At the recent IFA show, Acer showed a wide range of their pico and portable projectors but also launched 2 new DLP, hybrid SSI models –the K750, claimed to be the world’s first 1080p projector equipped with a hybrid laser-LED light technology, and the K520 , an XGA model.
Acer indicates that the hybrid LED-laser light source in these two machines offers improved colour brightness when compared to high pressure mercury lamps, and also increases the light source longevity up to 20,000 hours. In addition, the SSI technology is said to enable a wider colour gamut to deliver better colour saturation.
The 1080p K750 has a brightness of up to 1,500 lumens and a contrast ratio up to 100,000:1, while the XGA resolution K520 has a brightness of 2,000 lumens and can support full HD and 3D images.
Recent industry data from projector market research firm Pacific Media Associates indicates the LED-based projector market will grow by nearly 60% in 2012. Much of this strong growth is expected for hybrid projectors and laser-based projectors as they increasingly show up in classrooms, conference rooms and home theaters.