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Although it has a mid-range price, the H9500BD is Acer's top-end projector, complete with several high-end features we wouldn't expect to find, particularly on a Full HD (1,920x1,080) DLP model, including lens shift. Although you don't get as much control as with an LCD projector, Acer's lens shift gives you enough vertical and horizontal correction for most rooms, so you can get a square picture without having to resort to digital keystone correction. It's quite a sizeable projector, so it's best mounted to the ceiling or installed on a shelf, but Acer's odd decision to include a carry case in the box implies it's also meant to be moved from room to room. This goes against our expectations for a projector that costs more than £1,000, as anything over this price is generally designed to be a more serious home cinema unit rather than a portable entertainment system. Still, we appreciate the option to it heave to and fro between rooms, as there's plenty to like about this projector. Setup was very simple thanks to its wide range of connections. It not only has two HDMI and VGA inputs, but there's also a dual-link DVI-D input, component and S-video inputs, and a VGA output.
Despite being Acer's most expensive home theater projector (for now at least), the DLP-based Acer H9500BD ($1,700 street) is notable for its low price. Along with the slightly less expensive Optoma HD33 ($1,500 street, 4 stars) it's one of the least expensive 1080p 3D projectors available. It's also a prime representative of a new generation of consumer projectors, ready to deliver a high-definition, 3D experience at home with a much larger-size image than any competitively priced HDTV. The H9500BD offers at least two features that the HD33 lacks to help justify the higher price. A 2D to 3D real time conversion mode lets you...well...add a new dimension to 2D content. As with equivalent features in other projectors, the trick enhances some images nicely, but falls flat (pun unavoidable) with others. In addition, the projector offers vertical and horizontal lens shift, making setup easier by letting you adjust the image position without having to move the projector. The H9500BD's lens shift lets you move the image a total of roughly 14 percent left or right of the midline (about 28 percent total shift), and roughly 12.5 percent up and down from the midline (about 25 percent total shift). This isn't a lot.
Acer splits its Home Cinema projectors into five different ranges, with series 9 the most expensive and impressive of the lot. The H9500BD is a DLP projector with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and support for 3D. Manufacturers rarely take as much care with the design of DLP projectors as they do with LCD models, and the H9500BD is no exception. The remote is very simple and doesn't have any shortcuts, even for 3D mode. One unusual feature for a DLP projector is a lens-shift mode which can be used to adjust the position of the projected image on the wall, but as you can see above, it doesn't leave much room for manoeuvre. The range of connectivity options is very generous, with two HDMI ports, a DVI input, three VGA connectors—two in and one out—component and composite video and S-video. What more could you want? Overall, we were happy with the quality of the picture offered by this projector. With the default settings, it was a little too garish, but that's par for the course. Once it's set up properly—see the inset for more details—the H9500BD is very good.
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