Acer S1210 : A unique projector with an extremely short throw ratio

8/3/2012 11:42:14 AM

A unique projector with an extremely short throw ratio

Ratings: 3/5

Price: $737.5

Description: Acer S1210

Acer S1210

Acer S1210 is a unique projector with an extremely short throw ratio and high 2,500-lumen brightness. The projector's throw ratio measures how big an image can be projected compare to the distance from the screen, and the S1210's throw ratio of 0.61 to 1 means it can project a 60in screen at a distance of under 30in.

Although the big lens arises from the front of the S1210 point forward, actually it shows the images upwards so that the screen bottom line is as high as the top of the projector. For that, you can put it on a coffee table, or even put the projector on the floor in front of a wall, and it is ideal when be hung onto the ceiling.

You will have to put the projector face to face to the screen so that the top and bottom of your shown images are straight because the projector doesn't have horizontal keystone control. Do not worry if the projector is not located right in the vertical position, because there is the vertical keystone. But keep in mind that adjusting this will degrade the image quality.

2,500 lumens are extremely bright, which means the S1210 flashes through fluorescent lighting easily, creating a bright, colorful image even under fluorescent neon light. Contrast is very good for this projector, but such high brightness level affects black levels. However, in our test, you can even see many details in dark areas of the images.

Color accuracy does not have a strong impact. Colors are enforced to be better under harsh lighting, and the S1210 defaults setting has warm color temperature. In our test images, skin color were red at the default setting, so we changed the Color Temperature to the average setting. You may also see that the DLP rainbow effect; which happens when showing black and white films if you spread your eyes rapidly over the screen, and see individual colors in the whirling DLP wheel.

When lights are off, colors are bold and bright, but often too much. This can be seen most clearly in reflections and brightest areas - light shining on skin can create a kind of twinkle green. However, movies often benefit from larger-than-life colors, and Royal Casino looks nice. The only problem is the projector's natural 4:3 aspect ratio - you can change it, but image quality will be affected because the projector is forced to use a non-natural resolution. This is clear in Windows, in which changing the resolution from the natural 1,024x768 to 1,280x720 made text look blurred.

The S1210 is made for presentations, rather than watching movies. The light costs not much, although the projector takes 223W in use. However, it is expensive. The Epson EB-X11 has a bright light with horizontal keystone adjustment and zoom and it creates no DLP's rainbow effect. It's also about $155.3 cheaper, so it’s better unless you need the short distance of showing.


Verdict: It has bright light and DLP color technique, but you need to place it precisely.

Office projector: 1,024x768 resolution, 4000:1 contrast proportion, 2500 ANSI lumen, $0.04 (VAT included), 104x272x229mm, 2.7kg, 2-year RTB warranty (1 year for light).

Energy consuming: 1W for stand-by, 223W for performing.

Choosing projector

Natural Resolution: 1024x768

Brightness: 1,000 ANSI lumens

Contrast proportion: 500:1

Light life: 2,000 hours

Test: weight, distance, noise

Follow these steps to figure out your ideal configurations

Cheap projectors have 2 main sacrifices: Brightness (measured by ANSI lumen) will be low and the natural resolution will be limited at 1024x768. There would be no serious disadvantages if you want to use a projector for presentation or DVD. For HD video, you need to prepare a projector with resolution of 1280x720 as the lowest and 1 HDMI port or a DVI port with HDCP standard.

The image quality is more important, but of course, it is difficult to judge based on specs. The high contrast proportion (500:1) adds depth to the images and that is the advantage of DLP projector rather than ones using LCD technique. Optics quality and color balance cannot be evaluated without a review. 

Considerate the places you use the projector. Size and weight are important if the unit is moved around. You should aim at a under-3 kg ones if mobility is the problem. Small rooms require silent projector (under 33dB) and the distant is flexible; it tells you how far the screen should be. Most projectors can reflect or rotate its images to face being hung onto ceiling.

Check if the projector can handle all the formats you want it to show. The popular formats are supported by most projectors; HD VGA signals and HDMI, however, may not be supported. The high-definition images will be shown at their best with more expensive HD projectors.

The projector’s brightness will depend on where you need to use it. 1,000-ANSI-lumen projectors are good for dark rooms. But you should use a 1,300-ANSI-lumen projector for conference rooms. Remember that brighter projectors will be more expensive because their lights need replacing more regularly. ECO model increases the light’s life, but decreases the brightness.

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