Projector Reviews

Acer H6500 Physical Tour 2

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Acer H6500 Menus

Remote Control

As always, I must complain when I see a home projector that comes with a remote control that isn’t back lit. I don’t care if it’s a family room projector, or a very bright projector.  When  you watch movies, the room is usually rather dark and it’s often impossible to read anything on a remote that is not back lit.  Type is a bit small (as are the buttons – this is a small white remote control).

The Acer H6500 apparently has siblings that are business portable projectors, and this remote obviously works for those as well. This projector doesn’t use every button, for example one button is for wireless, but the H6500 has no wireless abilities.

From the top.  There’s a nice red power button (once for on, twice for off).  To its right is a rocker bar.  Rock left for Freeze (image) or right for video mute (Hide).  There’s another rocker bar right below, with Source and Resync functions. To the left, a button for changing aspect ratio.  Right below it, is a button for engaging the digital zoom (discussed on the first page).

Then, over to the right again, is a green button for “e”.  As noted, this is a programmable button where you can choose a function from those offered in the menu.

Below comes the usual navigation area, with 4 arrow keys in a square formation, and a center Menu.  That’s it for the top half.

Below the Nav, are 12 buttons The first row of four buttons allow you to work with the image:  RGB, Brightness, Color and Contrast. After that, buttons include some computer control (page up/down, which is a basic remote mousing function – connected through the USB port).  Then there are individual source buttons, including 1 HDMI and 1 DVI (rather than the two HDMI jacks, which again goes back to “crossover projector” aspects).

It’s a functional remote control.  At least it’s white (black remotes can be so hard to find in dark rooms), since it doesn’t have a backlight.  This remote serves its purpose.  On the other hand, nothing particularly wonderful about it either.  The “e” feature button is a nice touch, but a bigger remote could have more discreet buttons, making it unnecessary.

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Lens Throw

Acer offers a very basic 1.2:1 zoom ratio.  This provides a modest amount of front to back placement flexibility – less than two feet, if pointing at a 100″ diagonal screen.  The closest the front of the projector can be to that 100″ screen is 10 feet, 11 inches , and the furthest is 13 feet 2 inches (numbers are rounded, based on the chart provided in the Acer manual).

Lens Shift

As is typical of entry level DLP projectors for the home, there is no lens shift.  The projector needs to be placed at the correct height relative to the screen, whether ceiling mounted or on a table, to get the proper rectangular image.  Lens shift provides more flexibility but is generally an expensive feature to implement, so rarely found on projectors under $1000.  If you can place it at the right “height” you do have the option of using keystone correction.  This detracts a touch, from the quality of the image, but otherwise gets the job done.