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Upcoming reviews March/April

Our spring review schedule features some fascinating new projectors for home entertainment fans...

Vendors are being somewhat coy about when we might see review samples of their latest releases, but many models are expected to arrive here in the next one to four weeks. Among them is the ACER H6510BD, sporting full native 1920x1080 resolution and a 3000 lumen output rating for just $799. 3D is limited to PC sources, and at a tiny 4.8 lbs it will be interesting to see how much fan noise it produces as a by-product of all that light. But this may end up being a hot seller for home entertainment due to the 1080p resolution at a super-friendly price.

We are also expecting to see the Epson Home Cinema 750HD this month. This 1280x800 resolution model is spec’d at 3000 lumens, has on-board audio, and delivers both 2D and 3D display for $899. And the 3D is not just the limited 3D you often find in this price range, but full 3D compatibility with Blu-ray, cable, and video game sources. This should be a significant addition to Epson's line of consumer-friendly home entertainment projectors.

The BenQ W1080ST will also come in this month. This is among the first of the short throw native 1080p home theater machines to hit the market. It can light up a 120” diagonal screen from as little as six feet. So it gives you coffee table placement options that many home theater projectors do not. At $1099 it is attractively priced for 1080p, and Bill Livolsi is looking forward to giving it a test drive.

In addition to these home entertainment units we expect to see Mitsubishi’s new and groundbreaking “cloud projector,” the WD390U-EST which can interface with any number of remote PCs via LAN. The industry has never seen versatility like this before, and Mitsubishi will get a lot of well-deserved attention with this new innovation.

On the big machine front, the new Infocus IN5555L begins shipping this month, with WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution and 7000 lumen output. At $14,999 it is aggressively priced compared to many WUXGA models in this performance class. We will have one here to take a look at soon, and Bill will see how it compares to the other WUXGA models he reviewed recently.

Meanwhile, Marc Davidson and Allan Abbott are lined up to deliver several more reviews of portable, education, and business projectors.

So, all in all, March and April are going to be busy months here in the review department. We will know more about expected review publication dates once the samples actually arrive.

Evan Powell


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David Sobers Posted Mar 5, 2013 7:48 PM PST
Evan -

You and Projector Central perform a great service with your reviews; thank you. On the affordable 1080P, full 3D projector reviews, you may want to include the new Optoma HD25 and HD 131X as well as the new Acer H6510BD which have attractive performance stats and price points.

One other suggestion - an article reviewing the host of new 1080P, full 3D projectors, 2,000+ lumens, 10,000+ contrast ratio in the $1,000+/- price range (Epson, BenQ, Optoma, Acer, etc).


cem Posted Mar 6, 2013 1:36 AM PST
And Sony HW50ES?
Cameron Posted Mar 6, 2013 6:00 PM PST
I'm quite interested in the w1080st review. I ordered one on amazon a couple weeks ago, and it still says 1-2 months away. so if you slam it, i can cancel the order. If you give it high marks, then i;ll have your calibration settings. So either way i win.
Jim Terry Posted Mar 10, 2013 5:42 AM PST
Will you be reviewing the Sony VPL-HW50ES projector anytime soon?
Glenn Posted Mar 19, 2013 11:55 AM PST
The Acer should be an interesting item. I keep putting off my upgrade until I can justify dropping > 2K on a nice 1080p light cannon with 3D. I have an HTPC as the central hub of my system, so the 3D only on PC sources works fine for me. But only if it puts out a high enough quality picture.

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