Acer H6810 Home Cinema Projector : We are in love

So i’ll start by disclosing that i did return this item for a refund. But that’s not to say, that by any means, this is a bad projector. If this was the first projector that i’d ever owned, i’d be over the moon with it. It’s bright and the 4k picture quality is epic. It also projects slightly larger that my current projector (which already displays a screen size which is well over 12 ft wide). It’s an impressive bit of kit for sure. For me it basically came down to the colour. I tweaked every setting and colour profile and could not get the colour vibrancy anywhere close to my optoma hd142x. It’s important to say that my requirements are quite tough, i’m projecting from a distance of over 20 ft, so i would imagine in a smaller room this would be less of an issue, but with my setup, the picture, whilst super-detailed, was just a bit flat and washed out.

Following my acer hd projector running into colour wheel problems (lasted a good 4 years tbf) i was a bit hesitant to go for acer again and i ended up with an optoma hd300x. Unfortunately it was huge and made a whine from the colour wheel so it went back. This acer came on sale for black friday so i snapped it up. Picture is superb, very quiet and neat unit especially on ‘silent mode’ darks a little washed out but resolved nicely with a grey screen. Nice light up remote – only niggle is the silent mode takes 10 secs and has to be activated everytime (now automated with google home and broadlink rm pro 🙂 otherwise a great uhd entry point in a well made projector.

I’m in a blacked out cinema room and it’s perfect with good colour and as i already said definition. I’m a little frustrated by the settings as they don’t save (silent mode is amazing, but it humms on normal and doesn’t save your choice). Another review mentioned the lack of user profiles for the picture settings which i agree with, but it was £200 less than the next best option so i’ll use the remote a little more and deal with itnote hdr 10 only, which isn’t a massive deal now but might be in a few years time. On a large screen you really will see the difference 😀.

This projector has an incredibly high spec on paper, boasting the latest 4k uhd, and a surprisingly high brightness level of 3500 lumens. Can it live up to those expectations?. Well, yes it can, but read on for a bit more detailthe projector arrived well packed and i was pleased to see it came with its own satchel, you can buy these separately but to have it included was awesome. There’s a significant lack of documentation in the box, though, with a quick start guide which pretty much just says “plug it in” and a manual on cd which i haven’t yet been able to look at because i actually don’t appear to have any cd drives any more, how times have changed. The manual should be available to download in due course however from acer’s site, should you need it. Throw distance, meaning how far away the projector needs to be to get a big screen: the image is smaller than the cheaper acer projector i have, meaning the projector needs to be further away by a good three feet or so for the same picture size. As a rough estimate, to get a 6 ft wide picture size (width, not diagonal) you need the projector to be centrally mounted (more on that in a moment) and approxomately level with the top of the screen, and a distance of about 10 feet or the average room width. The projector has a small amount of optical zoom via the focus wheel (the dial is actually two dials) so you can mount is closer or further away; the optical zoom is allegedly 1. The projector features vertical keystone, but notably not horizontal keystone.

Good:-price low (my h6810 bought in black friday)-picture is good-can support 4k 50/60hzbad:-nothing (because in low price)-poor of packing box. Refer my photo,the amazon’s outside box is bigger than acer’s inside box. For protection, it must necessary to use air bag surround the inside-box. But amazon only put paper on top-side only. So the inside-box was not in stable, you can see my photo there have a lot of space to poke out.

This is a well put-together projector that throws a very bright and detailed 4k hd image quite a distance. Excellent for a cinema room – i couldn’t test the claim that it can even be used outdoors. Detail is crisp and colours vibrant, with a high dynamic range able to show nuanced shades. At this price i would have liked to have seen a good printed manual and clearer set-up instructions. Excellent performance with 4k blu-rays. Built-in speaker is ok but anyone spending this kind of money on a projector will want to bypass that and use a dedictaed surround sound setup for 7. So a solid high-spec home cinema projector able to cope with the latest 4k material, but at quite a high price point.

When you receive this acer projector first impressions are favorable-the build quality is good, you get a satchel which is very handy if you want to carry the device to work or wherever for a presentation and you get british and european power cables included. Not so good are the printed instructions which are sketchy to say the least and in their diagram of cables make the set up seem more difficult than it actually is. I found it strange that with a high tech piece of kit like this that the detailed manual is on cd given the fact that so many people manage with drive less devices these days. Having said that an online version is promised. The good news is that this is not a difficult device to set up-in fact its a piece of cake. To run it off a laptop you need two cables-a power cable and a usb for vision. Then it is simply a question of switching it on. Note that the lamp needs a little time to optimize-the first time i used it i though something was wrong but then after 2-3 minutes the powerful light appears. As far as positioning is concerned, you need at least 3 metres between lens and wall to project the the splendid nearly 2 metres picture and ideally you need that space to be clear of any other items of furniture to avoid any obscuring of the image. Ideally you then mount it on an adjustable table and find the right height to project-about 1 metre is about right for a 3 metre distance from the wall the magnification and focus controls are simple and effective and one of the great joys about this acer is that you spend time watching not fiddling with the set up.

This is one heck of a projector. It is so unbelievably easy to set up – it didn’t even slow us down when we saw that the instruction manual wasn’t in english. Regardless, we had it up and running off of our firestick in minutes. The picture quality is just mind-blowing. The crispness of the image is unparalleled and because we are projecting onto a wall, there is zero glare, which has long been an issue with our current television. We were especially impressed with the speakers. Our last projector didn’t have any built in speakers but the acer h6810 not only has them, it has very good ones that are in no way tinny or cheap sounding, and reach a reasonable volume (though i still intend to hook it up to my virtual surround sound system for a more fully immersive experience). Our only complaint is that as far as i can tell it is not bluetooth compatible. But in the grand scheme of things, that’s nothing we can’t work around.

  • High spec 4K offering from Acer
  • You won’t find a cheaper 4K projector with the same spec
  • H6810, price low, picture is good, good item. Amazon’s packing box is poor

Acer H6810 Home Cinema Projector (4kUHD Resolution, 3500 Lumens, 12000:1 Contrast Ratio)

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Getting set up to give this projector a fair evaluation has been a lengthy (and costly) exercise – but that isn’t the fault of the projector. It does bear repeating as it may impact others and leave a distorted view of the projector. I had a 1080p hdr television and the projector getting their signal from a 4k hdr av amp. I assumed that as i changed hdmi outputs (a / b) it would detect the capabilities of the connected device. It (the amp) didn’t and the end result was that it delivered the lowest common denominator to both devices. Effectively the projector was receiving a 1080p signal. The projector seems to not detect hdr unless the source is 4k – so in my setup, the resulting image was 1080p without hdr. The results were credible, although not mind-blowing. The projector i replaced delivered similar results. As noted in another review there is a difference between hdmi1 and hdmi2 inputs on the projector – and this too caused consternation for my amp (despite hdmi2 being 4k, it seemed to think it was 1080p).

  • High spec 4K offering from Acer
  • You won’t find a cheaper 4K projector with the same spec
  • H6810, price low, picture is good, good item. Amazon’s packing box is poor

Acer H6810 Home Cinema Projector (4kUHD Resolution, 3500 Lumens, 12000:1 Contrast Ratio)

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