Acer’s new LED projector lets you conveniently view media from your smartphone in any angle, anywhere. We got a first-hand look at IFA 2019, the European consumer electronics trade show happening in Berlin, Germany right now.
At first glance, the C250i looks like a stylish sound blaster. It’s got the barrel shape and features grooves that lightly wind along the device from top to bottom.
While it does function as a Bluetooth speaker, Acer’s C250i primarily is a Full HD wireless projector with 360° multi-angles and the world’s first auto-portrait projection.
Acer imagines that you’ll use the C250i to view media from your smartphone together with friends and family. They also see you using the projector to relax at home or while traveling. Whether you want to project to the ceiling to watch a movie while lying in bed or to the side of your tent to review the day’s best shots, the C250i can comfortably accommodate any projection angle. The grooves and 4-corner keystone correction make it possible.
With the auto-portrait feature, you never have to worry about the orientation of your images or videos again. Whether you project horizontal or vertical media, the projector will detect the orientation and automatically adjust.
The C250i projector offers a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 100% NTSC-compatible wide color gamut, 300 ANSI lumen brightness, a 5,000:1 contrast ratio, five hours of battery life, and a total lifespan of 30,000 hours. The integrated speaker features 5 Watts TrueHarmony sound.
In addition to a Bluetooth connection, you can hook up your computer via the C250i’s standard HDMI port. Want to project directly from a USB drive? Use the USB Type-A port to plug in and project your media. You can also employ the USB Type-C port to connect your phone or PC. Best of all, none of this requires software or drivers; it’s all plug-and-play for both iOS and Android devices.
Last but not least, should your phone run out of battery, you can use the C250i as a power bank and charge your phone.
Unfortunately, the demo available after the press conference wasn’t set up to project anything. The only thing we can confirm at this point is that it’s stylish and reasonably lightweight and portable.
What’s more, you won’t be able to purchase this gem for the holidays this year. It’s not going to be available until January 2020 for USD 489 in the US and EUR 539 in Europe.