Summary: I didn't spend much on it ($169 refurbished), and it was a great deal at that price. It works good: Clear picture through the computer, DVD player, and the cable box. I use it outside for baseball games, and the only problem is it doesn't work very well until the sun goes down (even in the shade). I'm sure there are more expensive projectors for daytime use outside, but this one works great for everything else.
decent for the price, not a rock star by any means
Ed Canupp, Amazon
7 May 2014
Summary: I bought a reconditioned one with a new lamp in it, it's bright enough in a darkened room, it does distort colors some what. I actually wish it would work in closer spaces, but if you have a few meters (yards) to setup away from screen or wall, you should be good to go. Not the quietest projector on the presentation circuit, but one should be be able to use only a slightly elevated voice to present in smaller rooms.
Summary: We weren't interested in researching the newest inputs/outputs, refresh rates or dpi - we just wanted to purchase a projector that made movie watching more enjoyable than using a small tv or laptop. Annndd... done: we paid just under $300 for a full setup. I mounted the projector to the ceiling in our living room pointing at a six foot screen about 16 feet away and it's perfect.
Summary: Other reviewers report problems with this device. I happen to have one that has been working just fine since 2009 with no problems. Beyond that, I will add: 1. A replacement lamp is around $200. That is not unusual for DLP projectors, but you should know. The lamp is rated at about 4000 hours. We use ours weekly in a 3 hour meeting. If the lamp rating is true, it should last 25 years. If the lamp burns out, the meeting is screwed.
Summary: If the projector supported HDMI, it would be perfect. Instead you are limited to VGA, S-Video, and Component Video. Last night, we watched a movie on the garage door under the stars. It was perfect!
Summary: If this had an HDMI input it would be the perfect projector for it's price range. The resolution rating, SD /vs HD is based on the video input. You can obtain 720p using the RGB input if your video card supports that high an output. Even then, I can see little difference in the picture quality even using the single RCA video input versus the RGB at 1024 x 768 from my computer. It throws a crisp bright picture that can be watched even in moderate light.