Posted on January 23, 2012 By Lisa Feierman
The Acer K330 projector is a WXGA (1280 X 800) DLP projector that offers a step up in performance over the previously reviewed Acer K11. The K330 is a bit larger than the K11, but still has no dimension over 9” and weighs less than 3 pounds. The K330 can deliver over 400 lumens, making it more versatile than lower powered minis in less than ideal lighting conditions. The K330 features an LED light source that is rated to last 20,000 hours, down somewhat from the K11’s 30,000 hour rating. The K330 has a fixed lens, so there is no zooming which puts a premium on the ability to place the projector at the proper distance for the screen size desired, as well as at the proper height. Fortunately, like the K11, the K330 has very good automatic digital keystone correction to facilitate setup. The K330 can project up to an 80” diagonal image from less than 8 feet.
The K330 sports the most needed video inputs, including HDMI, VGA and composite video. It can also project from a USB thumb drive, an SD card, or (with an optional adapter) from an iPod or iPhone. This capability for PC-free presentations is a welcome feature on a mini projector that is likely to be used in a variety of venues. There is also a built-in two watt speaker that is adequate for small rooms, but fortunately, there is also an audio output jack for external speakers.
Like we noted with the K11, the K330’s light weight and compact size makes it a good choice for traveling. Like the K11, it does not have a battery option, but with the light output of the K330, a battery option is probably not feasible. What is nice about the K330 is that its power supply is built in, so it only uses a standard power cord, thus improving portability. The K330 also comes with a carrying case for easy portability. The Acer K330’s combination of good brightness, decent contrast, good color accuracy, long lamp life and low price will please those in the market for a pico projector, but need more lumens than the typical pico projector.
Acer EcoProjection Technology – The Acer K330 has special power management circuitry that minimizes power draw in standby mode, as well as reducing power if there is no input signal for 5 minutes.
3D Ready – The Acer K330 is 3D ready via its implementation of DLP Link.
20,000 Hour LED Life – The Acer K330 uses an LED light source that is rated to last 20,000 hours. This is likely longer than the life of the projector
Acer Empowering Technology – By pressing the special “e” button on the remote, the presenter can easily access the following:
Presentation From USB Thumb Drive, SD Card, iPhone, iPad or iPod – The Acer K330 has built-in ports for presentation from a USB thumb drive or SD card. Through the use of an optional adapter, the Acer K330 can present photos and videos from iPhone/iPad/iPod.
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