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Buying a domestic projector

Amazon seems to be selling projectors with slashed prices so that I could buy one for under £75. (When I looked last year they were £150 or so and up.)

Anyone got any recommendations/warnings? I just want one that will project photos/slides/videos from a laptop (or USB stick would be cool) onto a kitchen wall, so maximum projected image size only needs to be about 5 feet square.

Anyone know why they have suddenly dropped in price, if it's sudden?


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3rd Nov, 2016 10:29 (UTC)
I thought you were talking about a projector television, which I have also seen suddenly appearing in homes. I get the feeling there's been some breakthrough in lumens per dollar (so cheaper) and lumens per watt (so less elaborate heat engineering for the projector).

As late as a couple of years ago, our large office building would have a few projectors available in a central location to sign out, and they would come with stern warnings to close down so that the fan is still cooling the bulb, not to just pull the plug; and replacement bulbs cost eye-watering amounts. The fan would also make a monstrous racket which made meetings a trial for me with my hearing.
3rd Nov, 2016 15:06 (UTC)
We used to borrow similar projectors for doing talks or teaching sessions in study centres that didn't have then installed. Now we can no longer borrow a college one, I have occasionally wondered whether buying one of our own would be useful, but could never justify the price for just an occasional use. But if they're as little as £75, I would definitely be tempted. Except that I don't currently have a working laptop...
3rd Nov, 2016 21:37 (UTC)
Those mostly seem to be around 1000 lumens which isn't incredibly bright - about a 100W old style light bulb - and fairly low resolution, but ought to be OK for DVDs etc. in a room that isn't too brightly lit. It looks like they typically use a panel of LEDs rather than an LCD with lighting behind it; that means that you don't have to worry about buying a lamp after a few thousand hours, but an obvious question is what's the failure rate of the LED panels - remembering that there are say a third of a million pixels - and what sort of warranty do they give on them?

Might be worth checking if there's a Which guide on this.
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