Acer PD727

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Acer  PD727
  • Acer  PD727
  • Acer  PD727
  • Acer  PD727
  • Expert Rating

    1.50 / 5


  • Bright display, Long throw distance


  • Horrible rainbow effect, Some haloing on white edges, Minor image noise

Bottom Line

This projector would be recommended for medium-to-large conference rooms if it wasn't for its very noticeable rainbow effect. While there may be some lucky individuals who don't see it, everyone we showed it to did see it. It makes the image completely unwatchable.

Would you buy this?

Acer's PD727 is a large, DLP business projector, designed with permanent installation in mind. It has a variety of connectivity types, making it suitable for a range of input devices. While it does offer great specifications, such as a 4000 ansi lumens brightness rating, during our image quality tests we noticed extremely prominent rainbow effect that made most viewing virtually impossible.

The interesting thing about this model is that, despite being pitched as a business projector and having a native 4:3 XGA resolution (1024x768), it also comes equipped with Component and HDMI inputs in addition to the standard D-Sub, DVI and RCA ports. HDMI is entirely a home entertainment medium, so while business users will appreciate the variety of connectivity options, this model also has the capability to fill in a minor role as a home theatre display unit.

However, a few tests quickly indicated to us that watching movies really isn't an option on this model. From the minute we connected our test machine and fired up DisplayMate, it became obvious that this projector has issues.

The most notable is ridiculously prominent rainbow effect. DLP projectors work by projecting light through a wheel which contains the major colours of the spectrum. If the wheel spins too slowly, you wind up getting a rainbow trail when moving your eyes quickly across the screen.

To put it simply, the PD727 exhibited the worst rainbow effect we've ever seen. We brought in numerous staff members from around the office, including several who had never been able to see rainbow effect on past DLP display devices, and all commented on how noticeable it was. While lightly coloured screens looked fine, anything with a black background was literally unwatchable. It was enough to induce headaches after a few minutes of viewing.

We also ran our movie tests, using the DVD Swordfish, to confirm the problem. Here it wasn't as prominent, but in dark scenes it was still extremely distracting. When watching extremely bright scenes users should have few problems, but it was still far from ideal.

Aside from the rainbow problem, the PD727 performed relatively well, although it did exhibit some purple and green fringing along the edges of white lines in our graph tests. This is typically symptomatic of the colours not quite converging properly when projected, but wasn't a big problem unless we were quite close, especially considering that this is a unit designed for boardroom use.

Colours were accurate and thanks to the variety of preset configurations and manual calibration options on hand, any errors could be easily corrected. As this projector has a massive 4000 ansi lumens brightness rating, everything appears incredibly vividly, which may disconcert some people if the unit is ever used in smaller spaces, so we'd recommend a little tweaking if you plan on moving it around.

Black levels were good and, while we were bothered by the rainbow effect, dark scenes were well rendered, with excellent contrast. Our colour intensity ramps showed good separation, although there was some minor blurring in the blue spectrum. There was also a little noise on some of our greyscale charts as well as the block colour screens, but this only reared its head occasionally during our real-world tests.

As stated, in addition to our standard DisplayMate tests, we also ran a DVD through the system to check video quality. The PD727 performed moderately well here. It was evident that it isn't a fully-blown home theatre projector, but the image was sharp and clean, and the contrast levels were good enough to make most film scenes enjoyable. There was a small amount of motion blur, as well as the aforementioned rainbow problem, but aside from those issues video didn't look too bad. The HDMI port is also a great inclusion in this regard, allowing all the latest home entertainment devices to be connected easily using a single cable. It also provides the highest quality video.

Aesthetically, the unit is quite nice. It has a black and silver colour scheme that looks smooth and it should fit nicely in a modern office. It's quite large, measuring 350x282x119mm and weighing 4kg. This means it really isn't suitable for frequently on-the-go users and should ideally be set up in some sort of permanent installation. With a 4000 ansi lumens brightness rating, a 2500:1 contrast ratio and the ability to project an image up to 300in diagonally from a distance of up to 12.2m, it's clearly designed with medium-to-large boardrooms and conference rooms in mind.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?