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Panasonic PT-AE900U/720p projector

Someone is offering to sell me a Panasonic PT-AE900U with a brand new bulb for 300 CAD (227 USD). I've never owned a projector and I was wondering if this was a decent deal. It will be going in my basement (where getting the lighting down to pitch black is not difficult) and I want to use a 90"-110" screen. Does 1080 vs 720 make a huge difference when it comes to projectors? I know it's a fairly subjective question but I just have no idea if I will be happy with picture quality.

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Someone is offering to sell me a Panasonic PT-AE900U with a brand new bulb for 300 CAD (227 USD). I've never owned a projector and I was wondering if this was a decent deal. It will be going in my basement (where getting the lighting down to pitch black is not difficult) and I want to use a 90"-110" screen. Does 1080 vs 720 make a huge difference when it comes to projectors? I know it's a fairly subjective question but I just have no idea if I will be happy with picture quality.

Any info is appreciated.

Thanks!
I think the price is high even with a new lamp for a used 720p projector. I bought a new projector last year with a 3 year warranty and one year on the bulb that was WXGA roughly 720P resolution for 365 USD for around 300 USD I think you can buy the same projector as a new factory refurb now. with warranty.

720 P resolution is fine and I love the image on mine and I sit about 2X screen height away. If you are on a budget and don’t want to get up in the 600-800 USD range for a 1080P you will enjoy a 720P every bit as much for a first projector.

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If the replacement lamp is a genuine Panasonic OEM replacement lamp and the projector has no other issues like burnt optics, panel aliment issues or dust blobs then its a good buy. That's a lot of ifs so unless this is a very trusted seller that will let you see it in operation before you buy or refund your money if it has any issues then steer clear.

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The PT-AE900U was a fairly high range projector when introduced and has lots of features today's cheaper 720p projectors lack, such as 2:1 zoom and vertical and horizontal lens shift. But it's also fairly dim by today's standards. It all depends on whether you need a lot of zoom and lens shift for your application or if you would prefer a brighter image.
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