SOURCE: Acer America

Acer America

July 28, 2011 08:00 ET

Acer Combines Short-Throw Projection With Interactive SmartPen for Enhanced Presentations, Collaboration

Projects 77-Inch Diagonal Image From Only 37.4 Inches Away; Acer S5201M's Interactive SmartPen Enables Users to "Write" on Presentation for Work, Education

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 28, 2011) - Acer America today debuts the Acer S5201M Projector with ultra-short-throw projection and an Acer SmartPen that writes directly on the projected image to enhance presentations, improving audience collaboration, communication and learning. This product is now available to customers in the United States and Canada.

As demonstrated at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) show in Philadelphia, the Acer S5201M can project images onto flat surfaces from as little as 19.2 inches away, so groups in smaller classrooms and conference rooms can enjoy large-screen, vibrant presentations, images and videos. Also, this projection flexibility ensures space maximization since the projector can be adjusted to fit as needed from a range of distances. The Acer S5201M projector has a 0.61:1 throw ratio, projecting a large 77-inch diagonal image from only 37.4 inches away.

Included with the Acer S5201M projector is the Acer SmartPen, which transforms the projector into an interactive collaboration center. Presenters can use the pen to "write" on the projected images to emphasize aspects of the presentation, explain questions for the audience, and even enhance the presentation with additional information on-the-fly. The pen can be used from up to 32 feet away from the image, so audience members may also use the pen to "write" feedback and questions on the presentation. It also allows the presenter to import presentations and then upload them to a website with recorded notes from the Acer SmartPen. In addition, NXBoard™ software allows the presenter to import web images, animations, videos and web resources to add life to lessons.

In addition to providing an interactive environment, the included Acer SmartPen also acts as a remote control to let presenters control their presentation. The Acer SmartPen includes a scroll wheel to move through PowerPoint™ operations, so the presenter can easily move through the presentation while also enhancing it with the SmartPen writing feature.

"The Acer S5201M projector is an incredibly flexible and powerful projector that provides maximum viewing comfort for the audience in a range of environments and conditions," said Chris White, senior director, product marketing, Acer America. "Plus, it turns any session into an interactive white board that can save whatever happens during the session and upload it to a website. As a result, presenters, teachers and trainers will have the confidence that their audience will be able to enjoy and get the most out of their presentation."

The Acer S5201M projector is ideal for professional environments, such as conference rooms in corporations, classrooms in high schools and colleges, as well as government agencies due to its remote monitoring control and reporting via LAN and WiFi.

Excellent Technology and Features
The ultra-short throw projection feature and Acer SmartPen are further enhanced by the projector's first rate technology for businesses and classroom environments. The Acer S5201M projector provides crisp, rich visuals with a brightness of up to 3000 ANSI lumens, a high 4500:1 contrast ratio and a vertical refresh rate of up to 120Hz, making it 3D ready when paired with a 3D software player and DLP Link 3D glasses. Its native XGA resolution (1024x768) and 4:3 aspect ratio are ready for presentations, photos, multimedia and more. The projector can also be adjusted to a maximum UXGA (1600x1200) resolution as well as 1080p (1920x1080) output with a true 24p frame rate and a 16:9 aspect ratio to share cinema-quality video content such as that from Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD.

The Acer S5201M projector has a range of outputs to give presenters the flexibility to use the projector in the way that works best for them. It has two HDMI ports, two USB ports, mini USB, composite video, component video, S-video mini DIN, and a stereo mini Jack. Also, the USB Slide Show feature lets presenters plug in a USB flash drive into the USB port to display a presentation, photos or video without a laptop computer. The projector is also equipped with multiple connectors for multiple-PC source input, so multiple PCs can be connected for fast switching between presentations.

Manageability
The Acer S5201M comes with Acer eProjection Management software, which allows customers to have complete control of their projector via LAN or WiFi (with the optional WiFi dongle) for greater convenience. Also, the Acer S5201M is compliant with the Crestron Network System and comes with the Crestron web-based tool can be downloaded from the projector to provide centralized control of multiple projectors in different nearby locations, such as classrooms and training centers.

The Acer S5201M projectors reduce lamp replacement costs and ensure long-term dependable projector use by providing up to 4000 hours of lamp life.(1) The extended lifespan and consistent image quality lower the total cost of ownership and translate into savings for businesses and organizations.

The Acer S5201M has a sleek, elegant design with rounded contours and a dark steel-gray finish. It weighs only 7.7 pounds and measures 11.4" W x 10.0" D x 3.9" H.

Eco-Friendly
The new Acer projector employs an environmentally friendly management solution -- Acer EcoProjection -- which reduces standby power consumption by up to 80 percent, from 5W to only 1W. Additionally, it delivers 20 percent additional power savings if it does not receive a signal input after five minutes. An included tool also lets customers create customized power-saving configurations, for example, by reducing the brightness down to 2400 lumens.

Priced at Only $999; Backed by Three-Year Warranty
The Acer S5201M projector is available now for customers in the United States and Canada at leading VARs and retailers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $999.99 (U.S. and CAD). The new Acer S5201M projector is backed with a three-year warranty on the DLP chip and 90 day warranty on the lamp.(2)

About Acer
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has achieved the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks.(3) A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to the company's continuing growth, while its multi-brand approach effectively integrates Acer, Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands in worldwide markets. Acer strives to design environmentally friendly products and establish a green supply chain through collaboration with suppliers. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 7,000 people worldwide. 2009 revenues reached US$17.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

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(1) Lamp-life depends on a variety of factors including brightness and can be maximized via Acer EcoProjection Technology, which allows the user to customize power-savings configuration.

(2) Limited warranties and service agreements apply. May not be available in all locations. Availability varies. Other conditions apply.

(3) Source: Gartner data, FY 2010.

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