OLED, QLED, Mini LED, LED and so on and so forth. TV sets not only rely on increasingly up-to-date picture technologies, but are also getting bigger all the time. Whereas a few years ago you had to take out a loan for large screen diagonals, the purchase price of televisions is now falling year by year. Consequently, nowadays you can conjure up a real cinema experience in your own four walls with a suitable TV set. But what has actually become of the beamers that were so popular in the past? Home cinema fans are relying less and less on the home projection of blockbusters. Acer now seems to have found a niche with its AOpen AV10a, which could also make owners of an already large TV weak. The mini-projector is suitable for portable use thanks to its integrated battery. We have taken a closer look at the cinema for on the go.
|Brightness||700 ANSI lumens|
|Image resolution||854 x 480 pixels|
|Operating noise||36 db (standard), 27 db (eco mode)|
|Lamp life||20,000 hours|
|Dimensions/Weight||8.8 cm x 8.8 cm x 13.6 cm/ 680 g|
Scope of delivery
Let’s first take a look at the scope of delivery. In the high-quality packaging, we find not only the compact LED projector itself. On top of that, Acer puts the matching power cord along with adapter in the package for the power supply.
In addition, a handy compact remote control is included in the package. The AOpen AV10a is a mini-projector that also wants to score in terms of portability. Accordingly, the manufacturer includes a well-padded carrying case, in which the beamer finds space. Last but not least, an angled adapter for the 3.5 mm jack is included. This is especially practical for those who want to position the beamer on a wall.
The first impression
The workmanship of the mini-beamer immediately stands out positively. Here, the manufacturer relies on high-quality aluminum, which reminds a bit of the mini speakers from Sonos (Sonos One). You can already see the two speakers with a power of 5 watts each under the metal mesh. The beamer, which weighs just under 700 grams, feels very good and can be carried comfortably with one hand. There is also a practical thread on the bottom of the LED beamer, which makes it easy to screw the projector onto common tripods.
However, we have to grumble a bit about the control panel located on the top. When you tap on it, the extremely positive impression of the rest of the device wanes a bit again. After all, it doesn’t seem to be made of high-quality plastic, which is a bit wobbly. The piano look should please many. However, I am personally not the biggest fan of this high-gloss look, as experience has shown that it is very susceptible to fingerprints.
The manufacturer uses a commercially available model for the remote control. Unlike the projector itself, it doesn’t come in a high-quality aluminum look, but in classic plastic. The design and size are strongly reminiscent of the remote control of the Fire TV series from Amazon. I do not like the pressure points of the individual buttons as much. They sometimes look a bit spongy.
As an alternative to the remote control, the beamer can also be controlled on the upper control surface. Here you will find more or less the same buttons as on the remote control itself. However, since you sometimes have to click through submenus here, it’s preferable to use the classic remote control.