Seems like thei unit is getting "long in the tooth", but Epson does not offer anything else in this price range with lens shift. I've scoured the 3010 vs 8350 threads, and it's down to 3D vs lens shift. Frankly, I prefer lens shift, but don't want to buy a design that's over a year old. Any thoughts??
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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Buy one at the best price you can find. You snooze and you just might lose.
Consider your own thoughts....the 2011 3010 hasn't enough going for it to offset the features and performance of the 2010 8350. That doesn't sound too much to me like a design to be too worried about being outdated or obsolete.
You can believe this:
Epson did not create the Feature Set difference between the 3010 and higher end units on a lark...they did so to encourage people to consider choosing "up".
The 8350 is a wonder...a anomaly as far as performance, features and value is judged. And it's price is on a downward curve. It cannot be construed as being "old news"....rather if another similar PJ came out, it too would garner effusive praise.
Although most PJs don't stay on current Model line-ups too long, (the 8350 really just goes back only 13-14 months) a run-away popular best sellers isn't an easy choice to discontinue. Right now, Resellers are having a field day sellin' them. But who knows for how long? My guess is that by /before late Spring, we'll see an announcement that the 8350 is being phased out. Then...by Fall, they will all be gone except Reconditioned units.
IMHO Epson would make a huge mistake discontinuing the 8350. That would put the 3010 as their entry level 1080p projector and not everyone wants 3D and many people need lens shift. I just don't believe that Epson would leave that much money on the table.
The 8350 is a great projector for the price.
1080p projector improvements are kind of stagnet right now in this pice range.
The 8350 has the D7 inorganic panels so you don't have to worry about panels degrading.
I'd say if you are not interested in 3D, the 8350 should serve you well for several years until some dramatic improvements are made and bought down to the same price point.
I'm sure if Epson wanted to play the "new" model game, they could just release an 8350 with slight improvements, reduce the price slightly and call it the 8355.