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What's your experience been like?

Hi Chris -

My experience has been both good and bad. For a while, I borrowed a projector from work. It was an old one, to say the least. Color wasn't the best, and it couldn't run for more than two hours or so without overheating (once destroying the bulb). Bad news is that those bulbs are not cheap - as has been mentioned. The ones for that projector ran about $500, were rated at an 800 hour useful life - though if you ran too long, it might be significantly less.

Then I bought an Epson 7300 from eBay. Great projector. It's not portable, really. That is to say, you can carry it, but not comfortably for any length of time. But it's got great light (1300 lumens IIRC) and the bulb is rated at 2000 hours. Thus far, I've got about 500 on it - that's in six months or so. Even better, it will shut itself off if it gets too hot, so that it doesn't destroy the bulb like the other one did. I've run it as long as six hours in a sitting, though, and it's never had a problem. I'm not looking forward to buying another bulb for it, but that's a ways off still. And in the meantime, I've got a great-sized picture on the wall. :)

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