Yes, the resolution of the Predator Z850 Gaming Projector is only 1920 x 720 but that is a small sacrifice for what this projector is capable of. The minimum throw of the projector is 18.5" (47 cm) or about the same distance as you are sitting from the monitor you are reading this on, if not shorter, and at that distance it projects a 120" screen. That means you can set up a gaming session anywhere with power and a large display surface with ridiculous ease and since your laptop might not handle 4K gaming, it is not like you are missing out on that higher pixel count; leaving aside the fact that with a projector you are not dealing with pixels.
There is an optional Wireless HD-Kit you can pick up if you have enough wires cluttering your home or bag already, or use the two HDMI or VGA ports available in addition to the usual sound inputs. The projector is also DLP 3D ready if you are one of the few who enjoy that feature and it can also project in 1080p if you plan on watching movies. The laser diode used in this projector provides a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and 3,000 lumens so even in bright lighting you will still see a great picture. The diode does not create the same amount of heat as a bulb and so the unit can be packed up immediately without needing a cool off period and will last significantly longer, up to 30,000 hours according to the PR. There is one bit of bad news though, the projector will cost you $5,000 which does put it out of range of most peoples budgets.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (March 30, 2016) Acer, the world’s third largest brand for projectors, today announced the availability of its award-winning Predator Z850 gaming projector. The Predator Z850 is the world’s first ultra-wide HD laser projector designed for gaming, and expands Acer’s Predator gaming product portfolio, which also includes desktops, notebooks, tablets and monitors. For its outstanding design featuring red accents and a black chassis with geometric lines, the Predator Z850 was lauded as a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree.
Command the Battlefield
Whether gamers are sniping hostiles in the jungle or defending the mothership from alien invaders, the Predator Z850’s 24:9 ultra-wide HD resolution (1920 x 720) expands the battlefield like never before. The Predator Z850 displays a 50 percent wider image compared to traditional 16:9 screen resolutions. This feature augments a gamer’s peripheral vision to present a competitive edge over enemies in all types of games.
Ideal for Tight Spaces
Thanks to innovative mirrorless ultra-short-throw technology, the Predator Z850 projects a 120-inch screen at a remarkably short distance of just 18.5 inches (47 cm). This means no more shadow interference at crucial moments during gameplay. A top-mounted lens and adjustable feet allow for effortless deployment without any drilling or mounting required, ideal for quick setup at LAN parties. The Predator Z850 can be packed immediately after use without requiring a cooling period and automatically performs a safety shutdown after a set time.
Laser Diode Lighting the Way
The Predator Z850’s advanced laser diode delivers bright images up to 3,000 lumens with a wide color gamut that brings games to life. An astounding 100,000:1 contrast ratio allows the projector to deliver vivid images with deep, rich blacks and incredibly crisp whites, even at massive screen sizes. In addition, its laser diode lamp lasts up to 30,000 hours, while Acer ColorBoost3D improves color performance for both 2D and 3D visuals, and Acer ColorSafe II minimizes color decay.
Freedom from Wires
Pair the Predator Z850 with an optional Wireless HD-Kit to enable 1080p lossless wireless streaming. This keeps the living room clutter-free from unsightly cables, a very useful feature in premium homes with a modern décor.
The Acer Predator Z850 projector is available in the United States for $4,999 (MSRP).