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What Do You Look For In A Projector?


Tom_Pokusa
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A few years ago, I bought a 'Sharper Image Entertainment Projector' with a Virtual Santa Package from ChristmasLightShow.com.  I consider it money well spent and it is the #1 thing people comment about.  I use the projector for Halloween and Christmas with various videos.

 

I am looking to upgrade my projector and was wondering if anyone could offer advice on various features that may/may not be needed on a projector that is used for this application.

 

For my current projecter (Sharper Image Entertainment Projector):

http://www.amazon.com/Sharper-Image-Entertainment-Projector/dp/B0030LYGRO

 

Pro's:

1) low cost

2) replacement bulb is low cost and easy to find

 

Con's:

1) the resolution is low (600 x 240)

2) the brightness is low (I couldn't find an output spec)

 

Specifically, I am looking to get a brighter projecter.  I was thinking that I need something with at least 2500 lumens.  Can anyone comment on whether or not 2500 lumens works for them?

 

One feature that was pointed out by jerrymac and gmac is the autoshut-off feature found on the Epson Model EX3210 (in this ).  I think this would be an extremely useful feature.

 

Thanks,
Tom

 

 

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The Epson that I use is 2800 lumens it has 3 chip 3LCD display and I assume the resolution is 1080 because I has a HDMI cable for it or at least 720 and the bulb life is rated 5000hrs......I use the projector outside and do rear projection into a 5'x7' Christmas Wreath and with all the other light around the screen the image is very bright ........I tried the cheaper ebay models before getting this one and was very dissatisfied, I guess U get what U pay for.

Hope this helps 

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im using an optoma EP739  and an older NEC VT650..  the NEC is LCD, the optoma is DLP..  both aroiund 2500 lumens  and they were fabulous on my garage door this season..  you can find Business projectors much cheaper than home theatre projectors..  Busioness projectors will have a native resolution often at 1024 x 768  which is more than enough for displaying virtual santa or outdoor patterns on the house, etc.. 

 

despite everyone telling me otherwise. I simply placed them in plastic bins  with a couple holes cut for ventilation..  they went through rain, near zero degree F temperatures, snow, wind, etc  and no lamp breakage, no failures..  and they both still work great.. 

-Christopher

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despite everyone telling me otherwise. I simply placed them in plastic bins  with a couple holes cut for ventilation..  they went through rain, near zero degree F temperatures, snow, wind, etc  and no lamp breakage, no failures..  and they both still work great.. 

-Christopher

YEP!!!!!!    That is almost the same thing I did...I built a table out of plywood 4 Pcs conduit for legs and just made a clear acrylic for a cover & used 2 dryer vent covers and mine was in it's 2nd your with no issues and I live north of you with more rain and colder temps (LOL) 

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Just thought I would chime in about this new projector I bought from Alibaba.

 

First off, the price was right. Is it a 20000 Lumen projector? Heck no but it sure looks bright to me. It is a LED/LCD projector. The first one I got from them as a sample arrived with a broken lens. I told them about it and today, I got the newer model that they build.

The projector has many inputs. By many, I mean lots! It has 2 usb ports, 2 HDMI, S-Video, VGA, Component, composite, audio L/R, TV tuner built in (unfortunately, NTSC) SPDIF out and has a built in speaker. I hope I didn't miss anything.

 

It comes with every cord/plug/wire/cables except the HDMI cables. It also has a remote. The zoom is hand adjusted as well as the keystone. About the keystone, it only adjusts the vertical portion, not horizontal.

 

Main resolution is 800x600. Haven't done too much with it yet but it will be going outside. The lamp is a huge LED with a huge convex lens to boost the light output.

 

All this for 160$ plus 60$ for shipping. They sent it by DHL and it got here in 3 days. They also tag the projector as a 60$ gift.

 

I know it isn't an Optoma, Benq, Acer, or whatever other high end machine out there but for the price, it sure beats projectors that are way much more gimmicky in my humble opinion.

 

If you are interested in getting one, just ask and I'll send you the link or email to the seller.

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One thing I would look for in addition is the remote capabilities... Many projectors have the capability to plug in the remote and make it wired.  (you can simply splice in a cord (matching the correct wires is important so I've used a 100' extension cord before) Iit will keep you from trudging in and out in the cold.

 

I have a Sony outside but it has a USB port that can link to the computer and via free software from Sony I can turn it on and off from inside!  With the USB port you can get an adapter that will convert it to Cat  cable for about 45 bucks... It's money well spent at 11pm!

 

One other consideration: REPLACEMENT LAMPS.  While many projectors can be found dirt cheap- it's the replacement/spare lamps that will kill you! 

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despite everyone telling me otherwise. I simply placed them in plastic bins  with a couple holes cut for ventilation..  they went through rain, near zero degree F temperatures, snow, wind, etc  and no lamp breakage, no failures..  and they both still work great.. 

-Christopher

 

With any element piece, like a projector or intelligent light (basically anything with an intake fan), does a plastic container with a hole work?

My concern is dust. If you cover the unit but put a hole in it...how are you protecting against dust and other particles?

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