Affordable consumer electronics manufacturer, Acer, has taken the platform of the CeBIT international trade show to launch its new laser-based home projector.

The new model, the K520 Hybrid LED Laser projector, makes use of a laser – instead of a conventional projector lamp – to create its images, which works to the benefit of both picture quality and lamp life.

The model, which was unveiled this week at the Hanover-based tradeshow by the Taiwanese manufacturer, is capable of producing a contrast ratio of as much as 100,000:1, with 2,000 lumens of brightness. The projector offers 3D image output support, and features broad connectivity options, including VGA, composite video/audio and HDMI ports.

The key advantage that the laser light sources offers over the conventional projector lamps is the length of its useful life. While projectors using the normal lamps have a lifespan of around 3,000 hours, the laser light source can operate effectively for up to 20,000 hours.

The K520 offers a maximum output resolution of of 1024 x 768 (XGA), but can also support 720p and 1080p input signals. It is also equipped with the company’s EcoProtection power management system, which can reduce the projector’s power consumption by as much as 90 per cent.