Posted on March 14, 2008 By Art Feierman
All of the projectors considered in this comparison report offer limited warranties. A full warranty implies if it breaks, a brand new unit will be sent to you, and no one does that.
All of the projectors have one, two or three years, parts and labor warranties. The vast majority have two year warranties, so I’ll just list those with more, or less
These companies will replace a projector with warranty problems for the timeframe specified, with one out of a loaner fleet. That isn’t a guaranty of a brand new unit, but rather one out of a pool of units set aside for this type of program, and those units are typically projectors that came back to them with a problem, have been repaired, and added to their replacement fleet.
Note: Replacement programs are more popular with business projectors than home theater ones. A number of companies that provide a replacement program (or similar loaner program) on their business projectors (including Panasonic and Mitsubishi, to name two), do not offer them on their home theater lineup.
I’m a huge fan of replacement programs! From my experience, most owners who have used one consider it to be a great support feature.
In the case of Epson, the replacement program is built around overnight shipping, with BenQ, it’s 2nd day shipping. In both cases, there is a cut-off time in the afternoon, after which they can’t ship it out the same day as the problem is reported. Both manufacturers not only pay the freight to get you the replacement, but also pay the freight to send the broken unit back to them. (usually in the box that the replacement came in, so you don’t have to send yours back until you’ve received the replacement).
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