With the Predator Z650 Acer presented a new gaming projector a while ago. The beamer stood out thanks to the extremely short distance required to project the largest image possible on a canvas. Acer has now introduced the Predator Z850, which offers a wider aspect ratio, but doesn't offer any other major differences. The Predator Z850 was first mentioned last year at the IFA in Berlin, and has only now made it to market.
The most important feature of the Acer Predator Z850 isn't its resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels. While this resolution appears to be relatively low, the projector only needs to be placed 47 cm away from the wall in order to project the image onto an area of 200 x 200 x 120 inches. What makes the Predator Z850 stand out is it's aspect ratio of 24:9 is, compared to the bog standard 16:9 ratio other beamers traditionally offer.
Instead of a strong projector lamp Acer uses a laser diode for the Predator Z850, achieving a brightness of 3,000 lumens at a contrast ratio of 100,000:1. The diode apparently has a life-cycle of about 30,000 hours. The big advantage of using such a diode is the fact that they use much less power and therefore also doesn't get as hot. A cooling system is no longer necessary. As for ports, the Predator Z850 offers 2x VGA, 2x HDMI and 1x RCA. There are also other analog audio inputs, as well as an USB and Ethernet port. For wireless transmission, a WiFi HD kit is available, which transmits the video signal sans a cable.
The Acer Predator Z850 is already available in the US trade, for a price of 4,999 US dollars is called. Acer has yet to announce a launch date and price for the EU. As a laser beamer, the Acer Predator Z850 isn't particularly expensive, and the short distance it requires is a feature not offered by many projectors.