Other sources of input were equally impressive. With a native XGA resolution of 1,024 x 768 this Acer can easily handle the signal from a laptop or desktop, although there is some quality drop off when you force the projector into SXGA 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, especially during PC gaming. I would also advise switching anti-aliasing on if your machine can handle it, as jaggies at this size are very noticeable. This is not a problem however with the Playstation2 or other consoles, and I can safely say Pro Evolution Soccer will never be the same again after an epic night playing on a projection of over 100 inches.
Speaking of which, even in a small room you can still get a good size image. The PD 520 manages to produce a 24in display when less than a metre away from the screen. My flat’s size limitations meant I was unable to get the screen larger than 120in, and while Acer quotes a maximum screen size of nearly 300in, I could see that anything more than what I achieved is going to be seriously hammered by pixilation.
Acoustically, Acer rates the noise level of the PD 520 at 32db. It was only when sitting next to the machine during quieter moments that I really became aware of it. By contrast, the 2W integrated speakers are a little disappointing, but any serious home cinema freak is going to be using an external amplifier anyway. If you are using the projector on the move, the speakers should be perfectly adequate to cover a small room when your giving a presentation.
Finally, with a lamp life of 2000 hours and replacement bulbs available for around £200 running costs for the PD 520 are not going to be outrageously high. So you won’t be made to pay long term for what you save short term.
So, the PD 520 is a great little projector that is equally at home with PowerPoint presentations as it is with DVD movies. If you need to carry a projector around with you for presentations, this Acer will fit the bill nicely, while also letting you while away your weekends watching movies or playing video games.
Putting a compact, high quality DLP projector onto the market for just over £1,000 is a remarkable achievement. Yes, technology prices continue to tumble and there is always something cheaper and better around the corner, but right here, right now, there is not a better value model on the market.