The Predator GD711 Gaming Projector is one of Acer’s latest line of gaming projectors which supports up to 240Hz refresh rates and 4K UHD, and in our review of it, we’ll see what the Predator GD711 has to offer.
The Predator GD711 comes with a sleek black colour scheme and of course also brandishing the Predator logo on the top part of the projector as well as the having the buttons to control the projector like the Menu, Power button and your traditional D-Pad which lets you select the options from the menu screen. The Predator GD711 also comes with a remote control which prompts up a cursor for you to use if you don’t want to use the buttons on top of the projector.
There are two ventilation mesh at the two sides of the projector for device cooling purposes as well as preventing the device from overheating. The Predator GD711 has three rubber stands where you can turn to adjust the overall height of the stand for the projector. At the back of the projector, there’s some I/O ports which features 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USD Type-A ports and a 3.5 mm audio jack as well as a slot where you can plug in the wireless dongle.
The operating system that the GD711 runs on is Android – Aptoide, where you can also use the built-in app so that you can watch stuff even without needing to connect to any of your devices which can certainly be handy at times if you just want to show a friend a meme on Youtube but you’re too afraid that they’ll judge your previous browse history.
Once you’ve set up your projector, you can pretty much leave the projector to do the keystoning by itself which is extremely helpful, there’s also a manual option to do the keystoning and relatively easy to do it, since I managed to figure out within a few seconds.
On the topic of setting up, connecting your PC with the projector is pretty easy to get by so you can stream any content you want to the projector with ease. What’s cool about the Predator GD711 is that you can also project the display on your phone too so in any scenario that you wanted to play any mobile games or to show off your newly acquired waifus from that gacha game that you’ve been investing way too much money onto the big screen.
After using the Predator GD711 and I gotta say you’ll be greeted with some absolutely stunning visuals. And while my set-up is too broke for 4K resolution, even in 1080p the visuals still look wonderful. I tried out some games like Soul Hackers 2 and Ghostwire Tokyo where those two titles are pretty colourful games and the projector manages to make the colours pop out more.
The Predator GD711 also offers a variation of different colour modes, such as gaming, movie, dark cinema, etc. And there’s just about a mode for just about any scenario, like during my gaming sessions, I would use the gaming bright/light setting since I prefer the brighter and vibrant colours that the mode offers and while watching movies, I’d opt for the dark cinema mode instead of the movie mode since it makes the images less bright and not whited-out so that it prevents my eyes from getting burned out.
There’s also built in speakers with the Predator GD711 and personally speaking, it manages to give me an immersive experience during my time with the projector. During my time playing through the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online, and hearing the Ishgardian theme through the speakers was wonderful and I even got to see my Dragoon face tank through the big screen which is always a delight, although not so much for my healer as they cast resurrect for the 4th time during the raid.
While I’m certainly no snob when it comes to projectors, I feel like the Predator GD711 did a pretty good job. I personally enjoyed my time playing games and watching movies using the projector. Admittedly the setting up part for the input source switching for the projector did take some time to get used to since I’m not as tech savy as some other people, but it’ll be easier to set up once you get the hang of it, so no worries about that.
The image quality of the projector is clean and crisp and while some of scenes where the lighting is darker than usual and it can get a bit difficult to see, you’re able to adjust the settings to make it better. I also like that there’s so many options for me to choose from the various colour modes.
To those who are interested in The Predator GD711 projector is priced at RM4,999 and can be purchased here on Acer’s Shopee Mall store here. Alternatively, you can check out the product here on the official Acer website.