Acer S5200 review

A large, feature-rich data projector

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Our Verdict

This Acer projector won't be for everyone due to its bulk, but its still a worthy option if that's not a problem for you


  • Powerful
  • Comprehensive connections


  • Big and heavy

The Acer S5200 data projector stands out for two reasons. First is its size. At 3.5kg, it's no small fry, so is not intended for use anywhere other than an office or home environment. However, its hulking size does mean you'll find a comprehensive array of ports on the back, including network options. It's a handsome device, but you'll need to handle the lens with care, as it protrudes from the front of the case.

The second reason the S5200 stands out is that, with a brightness rating of 3000 ANSI lumens, it's powerful. Even when it is dropped down into Eco-mode – which offers a slightly less bright image – the projector still delivers great image quality.

There are nine control buttons on the top of the S5200, offering the standard functionality. This is mirrored by the supplied remote control, which is large and easy to use.

Sadly, while the menu controls are comprehensive, they are spread out across a number of pages, so navigating the menus to get the best out of the projector does take a little time. Thankfully, the addition of a dedicated Acer Empowering button allows you to quickly change usage modes, making it somewhat easier to get started.

With a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels and the addition of an HDMI port, you'll be able to view HD content with ease. Like the Vivitek in this group this projector is also 3D ready, so can be used with any laptop with a 3D accelerated graphics card.

We also like the fact that you can easily change from a 4:3 aspect ratio to a widescreen 16:9, so switching from presentation to movie mode is quick and easy, for example.

The Acer S5200 delivers a great deal at a good price. While it lacks mobility and seems a little too component-rich for home use, it would make a great choice for a busy school or office.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDLP Projector
Native Resolution1024 x 768
Maximum Lens ApertureF/2.6
Standard Mode Brightness3000 lm
Graphic ModeXGA
Native Aspect Ratio4:3
Operating Power Consumption315 W
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Product FamilyS5
Input Scan Format1080p
Output Scan Format720p
3D Type3D Ready
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAcer
Contrast Ratio2,500:1
Lamp TypeUHP
Projection MethodFront, Rear, Ceiling
Normal Mode Lamp Life3000 Hour
Economy Mode Lamp Life4000 Hour
Height99 mm
Width290 mm
Depth254 mm
Product SeriesS5
Lamp Power210 W
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelS5200
Product NameS5200 DLP Projector
Manufacturer Part NumberEY.K1405.001
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Acer S5 Series projects big and clear images even if the projector is positioned very close to the screen. DLP 3D Ready and packed with the latest technologies, the S5 Series makes meetings more productive and classes more exciting. What's more, networked management tools offer remote monitoring, control and reporting systems.

Package Contents
  • S5200 DLP Projector
  • AC Power Cord
  • VGA Cable
  • Composite Video Cable
  • Remote control
  • 2 x Battery for Remote Control
  • Lens Cap
  • Carrying Case
  • User's Guide (CD-ROM)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Security Card
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)3.50 kg