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I am shopping around for my first projector which, ideally, would be under $600.

 

My current apartment does not get much light, so I am not particularly concerned about light output.

Right now I cannot decide whether I should get a 720p short throw or a 1080p normal throw (please let me know if my thought process is totally off and I should be thinking about something else instead). The room I will be using is 12' by 14', and since I am not planning to mount the projector on the ceiling (at least for the time being), my expected throw will be somewhere between 7' and 11' (it will be placed on a coffee table next to the couch, meaning that the distance from the couch to the screen will be about 10-11'). I understand that the 3' can make a big difference, but the wall corresponding to the sorter throw (7'-8') is better suited to serve as a screen. I have been looking at:

 

1) ViewSonic PJD7820HD

Ouch. Price-wise, most (all?) 1080p seem to be outside of my comfort zone. This is borderline. Both ViewSonics will give me a 70" to 100" picture which sounds good...? I am slightly concerned about it's positioning and how well it will perform in my space.

 

2) ViewSonic PJD5533W

The slightly cheaper than ST BenQ 720p ViewSonic. Again, not ST - will this perform fine in my somewhat limited space?

 

2) BenQ W770ST

Obviously, I can have a much bigger picture form the same distance. But will the 720p be noticeable if I am sitting 10 feet away from the screen?

 

I will be projecting exclusively movies (no gaming), and I don't particularly care about 3D.

 

Comments and/or suggestions much appreciated! Thank you!

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For movies and Blu Ray you would be disappointed in any thing but 1080p. Do all you can to save up the extra $200 to $300 for a BenQ 1070 or an Optoma HD131xe if you must buy new. If $600 is strictly your budget than shop for referbs or even the used market.

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Thank you. Technically speaking, I could spend up to $800, but I am not entirely comfortable with the though because I am not sure how often I will end up using it. I am afraid that I will get excited about it for a few months, get bored and put it on the shelf (which often happens to my possessions). That being said, I am sure that a 720p is more likely to end up in the shelf than an 1080p. From what I understand, the refurbs are superior to used because they are under warranty and the bulb is new?

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My advice, buy the $800 model, then in a few months when you are bored, sell it to me on craiglist, I love folks that buy brand new stuff and get bored with it right away!
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From what I understand, the refurbs are superior to used because they are under warranty and the bulb is new?

The bulbs can either be new or have few enough hours that they can still be considered new.

 

The warranties on refurbs can be shorter than the new-unit warranty, so it's always safest to call and ask.


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femmeapoigne,
A few quick thoughts: 1) If you'd rather not spend more than $600, then don't. You can get a great picture for $600. You will not be disappointed, especially if it's your first projector. 2) This is an enthusiast forum, so they snub anything less than 1080p. I have the 770st and it looks excellent on my 94" screen with me sitting about 10 feet away. However, you can still get 1080p for under/right at $600. Look at amazon warehouse deals for the Optoma 131xe.

Hope this helps.

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http://www.techbargains.com/product/Acer_H6510BD

sign up for deal alert. 600 every month or so

nm. just noticed this was necro. why do you guys do that?
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nm. just noticed this was necro. why do you guys do that?
I want to claim that 2months isn't THAT necro'd, and it took me about that long to decide on my first PJ. But the truth is I clicked a "related thread" link and then didn't check the date because I'm dumb.

AKA, my bad.

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If you're going to spend $600 on a 720p projector, I think you should save more money and get a refurb 1080p. I bought the Benq 1080ST refurb for $799. Just put $20 away each paycheck and in three months you'll have that extra $200. Just speaking from experience, you don't want buyers remorse at this price range. Get what you want once and be done with it. Just my thoughts.
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