Acer South Africa has unveiled the new X1160Z, an entry-level projector that is a perfect match for education, small business applications. The projector is also ideal for those users who want to indulge in cinematic entertainment and high-intensity gaming in the comfort of their own home.

The Acer X1160 combines an SVGA resolution of 800 x 600 pixels with a 2000:1 contrast ratio to project bright, high-quality images under most lighting conditions. This new projector boasts a brightness of 2000 ANSI lumens and a new lamp lifetime of up to 4000 hours.
Says Bongani Gumbo, product manager for LCDs and projectors at Acer South Africa: "Acer continues to expand its broad range of high-quality projectors to offer users in all market segments exceptional image performance. At the same time users are guaranteed that they will be able to view all types of content in environments that range from the boardroom to the classroom to the family room.
"This latest addition to our product range is a perfect fit for budget-conscious users who want a reliable projector that offers outstanding image quality, ease-of-use, and versatility. Users will appreciate the innovative features we have included in this entry-level projector, including a top-loading design and a blackboard mode."
Acer ColorBoost technology, Acer's proprietary colour enhancement technology for DLP projectors, allows the Acer X1160Z to deliver optimal colour performance and produce life-like pastel images. This new technology combines a brand new six-segment colour-wheel design, a powerful image processing algorithm and advanced lamp illumination technology, to deliver enhanced colour performance and produce brilliant colours and high contrast ratio.
The Acer X1160Z is one of the first Acer projectors to feature an all-new design that is both stylish and ergonomic. With Acer's new Top-Loading Lamp design, a user can easily replace the lamp module without detaching a roof-mounted projector from the ceiling, thus simplifying the maintenance of the projector. The projector is also rendered inoperable without its detachable remote control, another security feature that safeguards the unit from theft or misuse.
To improve ease-of-use, Acer has equipped the projector with a host of Empowering Technology software utilities including:
* Acer eView Management, which adjusts projector settings to suit any lightning environment and any type of content. Acer eView Management features the innovative Blackboard Mode, which allows users to instantly project onto a traditional green chalkboard without needing to set up a separate white screen.
* Acer eTimer Management, which provides an onscreen visual cue to help keep presentations on schedule.
* Acer eOpening Management, which provides a simple way to create a customised start-up screen.
* Acer eProjection Management, which helps users easily connect to, and control Acer projectors that feature an integrated Wireless Presentation Gateway.
The Acer SmartFormat multi-format technology included in the projector allows instant projection of images regardless of output display resolution. The Acer InstantPack technology, meanwhile, allows a user to unplug and pack up right after the projector is turned off without damaging it. There's no need to wait for a cooling period.
Acer's line of projectors is compliant with the most up-to-date Microsoft Vista operating systems and is covered by a standard 2-year carry-in Warranty.
The new Acer X1160 projector is available from a recommended retail price of R4 499.00 inclusive of VAT.