:10 AM PST
It uses a black and white color wheel, no color :)

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