DEC 27, 2021
Acer's launching two gaming projectors with variable refresh rates
OCT 13, 2021
In brief: We often see gaming monitors and TVs with gaming-oriented features like variable refresh rate, but gaming projectors aren't that common. However, Acer is changing that, launching two 4K gaming projectors with native support for new consoles, allowing users to play at 1080p with a 120Hz refresh rate on PS5/Xbox Series X|S.
The two new gaming projectors from Acer are the GM712 and GD711. The former is a lamp-based projector that delivers a 4K resolution output to watch high-resolution content or a 1080p resolution at 240Hz suitable for fast-paced games. Thanks to the variable refresh rate mode, users can also play games on their consoles at 1080p with a 120Hz refresh rate smoothly without image tearing.
The display can extend up to 300 inches diagonally, but Acer recommends 75 inches at 2m for the best experience. Moreover, the projector has a maximum brightness of 3,600 ANSI lumens, support for HDR10, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and DynamicBlack technology to preserve details in darker scenes.
Like many other gaming displays, the GM712 has multiple game modes (color profiles) that users may choose from. The device also includes the Aptoide TV app store, an antimicrobial remote, a built-in 10W speaker and wireless connectivity to easily pair with other devices. This projector is ready for 24/7 use with a lamp life of up to 15,000 hours when enabling eco pro mode, which dims the lamp down by 30 percent.
As for the GD711, this LED-based gaming projector shares a lot with the GM712. For example, it features a variable refresh rate mode and the Aptoide TV app store, and displays video at up to 4K resolutions or 1080p at 240Hz on PC and 120Hz on current-gen consoles. This projector also supports HDR10 content, 24/7 use and wireless connectivity, has multiple color profiles to choose from and comes with a built-in 10W speaker and an antimicrobial remote.
Despite being capable of displaying a 300-inch image, Acer recommends you to use the projector 2m away from a wall to display a 74-inch screen. The maximum brightness is rated at 1,450 ANSI lumens, which is far inferior to the GM712, but that's likely because it's an LED projector. For this same reason, however, this projector has a longer life span, reaching up to 30,000 hours with eco mode enabled.
The contrast ratio of the GD711 is rated at 2,000,000:1 (dynamic), allowing this model to cover up to 95 percent of the REC. 709 color gamut. For connectivity, the GD711 has 2x HDMI 2.0 ports, an audio-out port, and 3x USB-A ports.
The GM712 will come out in January for €1,399, and the GD711 will launch in December for €1,499. Acer didn't reveal when the US region will have these projectors available.