Posted on June 23, 2011 Art Feierman
The Acer X1161P is the entry level projector of Acer’s X1 Series. We compared the Acer X1161P (MSRP $349) to its more expensive and more advanced sibling, the Acer X1261P (MSRP $519), which we recently reviewed and awarded the Best in Classroom Runner-Up Award in our annual Classroom Comparison Report! The Acer X1161P and the Acer X1261P have a few similarities.
The Acer X1161P and the Acer X1261P have the same brightness at 2700 lumens which works for small to medium size presentation environments. The Acer X1161P and its sibling also both have 3D capability, provided you purchase the active glasses for it (not included). At less than five pounds, the Acer X1161P is micro portable like its counterpart. This is extremely ideal for road warriors who would be traveling frequently with the projector, especially if it needs to fit in your carry-on luggage!
The photos below were taken using the Acer X1161P’s sibling, the MP780ST. With that noted, the images from the X1161P projector should look fairly similar to the one we reviewed since they have the same brightness (2700 lumens) and are very close in contrast. However, the X1161P is lower resolution, so keep that in mind.
Above, the Acer X1261P projector in Standard mode. The X1161P has the same 2700 lumen brightness as its sibling, so the images should be very much alike.
Above, the X1161P in Education mode.
So why buy the Acer X1161P? For one, it is quite inexpensive. It is an entry level projector that will meet basic presentation needs and has great longevity when it comes to its battery life. With a low cost of operation, the price makes the Acer X1161P even more appealing. It is simpler and more affordable, especially for schools looking for technology that will not put a large dent in the budget. The short throw lens is convenient for classroom or business presentations, and while the X1161P is low resolution (SVGA), it should get the job done.
But if you’re buying for the classroom and are concerned about maintenance costs, like if you don’t have a budget to be paying for repairs, you might want to consider a projector with a better warranty.
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