Last week I talked about creating a backyard theater on the cheap, an idea many of you found quite appealing. Of course, the key ingredient is the projector, and that can cost a pretty penny.
For a limited time, Epson has the refurbished PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 1080p projector for $899 shipped. It sells new for $1,299. Not wild about refurbs? Don't worry: this one comes with the exact same warranty as a new one: two years on the projector, 90 days on the lamp.
Now, if you read Friday's post, you'll no doubt recall that I recommended the Optoma HD20, which sells new for a couple hundred less. This is simply another option, one that offers a brighter display, longer warranty, and better overall ratings.
The PowerLite 8350 is a 3LCD, 3-chip projector capable of 2,000 lumens. It has two HDMI inputs and a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. It supports front, rear, and ceiling-mount setups and offers both vertical and horizontal lens shift -- a major perk not matched by the Optoma.
CNET hasn't reviewed this model, but over at PC Magazine, it scored four stars and an Editors' Choice award. And at Amazon, nearly 300 buyers rated it 4.5 stars out of 5 on average, many offering downright gushing reviews. (Informative, too, especially when it comes to lens replacement, home theater setup, and the like.)
Needless to say, whether you're looking for a projector for indoors or out, this is a very solid buy. It's literally good as new, but for hundreds less than actual new.
Bonus deal: For less than the price of some comparable internal drives, TigerDirect once again has the Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for $99.99, plus around $4 for shipping. That's after redeeming a $10 mail-in rebate (PDF). That's an insanely good price on an insanely fast, insanely large drive, especially one with such overwhelmingly positive user ratings.
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