Summary: This projector not only did the trick, but it exceeded my expectations. I have had it now for 3 years and its still running strong. I can see that the lamps "useful" life is 3000 hrs, but looks like I'm getting more. I also have an unused lamp that I have yet to install... so this thing will last me a LONG time!
Summary: Personal Experience Ok i sell an install projectors and can say long term the Ep1690 is a dependable bright projector that can put out very good high lumen video . infact every one that i installed from even 3 yrs ago is still going strong . the contrast is very good but the pic is somewhat soft compared to some others like sanyo / excellent for home theater in moderate light ! even in eco mode its as bright as the AX200 !
Summary: I have enjoyed this projector since jul/2007. Excellent product. But exactly one month after the 2-year warranty expired, this aug/2009 (the lamp is only 930 hours old) the projector suddenly no longer exhibits color: the reds become a dark blue, the image is now a bluish grayscale and the initial blue-screen is a whitish gray. An Internet search showed others with the same problem.
Summary: Personal Experience Pretty amazing what you can buy for only $800 with free shipping and generous return policy these days! I'm mostly watching DVDs, and compared with the XGA unit I'd been using it's both much sharper and much brighter (plus better color saturation). Looks really good on my 93" 16:10 screen, even in bright daylight (I'm in SoCA with picture windows on most of 3 walls in the viewing area). At night it's breathtaking.
Summary: Personal Experience Excellent home theater projector. I used it for my HTPC. Movies on a 100" (on the diagonal) screen are just AWESOME! It's better than being at the movie theater. Lots of options with two VGA ports that can be used for component video with the right adapter. I use the DVI-D port from the HTPC - great experience. By far color saturation on this is pretty good compared to others in its class.
Summary: Personal Experience I just upgraded from an InFocus X2 projector (1700 lumens) I purchased for $250 early last year. Good value for money, very good image quality, noisy fan at full speed but not so bad in eco mode. I couldnâ€™t even watch TV during the day without having to close all the shades to block out the sun. It crapped out so I decided to upgrade.
Summary: I wanted a prjector for our company prsentations that meet the following criteria: 1. have a 16:9 Aspect ratio because my laptop has this ratio (and many new lap tops do) and I had problems with my existing projector to adapt to this ratio. 2. Be bright enough for all kind of lighting situations because sometimes we go to a presentation and the lighting configuration is not uder our control.
Summary: I have had my projector for a couple of weeks now and I have been satisfied. I bought this to replace a Dell 2200MP because I needed something brighter and sharper for watching movies in a living room with lots of windows, and this was much better priced than other projectors with similar resolution and brightness. The Dell was terrible for dark scenes unless we were watching at night, even with heavy black curtains over all the windows.
Summary: Personal Experience I bought this projector for use in my living room. I can watch sports or movies, games for the kids, during the day with a good amount of ambient light and the PQ is fine. At night I can enjoy movies with the lights on and the image is very good. The good thing about this projector is that if you want to turn off the lights you can adjust the settings to achieve a picture that is very close to the "Home Theater" projectors for about $1200.