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720p Budget Friendly Projector

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I'm looking to get a budget friendly 720p projector for my girlfriends apartment. She just moved in and has a nice white 10 ft wall that would be perfect for a screen. She doesn't need anything fancy just something to fill up more room than a 32" tv. It will be 80% movie/tv and 20% video game use so i figured 720p would do. I'm really trying to stay around $300-$350 if possible. Thanks for the help
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Refurbished BenQ or Epson is about the only way to go at your price point for 720p.

Now, if you just want something larger and are planning on a reasonably sized image, the $299 ViewSonic PJD5155 gives a nice image when fed a HD signal, but it is only 800x600. I have one for travelling/playing with and the non-HD part doesn't bother us based on what it gives us vs our 70" TV.
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Refurbished BenQ or Epson is about the only way to go at your price point for 720p.

Now, if you just want something larger and are planning on a reasonably sized image, the $299 ViewSonic PJD5155 gives a nice image when fed a HD signal, but it is only 800x600. I have one for travelling/playing with and the non-HD part doesn't bother us based on what it gives us vs our 70" TV.
See thats i was thinking about a 800x600 like the epson 640 but was worried the quality would be too crappy for most stuff. It was my original plan but then got psyched out
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See thats i was thinking about a 800x600 like the epson 640 but was worried the quality would be too crappy for most stuff. It was my original plan but then got psyched out
Here's mine beside my Epson 1080p on a 132" width wall. The ViewSonic is on the right. I wouldn't go with a SVGA Epson and I love my Epsons. The pixels would just be too noticeable on the Epson vs a DLP like the ViewSonic or BenQ.
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There is an IN82 in the classified forum which is priced at $450, offer up $300 and see where it goes..
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$375 for 720p from Epson refurb... Not a bad option.

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@Spydie , the suggestion above from @AV_Integrated is good. In addition to the Epson factory warranty, which is among the best, Epson also offers genuine replacement lamps for this model for just $99 each -- less than half of what other projector makers typically charge. This is especially useful when you plan to put long hours on a projector using it as a TV replacement.

Epson is also offering a couple of factory refurbished 720p models for $329 and $349, but they're older models that use $199 replacement lamps. So it would make sense to go $25 over your $350 max budget to get the $375 model (PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD) with much cheaper replacement lamps.
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I should add that both Amazon and Best Buy currently have Epson's PowerLite Home Cinema 740HD on sale brand new for just $5 more than Epson is selling the refurbished 730HD. The 740HD is a 2-year newer 720p model that essentially replaced the 730HD, which is a 2013 model that's now out of production. Even better, Epson sells genuine replacement lamps for the 740HD for just $79 -- $20 less than for the 730HD.

This is truly a no-brainer -- a brand new, improved version for just $5 more than an older refurbished model, and with $79 replacement lamps to boot. You won't find a better new 720p projector deal for $380.
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Final note: The reason the 740HD is now going into closeout sale is because it is in the process of being replaced by a new 760HD.
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