Are Pico Projectors an option for (very) low budget bedroom cinema?

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  1. NatDaGamer

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    I would like input as to whether a pico projector is a good idea as a movie watching (and maybe gaming) solution. It'd ONLY be connected to my pc (running a 22" 1080p monitor) and would probably only really be used at night, although if I wanted to at daytime, I have blackout curtains which block 80-90% of light in my room. Ideally, my budget is under £90, but I may be willing to save up a little more...

    I can get a manufacturer refurbished Aiptek V20 for about £75 inc p&p or the Aiptek T15 for around £55 inc p&p (same place). I wouldn't mind buying second hand, and would maybe use 2-3 hours every few days (partly why I don't want to invest too much). The projection distance would be just under 2.5m if thats any help.

    If you want any more info, or if this isn't clear, please say :)
     
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    Only VGA res 640x480 I wouldent bother your better of saving up around 200 and getting a good second hand 720p projector like a hd65
     
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    thanks, guess i've got a few months of saving then xD
     
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    I can get a Sony VPL-EX3 for £85 or so, I think i'm gonna go for that
     
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    That's a data projector - far from ideal as a cinema unit.

    Just save up a little bit extra and you'll be able to do this right. You really want something that's natively 16:9 and 720p. Have a look on the classified forums here. You should definitely be able to pick something up for £200 ish.
     
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    What about the Acer X110?
     
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    Thats a 4:3 panel, try looking for a 16:9 unit.
     
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    I'm having trouble finding a reasonably priced one. if I won't be using the projector more than one movie every couple of days, is it worth getting a 16:9? I probably wouldn't mind a letterbox effect. Also, due to age, I'm not allowed to post in the classifieds section of the forums :(
     
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    Not many people use there projectors on a daily basis. S/H projectors to search for.

    Hitachi PJ-TX200,
    Hitachi PJ-TX300,
    Panasonic PT-AX100,
    Panasonic PT-AT200,
    Optoma - Themescene HD65,
    Sony VPL-HS50,
    Sonly VPL-HS60

    These are the some of the better 720p projectors out there. There are many others, but this will give you a good starting point and a firm footing onto the home cinema projector experience. Good look searching.

    Also remember that many projectors only output an image and no audio unlike your iPad.

    Regards, Shane.
     
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    thanks for the list, having a look now to see what i can find :)
     
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    Sanyo Z3, Z4 and Z5 all worth consideration too.
     
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    Optoma HD700 too (black version of an Optoma HD65)

    You will still get a letterbox effect with different aspect ratios anyway but with native 4:3, they will be even bigger.
     
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    anyone know a website (other than the 'bay) where i can find these projectors?
     

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