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    Recommend me a projector

    We've been given a few second hand smart S680 and SB660 (77" and 64") boards and we're looking at installing a couple over the summer. I would like to use a casio projector owing to the low maintenance and long life but I'm not sure which model would be best suited. As we are fitting the board and projector ourselves should we would be looking at the short or ultra short throw models?

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    ultra short for the win!

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    I've never fitted ultra short projectors before. Are they anymore difficult to fit than short throw?

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    ahhh doing it yourself... they are a bit more fussy about positioning, but I know hitachi ones come with a wall template and instructions. I pay people to fit them for me

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    I don't think Casio do lampless UST projectors, and the only ones I've seen (from other manufacturers) are extortionately expensive.

    Normal ceiling mount wise, the Casio XJ-M140 is the best model - the A are noisier and more prone to overheating as they're so slim, and the next bump up in brightness costs a silly amount of money. The M140s are in the sweet spot for performance/price.

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    What projectors do you have in school already? Maybe using the same type to keep spare bulb stock to a minimum?
    I really like NEC projectors, never really have too many issues with them.

    I think its risky doing it yourself, so may issues to bite you. I always get contractors in to do this kind of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    I don't think Casio do lampless UST projectors, and the only ones I've seen (from other manufacturers) are extortionately expensive.

    Normal ceiling mount wise, the Casio XJ-M140 is the best model - the A are noisier and more prone to overheating as they're so slim, and the next bump up in brightness costs a silly amount of money. The M140s are in the sweet spot for performance/price.
    They do make UST lampless models - Ultra Short Throw - Category - Projectors - Products - CASIO

    However, they are around £1700 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    They do make UST lampless models - Ultra Short Throw - Category - Projectors - Products - CASIO

    However, they are around £1700 each.
    Yeah... at that price, I think I'll continue pretending they don't exist.

    We got some NEC UM280w UST projectors recently. Massive things, looked like a right pain to mount (paid a contractor ) but the image is lovely. 2800 lumens 2 foot from the board, magic.

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    Whats your budget? The Epson EB 570 is one we bundle with many of the interactive white boards we install now.
    EB-570 - Epson
    The NEC's are pretty good as well. The best thing about Epson and NEC are the education 3yr de installation/ re installation warranties. Both companies are very good at service and honoring their obligations. I would check first that if installing them yourself it wont affect the warranty in any way. They sometimes stipulate that only certified installers carry out installations.(Not always)
    Although UST projectors can be a little fiddly to set up its not impossible to do a great job on them yourself providing you have installed a few short throws in the past.

    You can PM me for price or stick a request on the quotes thread.
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    I'd say your best bet would be one of the "Signature" models. The slimline models have died a few times for us - they seem to get very hot and because there's little space in them they seem to overheat.

    The model you want is whatever brightness you need, and whatever resolution you want to project, and whether you want wireless capability.

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    We stopped selling Casio when they stopped offering 3 year de/re education warranty's. I do have a nice Casio slim line DLP above me in the office which we use. Its started getting a little noisy of late but its too good to swap out yet.
    Casio slim.jpg
    I hate it when my pictures do that!
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    I'm getting a quote to have one fitted to save me the trouble. Thanks everyone for the advice

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    Saw a demo of one of the new Epson short throws recently - seems to tick all the boxes and certainly it will be what we order next time.

    Don't know where in the UK you are but if you want any projectors, SmartBoards or AV kit fitted in this area (I'm in Wiltshire) I can recommend an excellent chap based in Newbury. He even re-fits installs others have bodied up! PM me if you want his details.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    We've been given a few second hand smart S680 and SB660 (77" and 64") boards and we're looking at installing a couple over the summer. I would like to use a casio projector owing to the low maintenance and long life but I'm not sure which model would be best suited. As we are fitting the board and projector ourselves should we would be looking at the short or ultra short throw models?
    Last edited by speckytecky; 28th June 2014 at 04:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    They do make UST lampless models - Ultra Short Throw - Category - Projectors - Products - CASIO

    However, they are around £1700 each.
    One of my suppliers could do them for somewhere nearer £1000 when I enquired. When you factor in the warranty, very low maintenance and power savings I'd say they work out around the same if not better than the Epson UST projectors. From what I understand the uptake has been very slow and Casio are keep to get more out there.

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    We are now using Epson EB x20s. The Quick Corners setup is magic.

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