Yesterday I bit the bullet and ordered a data projector. I'd got by without one until recently but with the falling prices and increased need I decided it was time to procure.
Ten years ago I would have considered myself a technical guy. I knew all the mobile phone models by heart (amongst other trivial technical matters). Today I'd be flat out naming even 5 mobile phone manufacturers. In a very short space of time I have become my mother. [Insert cold shiver here] [luddites]
Yesterday, trying to decide which was the best projector for me was tough. Small and light enough to lug out to customers, bright enough because I don't know what their walls are like, and has to fit the budget.
DLP or LCD? I had picked out an inexpensive NEC that I had all but made up my mind on - until I went to see it in action. It was like looking through dirty venetian blinds. Next to it was a tiny HP DLP projector worth a cool 4K. Brilliant picture but well outside the budget. Hmmm. Spring for the few hunderd extra bucks methinks and definitely look for a DLP.
After about four hours of checking over ANSI Lumens, contrast ratios, price, weight, size, bulb life and replacement bulb costs, I settled on the Toshiba TDP-S25. How any "Average Joe" can wade through all this techno-babble and make an informed decision is beyond me. I suspect a sale is usually preceded with a "Oooooooh that one looks pretty!".
After ringing a few different people (thanks guys!) I realised the margin in these things is waaaaaaay slim. Glad I'm not a hardware guy.
So, the purchase is made and I'm waiting by the front door for the delivery guy :-)