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Acer K330: a Compact, Versatile and Autonomous Video Projector

Acer announced today a new projector presented both as a pico and home cinema projector. Certainly much bigger than the recent C series models, the new “K330″ in return is more versatile than ever.

Measuring 218 x 168 x 46.5 mm and weighting 1.24 kg and a more modest technical specs, the “Acer K330″ actually offers a compromise between a pico projector and a current entry-level projector.

Combining the DLP process with a LED that claims 20,000 hours of life, it projects relatively quietly (33 dBA) a WXGA image (1280 x 800 pixels) with a maximum brightness of 500 lumens and a honourable contrast ratio of 4000:1.

Although the data sheet reflects the legacy of a more desktop oriented, it has an HDMI 1.3 input stream that supports 24p Full HD or even a 3D flow, if you add an optional pair of glasses. VGA and composite inputs allow you to connect to a wide variety of equipment. It also provides a display function over USB.

An integrated media player

But on particular interest is its own media player, which it can be operated independently from a USB stick or a SD card. The Presentation To Go function allows it to display PowerPoint or PDF documents, for example, without a computer, but the management of media files is unfortunately limited. The H.264 and VC-1 high-definition videos are supported, but the technical limitations (maximum level 3.1 and 720p) will impose in many cases a transcoding.

The “Acer K330″ will soon be marketed in the US and Europe with a retail price of $699 (500 euros).

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