Originally Posted by westa6969
Is your Dorm in a cave? Daylight will destroy the impact of a projector even with curtains closed. For slightly more you can get Sony Bravia KDL-32M3000 budget panel either Amazon or Circuit City. I'd be aiming for a 37-42" for a Dorm though if you go budget.
Hehe... many dorms are caves. It is the philosophy of many college students I know (including myself and my roomates) that blocking out all sunlight from your windows is the ideal way to sleep to all hours of the day... In all honesty... it's not hard or challenging (or expensive) to block out a window...
The real problem in a dorm room with respect to projectors is:
- Finding a suitable place to project a the image as you are often very limited for space
- Finding a suitable place and technique for hanging/mounting both the projector itself and a screen (if you don't want to project onto a wall alone) due to the staff getting a bit pissed if you start drilling up the place.
- Not screwing up the damn thing when you're drunk! (ah the shelf mounted projector... a fun target for my pee and vomit!)
In all reality, I lived in the dorms for 2 years at penn state... I wouldn't have dreamed about putting a projector in there. Like westa said, an LCD is much more practical for your situation. Furthermore, you don't have to worry about replacing a bulb on an LCD... so you don't have to worry about passing out with it on, or if your roommate will turn it off, etc... Finally, on a budget of $700 you would be a bit strapped to get a decent new 720p setup anyway. There may be a few options, like the Optima HD70 which I believe can be had (after rebate) for under that cost. However, then you have to think about at least a half decent DIY screen... and then there is the whole mounting thing (if you don't have a shelf for it).
Honestly, if your dorm room was anything like mine was, light is the least of your worries. Go for a smaller LCD