At IFA 2017 Acer unveiled two new 4K projectors, the Acer VL7860 and the Acer P8800. The special feature of the VL7860 is its laser light source, where as the Acer P8800 works with a conventional lamp.
At first glance the Acer VL7860 reminds you of models of the H series, like the H7550BD. This suggests that it is a direct development within their home cinema range which makes Acer stand out even more strongly from its competitors. The special feature of the Acer VL7860 is its laser light source meaning it should work for up to 30,000 hours, which makes a lamp change unnecessary. Thanks to this light source, the VL7860 is now closing in on the TV as far as the useful life is concerned. Now it remains to be seen, where the Acer VL7860 price settles and whether it can also be compared on price with a large flat screen.
In terms of features, the Acer VL7860 is situated favorably. It is not only compatible with Rec. 709, it is also compatible with Rec. 2020 (ie BT.2020). This makes it as future proof as can be in terms of color quality in the image presentation. The 4K projector is also HDR compatible, in this case, the laser provides a more colour-intensive colour space which allows these characteristics. In addition, the Acer VL7860 can be calibrated according to the ISF ccc standard.
The new Acer 4K-projector offers the AcuMotion technology (Frame interpolation) and the Super Resolution feature too. We are already excited about getting our hands on it to produce our Acer VL7860 review, so we can find out whether the Acumotion and super resolution can be used at the same time. This is often not possible with other manufacturers.
When it comes to set up, the Acer VL7860 also offers good flexibility thanks to its 1.6x zoom and vertical lens shift function. The lens shift is not necessarily very variable, but it is helpful for fine adjustment.
The VL7860 uses the 3840 x 2160 pixels of the 4K resolution. With 3000 lumens, it is a good level for a laser projector and its contrast it through the roof at 1,500,000:1, thanks to the laser technology. Since it is a dynamic contrast, it makes a good impression especially in fast contrast sequences.
When we look at connections, we find two HDMI inputs, one of which is designed for the playback of the 4K content.
At first glance, we are thrilled by the Acer VL7860. It offers everything we want from a modern projector. Of course the properties in the direction of lens shift could be improved, but this would drive the price higher. We are curious about where the Acer VL7860 price will settle. It will probably be more expensive than his “Lamp Brothers” H7850 and V7850.
The Acer P8800 offers a more conventional lamp, but is still a powerful 4K projector none the less. At first sight, it reminds one of an installation projector, however, it offers some features we know and love from home cinema. This makes it particularly interesting for the screening of 4K films.
The features of the Acer P8800 also include the Rec. 2020 (BT.2020) compatibility and HDR compatibility. It also covers the Rec 709 color space as well as the sRGB color space along with DICOM simulation. This makes it interesting for hospitals to display X-ray images.
In terms of image enhancement, the frame interpolation system ‘AcuMotion’ is available. It is therefore suitable for the screening of films and videos.
In terms of flexibility, it shows excellent values with a motorized lens (zoom, focus, iris) and a 1.96x zoom. Added to this is the lens shift function (horizontal +/- 30% and vertical from -80 to 80%). The Lens-Shift, however, is a manual adjustment that can be found as two wheels on the front of the projector.
With the light output of 5000 lumens, the Acer P8800 is an attractive proposition. Thanks to the 4K resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixels and its features, it is not only suitable for high-definition prese impressive.
The Acer P8800 has three HDMI inputs, one of which supports HDCP2.2. A DisplayPort port is also available. Something a little more out of the ordinary is the HDMI output. This allows the signal to be looped through to another projector or display.
With the Acer P8800, we can look forward to an attractive installation device, which can impress with its 4K resolution. We are eager to make an Acer P8800 review.