Hi everyone, I am new to the site and seeking some help on deciding which projector to buy.
Let me put you in my "scenario" first.....
I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Being that our currency (the peso) is 3 to 1 with the dollar (you need 3 pesos to get 1 dollar), in order to understand my situation, please think as if for you, the prices were to be 3 times as much. That is, if a certain projector here in the us costs 1000 dollars, consider it costing 3000 dollars... ok?
Ok, here we go... I first started noticing hd projector were available and for around 800 dollars, so now that I'm over in the US on a trip I wanted to buy one to bting back home with me.
The thing is that as with all tech stuff that I buy, I usually tend to read a lot (maybe too much... :S) so I went from the first projectors I saw at around 800 (optoma hd70, mitsubishi hc1500, etc.), to looking at the one I wanted most till today, the Panasonic PT-AX200U....
I say untill today, because today I foud out about the Epson Home Cinema 720, and now I-ve got another player in the game....
So on once side I need advice on making up my mind between the compromise solution of buying one of the cheaper ones for now (optoma, mitsubishi, benq?), or buying the best I can afford (panasonic / epson).
One thing that makes it hard is believe it or not the reviews... I mean, these guys are so technical, that I don't know sometimes if one of their comments mean that I'm be totally unhappy if I choose a certain projector, or if on the other hand it's so technical that you only notice on side by side comparisons and I'd still be happy with it...
The use I want for the projector is for watching movies, and for playing video games.
I know the panasonic has that "gaming mode", but I first got into this hooking up my 360 to a friend regular old office projector, and having it been awesome... so I'm not quite sure just how much that "gaming mode" though it sounds extremely interesting, how much it would actually add to the experience...
Anyway, what I have so far regarding prices (and again to better judge the differences between prices regarding what they represent to me, remember to multiply by 3...).
Optoma HD70: ~900 minus a 200 mail in rebate for about 700 final
Mitsubishi HC1500: ~850
Panasonic PT-AX200U: 1250 with extra year warranty (there-s also something like 400 in free rentals, but that's no good for me living outside the states)
Epson home cinema 720: 1250 minus a 100 mail in rebate for 1150 final, plus an extra lamp (the 100 rebate and free lamp is an epson rebate/offer currently available).
So with these options in mind, and my budget scenario (I don't even want to spend 1200 cause that's a lot for me, but considering the difference between the models, in quality and in price, and being that you don't buy a projector every day...), what do you think would be the best option here?