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Street Price: n/a
3D: Full HD 3D
Weight: 4.8 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Lens:1.3x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
7,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$179.00
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA In, VGA Out, HDMI 1.4 (x2), USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p

Acer H6510BD
1080p 3D Home Video Projector

Bill Livolsi, April 12, 2013


Color. While grayscale on the H6510BD can be calibrated to near 6500K, the projector still has some color problems. First and foremost, the projector's color gamut is nowhere near the Rec.709 recommendation. This means that while the relative levels of red, green, and blue in an image may be balanced correctly, the projector has a different idea of what constitutes, for example, "green" than the source material does. Color gamut is notoriously difficult to calibrate without the proper equipment, and it is important that low-cost projectors have accurate gamuts whenever possible as most buyers of the H6510BD will not want to spend the money or time to calibrate the projector properly.

What's more, the H6510BD has low color brightness. Color brightness or Color Light Output (sometimes abbreviated CLO) is a measure of a display's ability to produce colored light. The standard addresses the problem of a projector producing much more white light than colored light, which is helpful in certain circumstances but can be actively harmful in others. Our test unit measured color light output at only 47% of white light output when BrilliantColor is enabled. Disabling BrilliantColor reduces white light output such that white light output (WLO) and CLO are equal, but as you might imagine that kills most of the H6510BD's white light lumens.

You should care about color light output for a few reasons. First of all, a large imbalance between WLO and CLO causes the image to look unbalanced and changes your perception of color. Next to a super-bright white, color tends to look dull, dreary, and undersaturated. When you're trying to produce a well-balanced cinema image, the brightness differential can be detrimental.

No VESA port. Some DLP Link projectors have the ability to switch to IR sync by using an external emitter. Since the H6510BD lacks a VESA port, you're locked into DLP Link for the life of the projector. It also makes it difficult, if not impossible, to connect 3D accessories, as they tend to use the VESA standard. Then again, few of the H6510BD's competitors include a VESA port, either.

Color wheel. With a six-segment RGBCMY color wheel spinning at 7200RPM, the H6510BD has a 2X-speed color wheel. This means those sensitive to rainbows will see them in droves. As there are other projectors around this price range with faster color wheels, the H6510BD could be a poor choice for anyone with a known sensitivity to color separation artifacts.

3D flicker. The Acer H6510BD runs at a 96Hz refresh rate, which is low for a 3D projector. This means that users sensitive to 3D flicker will tend to see more of it on the H6510BD than on a projector with a higher refresh rate. If you plan to watch a lot of 3D content, this could be an important criterion for your decision.

No customization of image presets. The H6510BD has a number of pre-calibrated image modes, but those modes cannot be altered. Instead, when you select an image mode and make an adjustment, the projector pushes your settings over to the User option where you can make further adjustments. As the projector only has one User memory, that means you can only save one group of settings.

This can be problematic depending on how you want to use the projector. For example, color calibrations when BrilliantColor is off are wildly different from color calibrations with BrilliantColor on. BC off looks smoother and more natural, but BC on provides much more white light output. If you use your H6510 in a dual-use capacity as both theater and living room projector, it would be helpful to retain both sets of calibrations without having to manually input them every time.

Brightness uniformity. Our test sample showed noticeable dimming in the corners of the image. The dimmest corner (top left on our projector) was only 65% as bright as the image's center. This is most evident on a solid white screen, but it can manifest when watching film and video as well. It is also possible that this was a problem only on our test sample and other samples will not display this flaw.

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Comments (17)
Ted Nunn Posted Apr 13, 2013 12:43 PM PST
Thanks for your review on the new Acer H5610BD projector. I also appreciated your decision to incorporate a shoot out between it and the Benq W1070. I am sure that this has helped a number of people decide which projector to buy. It is not easy to experience a demonstration of these products in a store, much less have the opportunity to compare them in calibrated and uncalibrated conditions. Thanks for another great review!!!
S G Posted Apr 15, 2013 2:54 PM PST
I'm glad I bought the Acer over the Benq now since our proj is installed in a room where the ambient lightning is not controlled but,light is reduced well with normal window blinds. Kinda disappointing on the 3D refresh rate but, since the projector has high lumens it must show the image brighter than the Benq but, then is prone to flickering. I guess it's a trade-off type of thing. Unfortunately, no information about the refresh rate was listed on Acer's website and tech support didn't know either. Still a great projector for my first one!
davidm Posted Apr 18, 2013 12:54 PM PST
I have a Viewsonic Pro8200, which is really distractingly loud, even in eco/low light mode. Would this model be significantly quieter?
Bill Livolsi Posted Apr 22, 2013 12:30 PM PST
davidm - while I don't have the Pro8200 in front of me, I do remember that it was quite loud. The H6510BD should be significantly quieter than the Pro8200.
S G Posted Apr 25, 2013 3:40 PM PST

How did you determine the speed (Mz) of the 3D glasses because the manual only talks about 3D specs (120hz)with a computer and Acer support could not even answer this question for a stand-alone Bluray player.

Just curious because I want to buy glasses but, I don't want to purchase the wrong ones.

Tony Sammo Posted Apr 28, 2013 9:50 PM PST
so what are the best glasses to work with this projector?
SakkeL Posted May 2, 2013 10:53 PM PST
SainSonic branded SSZ-200DLB 144HZ 3D Active Rechargeable Shutter Glasses.
Kevin H Posted May 8, 2013 8:13 AM PST
I have two words for those that are considering getting this projector...DO IT!

My Dell 1409X started having the white dot issue (DMD chip?) shortly after putting in a new bulb. I decided on an upgrade. I had researched several projectors and had decided on the BenQ W1070. Just before getting the BenQ, I saw the Acer H6510BD. It was cheaper and the specs were close to the BenQ. So, I got it. It has great picture and color and blew my Dell 1409X out of the water. I had to get a new screen as well for the larger picture. I am projecting on a Elite 16:9 135-inch (M135UWH) screen at just under 12 feet away. I got the screen and the projector for under $1,000 from Amazon. The only con I can think of is the angle of the throw. I think it would work better attached to the ceiling. Not doing 3D yet so I can comment to that aspect.
Anil Posted May 13, 2013 2:09 PM PST
HI, I bought this projector. This is good projector for the $$$. I guess i have an issue, the projection Projection screen is no rectangle. If I project from table, it looks as image goes towards right, it narrows down. Basically the horizontal lines are not parallel. I though it is my illusion due to Projector surface, but I measured the height from right and left sides. They are not same. Left side height is 2” less than the right side (projected on 90” diagonal). Any one knows how to correct it or it’s a projector issue?
Angel Posted Jun 10, 2013 4:28 AM PST
Hi! you say:

"Color wheel. With a six-segment RGBCMY color wheel spinning at 7200RPM, the H6510BD has a 2X-speed color wheel. This means those sensitive to rainbows will see them in droves. As there are other projectors around this price range with faster color wheels, the H6510BD could be a poor choice for anyone with a known sensitivity to color separation artifacts."

"Rainbows. The W1070's 4x-speed RGBRGB wheel shows significantly fewer rainbows than the H6510BD's 2x-speed RGBCMY wheel. If you are sensitive to rainbows, that's worth considering."

The h6510BD at 7200rmp --> 2x at 60hz + six-segment wheel = ¿4x at 60hz? ¿or its 2x because w1070 is RGBRGB and h6510bd is RGBCMY?

I have the h6510bd and I've noticed that putting it from 60hz hdmi to 50hz hdmi, color wheel is heard speeding, does that may mean that it gets to 7500rpm?

If it gets to 7500rpm --> 2,5x at 50hz + sig segment wheel = ¿5x at 50hz?
Joey Posted Jul 24, 2013 11:07 AM PST
That's normal, it's called horizontal keystone. Basically the projector is not squared to the wall. If the horizontal edges converge to the right, you need to aim the picture more to the right (the distance the light travels will dictate the amount of keystone). Most projectors have vertical keystone correction but not horizontal, so you have to adjust the projector position appropriately.
jcc Posted Jul 30, 2013 5:13 PM PST
Can you use a higher frequency glasses? This projector has a 96Hz, would the 3d work with let's say a 125 Hz?

Laggy? Posted Aug 29, 2013 1:00 PM PST

What was the input lag test results?
Jeff Posted Dec 3, 2013 11:13 AM PST
Any idea how long the bulb should last? It would be a shame if replacement costs over time outprice the unit. Had this issue with a Mitsubishi in the past.
RAMA Posted Mar 5, 2014 1:09 PM PST
Please tell me guys which glasses work with this projector. I bought the Xpand Yuniversal X104 adn X103 but I failed to make it working. TIA
Spectre Posted Mar 25, 2014 7:58 AM PST
This info is clearly listed in the specs:

Lamp Life: 4,000 Hrs 7,000 (eco
Ashish Posted Oct 4, 2015 11:10 PM PST
Hi Bill, I am little bit confused in deciding between Acer h6510bd and Benq w1070. If you were at my place what would be your choice? Ignore money while choosing.