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From: "Tom Morris" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Projectors
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 02:51:21 -0500
In-Reply-To: <6.2.0.14.0.20041205160702.01f67bf8@pop.earthlink.net>


First, don't pay $3600 for the LP130, because it's available for $1800.
Even at the lower price though, there are probably better choices available
as outlined below.

One thing to consider upfront is whether you want your projector to be able
to do double duty as a home theater projector when you aren't on the road.
If so, you might desire a slightly different feature set than that for pure
business use, as well as prioritize things such as fan noise differently.

ProjectorCentral is a good source of reviews, specifications and comparison
tools. Their review of the LP130 from when it was introduced back in 2001
(at $5,000!) is at http://www.projectorcentral.com/lp_130.htm Today the
MSRP for this projector is $2000 and there's a rebate program at CompUSA and
Office Depot that will let you get it for $1800, so you definitely don't
want to be paying $3600 for it! They are probably blowing these out because
they are being discontinued.

A better bet might be to have a look at more recent models like the crop of
lightweight (2-3 lb) projectors reviewed this summer at
http://www.projectorcentral.com/two_pound_projectors.htm. The InFocus LP70+
that they review is lighter, brighter, cheaper and quieter than the LP130.
The NEC LT10 that is part of the same review is stronger in some respects
than the LP70+. PC World has a review of a similar class of projectors at
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,116288,00.asp. Both reviews are
worth reading not only for their remarks about the specific projectors
reviewed, but also for the discussion of which features influence which
aspects of performance.

The InFocus LP70+ and NEC LT10 both have street prices of $1400-$1600. Be
sure to check out the seller ratings though because the lowest price on
Froogle for the LP70+, $1230, is advertised by a company that sounds like
the prototypical Internet seller from hell
http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1988.html Fortunately Froogle includes
a link for reviews from a few different ratings services right with their
prices.

The recently introduced Dell 2300MP is worth checking out if you want
something brighter and don't mind a little extra weight. Dell has it on
sale for $1350. One nice thing about the ProjectCentral site is that even
if a product hasn't been reviewed by the site, you can still read user
reviews to see what people think of it.

Here's a table that shows a side-by-side feature comparison of the all the
projectors mentioned above plus a low end Dell unit
http://www.projectorcentral.com/parts_compare.cfm?pid_13=2648&pid_15=2284&pi
d_27=2591&pid_39=2436&pid_48=2354&pid_66=2311

If you decide this will be strictly for presentation use, you might want to
consider whether you really need XGA resolution (1024x768) or if SVGA
(800x600) would be adequate. Dell's SVGA projector is $810 vs $1350 for
their cheapest XGA projector and InFocus has a similar low end product.

The best way to find out what comes bundled with a projector is to check the
user manual. They are almost always easily accessible on the Web. I've
never seen a projector that doesn't include a remote, but the NEC remote
only controls the projector and doesn't include remote mouse controls like
the Dell and InFocus remotes do. Your laptop needs to support an external
USB mouse for this to work, but if it is less than a few years old, this
shouldn't be a problem.

Here are the user guides for the above mentioned projectors:

http://www.infocus.com/service/lp70/userguides/LP70+%20UG.pdf
http://www.necvisualsystems.com/corpus/E/M/LT10_MAN.pdf
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/acc/2300MP/en/index.htm

As far as refurbished projectors go, because bulbs are $400 item, the number
of hours on the projector and the type of warranty are going to be key
factors. Personally, I doubt it would be worth the hassle unless I was
buying from someone I knew and trusted.

Hope this helps (and isn't too overwhelming!).

Tom




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