Gaming projectors

Gaming Projectors

Looking for the perfect gaming projector? After the world’s biggest video games fair ‘Gamescom‘ learn from us what to look for in a gaming projector. Let’s be honest, gaming on a 2-metre wide screen is much better than on a 24-inch monitor!

What you should look at a projector gaming?

Similar to monitors, there are certain qualities you need to look for in a projector. If you are using a monitor, the response time is an important criteria to look for. With projectors there are other features of importance, the most important of which we have detailed below.

Resolution

An important point to keep in mind when choosing your gaming projector is the resolution. For current PC games, as well as consoles, the full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution is generally sufficient. You could also consider the WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution as well because the Full HD resolution fits within it. For newer consoles like the Xbox One S, offering 4K and HDR support, you can of course look at a 4K projector from the high-end segment, however as you would expect the prices are unnoticeably higher.

Light output

When choosing how many lumens to go for, it is important to know where you want to use the projector. Can the room be darkened or is it slightly lighter, such as in a living room? We would suggest looking at above 2000 lumens if you have control over the lighting and 3000 lumens or more when you don’t.

Connections

The most crucial thing here will be ensuring you have at least one HDMI port. This is the standard connection for transferring high definition content from your gaming device to the projector. In addition to HDMI, a DisplayPort connection can be interesting for PC users however this is not yet widespread in projectors.

Features

In terms of features projectors now offer a variety of different properties, which are interesting for gamers and home theatre enthusiasts. Key features include Frame interpolation, MHL-ability and short-throw lenses. More details below!

Frame Interpolation

For gamers, this feature is a must-have. Especially with rapid image sequences as in the projection of car racing or action games, the frame interpolation is very attractive. In general, high end home theatre projectors are equipped with this feature.

MHL capability

Another feature is the MHL capability. An MHL enabled HDMI connection is especially interesting for mobile gamers, because it will allow an MHL -enabled smartphone or tablet to directly connect to them. In addition you can also use MHL wireless adapter.

Short throw Lens

The short-throw lens is a special feature that is especially interesting for movement based games. Where a normal projector needs a greater distance, here a significantly lower throw distance is required. A short throw projector can achieve an image width of 2 m at a distance of approximately 30 to 150cm (depending on the model). Thanks to the short distance you have enough space to move behind the projector without casting a shadow. A short-throw projector can also be particularly useful for smaller rooms where you otherwise would not have the space for a projector.

Gaming projector recommendations

There are several projectors that make great options for gamers. Here are two models that are particularly well suited!

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Acer Predator Z650

The Acer Predator Z650 is actually THE gaming projector, since it has the closest links to the gaming scene. The Acer Predator series is known for its PCs and monitors. The range has been extended to projectors with the Z650 and it offers the typical, unmistakable Acer Predator style.

The Acer Z650 is a Full HD 3D projector with short-throw lens. It reaches an image width of 2 m at a distance of 1.5 m. The Z650 offers several features that speak for its suitability for gaming. This includes its RGBRGB color wheel that produces a true-color image display. Its gaming modes are optimized for fast image display and in addition it has an appealing speaker system including DTS sound support. Gamers with an nVidia system will find the Z650 also supports NVidia 3D TV Play.

The Acer Predator Z650 is attractive proposition for any gamer and is a must for fans of the Acer Predator series.

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Epson EB-U04

The Epson EB-U04 is a popular multimedia projector, which is a great choice for gaming. Using 3LCD technology, it offers a color-neutral representation, similar to a LCD monitor. The resolution it uses is 1920 x 1200 thus covering the full HD resolution. Thanks to its 3000 lumens, it can even be used in the living room to good effect.

In terms of features the Epson EB-U04 is a little below the Acer Predator, however this is reflected in the lower price of the unit. It has two HDMI inputs, one of which is MHL-enabled and thanks to its compact dimensions, it can be easily transported to a friends as well. A feature that goes hand in hand with its portability is the vertical and horizontal keystone correction of +/- 30 degrees meaning it can be set up almost anywhere.

As you can see, the Epson EB-U04 is a great multimedia projector, which can be used for many different applications. Although it is lacking in some features, thanks to its attractive price and excellent image quality, it will be near the top of anyone’s shortlist!

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Epson EB ­ U04 ­ The new compact WUXGA Multimedia Projector

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A very interesting model, the Epson EB­U04 is designed as a compact multimedia projector, but it is equipped with the WUXGA resolution, which means it equally as appealing to business users as it is to the home theatre beginner or football fan.

WUXGA resolution

A pure home theatre projector will usually offer a full HD resolution as video content is usually in 16:9 format. The EB­U04 on the other hand is equipped with WUXGA resolution, ie 1920 x 1200 pixels which is a 16:10 format. This resolution is most commonly found in the area of installation class projectors as this is increasingly being used for high­resolution presentations. However, since this resolution goes above and beyond the full HD resolution, it can lend itself just as well to a home entertainment environment. Thus, the Epson EB­U04 is an excellent crossover device, which can be used for different applications.

Light & compact

Compared to the previously available projectors with WUXGA resolution, the Epson EB-
U04 is a fraction of the size. With dimensions of 29.7 x 24.4 x 7.7 cm (WxDxH) it is extremely compact, even when compared to the next smallest WUXGA resolution projector in the Epson range, the EB­1985WU. It weighs a mere 2.6 kg, so it is also 2 kg lighter. It also comes with a carry bag, which make it ideal for taking out and about to a presentation or alike.

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Flexible placement

When arriving at a new venue, users can quickly encounter a problem with positioning of the projector. This is where the vertical and horizontal keystone correction available on the Epson EB­U04 can be very helpful. The lens of the EB­U04 is quite typical for a projector of its size, A 2m wide image is achieved at a distance of between 276 and 336cm. Thanks to its optional wireless feature, it does not have to be in cable reach to notebook or mobile device either. The optional wireless adapter ELPAP10 can be used with the Easy MP software or iProjection app.

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Special features

The Epson EB­U04 offers additional practical features making use for business’ that little bit easier. These include its compatibility with the Epson DC06 document camera, which simultaneously transmits via USB the image to the projector as well as receiving power, so no separate cabling is needed. This feature is especially interesting for schools that want to replace an OHP. Another feature is the 3­in­1 USB display. This means it has the ability to send image data, sound and control commands to the projector all via a standard USB cable. This is a practical solution as an alternative to HDMI and VGA.

The EB­U04 also has a lens shutter, which serves both to protect the lens as well as AV mute slide . If you close it during projection, both the image as well as the sound is muted so the audience can focus on the presenter. Opening the slider again, the image and sound is available again. One of the two HDMI inputs on the projector is also MHL enabled. This makes it possible to connect to MHL enabled mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet with the appropriate cable to show content such as presentations and images.

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Technical characteristics

As the EB ­ U04 is an Epson projector it of course uses the LCD technology. It has a light output of 3000 lumens despite its compact design and a contrast ratio of 15,000:1. In testing we were impressed with the Epson EB ­ U04 and even in Eco mode the light output is still perfectly adequate and with only 28 dB fan noise its pleasantly quiet. In terms of connections it is well stocked, with 2 HDMI inputs, VGA and RCA video along with the USB connections.

Conclusion

Thanks to the WUXGA resolution of the new Epson projector it offers many advantages in the business segment, especially for usage with fine detail like Excel spreadsheets or technical drawings. Since the Full HD resolution is covered in the WUXGA resolution, the U04 can also be good for movie nights, gaming or sports use. It is a real all­rounder and also one of the smallest devices of its class. Because the Epson EB ­ U04 price is very attractive, it is sure to delight many users who are looking for a compact multimedia projector with high resolution.

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Acer H7550ST – 3D Full HD Short Throw Projector

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16.03.2015

The new Acer H7550ST is the Taiwanese projector manufacturers first 3D Full HD Short Throw projector. Another first is that the H7550ST has a hidden internal slot for the google Chromecast dongle! More and more projectors are now used wirelessly, but these systems are usually mounted externally on the projector and therefore can easily be lost, stolen or forgotten. With the H7550ST however Acer have taken a different path and the dongle can be hidden away within the Projector. Not only is this more secure it looks nicer too. Built with entertainment in mind, the H7550ST is just as comfortable in a classroom or meeting room environment.

Short Throw Lens

The Acer H7550ST has a short throw lens meaning it can be placed close to the screen without compromising on image size. This offers an advantage in smaller spaces and also means that the image will be nice and bright as the projector can be close to the projection surface. The short-range lens will produce (for example) a 2m image width with a throw distance of only around 150cm. This is perfect for motion sensitive games consoles such as the Xbox Kinect, the Playstation Move or Nintendo Wii as you have enough space in the room to move behind the projector without casting a shadow on the projected image.

Home Theatre Features

Designed especially for home theatre use, it is crucial that the H7550ST offers 3D as well as a Full HD resolution. This means that 3D Blu-rays can be enjoyed in all their glory and all you will need is a 3D blu ray player and the appropriate DLP link 3D shutter glasses which Acer offers as an optional accessory. If you have a large Blu-ray collection with many 2D movies, you may wish to use the integrated 2D to 3D converter meaning you can enjoy a lot more content in full 3D. Acer have also given consideration to the PC gamer as the projector carries nVidia 3D TV Play ready certification.

Sound

Since a projector can often be used in a stand-alone set up Acer has fitted it with 20 watt stereo speakers that are DTS certified making it easy to set up for an impromptu movie or gaming session. It also means you can easily take it to a friends house without having to wire up a complex speaker system.

Connections

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Internal HDMI Port for the Chromecast Dongle

The H7550ST offers a wide range of connections in addition to the internal HDMI port. These include VGA, component, composite and S-Video along with two additional HDMI inputs, one of which is MHL enabled. A 5V USB port is also available at the back.

Conclusion

As you can see, the Acer H7550ST offers much more than you would think at first glance. It remains to be seen at what price the H7550ST will be available but it is assumed that it will be in line with the Acer H7550BD which offers the same specs without the Short Throw lens. We look forward to both units being available on our website!

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ISE 2015 – news and trends

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19.02.2015

At this year’s ISE we noticed a significantly stronger emphasis on the professional installation market than the last few years, especially in the projector sector. Over the last few years quite a large number of smaller, compact projectors have been on display but this time the focus was on the installation projectors. These were often shown with ultra short throw lenses, which are very often used in edge blending applications for an extra wide screen display.

In the installation range, we have seen an greater number of laser light source projectors. In addition to Panasonic and NEC, whose laser projectors are already available, even more laser projectors from manufacturers such as BenQ and Hitachi were on display. The Laser light source projectors are particularly of interest in the installation arena as they require very little maintenance thanks to no replacement bulbs being required. Having no traditional lamp inside also means that the projectors can be positioned much more freely, for example pointing directly at the floor or on their side without any issues arising. A further advantage of the laser light source is the color representation, since they are already offering more natural colours than a conventional 1-chip DLP projector.

Another innovation we saw at the show were ultra short projectors with full HD resolution. Up until now there were very few ultra short projectors that offered a full HD resolution. However, this year NEC and Optoma presented Ultra Short Throw Projectors with 1080p resolution. This now enables us to project high definition content over a very short distance. Some UST projectors previously had a problem with edge sharpness, however this seems to have been resolved with the new models, which offer good sharpness all over.

In addition to the individual projectors on display, various exhibitors put on some very elaborate installations to demonstrate the capabilities of their products. A great example of this was on the Panasonic stand. They had a complex projection mapping and edge blending display, projected onto an extremely sleek Tesla electric car. They didn’t stop with just the car though, as the projection carried on to the background of the vehicle.

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Another excellent display was found on the Optoma stand. They made use of some of their Full HD Short Throw Projectors and a curved screen to create a racing simulator. In addition to the projectors, they also had a moving driver’s seat in use, which reproduced the feeling of sitting in a race car perfectly. If you were to take the impressive seat out of the equation, and focussing on the projection, this could be re-created in a smaller scale in your own home without sky high expenses because the Optoma short throw projectors have a very attractive price.

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Another highlight of the show was the Epson EH-LS10000, which was presented in a lavish home cinema room. In addition to the cinema atmosphere, the excellently balanced surround sound and a 16: 9 or Cinemascope format customisable screen made the EH-LS10000 look superb. Thanks to the laser technology, it offers excellent contrast and is unsurpassed in color reproduction. Thanks to the 4K Enhancement technology the difference of image sharpness between full HD mode was clearly visible. Its laser lamp technology also provides a very durable light source, which is a big bonus to home cinema fans as they can watch all the movies they like on their projector with lamp changes a thing of the past.

 

Epson home cinema update

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The Epson EH­TW5100 is a compact Full HD 3D projector in a appealing white housing reminiscent of the black TW5200. The TW5100 offers a light output of 1800 lumens and a contrast ratio of 13,000:1. Where connections are concerned the TW5100 is very well positioned for a projector in this class as it offers two HDMI inputs, one of which is MHL enabled.

Thanks to its 3D technology, it is suitable not only for home theatre use, but also for gamers. There are a wide range of games on the Playstation and Xbox that can be played in 3D. Like the rest of the Epson range, the projector also offers both vertical and horizontal keystone correction of +/­ 30 degrees making positioning the projector very easy. If sound is required, the projector also offers 2 x 1W stereo speakers you can fall back on if some better speakers are not available.

The Epson EH­TW570 offers an HD ready resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) whilst also supporting the direct 3D capability. Its chassis is black as is the norm for the HD ready home cinema projectors from Epson. Its a more powerful projector than the TW5100 we mentioned above offering 3000 lumens and a contrast of 15,000:1. So not only does it provide a good brightness but a reasonable black level too.

The Epson EH­TW570 does only offer one HDMI port but it does offer MHL capability meaning tablets and smartphones can be connected directly via cable. As above it offers horizontal and vertical keystone correction of +/­ 30 degrees and the internal speaker is a 2W mono.

The TW570 also supports the optional wireless capability like projectors in the Epson business range, meaning that content from iOS or Android devices using the Epson iProjection app can be projected.

Both units offer a gaming mode meaning they are perfect for online gaming, ensuring there is no lag time on the display. They also both work with the Epson ELPGS03 3D shutter glasses.

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ViewSonic advanced Connect technology

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The ViewSonic advanced Connect technology offers a variety of connectivity for the current ViewSonic projector range. The current projectors that can use the Advanced Connect technology are as follows:

 

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We will now look into the Advanced connect Technology here in both wireless and wired options.

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For a wireless set up the optional USB wireless dongle (WPD-100) is required. This is plugged into the back of the projector in the USB port. Wireless transmission allows the user to display content from their notebook, tablet or smartphone. For tablets and smartphones an app is available for both iOS and Android devices and can be easily downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Software is also required for Windows and Mac computers, this software can be downloaded from the ViewSonic website in the download area.

The smart phone and tablet app is capable of handling various formats, such as Office files (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), PDF’s as well as Pages, Numbers and Keynote files for Mac users. (You will need to save the files onto the device, eg via iTunes.) In addition to documents, photos can also be shown. Another very useful feature is that a live feed from the camera on the phone or tablet is also possible, meaning it can be used as a document camera. Access to Dropbox is possible along with internet browsing as long as the the WLAN configuration permits.

A split-screen mode is also available, allowing up to four users to present their content on the ViewSonic projector simultaneously.

In addition to the feed from the smartphone or tablet, the software offers the possibility of projecting the content from a laptop. The required software (EZ Viewer) is available for Windows and Mac.

When using a wireless connection it is worth noting that, for example, moving data such as the live feed camera function, the transmission speed required is high, and if this is not the case it may lead to stuttering. For the best transmission of moving images, it is worth looking at the Viewsonic Wireless Presentation Gateway WPG-370, since the connection is stronger and the receiver can be connected via HDMI to the projector.

ViewSonic Advanced Connect USB LAN

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In addition to the wireless connection variant we have already looked at,  a wired solutions is also available. This allows all projectors with ViewSonic Advanced Connect technology to receive image signals not only on the common interfaces such as HDMI or VGA but also via USB and LAN.

In addition to connecting to a PC or notebook, the use of USB storage media is also possible. This means it is possible to present data directly from a USB stick, which is particularly useful for digital signage applications as a larger input source such as a computer does not need to be present, you just plug in the USB stick and you’re set. Its also a convenient feature for those travelling with the projector.  It is worth noting that the viewer functions are not as versatile as when you connect a notebook since the integrated viewer does not have the full capabilities of a PC, but for standard content, it is usually sufficient.

In addition to this, image transfer via a LAN cable or USB cable is possible. For the USB connection to work, the software must be installed onto the computer, but as it is stored in the projectors internal memory it is as convenient as plugging the the projector into your computer to begin installation. The USB transfer is a very practical feature and can be a big help when there is no HDMI or VGA cables available. A mini-USB cable can often be found as they are widely used by mobile phones and other devices. Video transmission over USB is not a problem either, one might assume that using traditional image connections like HDMI and VGA would be your only option, but the USB cable does a very good job here with very minimal loss of quality. The LAN connection is worth using when a longer distances must be bridged, as traditional image cables such as VGA and HDMI will have limitations on their length. The LAN connection in this case also offers the possibility, as mentioned earlier with the wireless connection, to use the split screen mode. This is particularly useful for conferences, as participants will not have to constantly change, and can all present in parallel.

 

This concludes our look at the Viewsonic Advanced Connect Technology, and we look forward to seeing it introduced into more Viewsonic projectors in the future!

 

For ViewSonic vPresenter the Apple App Store

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For ViewSonic vPresenter in google Play Store

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Acer MWA2 MHL wireless dongle

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15.01.2015
With wireless technology becoming more and more appealing to projector users, it is only logical that more and more optional solutions become available. In this blog we look at the Acer MWA2 MHL wireless adapter. This uses an MHL enabled HDMI connection to allow wireless presentation from computers, phones and tablets!

An MHL enabled port is capable of supplying power to external devices, this advantage that the Acer MWA2 adapter will not require any external power. A standard HDMI port would not supply enough power to operate an external device such as the dongle. This makes the installation of the device very easy, and is especially convenient for those who have an MHL enabled projector already installed on their ceiling as they will not need to install an additional power connection.

The Acer MWA2 MHL wireless adapter provides not only a simple wireless connection, but much more. In addition to the normal WLAN function it supports Miracast and DLNA . Thus, the Acer MWA2 wireless dongle is useful not only for the business use, but for the home as well.

The wireless function can be used by a diverse range of products. Both windows and Apple operating systems are supported, along with both iOS and Android mobile devices in the form of smart phones and tablets. For all these devices appropriate drivers or apps are available. On the App store and Google play you will find the Acer eDisplay app. Within this app you are given the opportunity to display various content including pictures and PDF’s from the device wirelessly to the projector or display. The Acer eDisplay app even has a connection to Dropbox , so you can pull content straight from your online storage.

A further function of the adapter is Miracast. This technology was created as a counterpart to Apple’s Air Play for the Android system. You have the possibility the mirror the screen of the smart phone or tablet meaning that it is not dependent on an app and its limitations.

In addition to these features, the Acer dongle also has DLNA support . It allows the integration into a home network allowing you to share content from a range of devices on your projector.

Acer makes no compromises where security is concerned either with WPA2 support. The MWA2 Dongle supports all the following security standards : WEP 64/128 bit, TKIP, AES, WPA2 .

Thanks to a fast connection, the dongle is not only suitable for basic files like presentations, but can also be used for the transfer of films and other video content. This means the MWA2 will be a popular addition in a large range of possible uses. They extend from presentations in a meeting through to use in the home theatre or living room via DLNA/Miracast from a tablet or smart phone.

All in all, the Acer MWA2 MHL Wireless Adapter is a very useful piece of kit that will work in any MHL-enabled projector, television or display.

 

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celexon launches first range of cables

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06.08.2013

Well known in the projector screen market, celexon is expanding its range. So far, the focus has been mainly on screens and mounts for projectors, but now celexon are launching their own HDMI and VGA cables.

The celexon HDMI cables are divided into two ranges, the Economy and Professional Series.

HDMI Cable Economy series are plastic coated and offer 24 carat gold-plated plugs. They can accommodate for transmission with a maximum 4K x 2K resolution and also support the current 3D standards. An ARC (Audio Return Channel) and Ethernet return channel are also provided. The celexon HDMI Economy cable is available in lengths up to 20m, starting at 1.5m.

HDMI Cable Professional Series offer primarily the same transmission standards, such as 3D rendering, a max 4K x 2K resolution, as well as the ARC and Ethernet return channel. However, the cables are equipped with two solid fitted metal plugs which will produce better transmission quality. Another plus point is the improved insulation covering the cable. The celexon Professional HDMI cable is also available in lengths from 1.5m to 20m.

The celexon VGA cables are similarly split into two ranges, Economy and Professional series.

The VGA cable Economy series is completely plastic-coated , has a cast plug in plastic and double shielded with 2 ferrite filters for maximum noise immunity. The celexon Economy VGA cable is available in lengths from 1.5m to 30m.

The Professional series of celexon VGA cables, like the Economy Series are double shielded and have two ferrite filters to offer strong protection against external noise. The big improvement comes with the 24 carat gold plated plugs, along with the full pin assignment of 3 (RGB) +8 (28AWG) which can be very useful for installers. The celexon Professional VGA cable is available in lengths from 1.5m to 40m.

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Acer LED series

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30.07.2013

Acer gives its range of LED projectors a makeover! They have released updates to two of their range whilst adding a third unit to the series.

After the update, the Acer K130 will become the Acer K135 and the K330 will be the Acer K335. The new addition to the range is the Acer K132. At first glance, it is very much like the K130, but in a slimmed down form.

Let’s look at the changes in detail.

The Acer K335 keeps the same resolution as its predecessor and thus offers 1280 x 800 pixels (WXGA resolution). The changes come with the light output and contrast figures. Its light output is now at 1000 lumens, while its predecessor was equipped with only 500 lumens. However, this improvement comes at a price, because the K335 has become larger and therefore heavier. It is fair to assume that this is due to a larger number of LEDs needed to produce the light, and the cooling systems needed to keep them working.

Due to the size increase, the chassis itself has also been changed, but we think this is an improvement on the K330. The other big improvement previously mentioned was the contrast ratio, its predecessor was operating at a level of 4000:1, where as the Acer K335 now offers 10,000:1. We are excited to see how the improved specs of the Acer K335 look in comparison to its predecessor. The connections of K335 look to be exactly the same at first glance (HDMI, VGA, USB Type A, SD card, mini-USB, 3.5mm jack, and a RCA video port).

On closer inspection however, it reveals that the HDMI port now supports MHL standard. This is great news for users of MHL-enabled mobile phones. Like its predecessor, the K335 also features a media reader that is able to play various formats from a USB drive or SD card. These include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, JPEG, MPEG4, H264, MP3. This makes it one of the most versatile media readers you will find.

The Acer K135 follows the K130. When you compare it to the predecessor there do not look to be as many changes. The WXGA resolution and contrast of 10,000:1 remain the same. Only the light output was improved, from 300 to 500 lumens. The connections also remain the same. The projector has HDMI, USB Type A, Micro SD Card Slot, Universal I / O, and a 3.5mm jack connection. However, as with the K335 the HDMI connector also supports the MHL standard. Similarly to the big brother of the K135, it is also capable of various Office files, PDFs, images and videos from USB stick or the Micro SD card. Thanks to its light weight of just 0.43 kg is the Acer K135 well suited when it comes to mobile use. In addition, it is also assumed that the external power supply is compatible with some Acer notebooks, just as was the case with its predecessor.

Finally, the new LED projector in the range is the Acer K132. At first glance it looks like the K135. However, upon closer inspection, it is found that this is a cut down version. The Acer K132 only has an HDMI input and a universal I / O connection. All the other connections have been omitted and this means there is no USB/SD viewer function. This is reflected by the much lower price of the Acer K132. This makes it ideal for those users who do not need the viewer function, since they play content from their computing device.

All in all, the new LED projectors from Acer are very interesting. The light output and size combination offered by the K335 is a rare find in the market. The road to the complete replacement of the conventional projector lamp is slow, but we think this shows a major step in the right direction. We are excited to see what awaits us in the near future!

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BenQ W1500 at ISE

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17.05.2013

At ISE 2013 BenQ : introduces its new 3D Full HD projector, the BenQ W1500. The new model extends BenQ’s home cinema segment with another Full HD projector with 3D technology. Compared to the current 3D projectors in BenQ’s portfolio, the W1070 and W7000+, features such as frame interpolation and lens shift make the W1500 stand out.

Another feature on the BenQ W1500 is the new WHDI (Wireless HDMI) function. This system uses no cables, but manages to produces optimum, cable-free playback. This makes it extremely practical in living rooms as it eliminates the need for complex wiring.

The WHDI connection gave a very convincing performance in the tests and in addition to the image the sound can also be transferred wirelessly. This is especially good on the W1500 as it offers 2 x 10 watt stereo speakers. Those who have used some of the other BenQ home cinema projectors such as the W1200 will be aware of how good the SRS WOW HD System is.

Like other new BenQ projectors the W1500 offers Smart Eco mode, extending the lamp life of the projector. In normal mode, a target runtime is set of 3000 hours, while up to 6000 hours can be achieved in SmartEco mode. This makes the BenQ W1500 cheap to maintain. In addition to the WHDI the W1500 has two HDMI inputs, a VGA port, a component input as well as S-Video and composite video.

The stereo speakers can therefore be Supplied via stereo RCA and 3.5 mm jack. In conclusion, the lens shift, frame interpolation and WHDI make this projector is an extremely exciting proposition, and we look forward to seeing whether the picture quality stands out from the entry-level home cinema projectors Ben Q produce.