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Acer H5350 DLP Projector - Acer H5350
The picture is surprisingly sharp for such a cheap, non-Full HD model too, with decent amounts of pore and hair detail in Unbreakable's endless extreme close-ups. Plus there's nothing major in the way of scaling noise caused by the translation of a 1080-line source to the projector's 720 lines (unless the jaggedness around some contours is partly caused by this).
It's nice, too, to find the faces of the people at the Unbreakable train station where Bruce Willis tests out his ‘evil detection' powers passing by with practically no trace of the dithering noise that was once so common to DLP technology. While we're on the subject of motion, the picture isn't as juddery as I would have expected either, even when watching 1080p/24 sources.
Whatever scaling system the H5350 is using struggles a little more with standard definition inputs, but the results are certainly far from unwatchable.
My final comments regarding the H5350's performance are that it actually runs surprisingly quietly for such a small unit, especially if you do the sensible thing and use the Eco lamp mode. Although perhaps as a side effect of this quietness, it also runs rather hot - a potential issue if you're sat very close to it.
In the end it's quite hard to know quite how to judge the H5350. In many ways it makes its £421 price tag look quite ridiculously cheap, with pictures a country mile better than anything else I've seen for anything like the same puny outlay. But at the same time, if you're particularly prone to seeing DLP's rainbow effect, you might find some footage almost unwatchable on the H5350. Hmm.
The way I see it, you have two options. First, you can try and find £500 more cash for the much superior InFocus X10. Or second, you can try and find some way of test driving an H5350 to see how much the rainbow effect bothers you.
If you are troubled by the rainbow effect, our ‘6' mark for picture should be more like a 5. Whereas if you're not bothered by it all, you could just about raise the mark to a 7, especially if you're thinking about it in the context of other projectors in its price range.