Poll: What's stopping you from getting a projector?

Price, complexity, brightness, space -- why don't you have a projector?

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I've had a projector as my main display for more than 10 years. I don't for a second believe they're for everyone. However, I do believe that more people could enjoy projectors than currently do.

From other articles I've written on CNET , though, there's a lot of push-back and negativity with projectors, and I'd like to find out why.

Why do I care? Well, of all the products I review and write about, by far the one I think is coolest is the projector. I could never go back to "regular" TVs. Yet, they remain a tiny percentage of the video market.

One of the common complaints is cost, though this is getting to be less valid of an excuse . The BenQ 1070W is only $1,000, and a fantastic projector for the price. With an inexpensive screen (there are lots of options for a couple hundred dollars), or even a wall, it can produce a much larger image than any TV.

Of course, then there's the additional costs of replacement lamps, which can run you a few hundred dollars every few years. I consider this the "cost of awesome" with projectors (though I can't wait for LED projectors to drop in price).

I don't accept the need for a receiver as a negative, as I don't understand anyone who still uses TV speakers. I can understand not wanting or needing a big screen, but crappy sound? Baffling.

That could be part of the complexity complaint, given that it's a multipiece system: projector, screen, audio. I can see that being intimidating for those who have only ever had just the TV.

Space is another concern. You need a big, flat wall for a screen, and certain rooms just don't support it. Fair enough.

Light is, certainly, the biggest issue. Even with today's uber-bright projectors and ambient-light-rejecting screens, they can't compete with sunlight. Shades and curtains certainly work, but I understand that some people don't want to watch TV in the dark all the time.

So I guess my question is, if you like the idea of a projector, what's preventing you from getting one. Please vote in the poll, but I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. What's holding you back? What would change your mind?


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About the author

Geoffrey Morrison is a freelance writer/photographer for CNET, Forbes, and TheWirecutter. He also writes for Sound&Vision magazine, HDGuru.com, and several others. He was Editor in Chief of Home Entertainment magazine and before that, Technical Editor of Home Theater magazine. He is NIST and ISF trained, and has a degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College. His bestselling first novel, Undersea, is available in paperback and as an ebook on Amazon, B&N, and elsewhere.

 

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