Originally Posted by sagarsamtani
I found a deal used HW40ES.
Need your advice.. is it worth getting this very old projector in 2020? considering there are many 1080p projectors available brand new under 1000 usd range . Also there is viewsonic 747-4K projector available in this range.. is picture quality and features that much good in HW40ES in 2020 also and what made you buy this instead of newer 1080 projectors?
will really appreciate your input
This is quite the necrobump. You would have been much better off starting a new thread to ask.
That said, I think the question is about how much you are spending on the projector, and what shape it is actually in. A lamp that is nearly dead will run you several hundred dollars to replace, and I often consider the lamp something which should be expected to need to be replaced shortly after purchase of most used models.
If you can't see it in person, do you know how the LCoS panels are doing? Do you know how many hours total the projector has been used?
I often see 'deals' out there, which sound great, but then the projector has 5,000+ hours on it, and you have to question how much life it really does have left.
I'm not sure the 40ES is much worse than the 45ES and the 45ES is still considered perhaps one of the best value 1080p projectors ever made. It had very high marks and compared nicely against the Epson 5040UB. The Epson 5040UB refurb models are (right now) the best deal going IMO on a projector with a warranty from the manufacturer.
So, you are taking a gamble no matter what. Yes, the Sony will look better than the Viewsonic. It will have much better contrast and a much better lens system and will be nearly dead silent.
But, it's a lot older, and that age is a consideration. The build quality of the Sony should also be far better than any Viewsonic.
I agree with all the points in the previous post as well.