Hey guys, I just got my Acer earlier this week and all I can say is: wow! I love this thing. I've got it projecting onto a wall that is a color something like french vanilla or deviled egg yolk, and yet the picture still looks pretty good. Really good, actually...other than blacks it exceeds my expectations given the setup.
FOr my original setup (i hadn't felt like moving any furniture, just wanted to test it out before i decided to commit to rearranging things) I measured the height of the image and figured it was about 85" diagonal. Everything looked good, but of course i wanted to really push it and go bigger. Now it's more like 100" maybe a little more, and I'm sitting about 10.25' from the wall. SD content looks a little worse now of course, but HD looks awesome and the bigger screen overall feels more satisfying...that's what i wanted out of this most of all, because i'm coming from a 32" lcd tv that while sweet is just too damn small.
I measured the power draw on eco mode at ~203 watts give or take, and "0" for off (my killawatt can't measure below 1 watt, but it does soak up some juice when off according to overall power usage measurements). One thing I noticed is settings like contrast or brightness don't affect power usage like with LCD TVs unfortunately, so I guess around 200 watts is the lowest power usage possible while the Acer is on. This isn't a big deal to me since my TV used 150 watts while watching content, but it is a little disappointing since I could cut that in half by switching to a 0 contrast/brightness/etc user setting for a "standby mode" if you will. And compared to current LCD TV models' power usage it could be a deal breaker for some.
All in all pretty awesome little projector for 480 bucks. I thought I might be disappointed with it compared to my 32" lcd tv...and the blacks do kinda suck..but given i had some experience with a DLP TV and also given the wall it's projecting on I really can't complain. Taking a cue from another user, I was able to mess with my graphics card settings to get some extra detail in the blacks. I'm no expert and I'm sure I'm giving up something else (maybe the purest blacks?) to get the detail but whatever. It's so nice not being limited to a 32" screen anymore...so, so nice.
Now for the bad: rainbow effect...I'd say it's pretty noticeable about 1/4 or less of the time. VERY noticeable in certain movies' scenes: Saving Private Ryan, for one, and Sin City for pretty much the whole movie since it is mostly dark blacks and bright whites. For those of you who haven't experienced it before (like me before a few days ago), I'm not saying noticeable like the screen turns to "a day in the life of hunter s. thompson", but what I mean is you'll flick your eyes or blink or something and for a brief moment you see something i would describe as kinda like colored static, and in your head you might be like "yup, there it is". After about 5 days of use, though, I think it's less intrusive than when I first got the H5360 and I didn't think it was that bad in the first place. Even though I can notice it I really don't think it is a deal breaker at all. I didn't notice it at all in battlefield 1943 on xbox 360, but that's a bright game so I'll try a dark one out if i have one and give my thoughts. I was (still am) prepared to sell it used on ebay or something if the RBE is annoying in games or if dark games are unplayable, but on the RBE front it's pretty much a non-issue at this point.
One more thing..about the black detail... Based on what I saw in viewing Saving Private Ryan on the first night I had the projector, I figured dark movies might suck hard on the projector. I skipped through Dark City to confirm and found that dark scenes looked truly terrible so I played around a little till I found something decent with my graphics card settings (took about 5-10 minutes) and now I can make out a lot more of what's going on in the image and the picture still looks good to me (not too "gray" blacks, my primary concern, but again to me..i'm no expert)
Anyway, those are my thoughts for now,thanks for reading
Oh and Jerry: It's TEAL, and it's spectacularShe will live on in my heart...oh yeah, and on the internet