Acer’s Predator gaming projector is one of the first to support variable refresh rate

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Acer’s Predator lineup of gaming products now includes two 4K projectors: the GM712 and GD711. First focusing on the GD711 because this is what Acer has chosen to share the most information on, this is an LED projector that boasts up to 1,450 ANSI lumens of brightness (or 4,000 LED lumens) with HDR10 support . It supports 4K resolution in Standard mode, but it stands out with its Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) mode that will display a smoother image as performance fluctuates in powerful consoles, including the Xbox Series X and faster PCs. Are included.

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In that mode, it lowers the resolution from 4K to 1080p, but raises the refresh rate to 120Hz for consoles or 240Hz for PCs and can dynamically shift the refresh rate as specifically needed. The PS5 supports up to 120Hz at 1080p, but it doesn’t work with VRR just yet. I couldn’t find any other projectors on the market that supported variable refresh rates (though many high-end TVs do), so this seems like a great feature that Acer has to differentiate itself from other models. .

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Close-up of the GD711.
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Acer says the GD711 has a wide range of possible throw sizes, though it recommends a 100-inch screen thrown from 8.85 feet away. it will ship with Aptoide TV App Store Built-in. This model has two HDMI 2.0 ports, an audio-out port, and three USB-A ports. It has an estimated lifespan of around 30,000 hours in Eco mode or up to 20,000 hours in Standard mode.

Acer hasn’t shared the expected release window for the US, but it is set to land in China in November for 11,999 Chinese yuan and in December in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for 1,499 euros. Converting these two currencies to US Dollars makes it between $1,700 and $1,860, but keep in mind that this is an estimate on my part.

Coming back to the GM712, it’s a lamp-based 4K gaming projector that’s far brighter than the GD711 with a brightness of 3,600 ANSI lumens, and it’s also a bit more affordable. It’s coming to China in November for 10,999 Chinese Yuan and then in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in January 2022 for 1,399 Euros. While the slightly cheaper price is nice, it’s heavier than the GD711, and has a more limited lifespan of around 5,000 hours in standard mode, or 12,000 hours in its “ExtremeEco” mode. That said, it has similar features to the GD711, including variable refresh rate, HDR10, and support for up to 240Hz refresh rate for PCs.

Acer Predator GM712 Projector

Here is the GM712 lamp-based projector. It comes with a decal, but popcorn and energy drinks are sold separately.
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For those who usually shop for TVs, it may be a rude awakening that projectors can be expensive. Considering that these pack in some gaming-focused features like fast and variable refresh rates, higher prices start to make sense. If portability is of paramount importance to your gaming setup, you’ll want to stay tuned for the pricing and availability in your region in the coming months.

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