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  • A Native 4K Home Cinema Projector is here and it costs less than you'd think...

    BenQ W1700 native 4K Home Cinema Projector

    Plenty of 4K projectors boast about their eye popping picture quality but there is often debate over how well ultra HD images are digitally upscaled to 4k compared to a native 4k projector. The BenQ W1700 DLP CineHome Projector stands above the noise and proudly declares it's native 4k chip, offering an affordable true 4k option for consumers. This home cinema projector creates hyper-realistic cinematic experiences in native 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution at 2200 ansi lumens of brightness .

    Such power in a projector that only weighs 4kg is certainly impressive but installation is made even easier with a 1.2 x optical zoom, vertical keystone correction and picture offset.

    The Big Picture: HDR optimised for true-to-life visuals

    Hyper-Realistic Video Quality is achieved with BenQ exclusive Auto HDR Color Rendition and Cinema-Optimised technology to balance colour saturation and rich colour scale, preserving dark details in total clarity.

    The W1700 Projector's High Dynamic Range performance offers greater brightness, contrast range, and image optimisation in a single step. Meaning he 4k projector is continually working to produce the best picture, frame by frame. This feature on a native 4k home cinema  projector would usually incur a large price tag but with the W1700 4k projector You can bring that Cineworld experience home for less.

    The BenQ W1700 4K HDR Cinehome Projector is available from Personal Projector with UK Plug, Manual and Warranty.

  • Acer VL7860 vs Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

    A Home Cinema Projector to rival your local Cineworld is now well within reach for many, thanks to host of 4k projectors, but if you want to maximise your viewing time without maintenance then 4k laser projectors offer an ideal solution. The Acer VL7860 and the New Optoma UHZ65 both offer indulgent and rich 4K viewing at sizes traditional TVs just can't handle, but which is better?

    Why laser?

    By using a laser light source instead of traditional lamp-based technology both projectors offer a 20,000 hour life span, the Acer VL7860 projector can extend this to 30,000 hours with it's eco-mode. That kind of life span is enough to watch the entire marvel movie cinematic universe (with added TV episodes) 125 times continuously!  Having an eco mode is also especially important to consider when using the 4k UHD projector for long periods, meaning a lower cost of ownership in the long term.

    Brightness and Image Quality

    Both the 4K Home Cinema Projectors deliver 3000 Ansi Lumens of brightness, in real terms that is enough to create a sharp image at all hours of the day. If you're finding the lumens ratings a bit tricky to handle check out this lumens guide. As the Optoma UHZ65 is also designed for business and education sectors it also offers a staggering 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for crystal clear details even at massive signage sizes, ideal for exhibitions or museums.

    A common misconception when dealing with projectors comes from their perceived inability to handle high frame rates and heavy action scenes. Both of these 4K UHD Projectors have their own ways to project at the movie standard of 24 frames per second, with PureMotion/AccuMotion technology built in to handle fast moving scenes or gaming.

    Laser technology provides accurate, true to life colour reproduction with the Optoma UHZ65 delivering 80% of DCI-P3 coverage- basically meaning it can produce a wide and diverse range of Ultra HD colours.

    Installation and creating your own 4K Home Cinema.

    Both Projectors offer a vertical lens shift of 15% so you can ceiling mount them without fear of losing that cinema feeling with a skewed image. Despite this handy feature, 4k home cinema is more than just a projector. If you do want to create your own 4K Home Cinema you'll need more pieces than just the projector, read our 4k home cinema set up guide.

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    Affordability

    Here comes the clincher, the Optoma UHZ65 may be delivering a marginally sharper image but priced at £4999.99 can it really compete with the Acer VL7860's  price point of £3499.99?

    The Optoma UHZ65 may have a sharper image but at over £1000 more that's what you would expect.  Offering a lower cost of ownership and a lower initial cost the Acer VL7680 has affordability covered in this high-end category.

    So what's the verdict?

    If you're looking for a truly mesmerising 4k UHD Projector experience and have the extra cash to spend the Optoma UHZ65 seems to fit the bill. For those looking for a comparable, hassle free, immersive experience without the price tag the Acer VL7860 is ideal.

    For an alternative to the Optoma UHZ65 also see the ultra high end Acer V9800

  • Acer 4k Home Cinema Range Review

    Acer 4k Home Cinema Range Review

    Acer now has a full range of 4K Projectors offering a comprehensive range of 4k options, so now it’s time to see how they perform. We have broken down the key features of each projector for this Acer 4K Home Cinema review, with an at-a-glance table and all the latest 4k terms explained.

    At-a-glance comparison table of Acer 4k Projectors:

    Acer M550 Acer H7850 Acer V7850 Acer V9800
    RP £1,999.99 £2,299.99 £2,699.99 £3,950.99
    Rank Entry Mid High Pro
    Key Feature 1 2900lms 3000lms 2200lms 2000lms
    Key Feature 2 Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible Rec. 2020 Compatible
    Key Feature 3 Rec. 709 Compatible Rec. 709 Compatible
    Key Feature 4 HDR Compatible HDR Compatible HDR Compatible HDR Compatible
    Key Feature 5 Vertical lens shift Vertical lens shift Vertical lens shift Horizontal / Vertical lens shift
    Colour wheel Standard Standard RGBRGB RGBRGB

     

    Key Comparisons

    The Acer M550 projector is an excellent entry level 4k choice, only 100 lumens behind its mid range cousin the Acer H7850 which also offers an affordable cinematic experience. Both offer vertical lens shift for improved adjustability.

    The Acer V7850 is what many consider the colour purist model due to its RGBRGB colour wheel. If you want life-like immersion, the fantastic colour reproductions of the V7850 are award winning. The V7850 has won awards in the press with Home Cinema Choice and T3, proving itself a market leader in the 4k projector high end range.

    At the Pro level the Acer V9800 produces similarly stunning visuals to the H7850 but has more image positioning options, allowing for more precisely adjusted home cinema. Uniquely this model also is one of the projectors to offer the rare horizontal lens shift as well as vertical lens shift so you can place the projector on the ceiling or in the corner of the room with little or no skewing of the image horizontally or vertically.

    Some key technologies explained:

    4K UHD

    The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) definition of 4K Ultra HD (UHD, 3,840 x 2,160) states the display resolution must have at least 8 million active pixels. Acer4K Ultra HD resolution with TI XPR technology serves more than 8.3 million on-screen pixels —four times more of a Full HD. All details come alive.

    HDR compatible

    HDR (High dynamic range) is a technique to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity. It preserves details in the darkest & brightest areas, and presents a similar range of luminance that the colour is close to how we see in real life. The expanded contrast & wider range of brightness produces true-to-life colour. Image comes to life with HDR compatible.

     Rec. 2020 compatible

    Rec. 2020, also known as BT. 2020, is the recommendation for UHDTV defined by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). With Rec. 2020 compatible, projector is able to read and translate rec. 2020 language into rec. 709 for superior colour reproduction.

    Rec. 709

    Rec. 709 is a standard of HDTV. It is also the colour standard that movie direct or adopted for post-production. Thanks to the inclusion of Rec 709, Acer’s projector is able to reproduce faithfully the original colours and tones to give viewers an authentic movie-watching experience. Recreate colours exactly as they’ve been imagined by the director.

    HDCP 2.2

    HDCP 2.2 is the specification required for HDMI ports to play full 4K video. If your HDMI port is older than V2 then you will need to check how well 4K video displays depending on your HDMI version. All the Acer projectors above have one HDMI 2.0 port which is HDCP 2.2 enabled for your 4K content.

    The Verdict

    There is now something for everyone in the Acer 4k home cinema range whether you are on a budget or looking for the best contrast ratio/features money can buy.

    The award winning V7850 is also a great high end choice at a good price whilst the entry level Acer M550 and the H7850 models offer amazing value for a 4k projector.

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