I Won't Pay for Another Bulb - Give Me the Lowdown on UST Laser Projectors
So, I'm on my 2nd projector in 8 years. The first, an Optoma HD20 was plagued with issues, and ran through several expensive/hard to replace bulbs. My latest, some weird conference model Acer that my work gave me has been surprisingly decent, but I'm so ready for an upgrade. So I started looking for what's new in the projector world, and I kept running into posts in different forums about all of these crazy Chinese projectors that you can sit practically in front of your screen, and because they don't use bulbs they last nearly forever.
So after hours of pouring through posts, I feel I'm only slightly more clued in than when I started. As I understand it, there are only a handful of companies that are currently producing ultra short throw laser projectors, most of whom are Chinese (though a couple popular companies like Dell, and LG have introduced their own models). The common names that keep popping up areXioami, XGIMI, and JMGO (though I'm assuming there are others).
One of the things I was looking forward to upgrading to was 4K, but as I understand it, most of these companies do not provide affordable native 4K, is that correct? Having been out of the AVS game for awhile, does 4K even matter that much anymore when features like HDR are all the rage?
The projector names I keep seeing bandied about include the Xiaomi Mi and WEMAX One, and the XGIMI Lune 4K (and to a lesser extant some of the JMGO models). I'm actually familiar with Xiaomi, since I own one of their robot vacuums (I freakin love it), and the Xiaomi's see relatively easy to come by on websites like ********. So, which of these projectors is the one to get now? Which are the one's to keep an eye out on?
A bit about my needs/wants...I'm strictly a movie guy (trying to make it through the 1001 Moves You Must See Before You Die list), so I don't care if the projector is good for games or anything. My projector room is a dark, heavily curtained living room, but it's not completely blacked out or anything. One of the issues I've suffered with my last two projectors is that I never felt they got bright enough (the Optoma was rated at 1700 ANSI Lumens, but I feel it was rarely ever that bright). My source is a beefy Home Theater PC with an Nvidia GTX 1070. If possible, I'd like to be able to watch films at their native refresh rate. A short throw projector would work perfectly for my current living room setup. And um...I think that's about it.
So, what am I missing? Is this a waste of time? Which laser projectors should I be looking out for?