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If you're interested in investing in your own Digital Projector, here's my advice and the process I went through to make a decision.
PROJECTORS The first thing I'd recommend is that you physically see, inspect and ask questions about as many digital projectors as you can. Go to stores, organizations, NSA meetings, rental places etc. Look at and compare as many projectors as you can to get a feel for your needs. The best web site to start with is http://www.projectorcentral.com/ I'd read the articles and then use their "Projector Database" You can enter your own general criteria and they will search for a match. I ended up with a dozen projectors on my list and whittled it down to one. For your information, my main criteria were these: Cost.........$2000-$3000 Noise........It needed to be relatively quiet (note...some models are fairly noisy) Lumens.......1000 lumens + (this is bright enough to use in most meeting rooms without turning down the lights) Quality.....It needed to be a name brand with a good warranty and a great picture. I ended up buying the Infocus LP-280. I actually brought my laptop in, hooked it up and checked the picture quality...it was great. LP-280 is listed at $2999, but I paid $1899 at www.bhphotovideo.com I almost bought a different brand and model, but because I couldn't test it or find any reviews, I stayed with the one I knew was a winner. --------------------------- SCREENS There are quite a few screens available, but the one I chose is the one I got to try. It's the Da-Lite Deluxe Insta-Theater. It retails for $640, but I got mine for $372. You can pay as little as $100 for a screen, but I definitely went for the WOW factor. This model looks professional, goes up easily and quickly and is impressive. I found my best price at... www.bhphotovideo.com I'd suggest an 80" diagonal minimum. --------------------------- REMOTE MOUSE The problem with the remote that comes with most projectors is that they are infrared devices. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't -- not good for a professional PowerPoint presentation. There are a number of models out there, but in this case I took my advice from Michael Morgan. Check his web site for more technology hints. I ended up buying the RemotePoint RF Cordless Mouse. It had some great reviews. I got mine from www.cdw.com for $150. ----------------------------- I'd say these recommendations are only good for a couple of months or so. I'd use them as a starting point and see what's the latest and greatest device.
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