Acer H6502BD projector review: 1080p with deep, rich color

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H6502BD

The H6502BD outputs its image at a full 1920×1080 HD native resolution which is outstanding.

Projectors are a fine alternative to big screen TVs because they’re portable and provide a much bigger image than most big screens. Projectors used to be primarily used in business environments and offices but have also become very popular in many homes. The Acer H6502BD is a native 1080P resolution projector with deep rich color and great contrast. Read on for the full review of the Acer H6502BD projector.

Specifications

The Acer H6502BD (also known as model MR.JN111.008) projector has the following features and specifications:

Image

  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1200
  • Standard Mode Brightness: 3400 lm
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Compatible Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Contrast Ratio: 20,000:1
  • Throw Ratio: 1.49 to 1.64 (100″@10.83 ft)
  • Digital Zoom: 2x
  • Vertical Keystone Correction: -40°/+40°
  • Maximum Vertical Sync: 120 Hz
  • Maximum Horizontal Sync: 100 kHz
  • Minimum Vertical Sync: 24 Hz
  • Minimum Horizontal Sync: 15 kHz
  • Color Supported: 1.07 Billion Colors (30-bit)

Projection Lens

  • Lens Type: Manual Focus, Manual Zoom
  • Minimum Lens Aperture: F/2.56
  • Maximum Lens Aperture: F/2.68
  • Minimum Focal Length: 22 mm
  • Maximum Focal Length: 24.10 mm
  • Minimum Diagonal Image Size: 28″
  • Maximum Diagonal Image Size: 25 ft
  • Minimum Projection Distance: 39.37″
  • Maximum Projection Distance: 32.48 ft
  • Optical Zoom: 1.1x

Lamp

  • Lamp Type: UHP
  • Number of Lamps: 1
  • Lamp Power: 220 W
  • Normal Mode Lamp Life: 3500 Hour
  • Economy Mode Lamp Life: 5000 Hour
  • ExtremeEco Mode Lamp Life: 6500 Hour

Interfaces/Ports

  • HDMI Ports: 2
  • USB Ports: 1
  • USB Connector Type: Mini-B
  • VGA Inputs: 1
  • Audio Inputs: 2
  • Audio Outputs: 1
  • Audio Line In: 1
  • Audio Line Out: 1

Technical Information

  • Projection System: DLP
  • Projection Method: Ceiling, Front, Rear, Rear Ceiling
  • Video Compatibility: EDTV, HDTV, NTSC, PAL, SDTV, SECAM
  • Computer Compatibility: Mac PC, Windows PC

Audio

  • Number of Speakers: 1
  • Speaker Output Power: 10W
  • Speaker Output Mode: Mono

Power

  • Power Supply: 100 V AC~240 V AC
  • Input Voltage: 120 V AC, 230 V AC
  • Operating Power Consumption: 368 W
  • Operating Power Consumption (Eco Mode): 287 W

Physical Characteristics

  • Fan Noise: 26 dB Approximate Economy Mode, 31 dB Approximate Standard Mode
  • Temperature: 32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C)
  • Humidity: 80% Maximum Relative Humidity
  • Weight (Approximate): 5.29 lb
  • Form Factor: Ceiling Mountable

What’s In The Box

  • H6502BD DLP Projector
  • AC Power Cord
  • Battery for Remote Control
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control
  • Security Card
  • User’s Guide (CD-ROM)
  • VGA Cable

Optional Accessories

  • Carrying Case
  • Dust Filter
  • 3D Glasses
  • Lamp
  • Ceiling Mount
  • WirlessHD-Kit

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Design

Projectors tend to not have very radical designs and the Acer H6502BD is certainly not radical at all. The design is subtle and pretty plain but the build quality is solid and robust. Around the front, you’ll find the projector lens with its snap-on lens cover that is secured with a small string so you don’t lose it. The remote sensor is also located on the front of the projector along with vents for keeping things cool.

Along the left and right sides of the projector, you’ll find even more vents for keeping things cool as the lamp inside can generate a fair amount of heat. On the bottom, you’ll find the mount for placing the projector on a tripod or other 3/4 threaded mount system as well as adjustable feet.

On the back are all your available ports which include the following:

  • Audio In-1
  • Audio In-2
  • Audio Out
  • MiniUSB
  • HDMI-1/MHL
  • VGA In
  • RS232
  • Kensington Lock
  • Power port

On the top of the H6502BD, you’ll find the Acer branding and the access to the focus ring for manual focusing your picture. There are also three LED lights which indicate power, temperature, and lamp status. You will also find the power button, menu button, source button, mode button, resync button, and navigation buttons.

Overall the design is pretty standard when it comes to projectors but projectors are made to present the show not be the show, it’s a solid build quality and I think that matters more than looks.

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Display

The H6502BD outputs its image at a full 1920×1080 HD native resolution which is outstanding. The aspect ration is 16:9 and you can get up to 300 inches of coverage with this thing. As we mentioned before, projectors have traditionally been used in business and education environments to show documents and short presentations. The output on the HD6502BD is excellent for viewing those types of presentations and documents.

While projectors have been used in business and education for a long while, they’ve definitely become even more popular for home entertainment. This is how we tested the HD6502BD, primarily for content consumption. The 1080p output was very crisp against the wall and the colors popped with deep blacks and rich whites. Focus was excellent and I’d even say this looked much nicer than our 60″ Samsung LED HDTV in so many ways. Overall the display and picture produced here are top notch and for the $699USD price, it’s pretty solid.

Speakers/Sound

The last Acer projector we reviewed we felt the speakers were weak and severely lacking in performance. This is still basically true with the H6502BD when you’re consuming media like movies, gaming, and TV. The onboard speakers are very good and acceptable for voice and presentations in a business or education environment. If you plan on using this for entertainment purposes — which is what we used it for — then an external speaker source is a must.

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Performance

The H6502BD performed really well and the picture it produced was vibrant, crisp and contrasty. The projector does ramp up the fans when it starts to get warm so you may want to keep that in mind.

Price/Value

Native resolution output of 1080p at a $699USD price point is really a great deal. Keep in mind, projector lamps will have to be replaced at some point and that can get costly. We haven’t had the projector long enough to test out the lamp life so we can’t speak to that, but it’s something to keep in mind. Based on an average lamp life of 3,500 hours in regular mode, you should be looking at at least two to three years of use before requiring a bulb change, and that would be based on using the projector for 4 hours a day, every day.

Wrap Up

If you’ve always wanted to try a projector for home entertainment, you can’t go wrong with the Acer H6502BD and at the very least, it should be one you consider.

Acer H6502BD
4.3 Out of 5
Nailed it
Great color, contrast and very crisp. Price is very reasonable for 1080p native.
Needs Work
A bit bulky, noisy fans and underwhelming design.
Bottom Line
While the design leaves a little to be desired and the fan is noisy. This is a solid 1080p native projector you should consider.
Design4.50
Display4.75
Speakers/Sound3.00
Performance4.50
Price/Value4.50
*We were sent a review unit of the Acer H6502BD for the purposes of this review.
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