IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Acer U5200 review

Acer's new projector has more features than you can shake a laser pointer at, from 3D to network management, but are these actually of any use to businesses? Jim Martin polishes his glasses for a closer look.

Price
£875

The U5200 is a strange-looking projector by anyone's definition, and wouldn't be out of place on the set of a sci-fi movie. The front tapers to a thin series of vents and there's no visible lens. Instead, there's a large panel which slowly opens when you press the release button on top. It reveals a sunken lens and - on the underside of the panel - a mirror.

The reason for all the drama is the ultra-short-throw nature of the U5200. The mirror allows it to project an 80in image when it's just 6in from the wall. This is ideal for classrooms or any other situation where throw distances are very limited. It also prevents the beam from damaging teachers' eyes, and eliminates the problem of shadows when the teacher or presenter has to stand in the path of the beam.

There's no zoom control, so image size is dictated entirely by the projector's distance from the screen or wall the minimum size of 72in could be a problem in small rooms, or those with low ceilings. It's possible to project onto a non-white wall thanks to colour compensation. The bad news is that the choice of colours covers only pink, light blue, yellow and dark green. This compensation is also supposed to help to counter colour degradation as the projector ages Acer calls this ColorSafe II.

There are several other convenient features including the ability to replace the lamp through the top panel: useful if the projector is mounted on the ceiling. Network management is also possible, and the U5200 is fully compatible with the Crestron Network System for controlling the projector remotely. The administration can power the U5200 on and off as well as scheduling power up and power down times, and configuring email alerts.

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

Paessler PRTG Network Monitor 21.4 review: Hard to beat
Network & Internet

Paessler PRTG Network Monitor 21.4 review: Hard to beat

15 Mar 2022
Best paying tech jobs of 2022
Careers & training

Best paying tech jobs of 2022

10 Mar 2022
Edge-to-cloud security webinar
Whitepaper

Edge-to-cloud security webinar

8 Mar 2022
Edge-to-cloud security webinar
Whitepaper

Edge-to-cloud security webinar

8 Mar 2022

Most Popular

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup
data breaches

Former Uber security chief to face fraud charges over hack coverup

29 Jun 2022
Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline
Security

Macmillan Publishers hit by apparent cyber attack as systems are forced offline

30 Jun 2022
FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores
data protection

FCC commissioner urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok from app stores

29 Jun 2022