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    Projector with or without HDMI?

    If I buy some new projectors (am looking at Epson EB-X11 or EBx14) should I be looking at HDMI connectivity? How important is it when the projector is permanently connected to a PC via VGA? Everyone raves about the EB-X11 but it doesnt have HDMI. Ive been told to future proof the new purchases by having HDMI included but when would we use HDMI in a classroom environment?

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    Just out of curiosity why are you not going down the lamp free projector route? I see them as a maintenance free hassle and they have HDMI on most models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexPilot View Post
    Just out of curiosity why are you not going down the lamp free projector route? I see them as a maintenance free hassle and they have HDMI on most models.
    Agreed. We purchase Casios now and they all have HDMI.

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    I'm at the same point too. Looking at the EBX12 which does has HDMI for around the 350 mark.

    Not sure on the Casio still - love the features etc and can see the advantages but almost twice the price it's tough to argue for that route. Can do two rooms instead of one and bulbs covered for 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexPilot View Post
    Just out of curiosity why are you not going down the lamp free projector route? I see them as a maintenance free hassle and they have HDMI on most models.
    Mainly price but also I have heard the Casios develop colour issues after a time.

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    The price issue is very big for us. We can get Epsons with 5 year Warranty and 3 year lamp warranty for less than half the price of the casio.
    Still need to know what the benefit of having the HDMI connection on a projector is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumbygaz View Post
    I'm at the same point too. Looking at the EBX12 which does has HDMI for around the 350 mark.

    Not sure on the Casio still - love the features etc and can see the advantages but almost twice the price it's tough to argue for that route. Can do two rooms instead of one and bulbs covered for 3 years.
    Exactly my thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumbygaz View Post
    tough to argue for that route.
    Really? Its was a no brainer for our SMT - 20,000 hours life, no bulbs, no filters, constant image quality over that time. Seems like a good idea to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Still need to know what the benefit of having the HDMI connection on a projector is?
    I'm assuming that its down to future proofing, I guess that VGA won't be around for ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    constant image quality over that time.
    Depends who you talk to. If you look at thread I referenced above you get a different view point. Has anyone used a projector for 20,000 to say yes "the image quality is exactly the same as the day we bought it"?

    We had a casio on loan and yes it performed well but the price is too high for us. As @gumbygaz we can get 2 projectors for the same price. In a cash strapped school that is what we have to do.

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    Apple TV units connect via HDMI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    Apple TV units connect via HDMI.
    i cant see when we would use these in a classroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    i cant see when we would use these in a classroom.
    To show what's being done on an ipad? Maybe not now but some time down the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    To show what's being done on an ipad? Maybe not now but some time down the line.
    Fair enough. Dont have any IPADs right now but see your point. I guess if VGA gets phased out over the next couple of years then HDMI will be in. I already have some Ultrabooks which only have HDMI and you have to buy a HDMI to VGA adaptor.

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    You shouldn't even be considering VGA-only projectors!

    Leading PC manufacturers dropping VGA support by 2015

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    We have had 50 casio bulbless projectors for two years now and the only issue we have had was as someone mentioned earlier the colour going dim. But that was due to the teacher sitting on the remote and changing the ECO settings.

    I would really advocate pushing for these models to whoever is pressing you to keep costs down.

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