Advice on a semi-portable (sub-6lb) projector under $700 for road trips.
I posted a couple months back looking for advice on potential options to replace my little ML550 as my road trip projector, but after a lot of consideration, decided it may not be worth it to drop into the realm of palm or pocket sized projectors for now given the current available options. Though its not often difficult for me to get a fairly dark room/rooftop, I'm usually projecting onto less than ideal, makeshift screens, so the main thing I'm looking to improve is the overall brightness (not difficult coming from an Optoma ML550.) Honestly, half the time, because of the I/O and the fact that I can use one of the handful of regular three prong power cables I'm regularly traveling with, rather than hunting for the ML550s power brick, I prefer to just throw my old Optoma HD66 ( 11.28" x 3.98" x 7.6" / 5.1 pounds for reference) into the car, and bring it, a long 3.5mm cable, and a decent bluetooth speaker with me in a backpack when getting together with a few friends.
-1080p would be nice but isn't necessary
-Short throw is a must
-Size constraints are very flexible as long is its easily tossed in a backpack
-HDMI in, 3.5mm out are a must, which I almost felt I wouldn't have to mention but then...the Epson 1060 happened
-My budget is $600-700 but I'd probably rather spend less if I could do so by dropping to something closer to 720p res, with fewer "features"
Really just something thats travel friendly for someone who travels in a hatchback typically loaded up with excessive equipment. The ML550's size was nice I guess, but honestly not doing me many favors with the way I travel, so the thought of upgrading to the "impressive for its size" Optoma ML1050ST+ for $650 (which I nearly did yesterday,) seems kind of like a waste; I'm not especially familiar with this low to mid price range for full sized projectors, nor have I ever had a short throw projector so I'm just a bit lost with the options. Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks.