Review Price £530.00
Acer H5360BD - Features and 3D Pictures
People who like to tweak can adjust the relative saturations of the red, green and blue colour elements, meanwhile, as well as the degamma level. You can also adjust the lamp output between high and Eco levels, and finally there’s an auto keystone correction system to help you get the sides of your image straight.
This isn’t entirely a good thing, though. For unfortunately - and predictably for the H5360BD’s money - the projector doesn’t have any vertical or horizontal optical image shifting to help you get the image positioned exactly where you want it on your screen or wall. So you probably will have to resort to keystone correction, despite the fact that this essentially digitally distorts the image.
The amount of optical zoom on the projector is also extremely limited, so hopefully your room will allow you the flexibility to move the projector forward and back until you can get the image size you're after.
Trying out the H5360BD’s 3D performance first, we were startled to find it looking really quite enjoyable. For a start, there’s practically no crosstalk (double ghosting noise) at all, even during notorious crosstalk-causing scenes like the Golden Gate bridge sequence in Monsters Vs Aliens.
This helps 3D pictures look decently sharp, though you can tell that you’re only seeing 720p images rather than full HD ones. Images do look HD, but there is definitely not as much fine detail and texturing as you should see on a high quality full HD projector. The extent to which you are aware of this will depend on how much full HD projection you’ve seen to compare with, and how large you’ve pushed the image, with larger images showing up the slight lack of detail more.
There’s a relaxing, if not particularly deep, sense of depth to 3D images - though strangely, as with other DLP Link projectors we’ve seen, we found we had to set the 3D playback mode to ‘Inverted’ before the picture became comfortable.
More good news finds that high brightness rating mentioned earlier allowing the H5360BD’s 3D picture to look punchier and more colour-rich than those we’ve seen from some actually much more expensive 3D projectors.
Even the black level response from the projector isn’t bad in 3D mode - though dark parts of the picture do look a bit devoid of shadow detail.
The glasses themselves deserve kudos too. Not because they’re attractive and lightweight - they’re not. But because they a) feature a simple on off button (unlike some of the crazy ‘always on’ glasses we’ve seen recently) b) cover the majority of your field of vision; and c) do a better job of stopping light getting in behind them than many rival glasses. Note that you don’t get any glasses included within the projector’s price. Each pair will cost you £70.
The only issue we had with the H5360BD’s 3D images, really, is that motion can look a bit shimmery and indistinct at times.