I think this is basically a toy.
You know those "theater research" speakers you can get on Ebay, where the whole 5 piece system can be had for $149.95? I think this is the same marketing and business model.
THeater Research speakers came on the scene several years ago, and could be bought basically for whatever you happened to have in your pocket. In Fact, my friend has a theory that the same people who did the "White van" speakers in your local shopping center parking lot just decided that with the internet and Ebay, they now longer needed the white van
I've been watching them closely - They were on Ebay in HUGE numbers, available for nothing. Lately though, I've been seeing the same speakers on Ebay, but with a "buy it Now" price of $699! I think the strategy is, sell cheaply until the public gets ingrained in their heads by Osmosis the vaguely "high end" name of "Theater Research", then just begin pretending they ARE high end and slap a high price on them. A sucker is born every minute...
I believe LumenLab is doing the same thing. Heck, it may even be the same people
Several years ago, ads for "150" big screen projector" began popping up on the internet, for $19.95! However, on inspection, it was simply a plastic Fresnel lens and instructions on how to make your own homemade "projector", using your own TV as a source. Basically...junk.
Then, those began to fade away, and up pops Lumenlab, with their $299 projector. No specs, no technology info, just how great the giant picture would be for your Playstation!
For those who cared to inquire, you could discover that it was basically a hastily thrown together plastic case with an overhead projector lamp and a surplus LCD screen from outdated technology, cobbled together to throw an image. This much I know, as one of my sons friends actually bought one on Ebay. It would throw a moderately bright but blurry and low contrast, low color image on the wall. Brightness uniformity was horrendous, as you can imagine an overhead projector lamp, 5 inch LCD panel and a plastic lens would throw. Probably about 3 times as bright in the dead center, with the edges almost fading out. My son and his friend ended up preferring to play their games on a 32" direct view TV.
Now, after a few years, LumenLab comes out with name recognition, a NEW projector, complete with "specs", a new case but basically the same technology inside. Needless to say, I'm VERY skeptical. Comparing this to a Infocus 4805 or even an Optoma 27 is , IMHO, a farce.
I could be wrong though. Maybe Lumenlab started with a few bucks and a dream and did the best that they could. Then, as revenue picked up, the "picked themselves up by the bootstraps" and poured their profits back into their fledgeling company and developed a product that ushers them into the world of true home theater projectors.
I tell you what - if anyone from LumenLabs is reading, I would be more than happy to take a loaner and review it for the crowd here. Nothing would be stronger testimony than a once-skeptic reversing his words and giving credit where it's due. I would be fair in the review as well, only measuring it against other projectors in its price range. If it costs 80% of a refurbished In4805, and it delivers close to 80% of the quality, i will GLADLY eat my words and tell everyone I know. And I'll even spring for a new bulb at $30 to replace the review bulb I used after I return it.
PM me if interested