Just depends on how much that $270 matters to you I suppose. As far as projector reliability goes, well most people don't use their projectors nearly as much as some of us do, that's why many of us have experienced more problems (don't own the 8350 myself though). Convergence issues still are quite common on LCD projectors, I've seen enough to know that. You will probably get 1.5 pixels or less overall convergence error (if counting all pixels) on average, but 1 pixel off on RED is still pretty annoying, unless it's off on blue which is not bad (1/2 pixel off on blue is like nothing). The problem is the lens shift will add to that error a little bit, so it all just stacks up. As you pay more money on the higher-end projectors, the convergence tends to average better but more importantly you get convergence correction abilities.
The 8350 is really good if you get a good sample (and most probably will), but it could definitely use a bit of a boost from the Darby Darblet (just like almost almost all projectors seem to benefit from it). I haven't gotten the Darby yet myself, but everyone is raving about it, I haven't seen hardly even one bad review (ok maybe 1 in 1000).
Edited by coderguy - 8/8/12 at 8:36pm