Measured 4250 lumens and 3000: 1 contrast ratio (on / off).  Lens but not the best.  Otherwise a very good all-rounder

Measured 4250 lumens and 3000: 1 contrast ratio (on / off). Lens but not the best. Otherwise a very good all-rounder

Acer P1510 TCO 3D Full HD DLP projector (3,500 ANSI lumens, HDMI / MHL / HDCP, TCO Certified, 144Hz Triple Flash 3D, Contrast 10,000: 1.1920 x 1080 pixels) (Electronics)

Customer Review

I bought the device for professional purposes and already tested shortly.
The differences between P1510 and H6520BD lie in the terminals and in some menu items and in the warranty.
The P1510 has additional connections on the side (audio-out, RS232) and 3 years warranty.
In the P1510 menu lacks some (home cinema relevant) menu functions.
The P1510 has far less gamma presets to choose from than the H6520BD and Brilliant Color feature can not be switched off.
Furthermore, the CMS when H6520BD is somewhat more extensive.
Even the color wheel is definitely a different structure. The white segment is the P1510 Bigger, thus it reaches about 500 lumens more than the average brightness projectors identical H-series.

In short, the projector is very well suited for presentations for the price of around 700 and also the suitability for the home theater.
The offered light output as well as the very good contrast are the unique strengths of the unit.
Professional requirements for home theater (Tagged Image quality) are not met by the P1510.

Here is a quick comparison of the positive and negative characteristics of the Acer P1510.
For details simply by enumerating more!

+++ Very bright with real measured 4250 lumens on average, that is huge!
+ 3D 144Hz
+ Absolutely no ghosting in fast motion
+ Power supply and dimming the lamp silently
+ Supposedly dust-proof enclosure of the optical unit is showing the time
+ 3000: 1 contrast ratio (on / off)
+ Excellent shading representation
+ Only slight sharpness adjustment in the warm / cold
+ Black value for the price range well, but suffers from the enormous brightness
+ 2 HDMI inputs (1 with MHL)
+ Supplied lens cover
+ Up to 7000 lamp hours in dynamic mode possible
+ Lamp replaceable by own flap
+ The remote control affects quality but is unlit
+ Color wheel with 6 speed
+ Hardly rainbow effect
+ Projector can be tested without the protectors have to be removed
+ Weight relatively low
+ Color wheel only slightly audible
+ Three adjustable feet
+ Bag included
+ Illumination with 86% ok
+ Power consumption low at around 280W in normal mode for the offered light output
+ 3 year warranty carry-in
+ Hardly scattered light front

o lamp flickers sometimes when changing some settings or image options
o halfway quiet ventilation system (in dynamic mode but too loud)
o outlet temperature of the cooling air mediocre hot (65 degrees)
o lamp with over 150 acceptable (as Ruby with 80 relatively cheap)
o Focus for the price range acceptable
o useful picture presets

- Image not quite straight (depends somewhat centrally by)
- No Extreme Eco Mode, although advertised, available
- Too little adjustment for the home theater operation
- Only 1.1 times zoom
- No vertical lens shift
- No horizontal keystone correction
- Lens with image shift during actuation
- Chromatic aberration (color fringing) pronounced
- No real RGBRGB color wheel
- Color wheel in 3D mode audibly

Please note that I can only speak for my Beamer here. By series variance in this price range, it may be that you get delivered a better or worse copy!

End of the short review!

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Here are the details for all who are looking for more information / impressions about the device:

The packaging is sleek, glossy without pressure, with side handles. The projector has sufficiently cushioned (air foil) kept in the outer package. The remote control is no lighting and a quality image. There is a case included, will also certainly mostly used in a presentation projector.

The housing acts stable and relatively high quality. The individual housing components usually run together without burrs. The partially built glossy parts protect unfortunately not very well from fingerprints. The screen protectors are cut so that they do not need to be removed for testing. In addition, the housing leaves little push.
In summary, the P1510 is a solid case with no noticeable weaknesses.

The projector itself has the connections on the side, which has some advantages and 2 HDMI ports. Furthermore, a S-video input, 1 VGA input, an RS232 interface, an audio input, an audio output and 1 USB port are available.
This projector has three adjustable feet (1 foot in front and 2 rear feet). This is excellent for hosting at the table or shelf. Through the lateral connections, the device can set up perfectly on a shelf. The lens is pretty stiff but wobbles when adjusted Stark. The feet can also unscrew very far.

The image quality is set for presentations useful but also for the home theater operation suitable. Readjustment for use in Hein cinema is not absolutely necessary in this device.
Unfortunately, there is no genuine CMS available for purists.
But I did not feel the need to change the image in the preset "film" with the color temperature "CT2" and a gamma of 2.2. It fits so actually quite good.

The brightness is for presentations of madness. For the home theater, the color brightness is also very high, and higher than in most other devices with white segment in the color wheel.
The color brightness is my device tested at 2500 lumens. For presentations that plays only a subordinate role in HC but even more so.

It is not possible to provide the whole picture perfectly sharp. 1 corner is despite correct orientation unfortunately minimal blur.
This problem has in this form but all projectors in this price range and is due to the relatively inexpensive optics. After a short adjustment work but I did it manage to the discrepancies, apart from the two corners, at max. To adjust 1/2 pixel. I assume that everyone P1510 will have this problem varies depending on the series dispersion. 1 pixel offset to the worst point, however, is perfectly normal and had almost all of my devices tested.

Scattered light is forward scarce. Furthermore, the image edges are sufficient but not perfectly straight (max. 1cm deviation to 2 meters).
Chromatic aberration (color fringing, ghosting, max. 1 mirror offset to the worst point) is minimal, as already mentioned above exist, but as part and no longer falls on from a distance.
On the whole, the appearance is so solid and the price range to designate accordingly sufficient. Other manufacturers offer some increased and higher quality lenses here.

The distance from the screen should be at 296cm and 324cm between P1510, is therefore relatively inflexible. This refers to the most commonly used screen width of 200cm. The projection rate is between 1:48: 1 - 1.62: 1, depending on the zoom. It is also important that the focus in the operation changed only minimally!
If you set them in cold projector, the image projector in the warm state is not blurred.
Many others I tested Beamer had to be readjusted in the warm condition!

To adjust the focus there is a test image in the projector menu. Here you can adjust the sharpness well to achieve good sharpness across the entire image. 100% clean but you do not get out the image. The typical DLP color fringes in different forms and colors you always, depending on the series dispersion and quality of the optics. Up to about 1 pixel width you have to accept (is no reason for complaint from the manufacturer!). Otherwise, however, would have the more expensive lenses not have permission. But I must also say that there are quite are also optics in this price range that are almost perfectly. You have to get lucky!

The brightness is 3500 ANSI lumens with Acer on, the contrast dynamically with "only" 10000:. 1 I have a real on / off contrast ratio of 3000 with my device: 1 measured, that is an excellent value. In the real brightness is the factory specification of 3500 lumens, with more than 4250 lumens measured on average (!), Far exceeded. Subtracting like many other manufacturers the brightest part of the canvas for the brightness indication zoom (which is in my device perfectly centered the center of the screen is), the P1510 comes even to around 5000 lumens.
Both the brightness and contrast were determined using a calibrated light meter.
By series dispersion of contrast and brightness by up to 20% may be worse. My device is more likely the best device with regard to the series dispersion represented in this respect. The illumination is very good at my device with 86%, the maximum brightness loss in the corners with a maximum of 63%, but very high. This is about 90% at a minimum decentered bulb and not directly at the light engine itself. In practice, these dark corners are not flashy.
Here are just the DC3 chip afflicted by a high series dispersion. Often scratches / residual cleaning solution on the protective glass of DMD exist. This can reduce the brightness and the contrast.

The dynamic black mode happens with this device via the change in the lamp voltage. The lamp becomes brighter or darker.
This is but only in a specific context (between Eco and Normal mode) and not 100% in real time. This feature master all Optoma projectors far better.
The P1510 achieved in dynamic mode a maximum contrast ratio of 4000:. 1 This value plays in practice no role, since this can never be achieved natively. A value of 3000: 1, however, is pretty much the maximum achievable even for one single DC3 and in the price range of the P1510.

I try to explain why the dynamic contrast can not be achieved in real terms:
The projector reaches a maximum brightness of 1900 lux at a pure white image (a bright lamp mode). With the same lamp brightness of the projector reached in the same place at full black around 0.65 Lux, what a contrast ratio of 3,000: 1. In dark lamp mode the projector reached with full black a value of about 0.48 Lux. At the same time, the maximum brightness of 1900 lux to 1500 lux at the same point decreases. The contrast remains at about 3000:. 1 However, the manufacturer shall use the lightest value in high lamp mode and the lowest value in low lamp mode to determine the dynamic contrast. This would, however, even in theory only 4000: 1.
As the bright light mode and the dark mode lamp but never at the same time may be present, the dynamic value is completely irrelevant. The only value that is enhanced by the adaptive light control, the black level. This is the P1510 with 0.65 lux for the offered brightness absolutely fine.

In light angedunkelten space the image is already very good, and even nearly perfect in all dark conditions. The Eco mode is at 2m picture width in home theater definitely very, very bright. The colors radiate and are very tired. Again, something that speaks for the good brightness of the device. Bright picture content can sometimes hide even in eco mode, that is impressive.
The black level is but as mentioned above very well, given the very high light output. Other DLP's with Dark Chip 3 reach unaided (mechanical diaphragm) also hardly values ​​below 0.4 lux at a comparable image size.

The brightness values ​​(in lux) for contrast and black level were determined on a canvas with 2,85m².
Since the conversion of Lux is quite complicated in lumens, I'm here not respond.

The volume of the Acer P1510 is significantly quieter than my Acer H7532BD and in my opinion, acceptable in eco mode. The decibel information (db) provide little information about the actual volume level in the dynamic mode, which is probably the most used. On 100% Lamp power all tested devices are simply useless, except in the home theater with a corresponding sound system.
The normal lamp mode is the P1510 loud that same is true for dynamic mode.
Therefore, the P1510 Eco Mode is the first choice.

The internal 2W speakers is sufficient for emergencies, but no more

The projector has built three internal fans, but they are so thoughtfully placed to ventilate the whole projector and the Elektonik well. The fan generates only one air noise, no hum or high frequency hum. The fans run in Eco mode to about 2750U / m, but that depends on the ambient temperature. There are menu unfortunately only 2 of the 3 fan monitored. Probably the 3rd fan is not critical in case of failure of the projector and is therefore not mitüberwacht.
The outlet temperature is mediocre (approximately 65Grad), but you should plan the placement of both.

The setting options are not really adequate for the home theater. Unfortunately, there is no CMS and the Brilliant Color feature can not be switched off. Who gets along with the default settings, but the device can also use the home theater. For presentations, the device has but more than enough settings. After all, the P1510 has no yellow-green-blue surplus as the ViewSonic PJD7822HDL. Thus, the non-disconnectable Brilliant-Color function is not so tragic.
The white segment and the other two segments of the secondary colors are significantly smaller than the 3 primary colors. This should not so much drift into the cold as with other devices, which usually have much larger segments of white, cyan and yellow color.
For operation in the home theater, however, you have to be able to live with a very bright image when P1510.
I can say however that I do not want to upgrade to a device with lower brightness, so you get used to the rich and bright colors. Anyone who has seen daylight scenes with more than 2500 lumens color, knows what is meant.

The 3D capability with normal DLP glasses is excellent. Both the effect of depth, brightness, and the pop-outs are well. Flicker and ghosting are rare. For 3D showers this projector is a good choice, because the color brightness is extremely high. Due to good contrast picture looks much more plastic than for devices with less lumens and lower contrast.

When P1510 lamp brightness on Eco can be adjusted in 3D mode with some other equipment that does not work, unfortunately. The triple flash 144Hz with only runs with native imagery, which is played at 24 fps. So either Blue-Ray with 1080 24p or via PC with the same settings. The projector then converts the pictures on 2x72Hz, ie 72fps per eye. This is absolutely flicker-free. In Sky 3D goes however not as Sky transmits in 1080i 50Hz. The glasses shutters then only in 100Hz and then you see the flickering light. 50Hz per eye are not flicker. 2D to 3D conversion, the device supports not officially, but it can also be activated without a 3D source, 3D mode. The image is then displayed in 3D.

The rainbow effect is very different in my opinion. I've been easily susceptible and see the effect very quickly, even though it bothers me only conditionally.
The P1510 is, as far as the rainbow effect, good. I see the effect occasionally despite the high brightness and only 2 to 3-fold color wheel speed.
The speed of the color wheel is native, this machine max. 3 times (depending on the input signal) and in 3D mode 6-fold.
But I also see the Benq W1070 with its 6-color wheel and the much lower lumens the rainbow effect on a regular basis, though not as often as the P1510.
But I can live with both devices using the RBE.

One more thing on the subject of motion blur or ghosting:
Some devices fast movements result in contour shadow or be image content for brevity time blurred.
When P1510 both effects is scarce.

The projector uses a 240W UHP lamp Osram (P-VIP 240 E20.9n), which is charged with 250W and consumes about 280W on average. This is appropriate since only around 25W are purely used for the electronics. A replacement bulb costs about 150 or (80 as Ruby), which is moderate. The life in eco mode is above average with up to 7,000 hours, but by the slight congestion of 240W bulb a little lower than possible (10000 Hours Max.).

The difference from 720p to 1080p can be seen for me already, even if the individual pixels can not really identify with 2m picture width even at 720p. The main advantage is the much weaker form of the optical errors by the optical system for me. This point is more important for me than the higher resolution itself. The 200 more there are compared to an HD-ready device but my worth, even if it is the biggest difference is not in movies, but probably at presentations notice.

Acer gives a 3 year warranty without onsite service. The support is supposed to be a chore, but I have this still do not have their own experiences.

In summary, one can say that the Acer P1510 in this price region currently is indeed slightly more expensive than other devices, but provides an unrivaled brightness. For presentations and perfect for the home theater limited use.
The not quite perfect appearance corresponds to the price and will be better in the competition only with luck. The appearance is now time cheap goods, otherwise the price would not be feasible. The optics roulette you with any manufacturers! Acer has unfortunately always been a high dispersion with respect to the optics (keyword selection).

I hope this review helps others something in their purchasing decision.
From my unit gets 4 price / performance star for use as presentation projectors and 3 stars for use in home theater. Because the P1510 but touted as a presentation projector, he has earned 4 stars due to the extreme brightness. For the 5th star, the optics and the menu had a trace may be better.

However, there are so some other things that would have Acer can do better:

- Better image edges (hangs easily, 1.0cm)
- An Extreme Eco Mode as the MW523 for less lumens
- A disconnectable Brilliant Color function
- A small CMS
- A higher quality lens
- A true 250W lamp and no oversteer 240W UHP lamp (unfortunately much more expensive, so perhaps the solution with the overdriven lamp)

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