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The specifications for this projector looks promissing...
does anyone have any experience with this one,
especially for use with movies?

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It looks pretty good, but I would stick to a more established brand like the Mitsubishi HD1000. I wouldnt buy a projector that no one has ever reviewed.
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The problem is, despite the lack of user information on the Acer, it is $600 cheaper in comparisment with your suggestion, the Mitsubishi HD1000...

thanks for your reply!


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I've read its an Optoma HD70 clone. Im seriously considering this thing.

Translated Review:

http://translate.google.com/translat...ph530%26wid%3D

Im still trying to figure out the offset thing.
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Didn't Acer change their name to BenQ? I believe it's the same company just the lower end brand name.

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I bought this projector about 2 weeks ago & I am very happy with it. It has very good color reproduction & still has a bright vivid image. It has a 4x 7segment color wheel with a white segment for added brightness. In my opinion for the price this thing looks amazing. I have heard of some people darkining the white segment for added contrast, But the contrast is really very good as it is. It has loads of features & a very nice remote including a mouse pointer. I have a youtube video of me running some HD trailers on it here. Im new here so you'll have to change the link to make it work. Im sure most can figure it out.


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Anyone care to comment how this projector compares to In72 or the w100? The In72 & w100 has had several good reviews, but the PH530 wins on paper... so which would you buy?
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The problem is, despite the lack of user information on the Acer, it is $600 cheaper in comparisment with your suggestion, the Mitsubishi HD1000...


Really?
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I'm seeing it for between $100 and $150 less than the mits HD1000

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I'm considering this projector myself. In Canada it is $300 less then the Optoma HD70.

I have read both user manuals and they are almost identical. However, the Acer seems to have a few less options for some of it's picture settings.

Also, there is no mention of which DLP chip is used. I know that the HD70 is a DarkChip 2, but I'm not sure about the Acer. It has a lower rated contrast ratio.

Any more info is appreciated.

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Cheap bulbs too less than $200
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I bought this projector about 2 weeks ago & I am very happy with it. It has very good color reproduction & still has a bright vivid image. It has a 4x 7segment color wheel with a white segment for added brightness. In my opinion for the price this thing looks amazing. I have heard of some people darkining the white segment for added contrast, But the contrast is really very good as it is. It has loads of features & a very nice remote including a mouse pointer. I have a youtube video of me running some HD trailers on it here. Im new here so you'll have to change the link to make it work. Im sure most can figure it out.


youtube "dot" com/watch?v=KIZI8U04dV0

Hi, can you give a more detailed review of the ph530. There are lots of people interested also in the "New Acer Projector?" thread
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I'm seeing it for between $100 and $150 less than the mits HD1000

Canadian MSRP for different brands vary WILDLY compared to the US (for some it's just the difference in exchange rate, for others the same unit can be listed at DOUBLE or more the US MSRP--and with the current exchange rate at 1.07$ CDN/ 1$ US, there is no reason for that, but still it's the case).

This applies to everything--TVs, Cars, audio gear, food, clothes--sometimes things are cheaper in Canada, but that's rarer than the reverse.
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I really wish someone would do a professional review of this projector. At $100 less than the Mits and $200 bulbs, it looks like a good bargain. What is the offset?
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Canadian MSRP for different brands vary WILDLY compared to the US (for some it's just the difference in exchange rate, for others the same unit can be listed at DOUBLE or more the US MSRP--and with the current exchange rate at 1.07$ CDN/ 1$ US, there is no reason for that, but still it's the case).

This applies to everything--TVs, Cars, audio gear, food, clothes--sometimes things are cheaper in Canada, but that's rarer than the reverse.

Yes, it's the same in many other countries. For example, the In72 is still selling for US$1000 in Indonesia. The Optomas are not available. The closest one I found is in Singapore for about US$1875. The Acer ph530 however, sells for about US$800, though it's most likely a parallel import. (not warranted by the local Acer distributor)

Makes me wish I was back in the States....
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bump for more reviews
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Didn't Acer change their name to BenQ?
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Man, I didn't know this. Back in the day 1992, Acer made cheapy computers, I mean the manufacturing was really below par, it performed, but the materials were really below grade. To know they are related to BenQ, well.....I learn something everyday.

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Acer is the number three PC maker in the world this year. They have come a long way.
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Man, I didn't know this. Back in the day 1992, Acer made cheapy computers, I mean the manufacturing was really below par, it performed, but the materials were really below grade. To know they are related to BenQ, well.....I learn something everyday.

I may be wrong, but ACER and BENQ should be 2 different companies. If they are related higher up the corporate ladder, I don't know. But both companies have their own lines of LCDs, projectors, notebooks, etc.
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You should really not buy this projector. If you wanna watch movies, buy a 16:9 one. But 800x600 is really too low today...

color precision is just awful. i saw this projector and its better for business presentations.

buy a hd1000
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@ susu2k: 800x600? It is 1280x720. Which projector did you see? I agree that HD1000 is better, but it costs a lot more for some of us.

From Acer's website:

The Acer PH530 projects fast-paced sports, cinema or even your home movies with precise smoothness, enhanced color, and fine detail. HDMI input for HDTV and 720p ready 1280 x 720 native resolution promise investment security as HD home entertainment options continue to expand. A 7-segment color wheel , BrilliantColor technology, and 2500:1 contrast ratio are also featured to reliably display the true colors and details of your favorite movies.
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This projector works excellent, I set it up last night with the Acer projector mount at approx 12 feet from screen. This setup fills my 92 inch screen perfectly with zero lens zoom. Some people are worried about the offset of the projector and yes the offset is not great, but I was able to flush mount the projector and have less then an inch of keystone correction. Based on the price of this unit I'm very happy with it.

I'm also in Canada, and picked this projector up for 500 less then the HD70 and the HD1000u
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I just read the Owner's Manual for the BH530, and there is no mention of it being ceiling mountable. Is it or not?
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I just read the Owner's Manual for the BH530, and there is no mention of it being ceiling mountable. Is it or not?

wattman just got done saying that he "flush mounted" the pj. That means that he ceiling mounted it.



wattman, how far down is the top of your screen compared to the top of the lens? Also, would you mind PMing me some of the price comparisons that you made and how much you paid for the PH530? I'd really appreciate it.

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wattman just got done saying that he "flush mounted" the pj. That means that he ceiling mounted it.



wattman, how far down is the top of your screen compared to the top of the lens? Also, would you mind PMing me some of the price comparisons that you made and how much you paid for the PH530? I'd really appreciate it.

You are correct. I simply missed it. I'm also curious about the how far down wattman's screen is from the ceiling, what height his ceiling is, and what mount he is using.
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FYI, I'm looking at the same projector and also sifted through about 20 Googled pages looking for the odd review. Not much out there, unfortunately.

There's a rather uninformative Home Shopping Network demo of the PH530 at their website. Unfortunately, I can't post the link because I'm new here and don't have the requisite five posts. However, it's easy enough to find if you search for projectors at their site. At least you can see it "in action" there. They want $1000 for the projector which comes with a 100" Elite Screen. I think I'll stick to TigerDirect.

I hope you'll all keep posting your impressions of this projector.


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I work at a retailer who sells all sorts of Acer equipment (moniters, projectors, computers, laptops) and i can say this statement with all certainty....

Acer is by far the biggest piece of sh!t on the market today and you could not pay me to own one.

I have seen moniters die out from being on display less than a couple of weeks and contrary to popular belief no display model has too much on time.
I have seen notebooks they put out have a 50% fail rate, YES 50% no BS.
Their new notebooks with windows vista are windows xp machines with a vista upgrade, cmon now this I couldnt believe
Acer is known for cutting corners to put a good price on items, for this reason that I witnessed first hand I will never buy that crap and I advise every customer who are looking at them to look at another brand

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I am not sure what relationship it still has with BenQ, but I agree, you could not pay me to own a Acer product. Kid's toys have better quality in enclosure construction.

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I had an Acer notebook which I used for abt 3 years, but after that, the LCD died. After 3 years, it was "almost" obsolete anyway. I fixed it for about $300, and it's still working now, 2 years later, at the hands of my employee.

I had an Acer 15" LCD monitor I bought 5 years ago (before LCDs became the norm) for abt $450 then. Other brands were selling for abt $600-750 at that time. It's still working today.

Slightly off topic: I had a Honda Civic (Genio) in 1993. For 5 years, it was a good and reliable car. I never needed any major overhauls. In 1996 I bought a Mercedes C180, and in 8 months, I had to change the gear coupling. The Mercedes people said "it was normal wear due to my driving conditions". It had less than 30,000 KM on it then. My Genio had over 90,000 and never experienced this prob....

Acer may not be the best quality, but it sure is hard to beat in terms of value for money.
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And so were the early Hyundai cars. Passed many Jaguars and Mercedes on the side of the road overheating or broken down for some reason, but the Hyundai could have taken a beaten and still keep going. It however had very cheap enclosure, inside and out (trim).

I think thats the whole thing about Acer, it may be good inside but really cheap on the outside.
This does not matter to some people and therefore a great deal and savings for them.

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