Originally Posted by Rik Shaw
Sorry to rehash a topic discussed before, but wondering if technology has changed enough in the last years that makes the conversation different than in other threads.
So the question is about these LED projectors on [email protected]
and elsewhere that are around $200-400 and claiming to be LED and somewhere north of 2000 lumens. It seems crazy and maybe the contrast or quality aren't high but let me explain what we need:
We are an overseas NGO in Ethiopia and often have power cuts. The projector is needed for power points, etc. So we don't need high quality "home theater experience" but need a functional projector for daytime that is durable: meaning that when power cuts and it doesn't get a proper cool-down we aren't going to need to buy $200 bulb replacements. So, that is why I am trying to focus on LED projectors. But now I start to get confused between LED lamps and the "display technology". Again maybe I don't care about the "display technology" as much as long as the lamp itself is LED.
What is strange is seeing all the "no name" projectors at the above site for around $200. Is there no brand name in this category of projector besides Pyle, which seems to get mixed reviews but at least has some sort of customer support? Again I don't need great image quality, just need something that isn't going to suffer under power cuts. So in the $500 max range what direction do I go? Pyle? Other?
Thanks for any help,
I have one of those no-name LED projectors (Excelvan 720d), and it does a surprisingly nice job for the price. However the lumens are projected lumens, and are not measured the same as regular projectors are. Mine says 3000 lumens but it definitely isn't brighter than my other more expensive projector. These extreme budget projectors don't have enough brightness to stand on their own in a day-lit room as you require, so you'll have to make sure that the room is as dark as possible by drawing the curtains and closing out as much sunlight as possible, or use a grey screen like I have. Take a look at the attachment comparing the video in a day-lit room with the curtains open and closed. You can see that the grey screen really helps. Also, due to its lower brightness, it's best not to put this thing too far from the screen. At night, it's fine.
The LED is rated for years of use, but because it's so cheap I would literally laugh my head off if it can last that long. Basically, because of the low price of the projector it's practically worry free and no huge loss if something goes wrong. Dealing with power cuts shouldn't be a problem with this projector. I switch this thing on and off all the time and it's still working fine. I even leave it on overnight several times because I fell asleep while watching movies.
The best way to really check the picture quality of these sub $200 projectors is to go on youtube and find as many video samples and see for yourself.
Look at reviews of top 10 budget projectors, or best projector for under $200. That's what I did and I ended up with the Excelvan. Some people's experience may vary, so get on amazon then get on youtube to find video samples and see if they can back it up. You can ask the reviewers all the questions you want and I'm sure they'll be happy to help you.
Don't worry too much about the naysayers scaring you into trying to pay more for other projectors unless your budget can really support paying more. You really need to set aside a bit of money to get everything right if you want theater-like quality. This means the right projector, paying more for replacement lamps, higher running costs etc.