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Projector instead of CRT/LCD computer monitor?

by andrewconrad / April 21, 2004 3:18 AM PDT

(sorry for cross-posting)

I just recently decided to buy a new LCD monitor to replace my 21" CRT. While looking at my options, I realized that projector prices have come down to the same price-range.

So, my instant thought was "why can't i just replace my monitor with a projector?" While I know a few IT guys at work that use projectors at home with computers, it's usually used for movies, games, etc. as a supplement to their monitors. I haven't heard of or seen anyone actually replace a monitor with a projector. I would appreciate your help with the pros/cons of doing this. I'm assuming a fairly dark room, projector/reflective paint on one wall, and needing at least 1024x768 (XGA?) resolution. My budget is around $1500. Am i nuts with this idea?

I don't need feedback like "the video isn't as good as CRT" in this case because I'm already past needing perfection here. The *kewl* factor trumps these issues. I am, however, interested in feedback like:
-"dude, the color wheel starts making noise after a month of daily use"
-"your eyes bug out when writing emails and such"
-"your video card can't handle video games on projectors for sustained periods of time"

thanks!

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