Acer S5201M Projector Review

Acer S5201M Remote Control

The S5201M’s remote control is gloss black, with mostly black buttons and white text.  Buttons are appropriately grouped and have decent separation for easy access.  There are buttons to control almost anything on the projector.

In addition to the usual Power, Menu and menu navigation buttons, there are also buttons for volume control, paging through presentations, aspect ratio, source, video “hide” (which blanks the display), image re-sync and freeze.  It also has buttons to control mouse functions, media playback and a laser pointer.  Additionally, there is a full set of number keys (which also provide individual source access) and a button to access the Acer Empowering menu feature.  As is the standard for multimedia projectors, the buttons are not backlit or glow-in-the-dark.

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Acer S5201M Interactive Pen

The Acer SmartPen interactive pen is sleek and lightweight, and is also intuitive to use.  There is a USB port on the side for charging its non-replaceable lithium battery.  A full charge is projected to provide 20 to 40 hours of use.  There are indicator lights on the pen for charging the battery (light goes out when fully charged) and to confirm that the pen is linked to the projector (light blinks while connecting and is solid when connected).  Below the indicator light are left and right mouse buttons, as well as a scroll wheel with a push-down button that allows for a choice of operations.  See the “Interactive Use” section under “Performance” for more details.

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