Acer H7530D review

Acer’s H7530D provides reasonable picture quality at a decent price, but suffered from some motion blur in fast-paced scenes.

4 Feb 2011
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
657
inc VAT

Specifications

1,920x1,080 resolution, 2,000 ANSI lumens, 95x229x294mm, 3.2kg

Acer's H7530D DLP projector is compact, light and looks like a business projector. Don't let the bland white chassis and built-in speaker fool you, though. It has a Full HD 1080p resolution and plenty of movie-friendly features. It's also one of the few projectors we've seen that's light enough to easily put into its supplied carrying case, sling over your shoulder and take to a friend's place for a movie night.

Acer H7530D

The H7530D is one of the few projectors we've seen lately without a backlit remote control. A handy button on the remote - referred to in the documentation as "Acer Empowering Technology" - can be assigned to open one of three different menus. One opens a colour mode selection menu; a second, more business-like option lets you control an on-screen timer and timed alarm - handy if you want to use the projector to do a time-limited presentation - and the third mode provides quick access to the eco mode, high altitude and shutdown options.

Above the menu and navigation buttons are keys to controls the aspect ratio, cycle through various levels of digital zoom and switch input source. Below is a set of numeric keys that doubles as colour and brightness controls. The bottom banks of buttons let you choose your source input.

Acer H7530D rear

The Colour menu makes it easy to tweak your display settings, starting by changing display mode. You can also adjust brightness, contrast, gamma, colour temp, saturation, tint and all the usual fine configuration options. An advanced menu takes you to noise reduction and sharpness settings and allows you to enable dynamic contrast (called dynamic black) and disable brilliant colour. Dynamic contrast looks poor and the changes in picture are obvious to see as the scenes change on the film you're watching. We recommend turning it off.

We got the best results in movie mode, which produces rich but natural looking colours, although highlights can be a bit brash. Standard mode is a bit more muted, while dark cinema is little different to movie. Game mode is very bright and designed to bring the best out of your console.. These are the most useful options and most users should opt for a customised variant of the projector’s movie mode.

In terms of picture quality, the H7530D is pretty good. It suffers from the usual DLP rainbow effect in black and white scenes, but we didn’t see much of this in either our low- or high-contrast colour tests. We noticed some motion blur, though, both on our demanding moving image tests and in our real-word football match test – some motion blur even presented a slight rainbow edge, but it wasn’t as pronounced as that of some other DLP projectors. Typically for a DLP projector, it produced rich blacks and vivid colours in our high-contrast tests, but its gradated shading of dark colours isn’t the most subtle we’ve seen.

This is a lightweight, versatile and reasonably priced DLP projector, but it doesn’t do anything really exciting. The Samsung SP-A600B, although more expensive, is worth the extra cash.

Details

Price £657
Details www.acer.co.uk
Rating ***

Specifications

Projector technology DLP
Lamp brightness 2,000 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 2,500
Lamp life in economy mode 4,000
Contrast ratio 40,000:1 dynamic

Picture

Native resolution 1,920x1,080
Max compressed resolution 1,920x1,080
Aspect ratio 16:9
Other aspect ratios 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 58in
Throw ratio 1.51:1 to 1.83:1
Optical zoom 1.2x
Projection distance 1.5m to 10m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 0%
Lens shift vertical 0%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes standard, movie, dark cinema, game, bright, presentation, sports, 1x user

Inputs/Outputs

VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs 3.5mm
Composite input yes
S-video input yes
HDMI input yes
Component input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output 3.5mm
Video output none
Others inputs/outputs USB, RS-232

Other

Noise (in normal use) 30dB(A)
Size 95x229x294mm
Weight 3.2kg
Internal speakers yes (2W mono)
Extras remote, carrying case, lens cap, cables (VGA, composite, power)
Remote special features laser pointer
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 237W

Lamp

Lamp cost (inc VAT) £104
Lamp supplier www.projectorshop24.co.uk
Lamp cost per hour of use £0.05
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) £0.03

Buying Information

Price £657
Supplier http://www.projectorpoint.co.uk
Details www.acer.co.uk

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