Acer V9800: Acer announces 4K projector!

acer-v9800Now’s the time! Acer announces its first 4K projector! The news was recently announced at their headquarters in Taipei.

4K UHD resolution – Acer V9800

The Acer V9800 has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels to work with 4K Ultra High Definition. Its the first 4K projector within the ranks of the Acer. Thanks to its attractive pricing, the manufacturer hope many home cinema fans will be interested in the V9800. Where exactly the Acer will be priced is not yet known, but it is expected to be in a more attractive segment than the devices previously available with SXRD technology.

4K quality

With a 4K DMD chip from Texas Instruments at the core of the device, the V9800 provides a super resolution video processor to upscale the material on the 4K image. This also means content can be shown in 4K that is currently only available in 1080p quality.

Rec 709

Another interesting feature of Acer V9800 is to support the Rec 709 colour standard. This is used in HDTV content in order to provide optimum colour quality. It also covers the sRGB colour space. This would suggest that it is moving close to the V7500 in terms of colour quality, which impressed us during tests. Thanks to Acer Colour Purity Technology, a RGBRGB colour wheel and a custom lamp control, the V9800 a great foundation with which to work.  Another advantage of RGBRGB colour wheel is the strong reduction of the rainbow effect, it may well be that the rainbow effect is no longer visible.

acer_v9800_b24_blog_2Fan noise

Another positive we have learnt is that the Acer V9800 is listed to run with only 20dB fan noise. This is really a very low figure, so we hope its too low for the viewer to hear at all! Compared to the other home cinema projectors in Acer’s portfolio, the V9800 is likely to be somewhat larger, which goes hand in hand with lower fan noise. We expect it to fall in line with some of the other 4K home cinema projectors on the market. The big chassis lends itself to features such as lens shift.


Although there is not too much information about the first Acer 4K projector at present, the information that is there has made us listen up. The first step toward mass appeal 4K resolution projectors seems to have been made and now it remains to be seen where the Acer will settle on price. The information relating to the image enhancement means we can definitely hope for a good image quality. The V9800 has now shown for the first time live in Taipei and we are eager to know when it will find its way to us, once it does arrive, we will review the Acer V9800 and let you know our thoughts!

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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!

Acer LED series


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!

Acer K132

Acer K335


Acer H5360BD – a milestone for 3D technology


The long wait is over! Acer expands its HD ready home cinema projector range with the H5360BD. This device is a true innovation as it is the first low-cost projector which will link directly, without complication to a 3D Blu-Ray player. You can now enjoy 3D projection in your own home. Thanks to the new HDMI 1.4a interface, it is now possible for a projector to connect directly to a 3D capable Blu-ray player (without detours through a converter box) to project a 3D image. The PlayStation 3 an ideal 3D source for your games and Blu-Rays. Up to now, it has only been possible to view 3D images via your PC in “frame sequential 120Hz format” or via a 3D adapter box. You can now watch 3D directly via the Acer H5360BD projector – at a price of about £700, this is a real bargain for a projector that offers a highly sophisticated technical solution.