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Old 08-19-2014, 01:26 AM - Thread Starter
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Question Looking for cheap projector around 300

Hey guys I'm looking for a projector for around 300, tops 500. Im going to be honest if its over 300 by too much I will not really be interested.

I would like at least 720 resolution and I don't really care if its a Chinese projector as long as its quality and people can vouch for the model

I am from canada so a canadian store would be better then american, ebay is also an option

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eBay used is probably your best option.
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you want a quality projector for $300???? those are pretty much oxymorons right there..... for $300 your best bet is a cheap used one ebay, and even then your chances aren't good
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Try the Viewsonic 5533. I put up one for a friend and his 5 kids love it. I have the Viewsonic 5134 and for a 800x600 the image is great up to about 100 to 120 inches. It is a good way to wade into pjs for a little money.

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here is a add on craigslist in my area. they are new in the box and comes with 80 inch screen.

http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/eld/4617236145.html
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Try the Viewsonic 5533. I put up one for a friend and his 5 kids love it. I have the Viewsonic 5134 and for a 800x600 the image is great up to about 100 to 120 inches. It is a good way to wade into pjs for a little money.
Id probably like a better resolution then that. Unfortunately I don't have the budget for anything I think past 300.
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you want a quality projector for $300???? those are pretty much oxymorons right there..... for $300 your best bet is a cheap used one ebay, and even then your chances aren't good
Wishful thinking my friend. I know I seen some nice ones on sale at canada computers and they usually go like 30%off for like acer or asus or something like that.
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http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=068060

This is pushing it but what do you guys think?
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If you scroll down the main page of AVS you will find the classified forum. Someone has a Mitsubishi HD1000 for $400 offer them $175 as that is a fair price for that unit. It will do what you want and is under your budget
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Please remember that factory replacement lamps will run you $200 or more typically.

Stick with ONLY major brands which have websites and user manuals and contact phone numbers, etc. That garbage link you gave as your first option was a scam product.

You are buying cheap, expect a certain amount of quality associated with that.

Personally, the cheapest I recommend is the Optoma H180x which is closer to $450 in the USA.

Used is a risk, a gamble, and yours to take. Since your budget is so limited, I would ONLY buy new, and at your budget, you aren't getting into anything really decent, or even home theater. You are just buying bottom of the barrel business class projectors, and should expect appropriate results.

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here is a add on craigslist in my area. they are new in the box and comes with 80 inch screen.

http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/eld/4617236145.html

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you want a quality projector for $300???? those are pretty much oxymorons right there..... for $300 your best bet is a cheap used one ebay, and even then your chances aren't good

lol your name is wormraper.
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I still think that Acer or Viewsonic is the way to go for around 300. SVGA PJ with a hdmi input looks good unless you are sitting a few feet away and looking at a 150 inch image. It is the price of a small tv. Look at Amazon reviews. I use mine all the time and no issues. I would take the pj any day over my 70 inch sharp tv.

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Oops. Mikeal, I had already posted this (below) before I saw your response to my previous posts. So I am going to leave it because I really thing that SVGA is a good alternative if you can't afford 720p or 1080p, and I am not a fan of used. The problem with SVGA is lack of pixels so if you blow it up too much you get a "screen door" effect. The image looks like you are looking out a screen. As you go up in size say from 90 to 150 inches the more noticeable the pixels if you are sitting fairly close to the image. I am typing this using a JVC 32 inch screen and if I look closely I can see the pixels...move back and not pixels...but rather than go to a smaller monitor I like the size. I just think you get a lot of bang for the buck with any entry level pj. As to bulb issues, the internet is full of horror stories, but the same can be said of all electronics.


I only upgraded pjs as I blew up the image from 92 to 120 to 150. The pixels bothered me, but not the other three members of the family. They were perfectly happy watching tv and movies on a 150 inch image/wall. I would recommend a 720p over the SVGA if you are going big, but I don't feel like I wasted my money. Now I have a 40 inch, 47 inch, 55 inch, 70 inch and a bunch of 32 inch tvs which I bought as"bleeding edge" technology...that was a waste of money.


Before edit: It all comes down to what you can afford, but don't miss out on the pj experience due to budget. In a few years, guys will attack you if you have only a 1080p pj. The Toy story image is shot is my Viewsonic PJD5134 which ranges in price from $300 to $349 on a outdoor 92 inch screen. I have about 600 hours on it with no problem. The Frozen image is against my 70 inch sharp in my family room on a plain wall.


You are in a forum were the tastes run higher than that of the average public, so they recommend the best and there is nothing wrong with that...but, don't pass on the experience due to budget. I really would take the $349 pj over my 70 inch tv any day of the week.





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Look for a deal on a new or used projector on ebay. Ideally something led or laser based since you won't want to be paying for bulbs (keep in mind led projectors are NOT particularly bright). There is a laser based Benq lx60 only available to Canadians on ebay and the price is down to 450 from 750. It's not worth near its msrp but if you wait a bit it's probably quite decent for 400$. Or you could also go refurbished and possibly get the manufacturer warranty depending on the dealer. Your other option would be a cheap older model used and set some aside for a cheap bulb, but I doubt the cheap knockoff bulbs are worth it.

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I ended up getting the acer I posted, it was like 150 off so I got it with tax for 450, shipped. Probably going to white sheet it for a while but I don't mind :P
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