I own basically the same projector... an Eiki LC-XG100 made in 2002. Paid 2 bucks for it from a recycler and only has about 10 hours on the bulb. Was a pull out from a local university. I literally love the thing. Super nice bright and crisp display. Audio is full and rich unlike the cheap projectors made today. It also has component input and looks awesome in that mode. I've actually owned several various Eiki units over the years... bought for next to nothing... and have never been disappointed with any of them.
Mine has a problem where the on screen text and menus are corrupted when the projector is first fired up... but if you run it for 5 minutes or so, power it down and unplug it, then plug it back in... it will run perfectly for the duration. I have no idea why it does that but... hey... for 2 bucks I'll live with it
My XG100 has a factory UV filter installed to protect the blue LCD. That XC1 should too if it dates around the same timeframe (2002-2003). So shouldn't have much worry about the LCD's "cooking" as long as you keep the filters clean (there's several) and you allow plenty of airflow around it.
I don't use it much anymore. Picked up a Toshiba TLP-X3000 from 2008 for 100 bucks at a pawn shop that's several times smaller and lighter than the Eiki and performs every bit as well. That's my "daily driver"... so to speak.
Eiki made some fine projectors that are built like tanks. They are awesome values when you can find them cheap. They ought to be good since they cost around $6000 to $8000 new.
I wouldn't recommend the LC-XC1 or any of these Eiki commercial units to be used unsupervised around kids. These things are beasts with tons of power behind them. They are definitely not toys and are not pretty if they decide to "blow up". Get the kids an Optima PT110 LED for around $150 used on Amazon and save the Eiki for family movie nights when you're in the room to keep an eye on it.Edited by joplindvdman - 3/29/13 at 2:38pm