Acer M550 4K UHD projector - £1,549 @ Amazon, £2000+ everywhere else
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Acer M550 4K UHD projector - £1,549 @ Amazon, £2000+ everywhere else

£1,549£2,000 23% Amazon Deals
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Edited by:"45ure"Found 21st Nov
At last cheaper 4k projectors are available - Optoma being the first, but this has just come along (so not many reviews out yet) and has 23% off at Amazon today. Might be a long time before 4k projectors down at this price again (OK Friday may bring some surprises).

I can't justify replacing my 1080P - shame it won't break - you watch bet mine breaks early next week
I thought this was on offer just for the 21 November but the deal is still on !

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Thats a really good price, id love one but sticking with my Optoma hd26 only thing I can moan about is the bit fan noise would love a silent projector

sticking with my 1080p projector until they drop below a grand... after that, i might consider getting one when the lamp dies next time. there just isnt enough decent 4k content out there yet either... i reckon a few years time will be worth upgrading. i'd rather have a decent quality high bitrate 1080p file over most streaming 4k stuff right now.

still, hot deal, just not personally interested yet

ooh very nice, might even be able to get the screen big enough to notice the pixels

Not real 4k...

mk87 m ago

Not real 4k...



UHD?

mk811 m ago

Not real 4k...


whats not real about it? specs on the amazon site (and others ive checked) say native resolution is 3840 x 2160. which sounds like it's 4k to me....

There definitely coming down I’m waiting on reviews for this stuff.tv/hot…yet

I must of been looking in the wrong places cheapest 4k projector I could find was 3k a few months back. Settled for my 1080p optoma at 120” screen.

Have some heat

wanye23 m ago

whats not real about it? specs on the amazon site (and others ive checked) …whats not real about it? specs on the amazon site (and others ive checked) say native resolution is 3840 x 2160. which sounds like it's 4k to me....



Unless I'm mistaken, and I have been known to be, these low budget 4k projectors don't have 4k imaging chips and use some cheats way to get a 4k image on the screen.

This the 2nd time I see a 4k projector at around 1.5k as mabey 2 months back Costco had an Optima also around 1.5k so mabey gonna start to get a little cheaper from now on.
Edited by: "AJ92" 21st Nov

Be careful people, from the description :

"which is so sharp your eyes will bleed."

NO THANK YOU.

mk81 h, 39 m ago

Unless I'm mistaken, and I have been known to be, these low budget 4k …Unless I'm mistaken, and I have been known to be, these low budget 4k projectors don't have 4k imaging chips and use some cheats way to get a 4k image on the screen.



The point is that this isn't a budget 4K projector. There are projectors that have 'faux-k' for £1000 in some places. This is full 4K - great price. I'd have grabbed this if I hadn't just spent over £1000 on a high end Sony 1080p one... d'oh

its native resolution is 2,716 × 1,528 and it uses Texas Instruments’ XPR technology to project two pixels per mirror on its DLP projection chip. (DLP uses a series of microscopic mirrors, which it can angle to and fro at high frequency, to bounce light through a spinning colour wheel and thence onto your screen or wall..............or so copy and paste says

tomwatts40 m ago

The point is that this isn't a budget 4K projector. There are projectors …The point is that this isn't a budget 4K projector. There are projectors that have 'faux-k' for £1000 in some places. This is full 4K - great price. I'd have grabbed this if I hadn't just spent over £1000 on a high end Sony 1080p one... d'oh


It's budget for 4k and I doubt you have a high end Sony for a grand. I have a mid end Panasonic 1080p that cost over 2 grand.

dannyb7732 m ago

its native resolution is 2,716 × 1,528 and it uses Texas Instruments’ XPR t …its native resolution is 2,716 × 1,528 and it uses Texas Instruments’ XPR technology to project two pixels per mirror on its DLP projection chip. (DLP uses a series of microscopic mirrors, which it can angle to and fro at high frequency, to bounce light through a spinning colour wheel and thence onto your screen or wall..............or so copy and paste says


As far as my understanding is, to have a 4k imaging chip you need a bigger unit than these models which is partly why they use a workaround. Cost being the main reason. It's a lot of money for the casual user to drop on a projector when half decent 1080p ones can be had for under a grand. Committed enthusiasts are either waiting for Laser to drop in price or have the money to go there already.

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mk82 h, 29 m ago

Unless I'm mistaken, and I have been known to be, these low budget 4k …Unless I'm mistaken, and I have been known to be, these low budget 4k projectors don't have 4k imaging chips and use some cheats way to get a 4k image on the screen.


Yes I think you are correct - A bit more research and it's hard to find any reviews on this but I believe it achieve 4k via interpolation - ie 2 x 2k images are intertwined upon each other - so no not true 4k in my view - but is UHD. I thknk the optoma projector is true 4k

Without descending completely into geekdom, all these 4K DLP projectors can resolve a full 4k image but there is a slight overlap on the pixels, so they are not the same as 'faux 4k' and they are not true native 4k in the truest sense of the word.
The effect is to all intents and purposes the same as a proper 4k display. There are tons of endless threads on avsforums and avforums if you have nothing else to do and want to join the debate though.
It's not interpolation in the normal sense, they use the mirrors to shift the image faster than you can see, but the pixels are addressable individually, which is the key point.

This projector has been reviewed by Kraine who also posts on AVSFORUMS - original review projection-homecinema.fr/for…rs/
He's a widely respected reviewer and says nothing but good things

Personally I'm waiting for the BenQ W1700 as it has 3d capability too, otherwise I'd be all over this.
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