Acer hasn’t particularly impressed us, if we’re honest, with some of its previous stabs at satisfying the AV rather than PC market. But the H7530D really isn’t a bad home cinema projector at all.
Particularly impressive is how vivid its pictures look. This is especially true if you use the Standard preset with BrilliantColor active, but colours still retain more punch and dynamism than expected even after switching to the less aggressive Movie mode.
The H7530D’s pictures are also extremely bright for such a cheap projector, dominating a dark room and even remaining watchable with a little ambient light around.
The Acer’s combination of high brightness and punchy colours is very reminiscent of the BenQ W1000, in fact – though for me there seems to be a little more subtlety in some of the Acer’s colouring. It also seems to handle the potential excesses of the BrilliantColor engine slightly better too.
The Acer is a fair to middling black level performer, meanwhile. There’s enough greyness around over really dark image segments to make the 40,000:1 contrast ratio claim look laughably optimistic. Yet black levels nevertheless get just deep enough to leave dark scenes looking credible and clear.
This is true even if you don’t utilise the Dynamic Black option the H7530D carries – an option I actually suggest you avoid, for it crushes too much shadow detail out of dark areas for comfort.
The H7530D also manages to look respectably sharp and detailed with HD material. Slightly crisper than the Vivitek model, perhaps, and roughly on a par with the BenQ W1000. Though I should stress here that you can get a much cleaner, crisper picture finish if you’re willing to double – or more – your budget.
I was pleased, too, to note with the H7530D that it’s largely immune to cheap DLP’s once-common tendency to suffer with dot noise over fast-moving skin tones. And nor does it suffer judder badly for its money. Overall, in fact, I have little doubt that anyone who ends up with the H7530D will be pretty amazed by how much picture quality they’ve been able to secure for so little money.