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Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Art Feierman

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Acer H7550ST Specs
Price $999
Technology DLP
Native Resolution 1080p (1920x1080)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 3000
Contrast -
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.1:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 4,000 Hours
Weight 7.5
Warranty 1 Year P/L

H7550ST Projector Overview

The Acer H7550ST is well equipped with several extras, such as two 3D glasses and a soft carrying case. Included with the projector are those two items, as well as a remote control (complete with batteries), VGA cable, AC power cord, a security card, the User’s Guide on CD, and the Quick Start Guide. I found the same 3D glasses on eBay for about $40, but there are off-brand options on Amazon that come in a lot cheaper if you’re looking to get glasses for the whole family. You’ll want DLP Link Active Shutter 3D glasses.

The projector has a typical amount of placement flexibility for a short throw. It can be mounted on the ceiling, in front of the screen or behind. This, combined with the manual 1.1:1 zoom lens, provides some wiggle room as to where the projector can live. For instance, I had the Acer placed in front of my couch approximately 4.5 feet back on a small, square table. The projector can easily be used on a coffee table or similar setup. The small amount of zoom buys you the ability to fine-tune placement, as it translates to about 6 inches front to back when projecting a 100” image.

There is a button on the front of the projector that releases a small foot to angle the lens upward for a higher-placed screen. I have been spoiled by getting to work with higher end models (such as the Epson 6040UB and the Sony HW45ES) while filming our review videos. Both of those have excellent lens shift capabilities. I definitely noted the lack of lens shift on this projector and missed having the feature. But then, you just don’t often find lens shift on projectors of this price range. The foot does work well - after a few minutes of fiddling and adjusting, the image filled my 92” screen beautifully with Keystone Correction. Of course, when ceiling mounted, you won’t be using the feet at all.

The Standard, Movie and Dark Cinema modes are the Acer H7550ST’s best modes, giving the projected image brilliant color, decent black levels, and realistic skin tones - even during the day. The Game mode provides a bright picture and indeed works best for gaming. The input lag is acceptable at 38.2 milliseconds and was unnoticeable as I played several RPG and FPS games.

Overall, I would consider this projector to be a pretty good value for the price, especially since the street price is about $100 less than MSRP. Despite the absence of lens shift, I found the Acer H7550ST to be user-friendly, with good picture quality for both HDTV and BluRay movies. It has been one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had - the size and clarity of the picture made it easier to spot enemies, aim and conquer. This is a good entry-level projector for newer enthusiasts and those who want quality on a budget.

Acer H7550ST Highlights

Here’s a few features we consider to be the H7550ST’s highlights, which only begin to touch on the whole scope of its capabilities.

  • Better-than-average placement flexibility for the price
  • Adjustable foot for raising the angle of the lens
  • Brightness is excellent in dealing with quite a bit of ambient light, though not too bright for a dedicated home theater
  • 1 year parts and labor warranty, with 90 days on the lamp (no replacement program)
  • Simple, easy-to-use remote control
  • Lamp life up to 8000 hours (4000/6000/8000)
  • Two HDMI inputs (one with MHL)
  • RS232 and VGA ports
  • Advanced Keystone Correction (-40°/+40°)
  • 2D to 3D conversion
  • 3D capable (3D glasses included)
  • Decent for gaming
  • Built in 10 watt speakers (2)

Next, we’ll take a closer look at some of these features.

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