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Acer Launches Bulbless Portable Projector

The Acer K330 uses a PhlatLight LED source to project images with a brightness of 500 Lumens and a contrast ratio of 4,000:1.

Acer has unveiled an ultra portable DLP projector that displays HD and 3D images in small, low light venues without the aid of a bulb.

The new projector, dubbed the K330, combines a 1-chip DLP design with a PhlatLight LED light source and a fixed lens to present video and images with a native resolution of 1,280 x 800, a brightness of 500 lumens, and a contrast ratio of 4,000:1.

To aid with portability, the projector is capable of displaying presentations and video directly from a USB dongle or SD card.

Additional features include:

  • Digital vertical keystone correction of ±40 degrees;
  • A maximum image size of 100 inches (diagonal);
  • Color correction;
  • Economy mode;
  • 1.7:1 digital zoom;
  • High altitude mode;
  • Automatic shutdown;
  • Alarm;
  • Instant on/off; and
  • 20,000 hours of LED life.

The projector measures 1.8" (h) x 8.6" (w) x 6.6" (d) and weighs 2.73 pounds.

AV inputs include HDMI, analog RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin), component video, USB mini-B, composite video, and a stereo minijack. AV outputs and peripherals include a stereo minijack and  USB.

The K330 ships for $419 and is covered by a one-year warranty.

Further information is available at support.acer.com.

Editor's note: This article has been modified since its original publication to correct a factual detail: The suggested price of the K330 is $419, not the figure reported earlier today. [Last updated Nov. 29, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.] --David Nagel

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