Acer projector puts lasers into classroom, meeting room
- By John Breeden II
- Sep 06, 2013
Acer America is about to bring lasers to the classroom, boardroom and any government offices that pick up the K520 hybrid laser-LED projector. The K520 uses hybrid laser-LED technology that has an exceptionally long life span, reducing maintenance and lamp replacement costs while also providing a great picture.
Laser lights burst onto the scene in the projector market this year, making a bid to replace standard bulbs that were always the Achilles’ heel of that form of display technology. Bulbs degraded over time, becoming weaker and reducing color accuracy. Laser lights degrade over time as well, but much more slowly, leading to more than quadruple the average lifespan of a typical bulb. Hybrid laser-LED bulbs can achieve 20,000 hours of life with little or no picture degradation.
The hybrid technology is a system of LED light and lasers. Its wide color gamut and up to 85 percent color saturation create deep color tones. It also delivers a high brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens, or 1600 ANSI lumens in Eco mode, and has an instant on/off capability that lets users turn it off right after use without waiting for it to cool down
Visuals on the K520 are displayed in the native 4:3 aspect ratio with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. With XGA resolution, the projector can project up to 300-inch images.
Acer hybrid projector color technology offers flexible color settings and a wider color gamut over traditional technology. Users can select the color settings by RGB sequence in three display modes, including bright, standard and movie. This provides more color flexibility than the color wheel system and reduces ghost images and rainbow effects. Acer’s eColor Boost II+ technology is designed to make colors pop on any surface, even tinted walls. Plus, ColorSafe II prevents color decay, such as the yellow and green tint displayed by some projectors that have been used for extended periods of time.
The Acer K520 supports 3D image output, and when paired with either Acer 3D or DLP 3D glasses, it can be used to watch 3D content for educational and commercial demonstrations.
The Acer K520 hybrid laser-LED projector is available for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,599. It is backed by a one-year warranty.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.