Acer P5271i DLP Projector - A Comparison
The Acer P5271i is somewhat similar to the X1261P projector which we did review.
This article discusses the Acer P5271i 's differences.
June 24, 2011 - Lisa Feierman
Acer P5271i Projector Comparison
Check out our review of the award-winning Acer X1261P interactive projector.
Though the Acer P5271i projector is not from the same series as the Acer X1261P (which we recently reviewed), we will compare the P5271i to the X1261P to give you an idea of which Acer projector is best for your particular presentation needs!
The Acer P5271i wireless DLP projector is fairly inexpensive to begin with, listed at $749 MSRP (though undoubtedly running for even cheaper at street price). The P5271i projector is of standard XGA (1024x768) resolution, just as the X1261P is. The P5271i claims 3100 lumens of brightness, therefore equipped to handle the ambient light in your conference room or classroom setting on a moderate sized screen. The P5271i also has an above average contrast ratio of 3700:1, meaning that your colors will pop and not appear as washed out as a lower contrast projector.
The P5271i weighs in at 9 lbs., which is on the larger side as far as portable projectors are concerned. So if you’re a road warrior who needs extreme portability since you’re constantly carrying your projector with you on flights, you might want to opt for a slightly lighter, less bulky projector. But if you’re planning on sticking your projector in a single conference room or classroom, or even if you just intend to move it from room to room or floor to floor in your office building, 9 lbs. is just fine.
Also a plus is the P5271i’s HDMI input, a feature that not all business projectors at this price point offer. HDMI allows you to transmit both digital video and audio during your presentation from, for example, output devices such as DVD players, BluRay players, gaming consoles, satellite boxes or cable boxes. HDMI guarantees great picture and sound for high-def content. The P5271i also offers a Monitor (VGA) output so that you can connect your computer monitor to your projector and show the images on your laptop to your audience during a presentation.
The P5271i is equipped with one 2W speaker. This is by no means enough if you’re presenting in a medium to large environment to a bigger crowd… But if you’re presenting to a few team members in a small conference room, the P5271i can handle those audio requirements. The P5271i also has network control capabilities, as well as the coveted wireless networking! Only a handful of the 60 other projectors examined in this year’s annual Best in Classroom report offer this feature, which allows for hassle-free, convenient presentations! Lastly, the P5271i supports remote mousing. These three major features (network control, wireless networking and remote mousing) aren’t even offered in the Acer X1261P, which won our Best In Classroom Runner-Up award… So imagine the possibilities!
The photos below were taken using another Acer projector, the X1261P. With that noted, the images from the P5271i projector should look fairly similar to the one we reviewed since they are close in brightness, have the same contrast, and are of the same XGA resolution.
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.
If you’re concerned about maintenance costs, the P5271i only has the standard 1-year warranty. But with 4000 hours lamp life in eco-mode, the P5271i promises to run for quite some time.
All in all, the Acer P5271i seems to be a great choice! It’s affordable, bright, fairly portable, 3D ready and equipped with all sorts of great networking features. If your presentation environment and audience are on the smaller side, the P5271i is prepared to handle your visual and audio needs.
Specs for the Acer P5271i
Brightness: 3100 Lumens
Imaging Technology: DLP
Resolution: XGA (1024x768)
Zoom Lens: 1.10:1
Audio: 2W mono
Lamp Life: 2500 hours, 4000 eco-mode
Dimensions: 4.7H x 13.4W x 10.3D
Weight: 9 lbs.
Warranty: 1 year
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