Anyone got any good recommendations for short throw projectors? Ideally quite cheap, 4:3 board, small classroom.
Got a horrible classroom that has those ancient pinned up ceiling tiles that you can't takee down without something like a nailgun to fix them back up.
Short throw, cheap... Benq
Ultra short throw, good... Hitachi ED-a22x.
Hi @mrbios, The best UST out there for the money is the Hitachi range in My experience we can offer 5 years warranty with them.We have no problems with these compared to others. They are easy to use - come with a great warranty.
I would go Ultra short through rather than short through if budget allows
If you can PM me your details I can email you some options and the price differences to give you a good idea which is the best for you?
Unfortunately, short throw projectors are not usually cheap. I am an Epson convert after many years sticking with Sanyo. I've installed two Epson EB-470 ultra-short throw projectors recently and there were very easy to install as they come with a custom designed wall bracket which is superb. The built in speakers are also pretty good for a projector and would be fine for a small classroom. They come with a 3 year warranty, although some places are advertising 5 years (such as AVPartsmaster)
I paid £695 for mine - what price did you have in mind?
Well the last ultra short throw i had was a Hitachi CPA222WNM, which came with its own mount. That was £575, seems a fantastic projector but I wasn't sure if maybe something cheaper was available for a smaller classroom. Also it's going to be mounted on a false wall and the mount that came wit hthe CPA222WNM was pretty heavy.....though i can get around that.
Yup, it's made of actual real metal. I like that! To get around the problem we have put a pair or 2x2 batons floor to ceiling held into the false wall with a hollow wall anchor every 30cm and the width of the mounting plate apart, and then screwed the centre holes of the mounting plate to a piece 3/4" ply, and then attached the plate and the ply to the batons with coach screws and penny washers.
Originally Posted by mrbios
We just put our first Epson EB-X11 because of recommendations on here, really pleased with image & the ver & horiz keystone adjust which is a great feature. Hope longevity is good not buying any more DLP machines for school use.
If you haven't seen it yet, this site is pretty essential for selecting the right projector:
Projection Calculator Classic - Throw Distance and Screen Size
I've always bought Hitachi but the lastest models have quite a different throw and in many cases a replacement would require a mount move. The X11 tends to be ok and that's the way we are going. Just about to order another five.