Acer has announced the P7290 video projector, a 5000 ANSI lumen beast that also promises a 3000:1 contrast ratio. It's primarily aimed at businesses, but home users might find something to like too.
The P7290 has a native 1024 x 768 XGA 4:3 resolution, but can cope with 1600 x 1200 and 1680 x 1050 too, if you don't mind things getting a little fuzzy. It has both HDMI and DVI-D inputs, and contains inbuilt stereo speakers for adding a bit of noise. There's also an S/PDIF port for outputting 5.1 surround sound.
A 20-metre wired remote control is available, along with keystone correction and a blackboard mode that promises "clear" projection on surfaces of any colour. There's also a top-mounted lamp module, for ease of bulb-changing, and Acer reckons that bulb should last 3000 hours before needing to be replaced.
An Eco mode should help save lamp life too, which will put the projector into low-power mode after 5 minutes of no input, as well as performing a full shutdown if there's no input for a while. It's possible to customise these power settings.
Acer's P7290 costs £1500 inc VAT, and is available now.