Acer Projector C20 Series pico projector

Acer Projector C20 Series review: A portable, battery-powered projector for business users

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    3.00 / 5
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    4.00 / 5 (of 1 Review)
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    $ 489.00 (AUD)

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Silpheed

4.0

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Pros
Great size and weight, great looks, good compatibility, internal media player/storage, wow factor
Cons
Short battery life, brightness not great, buttons not tactile, fiddily file conversions
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It does perform brilliantly once you learn how to use it. It will project comfortably up to 48 inches and more. Movies work best when an external media player is used, be it my ipad or iphone or laptop. Frame rates are consistent and the picture quality is great. It is only 20 lumens, so don't be surprised if you need to turn down the lights and shut the curtains to get a great picture. It has its own speakers, but I would connect it to external speakers for better results indoors and especially outdoors. Playing movies off the internal storage or microsd isn't as straight forward. You have to encode all your movies to one of the supported formats (avi/h.264/mov/mp4) at a max resolution of either 720x576@25fps or 720x480@25fps. For a geek like myself, who occasionally has a bit of time and doesn't mind doing this its fine, for someone less tech-savvy this could be quite tricky. Once the movies are on there, when running them from the internal media player you can start to see the reduction in FPS, although it is definitely still watchable and the picture quality remain great. One gripe is you cannot connect the Acer C20's microSD via the unit itself. You have to use an external MicroSD USB reader - which you have to buy separately.

The Acer C20 looks great, most people either think its a mobile or some kinda Dictaphone. It looks a lot more professional than other makes of a similar size and price. It does runs absolutely silent as it does not have a fan. It gets warm after running an entire movie, but not so hot you think its damaging the components. The buttons look great all flush against the body, however this makes them difficult to feel for in the dark (although the buttons do light up). I did find myself hitting the wrong button an exiting a movie or going into the wrong area of the browser more than once. The addition of the remote control pretty much sorted this out. The focus wheel is manual, but incredibly easy once you get used to it.

I bought the Acer C20 for about 180 quid. I then began adding to it with peripherals which needed to make it a functional portable pico projector for movies - I bought the 3 in 1 Acer c20 tripod/remote/AV adapter kit which cost another £40. I also bought an external speaker for 15 quid and an external 10000 maH battery for 40 quid to keep it going during movies (yes with this size external battery you can charge the acer c20 during function, however, it will not power it enough if it is flat, just prolong the battery life to 3-4 hours. You can power the acer C20 indefinitely if plugged into a wall however). I got a microsd 32gb for £20 and a microsd usb reader for £5. I also bought a logiccase which was another 10quid. So, all in all £310 for a lot of stuff to carry around for a portable movie player. I still think the wow factor is enough to justify this, but if ur happy carrying around a portable dvd player or laptop and think the smaller screen will suffice then that's fine too.

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