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post #1 of 9
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Hello,

I am looking into purchasing a projector but am severely scared and confused by the amount of options available. I'm afraid my budget is somewhat limited as I really do not want to go above $800. My primary purpose for a projector is image editing/graphic design, so color accuracy and black levels are pretty important but not super important as I will be doing final edits using a monitor. Basically my plan is to complete about 90% of my work using a projector and then use a monitor for final adjustments to reduce eye strain. If a projector can reproduce about lets say 70% of what I see on my monitor then I'd be happy. biggrin.gif Ability to watch movies/play video would be a nice bonus.

I've researched some options but am still confused whether I should get a LED based projector or a regular one? It seems LED based projectors are not as bright, but I'm still confused about the overall image quality/contrast of the two.


Some other info:

-My room is about 15 feet in length. I was thinking of placing a projector at one end of the room and projecting the image onto an off white wall right across.
-Most likely I will be working in the evenings or late an night so the room will be fairly dark but not pitch black
-My primary reason for switching to a projector is to reduce eye fatigue. I think a lamp based projector would be better suited for this then an LED but I'm somewhat concerned about the lamp replacement costs which appear to be about $150+ for a lamp?
-I plan on using the projector about 5 hours per day on average


Hopefully this covers everything. Sorry if it's a bit confusing, I did try breaking it down into sections smile.gif

Any advice/suggestions on what to get are greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 9
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Also here are some of the companies I was looking at; NEC, ViewSonic and BenQ as well as some links to projectors below.

http://www.viewsonic.com/us/projectors/ultra-portable/pled-w500.html

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-PA70G-Micro-Portable-Projector/dp/B008FJXIS4/ref=cm_rdp_product

http://www.amazon.com/3M-MP410-Mobile-Projector/dp/B007DC89OW

http://www.necdisplay.com/p/multimedia-projectors/np-m260w
post #3 of 9
For that much use, and if your concerned with lamp costs, then you might find an led works better. But generally in this price range, they will not be very good for blacks and normally are lower resolution at around 720p. Another thing to look into is "text detail" if your doing that kind of work with it on a computer, and possible eye strain with a dlp pj that may show "RBE" with bright objects. Of the ones you mentioned, the LG PA70G, may be about the best overall, but you want to research it more.

Maybe this guide will help you some, explaining the different areas of business type pjs? http://www.projectorcentral.com/buyers2.htm and the LG thread to look it over, http://www.avsforum.com/t/1405666/lg-pa70g-led-1280x800-700-lumens
post #4 of 9
how about looking at the lg pg65u looks like it will have a much better contrast and might have better focus than last years models
post #5 of 9
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Do most DLP based projectors show the rainbow effect and if so how noticeable is it?

The lg pg65u does look interesting, unfortunately there is not a single review of it
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post #7 of 9
you get less rainbow effect with led dlp projectors as there is no colour wheel and they can cycle the colours a lot faster, it depends how sensitive you are to it and it varies from model to model, you wont find out until you see one, I have an lg led projector , its about 2 years old and I very rarely see any rainbow effects
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by fido dido View Post

you get less rainbow effect with led dlp projectors as there is no colour wheel and they can cycle the colours a lot faster, it depends how sensitive you are to it and it varies from model to model, you wont find out until you see one, I have an lg led projector , its about 2 years old and I very rarely see any rainbow effects

I was actually looking at lg projectors recently. How do you like yours and do you think one would fit my needs?
post #9 of 9
I think mine is great, its only 768x1024 res but puts out a very good picture. for what your using it for I would only use led as a bulb projector will dim very quickly and in turn change the colours , I use mine at least 5 hours a day and I have not seen any dimming after 2 years . I think that when it comes to eye strain I did have some to begin with as the screen was so large but after about a week I found it a lot easier to watch than a normal tv, the lg led projectors for this year have a few issues for you, the resolution is 720p with diamond pixels and if you are projecting 15 feet away it might be too far, use this as a guide http://www.projectorcentral.com/LG-PB60G-projection-calculator-pro.htm . there is the acer k750 1080p but it uses led and laser so one colour might dim at a different rate and it has had mixed reviews . everyone is waiting for good quality 1000 lumen, 1080p, 3d led projector at an affordable price, next year maybe
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