Acer H5360 Projector - Image Quality
10/5/12 - Anthony Arrigo
Acer H5360 Color & Picture Quality
The color and picture quality of the Acer was pretty much as expected by a DLP projector. The images below show some slight variations when different color modes were displayed, but for the most part the difference were so subtle that it is almost hard to tell there was any difference at all. What was nice to see is that one color on the spectrum that often looks a bit muddy came out looking pretty nice. That color would be yellow. It is not what you might expect from a LCD projector which reproduces color with much more accuracy, but the Acer did a pretty nice job compared to other DLP projectors on the market. The red spectrum seemed to blend together a bit. Orange and red were a little harder to see a strong distinction, but overall, not bad.
If you were to use this projector to show video from a DVD player then the issues of color accuracy tend to go away. The rendering engine that produces the color for video seems to produce more accurate yellows and reds. Color issues really only seem to be an issue when presenting colors in their true form. Those wanting to display photographs routinely will probably not find a problem with the Acer H5360. One might want to consider LCD as another option. LCD projectors tend to have the best color reproduction. However, this at times can come at higher price and you might get a little lower contrast ratio which might leave you wanting better image quality in dark scenes.
Acer H5360 Projector: Readability
In the projectors native resolution of 1280x720 the picture quality was really nice. Text was readable and the image was sharp, but soft enough to make the image a bit easier on the eyes. Small text was very readable and I could easily see being able to use this projector for long periods of time without a lot of eye fatigue.
If you plan to stretch this projector to accept higher resolutions than the native, then the image quality does tend to suffer a bit. All projectors suffer in image quality when you try to send the projector a higher resolution, but different manufacturers handle this better than others. In the case of the Acer H5360 it does a pretty good job, but I would not rely on it for any type of long term use.
Acer H5360 Projector: Video Quality
Although the Acer H5360 is not considered a home theater projector, it certainly comes very capable. It is easy to see that they wanted to optimize the projector to perform video. With its native input for component video, they have made it much easier for the consumer to use this projector as a home theater or gaming machine. Most manufacturers only supply a VGA input and one has to buy a special adapter cable if they want to input HD video. There is also a HDMI port for better quality video from your laptop, DVD, or Blu-ray player. The quality of the video was pretty nice and certainly acceptable as a home theater on the weekends or a gaming projector. If you game a lot, or plan to watch a lot of movies then you might want to consider a different type of display device since lamps can be pricey to replace.