I am looking at either projector for my room. Placement should work for both though of course the 8700 is more flexible.
I am maybe not a true cinephile in that I will watch content without requiring a perfectly dark room, and I am okay projecting on my wall for now. The wall is gray, and its main issue really is the orange peel texture which softens images up. I will get a screen at some point or refinish the wall flat and use some Screen Goo or other screen paint. As is, the screen is like this:
I do not need the 3D of the 3010, though my kids enjoy it but one of them gets nauseous (probably because we have to sit pretty close: 12' or 13' for a 110" display). So I can easily loose that. I also do not think that I need a split image/PIP as my only sources are Blu-ray or my computer, and when on the computer I already have the LCD as an another (albeit smaller) display.
I do like rich pictures and from the reviews I have seen the 8700UB is fantastic at its price point. I am trying to figure out if an 8700UB would work well for day use (gaming for kids and random shows) as well as evenings. My kids play during the afternoon so that's pretty important so that I can watch something else on the evenings I want to. My son plays FPS so a better lag (8700UB) would be good but the high lumens of the 3010 definitely work well now...
What do you think based on the pictures below? Thanks!
My room is quite bright except at night. Here are a couple pictures of the windows in it at 10 a.m. (Seattle gray skies):
I got a 3010 to try, and here is what content (random snapshots from whatever Hulu was trying to push at me) looks like at that time. The projector is not calibrated. The first picture is in Living Room (Eco) mode:
The second picture is in Cinema (Eco) mode and is much more washed out.
Finally here is an image taken at night that same day (the ceiling is pure white hence the reflection).
I'd rather not have washed out pictures like the second one. Can the 8700UB deal with my room during the day well enough? Will night be fine? (I'd assume so, but of course in summer night comes much much later).