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Acer H5360BD is an Affordable 3D Projector with HDMI 1.4a Support

March 24th, 2011 · 14 Comments · Other S3D Tech


If you still haven’t noticed, Acer is among the top companies pushing products supporting 3D technology lately, aside from all the top CE brands such as LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony etc. of course. Earlier this month the company has announced the successor of their popular 3D Vision-ready Acer H5360 projector with 720p native resolution – the Acer H5360BD. The main difference between the two is that the new Acer H5360BD 3D DLP projector comes with support for the new HDMI 1.4a interface – an industry wide standard supporting stereo 3D. This is a very good news for everyone looking for an affordable widescreen HD projector that supports 3D, and that can not only be used with 3D content coming from PC, but also from consumer electronic devices such as standalone Blu-ray 3D players or game consoles like the PlayStation 3. The Acer H5360BD projector has a native resolution of 720p (1280×720) and 16:9 aspect ratio, 2500 ANSI Lumens maximum brightness and 3200:1 contrast ratio, together with up to 4000 hours of lamp life.

So far everything sounds great, but there is something very important that you should be aware regarding the new Acer H5360BD and this particular thing is the major difference between this model and the older one, aside from the addition of HDMI 1.4a support. That difference is the fact that the new Acer H5360BD projector is not 3D Vision ready, meaning that you will not be able to officially use the 3D Vision shutter glasses with it like you can with the previous Acer H5360 model. This particular thing is related to the addition of HDMI 1.4a, and as this projector features this interface for stereo 3D data transmission, although you are not able to use it with 3D Vision, you can use it with the 3DTV Play play software. Using 3DTV Play with the projector would still require to you use a pair of DLP Link glasses to actually see the projected stereo 3D image, as again the 3D Vision glasses are not going to be officially compatible with it. So when using the Acer H5360BD projector with your PC as a source of 3D content, along with the 3DTV Play software, you would be pretty much be using it like you would with a 3D HDTV that also requires its own shutter glasses and in the case with 3D DLP projectors you need a pair of glasses supporting DLP Link (no matter what the brand is). And since the projector is 720p, you would be able to get it to run with 60Hz per eye when in 3D mode, something that is supported at that resolution over the HDMI 1.4a interface, so no worries about the framerate for gaming.

The HDMI 1.4a support that the Acer H5360BD supports should also ensure compatibility with AMD’s HD3D technology, at least in theory, no guarantees about that unless this is tested. Nvidia has already confirmed that the projector is already supported in the latest 3DTV Play Update Utility v1.0.0.18, so that is for sure. Have in mind that the Acer H5360BD projector should be starting to be available on the market sometime in April with a price probably slightly higher than the current price of the previous model Acer H5360, positioning it as probably the most affordable 3D projector to feature HDMI 1.4a support on the market.

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14 responses so far ↓

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  • 2 Pierre // Mar 24, 2011 at 05:31

    I’m thinking as long as the H5360BD can accept 120hz 720p and the firmware option still can choose between 3D ON and OFF (to turn of DLP link), we can simply install H5360.inf to hack the PC believing it as the old H5360 projector thus enable 3DVision. Anyway, have to wait until it’s launch.

  • 3 Nick 3DvB // Mar 24, 2011 at 05:31

    Not 3D Vision ready! Someone around here is going to get very upset about DLPlink sudo stereo… ; )

  • 4 vesper8 // Mar 24, 2011 at 07:25

    i’ve got two questions that I wish you could answer

    #1 why did acer decide to remove 3d vision compatibility? political reasons or they basically couldn’t give us more without taking a bit back?

    #2 since this is a 3D DLP projector.. doesn’t that imply that this works similar to having two projectors.. and as a result being able to use cheap glasses like realD glasses to view content in 3D?

  • 5 Nick 3DvB // Mar 24, 2011 at 09:28

    #1 Who knows – why do Nvidia decide to do anything, I’ve given up trying to work them out…

    #2 No, you can’t use passive glasses. But DLPlink glasses like the “UltraClear” are half the price of Nvidia’s.

  • 6 tritosine // Mar 24, 2011 at 09:49

    pseudo stereo swapping is unacceptable , period, my bro wont buy glasses yet because of that stuff ( he has hd5850).

  • 7 Nick 3DvB // Mar 24, 2011 at 10:08

    Yes viewing pseudo stereo is horrible, but it’s easily fixed… ; )

  • 8 Max // Mar 24, 2011 at 11:21

    No, not easily. You have to go to the projector menu to swap L/R, or wear the glasses upside down. Very strange, and not easy. Swapping occur many times in a sinlge game, not just wehen you exut. And there is NO hotkey for swapping in the vision driver. Or just a dedicated button on the projector remote would be much easier.

  • 9 Ryan // Mar 24, 2011 at 16:56

    I was wondering if Acer would follow up on the H5360. I’m glad I didn’t wait. I picked my H5360 up on a newegg deal and love it. I use it hooked up to my PC exclusively, so 1.4a HDMI doesnt matter to me one bit.

  • 10 Bloody // Mar 24, 2011 at 17:15

    Well, on the Acer H5360 you can get an external adapter to add HDMI 1.4a support too should you need it… it just gets more expensive.

  • 11 thomasjn // Mar 25, 2011 at 00:24

    Very intresting.

    Cant wait to see prices.

  • 12 Jim // Apr 26, 2011 at 04:36

    It is pretty easy to swap the l/r and I have never had it swap back during a game once it’s set, not sure why you had that problem on your setup.

  • 13 Doc // Sep 27, 2011 at 06:34

    Bloody, you speak of a 1.3 to 1.4 adapter. can you please list one, I cant find any.

  • 14 Spike // Oct 11, 2011 at 11:53

    hi

    here is one
    Viewsonic VP3D1

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