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Acer releases new 3D compatible projectors

Imagine immersing yourself in the world of 3D content like never before. Landscapes, cars, bullets, or even monsters jump out of the screen and into your imagination, making you part of the action. With a 3D projector it is now possible. And combined with NVIDIA's GeForce Stereoscopic 3D driver technology, it becomes the premium immersive in-home gaming experience!

NVIDIA compatible projectors

Taiwanese manufacturer Acer released three new models of projectors compatible with 3D technology. In fact, the manufacturer relied on existing models that are equipped with a 3D decoding chip. These new projectors are the X1130P, X1261 and H5360. These devices are thus capable of projecting "ordinary" 2D images, but if the source is in 3D then images are in 3D. So when you acquire one of these projectors, you can enjoy 2D as well as 3D images when the source requires it.

NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology involves using a computer with a video card of this technology (one of the relatively latest but yet common NVIDIA GeForce cards). Using NVIDIA 3D vision polarised eyeglasses synchronised with a 120Hz projector, it can display alternating stereoscopic images to the left and right eyes at a 60Hz rate each, which enables smooth looking transitions.

Images come directly from the computer's GPU, using the information used for the basic "flat" 3D rendering, which means that it works for games that were not necessarily intended to be played in stereoscopic 3D. Thus, it is possible to enjoy hundreds of video games in 3D.

I was able to attend a demonstration of a 3D projection with the X1261 which was connected to an Acer Predator computer (last generation) with Nvidia's 3D Vision. The result is stunning.

Note that other brands already had projectors that were 3D compatible. Indeed, there is a model from Optoma, the HD66, and Viewsonic's PJD 6210 3D, PJD 6220 3D, PJD6381.

For now, whatever the brand, there are no Full HD 3D projectors yet but HD Ready. The Full HD 3D projectors are the next step (probably next year) and should be less affordable. For manufacturers, the goal is to demonstrate that 3D technology does not necessarily mean big costs. In fact, if you have a recent NVIDIA graphics card, add acquire NVIDIA's 3D Vision and one of the Acer projectors, you can play hundreds of 3D games and watch videos. The cost really isn't all that high when you factor in how much time and enjoyment you get out of it.

Acer X1130P

The Acer X1130P projector
The Acer X1130P projector

The Acer X1130P projector works at 120Hz. It offers a brightness of 2500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. Its resolution is 800 × 600 pixel. It works with DLP technology from Texas Instruments and its DarkChip 3 DMD chip. It has a D-Sub input, a composite and a S-Video input.

Acer X1261

The Acer X1261 projector is also ready to render 3D images. It has the Texas Instruments DarkChip 3 DMD chip, has a resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels, a brightness of 2500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 3700:1. As for connectors, you can count on a D-Sub input, a Composite input, a S-Video input and a PC audio input. There is also an RS232 connector and a D-Sub output.

The Acer X1261 projector
The Acer X1261 projector
Acer X1261 3D-DLP Projector
Acer X1261 3D-DLP Projector

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Acer H5360

Finally, the H5360 projector has a resolution of 1280 × 720. It is HD Ready, with a brightness of 2500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 3200:1.

You can read my article about it here:

I/O Connectors:

  • Analog RGB/Component Video (D-sub)
  • Composite Video (RCA)
  • S-Video (Mini DIN)
  • Component (3 RCA)
  • HDMI (Video, Audio, HDCP)
  • PC Audio (Stereo mini jack)
  • RS232 (Mini DIN)

The Acer H5360 projector
The Acer H5360 projector

And some more ideas...

Below is a video showing how a projector can be used in a gaming / multimedia "station". Here, an Epson LCD was used. Beware, most LCD projectors are not compatible with time-sequential 3D video. Our list above only included DLP projectors, all compatible with NVIDIA's GeForce driver.

But, no matter which type of projector he uses, it can give you some ideas...


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