Originally Posted by FearNo1
Benq makes the best? My brother is thinking about buying a projector for his basement. I have a 57in HDTV. I am more interested in a 19/20" laptop than a 30" LCD.
Ehhh, not the "best". Its all relative. There are projectors for tens or thousands of dollars that would blow away any BenQ, obviously. For my price range and, more importantly, for the space and setup I have, the PE7700 from BenQ was a perfect fit. Some projectors are brighter than others (better for areas with more ambient light) and some have better blacks but more dim (better for basements with no windows). Each projector has its own throw range that determines if it will fit in your room as well. As far as BenQ goes, top notch support here in the US (bad in Europe from what I read) and the picture quality will blow you away.
For $2500, I probably would have had a 50" or less DLP big screen TV set. If you have the wall space and have a place to ceiling mount one, a projector is by far the best way to go. Everyone who watches Colts games or any HD on my 8 foot wide screen kicks themselves for getting a TV set.
The only downside is the need to replace the bulb in the projector every ~3000 hours of use at ~$350 a pop. However, if you do the math, that means you could leave it on for more than 8 hours a day, every day for a year before you'd need to replace one bulb. Thats the downside and also that standard definition TV and even standard DVDs just aren't made to be blown up to 110". It really requires HDTV, a home-theater PC or some other sort of high resolution signal to show off what it can do. Once HD DVDs are released, movies will look better at home than at the theater.