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Although I commented on this thread some time ago before using the projector, I've since acquired an XRT-2700 (was a gift from a relative in late 2012), and have been able to put it through its paces. For reference, I've owned projectors from Sharp, Infocus, and currently employ a rehabbed Runco. As with most, my initial interest was piqued 2 years ago by the modest specifications, LED engine, and price of AriusTek. My expectations were tempered- I knew it wasn't going to be a high end projector, but was also hoping it wasn't complete junk. I figured that if it could compete favorably in terms of picture quality and resolution with some other entry level 720p projectors of that time, then maybe it would be a great value, and find a purpose in my home.
It certainly has found a place, but in 2014 there are some compelling entry level offerings that would influence my decision (Optoma H180x) if I had to make it again.
Not without faults, the XRT-2700 does a respectable job as a temporary rig for quick setups: game nights for the kids, block parties after dark, or dinner/movie parties with friends. The projector is suitable anytime you want to throw up a quick image for situations where you don't want to (or can't) bring everyone into your media room for critical viewing, or when you do not wish to place significant wear on your main projector's lamp.
It is a fair bit dim with much ambient light, so you will not be using it during the day, unless you have reasonable lighting control. You really do need to keep the screen width to not much more than about 5', in order to keep the picture bright and sharp (I was firing against a 72" diagonal, 1.0 gain matte screen). As expected, it does feel like a cheap Chinese projector. It also sounds like a cheap Chinese projector (audio, but also fan noise). The fit and finish aren't necessarily poor, but are a cut below other offerings. There's a lack of lens offset, zoom and sophisticated geometry controls (avoid the keystone dial) so you must get the physical alignment near perfect, and that can be a pain. It's one thing to "know this", but you really need to be aware of these placement constraints. If you can live with these limitations, it's a fun toy to break out on occasion, and does tend to 'wow' many people whom lack exposure to higher end (and properly calibrated) equipment.
In my opinion, the XRT-2700 makes a great 'second screen', or entry point into our hobby if you are dying for a big screen, can deal with its shortcomings, but absolutely have less than $300 to spend right now. This is especially the case if you can find one on eBay (I've seen 2 roll by in the last month for <$150.00). Most people will indeed pass, and opt to save for a better projector.