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Want to buy this Optoma HD65 from a shop in canada (im in canada), its a REFURB and its $650.

They also sell a 3 year bulb warranty, good for 2 replacements.

http://www.consignia.ca/product/2048...y_1185508.html

What is your guys opinion on whether or not its worth it??

They claim the refurb has a BRAND NEW bulb with 0 hours on it....

http://www.consignia.ca/product/1929...I_1093674.html
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The Mack warranties are usually well regarded from what I have read here on AVS. However, I would contact Mack directly to find out if the seller is an authorized reseller.

Also, when I checked out your links I couldn't happen to notice that the screen shots they are using actually belong to an AVS member named Anirbana. They were originally posted on this Forum. I personally might have concerns dealing with this company. Good luck.

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If you are going to use your projector for a lot of hours, 20 hour per week or 1000 hours a year, then a 3 year warranty will probably pay off. 20 hours per week is 10 movies - that's a lot of movies to watch. If it's your main HD machine, well then thats a different story because you will watch more than just movies combined with TV.

If you are just using it for a few movies a week, then the number of hours probably isn't a good deal.

Also, in 3 years, do you really want to still have a HD65 as your projector? If you plan to move up, then a new bulb isn't really very useful or economical.

At $100 you are already paying for 1/2 the price of a new bulb, so maybe its better to just bet that you won't need a new one and you will save $100. If the bulb does go then you have a good excuse to look at another machine in a few years.
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I would personally self-insure against a $200 lamp replacement. $100 seems high.

I am still on my original bulb on my 4-y-old lamp, but is only has 600 hours. Most of those have come in the past 6 mos, though.
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I would say Im going to use it more than 2o hours per week. I dont watch much movies (cause I dont have a projector lol) but I play ALOT of video games

I just see alot of reviews on the bulb going dead in like 30 hours, 2 weeks, 50 hours etc... and it kinda scares me...
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I'd do it if you have the money and plan to keep it. If the bulb lasts 2500 hours you might not use it, but it may go out very early or earlier than that and then the 100 dollar warranty pays for itself.

Its really about how many hours you are going to put on it and if you are going to keep it for 3-years.
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I would say Im going to use it more than 2o hours per week. I dont watch much movies (cause I dont have a projector lol) but I play ALOT of video games

I just see alot of reviews on the bulb going dead in like 30 hours, 2 weeks, 50 hours etc... and it kinda scares me...

You usually have a 90 day replacement warranty. If you buy it with a credit card that warranty could be doubled. If you use the projector for 3 hours a day, then that's almost 600 hours under warranty so you won't be stuck after 30 or even 50 hours. I don't believe many bulbs go out that quickly, but of course you are going to hear about the ones that do on here. It seems 500 to 1000 hours people are complaining about, but many many bulbs probably last over 2000 hours.

I do wish we had a better handle on how long most of these bulbs last. Presumably if they charge $100 for insurance, then they take a 50% profit so $50 goes towards paying for new bulbs, overhead and shippnig. If a new one costs $275, they get it for cost, maybe around $200, so then the $50 pays for about 1 in 4 bulbs over 3 years - not very good odds of keeping your bulb alive; is it? On the other hand, after 3 years you might be hoping the bulb pops so you can buy a new projector.
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I use a projector as my main television, cable, video games, movies, etc.. I use it for everything. I probably put 40 hours a week on mine. I have 3 kids, so they game on it a lot and we watch movies as a family a lot. For me it was the best $80 I could have spent.
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ya I think Im gonna do it, maybe even opt for the vga cable and use it to run my computers image aswell, could be nice.....
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ya I think Im gonna do it, maybe even opt for the vga cable and use it to run my computers image aswell, could be nice.....

I run an HDMI and a VGA cable to my HD70. Good for multiple options.
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Def doit I kick myself for not getting the gold warranty ;-( as the bulb blew before 600 hours.
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Ya I think Im gonna, its only a hundred bucks and I researched some good reviews on the warranty company, and optomas dont have the greatest bulb reliability for me to gamble.

I'd probly waste the $100 anyways
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Just go with the new Optoma HD66. The retail is $699 and it is 3D Ready. It is 16:10 native, so it would be good for computer use, and a reputable dealer would sell you the 3-year bulb replacement warrantee for ~$100. Don't buy a refurb projector - you'll be sorry.

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IM IN CANADA, what havent you read about that. An HD66 isnt $699 up here, it would be a thousand at its cheapest

I already bought the HD65, its refurbed right from optoma themselves, and there central service central is 40 min from me if anything ever breaks
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