Review: Acer A1500 projector
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Acer A1500 projector
If you are a movie enthusiast, a home entertainment projector is a better alternative than buying a big-screen television. While a television will be restricted to the screen size you buy, a projector can reproduce much larger screen sizes (as much as 120 inches), if you have a wall wide enough. Acer’s A1500 projector is designed with flexible functionality in mind.
The A1500’s specifications include Full HD (1,920x1,080 resolution) projection, a DLP (digital light processing) projection engine, peak brightness of 3,100 lumens and support for 3D playback. The A1500 can be used easily even in a room with moderate lighting, without the projection looking faded or overwhelmed. It can project an image as large as 85 inches from a distance as little as 2.5m, and remains one of the few projectors that attempts to emulate the Rec. 709 HDTV standard for colour reproduction.
The design is quite simple and the rounded edges accentuate the compactness. The enamel-white chassis will sit comfortably in most homes, irrespective of the room decor. All the connectivity ports are at the back, including the HDMI input and audio output jack. The vent to blow out warm air is on one side, which means you need to place the projector on a shelf with enough room on either side for ventilation. The only real shortcoming is that there is just one HDMI input, which means it might be quite inconvenient if you have, for example, a gaming console, an Apple TV streamer and a Tata Sky DTH set-top box. And there is just one USB port for plugging in hard drives.
The A1500 starts off on a solid note by reproducing very good black-colour depth, which in turn helps all the other colours look accurate. This also improves the detailing in movies, as well as the contrast levels. While the colours are not the most vibrant until you tweak the picture settings, there is no doubting the accuracy, for no one colour stands out or trespasses on another one.
Depending on projector placement, projection can go up to 100 inches. The A1500’s image processing did well to restrict the noise and distortions that one tends to see when lower-quality content is stretched to this size. What you get are clear visuals, and that can let you push up the brightness and sharpness levels higher than what most other projectors may be comfortable with. The illumination offered by this DLP projection engine is quite accurate and evenly spread—no one area looks unevenly illuminated.
For content that is perhaps standard definition (SD), the bigger the projection, the more the shortcomings in quality that will show up. While the A1500 tries to keep sharpness intact, there is some visible loss of detailing, which even the projector’s robust image-processing algorithms cannot compensate for. Switch to high-definition sources, such as Netflix or Amazon Video, and the performance shines through.
At this price, however, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a television that can replicate this screen size. The A1500 does well in terms of the projection quality, detailing levels and image processing, genuinely improving user experience.