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Acer Announces Projector That Uses Laser-based Light

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Acer announced at CeBit 2012 a new projector that uses a laser-based light instead of a common projector lamp.

The benefit is a much longer lasting light source of up to 20,000 hours, instead of the usual 3,000 hours of a projector lamp.

According to the manufacturer, the 520 Hybrid LED laser projector delivers a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 100,000:1, 2000 lumens of brightness, 3D image output support, as well as VGA, composite video/audio and HDMI ports. the projector has a maximum output resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), but supports 720p and 1080p input signals.

Acver said that the K520 comes with the company's EcoProtection power management feature that reduces power consumption by up to 90 percent.

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    digiex , March 8, 2012 7:06 AM
    Laser LED are more crisper than conventional white LED.

    Projected price of the projector?
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    __-_-_-__ , March 8, 2012 7:08 AM
    laser projector... ouch... better be careful where you point at. Turn the power to max and you make a hole in a wall.
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    ProDigit10 , March 8, 2012 8:36 AM
    casio slim line is one.
    This one will most likely be lower quality.
    4/3 is not as good as 16/9
    2000 lumen is not very much. 100k contrast ratio is insane though!
    Good for the bedroom, and 6-12 seat pitch dark living room, to project a 86cm diag screen on the wall; nothing more.
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2012 8:40 AM
    "2000 lumen is not very much." ???????
    Are you kidding ?
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    Pyree , March 8, 2012 8:49 AM
    ^agree

    can cause instant temporary blindness
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    alidan , March 8, 2012 9:32 AM
    ToxicCandy"2000 lumen is not very much." ???????Are you kidding ?


    it depends on the projector, how big you want to porject it, for the most part the more the better, but 2000 seams to be a decent number projector wise, no reason not to get it because of that....

    however for me, i would require 720p at least before i consider it.
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2012 9:38 AM
    Rids the use of a dynamic iris for dimmable light source - the laser. F'ing oarsum! EpicContrast for master dlp winnage!
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    archange , March 8, 2012 10:53 AM
    That is so obvious. Why doesn't everybody use laser lighting nowadays? I mean, BMW going to use it on their new model:

    http://technabob.com/blog/2011/09/06/bmw-laser-headlights/
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    sunflier , March 8, 2012 11:10 AM
    Will I need to worry about burn in or etching on my wall?
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    freggo , March 8, 2012 11:35 AM
    With this you do not need a screen saver but a Wall saver !

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    sporkimus , March 8, 2012 12:00 PM
    Didn't they make one of these in Real Genius?
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    mad tech , March 8, 2012 12:30 PM
    Acver said :D 
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    CaedenV , March 8, 2012 12:40 PM
    ProDigit10casio slim line is one.This one will most likely be lower quality.4/3 is not as good as 16/92000 lumen is not very much. 100k contrast ratio is insane though!Good for the bedroom, and 6-12 seat pitch dark living room, to project a 86cm diag screen on the wall; nothing more.

    3:4 and 16:9 (and 16:10) are aspect ratios, and have nothing to do with one being 'better' or 'worse' than the other. This is a multimedia projector so 3:4 is a bigger draw to that audience.
    2000 lumens is ridiculously bright! You can display it in a fully lit classroom and be able to see the image at that brightness! The sheer contrast of that in a dark basement would give you an instant headache. Most home theatre projectors of any real quality are 1000 lumens or less. Perhaps you were thinking of the candle or lux scale?

    Either way, this hybrid laser tech has been around for a very long time. Having acer take the reigns though may mean that it is finally ready for mass production and general purpose use (read; lower prices). A home theater 1080p version would be nice as well and would probably sell better... but this would be a perfect projector for schools, businesses and institutions.
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    kenyee , March 8, 2012 12:50 PM
    No 1080p? FAIL. :-P

    Why make one that's only 1024x768? Who's going to buy it? :-P
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    bloc97 , March 8, 2012 2:16 PM
    Quote:
    According to the manufacturer, the 520 Hybrid LED laser projector delivers a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 100,000:1, 2000 lumens of brightness, 3D image output support, as well as VGA, composite ...


    So it can play Crysis, right?
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    mcd023 , March 8, 2012 2:44 PM
    kenyeeNo 1080p? FAIL. :-PWhy make one that's only 1024x768? Who's going to buy it? :-P

    I was thinking that this might be a business presentation oriented model. home theaters usually have higher res and less brightness, depending on the price range.
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    gsacks , March 8, 2012 3:22 PM
    Does is come with a shark mount?
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    thorimmortal , March 8, 2012 4:28 PM
    Sounds like a step in the right direction for those of us that use projectors on a daily basis, currently using a samsung F10m with 1000 lumens, 20-30k hour. this type of projector maintains a constant brightness and doesn't dim with the hour count and no need for $400.00 bulb replacement every 2k hours. I could use a couple of these in the office.
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    eddieroolz , March 8, 2012 9:14 PM
    Would this mean you never have to, or at least, prolong the "bulb" life?
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    lathe26 , March 8, 2012 9:23 PM
    Depending on implementation, you might have to deal with laser speckle issues.