GPC 2021 | The Predator GD711 is Acer's new up-to-4K projector for gamers
Acer may be well known for its gaming hardware, monitors included; now, it purports to bring that expertise to the option of projection as well. The new GD711 is touted to offer gaming prowess that goes beyond merely bearing the OEM's Predator branding on its lid and in its design.
The new device is rated to throw content at up to 120Hz when hooked up to a console, or even 240Hz for a connected PC, with VRR. These modes do drop its resolution to 1080p, although the user can also then set their frame-rate to adjust for bright or dark gaming 'environments'.
All other forms of content, movies included, can be ramped up to 4K instead. The user accesses their chosen projection via an Aptoide store, which offers access to a wide range of third-party apps to cover any streaming needs. Alternatively, the GD711 houses dual HDMIs, an audio-out and 3 USB type-A ports, one of which is reserved for the projector's hide-away wireless dongle and another for a 5V power output and firmware updates.
Acer has provided a throw ratio of 1.22 in either case, which implies scope for a number of display-window sizes; for example, the OEM recommends a distance of 2.70 meters (m, or 8.85 feet) between the projector and its target for a 100-inch result.
The OEM asserts that such a thrown display will cover up to 125% of the Rec. 709 color gamut and support HDR10 with a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. It should sync with the projector's in-built 10W speaker, which, according to Acer, should be heard easily over the GD711's cooling solution. It is rated to reach just 23 dBa, albeit in the device's ECO mode only.
This apparently airflow-friendly design is rated to support an up-to-30,000-hour lifespan for the GD711's LED-based system. On that note, there is a version that substitutes a lamp instead. This GM712 variant is rated for a 3,600 ANSI lumen maximum brightness.
The Predator GD711 and GM712 will initially become available in China from November 2021, starting at 10,999 and 11,999 yuan respectively. The non-lamp and lamp-enabled variants will be released to the EMEA thereafter, in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively, and are set to cost €1,399 to €1,499.
Acer Press Release