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So I have been saving some cash and want to buy and LED projector. The decision is between the Qumi and the Optoma. I see allot of people on here enjoy the Qumi and don't have many complaints. The Optoma has ok reviews by this forum but allot of people seem to have more complaints with it. The Qumi has a 300lm output and the Optoma 500lm. I hear that the Qumi has over all better image quality, but is it better spending the money on higher lumens. I have a 105" screen, Is 300lm's in complete dark still enough. I have an acer k11 and its bright but I want brighter, will the
Qumi deliver that. Which seems to be the better choice?
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Many variables come into effect. First, the gain of the screen,then how dark is your environment, and last how bright do you like your image. Movie theaters keep their brightness around 12 foot Lamberts. To me the brightest that I would watch a movie is between 16-18 foot lamberts. I keep my JVC at 13ftL and my Acer around 16ftL in my theater. However, I prefer to have lights on the majority of the time when I'm watching tv shows, sports, or gaming and I need 25-50ftL.

With a white matte screen at a gain of 1.1, the qumi will give you about 180 lumens on a 105in screen, giving you 6ftL, which I think is too dim. With the Optom ML500, you can get as much as 375 lumens, giving you 12.5ftL. Which is really good if your environment is dark. When I had my ML500, I used it on my 120 HP screen that was 2.4 gain. I probably got 1.8 gain from the screen, but I got really good brightness. It just wasn't as sharp as I hoped it was.
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why did you send the ML500 back?
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My first projector was a Bulb 2000lm Optoma forget what model, it was 2 years ago. I remember ever time I used it, it took a few minutes to turn fully on. Any time I watch anything I would worry about how long I was on it and never left it on more than a minute after I was done watching. I returned it 3 days later, I could not handle the fact that you only get 2000 hours before you need to spend another $200 or more on lamp. I know LED's don't offer as much performance right now but they offer way less stress. I am trying to replace my K11 but don't know if I should wait who knows how long for the new sub $600 LED pj's will come out or just get one thats out now.

Best buy has the Casio XJ-A240 for $599, but is that a good pj?
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why did you send the ML500 back?

I went with a smaller screen, 120in to 100in, and since I shelf mount my projectors, I could not get the correct throw distance to fill the screen to 100in. I would have had enough brightness, so that was not a problem.
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I went with a smaller screen, 120in to 100in, and since I shelf mount my projectors, I could not get the correct throw distance to fill the screen to 100in. I would have had enough brightness, so that was not a problem.

What did you get to replace the ML500?
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What did you get to replace the ML500?

Acer H5360. Wanted to get one of the 3500 lumen Casio, but for $2K, I might as well wait for a 1080p LED projector. Plus, I got the Acer for $400 on Black Friday and I been enjoying gaming in 3D. I thought I was going to go down a lot in picture quality, but the Acer shows really good.
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I have the qumi q2 since..well quite sometime, my screen is 106" and the image is bright enought(at least to my eyes) and very colorful, so I think you will be okay with it, hope this helps.
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I have the qumi q2 since..well quite sometime, my screen is 106" and the image is bright enought(at least to my eyes) and very colorful, so I think you will be okay with it, hope this helps.

Thanks, I am like you I seem to not need such a bright image ether. As long as it is 720p and 300+ lumens I will be fine. Is the Qumi sharp and how is the build quality for such a small device.
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Thanks, I am like you I seem to not need such a bright image ether. As long as it is 720p and 300+ lumens I will be fine. Is the Qumi sharp and how is the build quality for such a small device.

well, it's quite sharp actually (once it's completly focused) and the colors are vivid with good pop in the image, the pj in itself it's very small, it has it's advantajes as you may read obout but it's not a big deal, I mean you won't be regreat about the purchase IF you are aware that you are buying a $400+ dollars for a projector. at the end I'm please with it and it's working great, I use it for ps3 gaming(rockband for the most part), bluray movies( I think this is where the pj shines the most), as a side note, my walls are white wiche doesn't help for the image(black levels) but they are acceptables for the most part.
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I like my Acer k11 but I don't play any games on it I really watch movies and shows which are ok. The thrill of the big screen has went away only because of the crappy resolution of 858x600. I use it at around 84" and the pixels are very visible from 6 feet away, The main reason I want to upgrade is res. Have you guys had experience with svga res and if so is it a big enough difference to spend on the upgrade to wxga (1280x800). Thanks
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I like my Acer k11 but I don't play any games on it I really watch movies and shows which are ok. The thrill of the big screen has went away only because of the crappy resolution of 858x600. I use it at around 84" and the pixels are very visible from 6 feet away, The main reason I want to upgrade is res. Have you guys had experience with svga res and if so is it a big enough difference to spend on the upgrade to wxga (1280x800). Thanks

It's hard to enjoy such a big image without good quality. 720p is where it starts to take advantage of quality sources. I had a 800x600 Favi projector for about 5 days. I bought it for my nephew. It was only acceptable up to 60in max. Then, pc text were horrible. After going 720p, its a major upgrade
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I own a qumi q2 black&silver the good looking one ... I use a camera tripod mount 80 hrs normal 40 hr eco use time. 2.1 altec lansing octane7 for the on the road mini the mini theater or party mode and 2 folding cube mini usb/battery speakers for extra travel when i dont have room all fits in a small laptop bag..



these are my ragging issues with it tho...

cons- lens cover for constant travel and travel bag is useless so packing it in it is tight as a booty-hole like she said it wont go in LOL.
and complaint but the focus and keystone i think could use alittle more work.. I tend to run an after time video and test screen photo to warm up the projector to normal temp. And speaking of temp...when changing from eco to normal or preset brightness I'm alittle bias that the fan being on high and low speed.. not a big deal.. just a nitpick issue.. like the fan should be on higher instead of low when you change the display settings... but anyway

tv tuner channel not really a downer but something that i would like
However to conclude the qumi is a nicely build projector... ml500 isnt bad compare to a review i saw in a home which was nicely done...qumi is however travel friendly but if i were to get a ml500 it would stay home more also the qumi did come with cord protectors which is nice from keeping your power cord or cords from wear.. But qumi is like $500 or something and ml 500 is like what $680 ? and 96 inch screen is plenty enough for me... ml500 can do bigger but i dont really need it ....i have black out cloth for windows and dimmer light settings and can still watch good quality movies on a ****** wall roomates and friends beg me to bring it along....

if you beg me enough for pics i'll post it just being lazy : o )
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Thanks, I am like you I seem to not need such a bright image ether. As long as it is 720p and 300+ lumens I will be fine. Is the Qumi sharp and how is the build quality for such a small device.

yea qumi build quality is decent and for the price and purchase of mine i dont regret it even tho i do feel the temptation of the ml500 i have over 120 some hrs movie time on this thing
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on youtube they show comparison between Qumi q2 and LG HW300

LG was much superior and Qumi was below average in comparison
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on youtube they show comparison between Qumi q2 and LG HW300

LG was much superior and Qumi was below average in comparison

at twice the price it better be twice as good-you are talking about one of the 720p res ones? the contrast is poor on the lg,s 1000:1



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at twice the price it better be twice as good-you are talking about one of the 720p res ones? the contrast is poor on the lg,s 1000:1



http://www.projectorcentral.com/proj...sort=pop&sz=15

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCYzu6IhbSc
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yea the pj on the bottom(qumi) looks less washed out(better),more shadow detail,and the aspect ratio(stretch) on the lg-why dont they redo this vid the lg looks bad.

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