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If you have enough budget to buy the 8350, and since you do ZERO gaming, I would actually go a different route. I don't know if you are a 3D fan, but I thought I didn't like it, but some stuff in 3D is really neat. There are several 720p 3D DLP projectors that would make a great backup unit and save you money over 1080p, like the Optoma GT750.
Or... If you want the best image for a backup unit that is VERY bright and you will do ZERO gaming, the Benq w1200 would be my choice. I would also look in the refurb market for an Epson 6500ub or 8500ub or similar, so as to potentially get a projector with better blacks, since that is what you are lacking in the image with the Panny.
Overall, if I had to pick, I would weight a 720p 3D projector the highest, then follow that with the Benq w1200. Finally the 8350 or Pro8200 is nearly a tie with ZERO gaming, but since the 8350 has placement flexibility and better blacks than the VS or your current Panny, given your usage, I would probably take a chance on the 8350 and hope to get one with good convergence. Now the Viewsonic destroys the 8350 in brightness in best mode, but the 8350 has a decent torch mode. The Viewsonic is more film-like, but the 8350 has the placement flexibility which really comes in handy for a backup projector.
Most of the time I recommend the Viewsonic is going to be because of gaming usage (DLP just feels more fluid in gaming, regardless of lag time), but without gaming it's a tougher call and the 8350 has some advantages over it if you get good convergence. However, I would pick the Benq w1200 over the VS Pro8200 or 8350 every time even though it costs $100+ more.