Cheap, decent movie projector?
September 29, 2010 8:27 AM Subscribe
Cheap projector question for probably the millionth time on the green: Can somebody recommend a sub-$450 projector for watching movies at home?
Having recently received a very generous wedding gift from the estate of a relative who I've never met, my wife and I are looking for a fun way to spend it.
Currently, we have no TV and we don't really like the idea of having a tv set up full time in our tiny place anyway. That said, we do watch a lot of TV and movies on a laptop [that we found in the recycling!]. This is not a bad state of things, but I think it would be fun to hook the laptop up to a giant screen to pretend that we're so fancy.
Most reviews of projectors that I have found have a... tendency to focus on the higher end. We have $500 and a list of smaller fun things that would be awesome too.
I like the idea of LED lamps, and I don't really spend any time srutinizing images for quality. Most of the movies we have are ripped to the 1-2 gig level of quality [except for awesome nature documentaries, but even that is still just DVD, not blu-ray or what-have-you]. It would be nice if the thing could fit in a pannier for movie-watching at other locations, but it will likely sit 99% of the time in a little box next to the couch.
Relevant detail things [I think]:
-pretty much exclusively hooked up to a laptop
-we've got about 11 feet between walls
-two windows in the living room, but pretty good drapes
-we could probably use the backside of an old pull-down world map to project on
-[the import thing that you can't believe I forgot to tell you]
We're in Canada [Alberta], and that budget is in Canadian dollars. I only ask because somebody here probably just knows this off the top of their head and I really don't know what's what in the world of projection.
In the neighbouring stores, there's a benq 'joybee'(?) and a epson ex51 both going for around $380.