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Not much response on this, so I will...
Used is ALWAYS a gamble on your part, and not something I ever recommend. The 8100 is certainly dated, and I would skip it altogether. Unless you are prepared for a $400+ repair bill, skip it.
The 8350 is a solid model, I would never buy it used. You can get it brand new with warranty and a perfect lamp for just a few hundred bucks more. Not worth getting used. Only better than the W1070 or HC7900 if placement is an issue.
BenQ W1070 - A all-time entry level favorite right now. Solid model, must be about 12' or so from your screen. Can be even with or slightly above the screen.
Mits 7900 - I believe this model is the best of the bunch. Great price for what you get. Was a lot more, but Mits. is getting out of the projector game. They will still support the models they have sold, but not sure for how long. Still, the best image will come from that. I believe the lens must be slightly lower than the top of the screen. Double check on that and if that works for you. This one can be towards the back of your 19' deep room if you want it there.
You should go with a minimal gain white screen with the projector. Like 1.3 to 1.5 gain white screen.
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