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The DLP-based Acer H7550ST ($999) gives a constellation of features-including 1080p (1,920-by-1,080) resolution, a 3,000-lumen rated brightness, and a brief throw coupled with a modest zoom-that make it a solid prospect as a home-entertainment or low-end home-theater projector. Its Achilles’ heel is that it shows rainbow artifacts just often enough that they may be annoying to anyone who sees them easily. However, it gives otherwise high-quality video. For many who aren’t bothered by rainbow artifacts, the H7550ST is a tempting choice.
As with almost all of its close competition, like the Optoma HD28DSE and the Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector, which is our Editors’ Choice moderately priced 1080p home-entertainment model, the H7550ST is perfect for gaming, with a brief lag time for a projector.
Weighed against the Optoma and Epson models, the H7550ST is notably bigger and just a little heavier, at 3.9 by 14 by 9.5 inches (HWD) and 7 pounds 8 ounces, that makes it more cumbersome to transport with you to a friend’s house for a movie night or gaming. However, it’s still small and light enough that unless you have room for installing it permanently, you can store it away and set it up efficiently when you wish to utilize it. Acer even gives a soft travel case with reinforced side panels.
Setup is just a little unusual for a short-throw projector. Most short-throw models don’t offer any zoom, therefore you need to move the projector when you wish to adapt the image size. The H7550ST’s 1.1x zoom offers you some versatility for accurately how far to put it from the screen for confirmed size image. However, the expense of this added convenience is that even at its maximum zoom setting, the H7550ST includes a longer throw than most short-throw models.