Got a room as bright as the one pictured above? Pair this Epson with the right screen, and you'll still be able to enjoy your favorite sporting event!
Epson includes some of their advance image processing from higher end models into the HC3700 (and its slightly different siblings, the $1299 HC3100, and the $1699 HC3900.) But it's the combination of the power, and rich colors that just look right, in most modes, plus improved black level performance (contrast) compared to it the older version that also improves the picture. Want to stream, or use mobile devices? MHL is on board, on HDMI 2 for just that purpose. A pair of 10 watt speakers, may not rival a $500 sound system, but it sure will get the job done. And, since they are built in, that also makes the HC3700 relatively portable, so plan some of those back yard movie nights for the family.
All that blinding brightness (and great color) is just what you'll need for your upcoming Super Bowl party, because friends don't make friends watch sports (especially the Super Bowl) in a dark room.
You'll find the Epson Home Cinema 3700 available online both from projector specialists, and the likes of Amazon, but if you prefer brick and mortar, you'll find it in big box houses (i.e. Best Buy, Walmart), Epson authorized dealers, and more. Epson's lamps are long life, lasting years, and perhaps the least expensive out there, so "no problem." Then there's Epson's great two year warranty, with two years of rapid replacement program. It all combines to making owning this Epson - Epson Easy! (I hope that's not "too cute.")
Viewsonic PJD7720HD - Entry level price for a true 1080p projector
As I warned, I've added a 6th projector, to this guide. Viewsonic has been the low cost leader when it comes to true 1080p resolution home projectors for the past five years. This PJD7720HD is the entry point into Viewsonic's full HD resolution home projectors, and it's aggressively priced with a street price no higher than $549. And that, folks, is why I decided to sneak it into the guide at the last minute. Not everyone has $750-$900 for their first projector. This, folks, is a classic "cross-over" it can be considered a portable business projector as easily as a home entertainment projector, as there are few differences between the features found on both types. For example, 3200 lumens is a plenty for business or classroom use, and it's also plenty for putting up a large image at home, with more than a little ambient light in the room.
Big screen, Full HD - 1080p home theater projectors are affordable! The PJD7720HD seems to sell online for under $550.
The PJD7720, is not only full HD 1080p (1920x1080), but it's a seriously bright home entertainment projector claiming 3200 lumens. And, for an entry level projector, it has a surprising number of features. For openers, there are two HDMI, the HDMI supports 1.4, and with it, current 3D standards such as Blu-ray 3D. In addition the 2nd HDMI, called Port-All, supports MHL for streaming sticks, just like the more expensive 7836HDL. Where Viewsonic saves you a couple hundred plus dollars compared to its big brother, are primarily by providing a lens with more limited zoom range (1.1:1) instead of 1.3:1) for a little less placement flexibility. And it has 300 lumens less. It also lacks a built in media player (which is true of most home entertainment projectors). Lastly, and noteworthy, this Viewsonic comes with a 1 year parts and labor warranty. By comparison, the PJD7836HDL comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. 3 years P&L is as long as it gets in the under $1000 (or under $4000 for that matter) price range, while the 7720HD, only comes one year, (which is the most common warranty for under $1000 projectors), so it's still a typical warranty compared to the competition.
That folks, is how you save about $250 give or take. You'll still get to enjoy a near identical image on the screen... You thrifty ones might even decide to go with the PJD7720HD instead of the more expensive Viewsonic, and take the savings, and buy a screen with it!
Note: Sorry, no images of the 7720HD here, because we haven't gotten to look at one yet (other than trade shows).
The PJD7720HD, really will make a rather wonderful big screen experience for you or your family, at a rock bottom price for a dazzling picture. And it's not afraid of rooms with a fair amount of ambient light.
Oh, Sony does offer the step-up HW65ES - with dynamic iris, for improved blacks, but folks, it's exactly twice the price! The value lies here. Still, the HW45ES is really about the picture. How impressed were we? In this year's Best Home Theater Projector Report, we simply gave it top honors in the under $2000 Class: Best In Class! That's right, there are some great bright room projectors out there, but for the bucks, I can't think of any current projector better in a proper home theater, without spending at least 50% more.