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Acer H6510BD review

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Price when reviewed : £773
inc VAT

A flexible and bright projector with a high-quality 2D mode, but 3D lets it down slightly


1,920×1,080 resolution, 3,000 ANSI lumens, 78x264x220mm, 2.2kg

While most home cinema projectors are comparatively dim and designed for use in a darkened room, the DLP Acer H6510BD has a bright 3,000 ANSI lumens lamp. This means it’s more of an all-round projector that you can use in a lit room. With so many Full HD (1,920×1,080) projectors costing around £800, this brightness means that H6510B is something a bit different.

Acer H6510BD

As well as being bright, it’s flexible, so you can use it as an occasional projector if you don’t want to permanently mount it. The H6510BD is quite light and compact, so it’s perfectly suited to sitting on a coffee table, and its height-adjustable feet at the front and back meant we had no problem aligning the image to our screen. Its 1.3x optical zoom is quite limited, but we could still fill our screen from roughly 7ft away. There’s no lens shift and only digital keystone control, which affect picture quality. You’ll need to manually place the projector square-on to your screen to get the best picture.

The lamp is rated at 4,000 hours at full brightness and 5,000 hours in economy mode. This gives the projector very reasonable running costs of 6p and 5p per hour, respectively.

Setting the H6510BD up was simple, as it has a wide variety of connections round the back. There are two HDMI, VGA, composite, component and S-video inputs, as well as a VGA output and a mini-USB service port. The H5610BD also has 2W mono speakers integrated into the chassis, but we’d recommend plugging in a pair of speakers to its 3.5mm audio output or using a home cinema amplifier instead, as the internal speakers are tinny with very little bass.

Acer H6510BD

Sound issues aside, our initial impressions were encouraging. We found the picture looked best with the lights turned off, but we could still see a reasonably good image in our brightly lit test room, so you should still get a good picture even with a few lights on in the background.

We were a little disappointed to see some ghosting during some fast camera pans, but on the whole images looked sharp with bright and vibrant colours thanks to its 3,000 ANSI lumen lamp. We were also impressed with its high contrast levels, as we could pick out a high level of detail in all of our test footage. As this is a DLP projector there’s the rainbow effect to deal with, although it wasn’t that noticeable and only really reared its head in high contrast scenes.

You can choose from Standard, Movie, Dark Cinema, Game, Sports and Bright modes, but sadly none of them can be customised. Any attempt to change the brightness, contrast, colour temperature, gamma, individual colour values or noise reduction settings will automatically switch you over to the User mode. It’s a shame that you can’t merely tweak a preset.

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Price £773
Rating ****


Projector technology DLP
Lamp brightness 3,000 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 4,000
Lamp life in economy mode 5,000
Contrast ratio 10,000:1


Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Max compressed resolution 1,600×1,200
Aspect ratio 16:9
Other aspect ratios 4:3, letterbox
Max diagonal at 7ft 64in
Throw ratio 1.15:1 to 1.5:1
Optical zoom 1.3x
Projection distance 1.5m to 7.6m
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, sports, bright, user


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs 3.5mm
Composite input yes
S-video input yes
HDMI input yes
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output 3.5mm
Video output VGA
Others inputs/outputs mini-USB input


Noise (in normal use) 32dB(A)
Size 78x264x220mm
Weight 2.2kg
Internal speakers yes (3W mono)
Extras remote, power cable, VGA cable, composite cable, carry case
Remote special features aspect ratio, input select, zoom, mute, 3D mode
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 249W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) £231
Lamp supplier
Lamp cost per hour of use £0.06
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) £0.05

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