Sunday, July 11, 2010

LED Projectors

I need an inexpensive projector for my computer.  There are a number of LED projectors that have come out that are small, light, and quite durable (because of LEDs, instead of conventional light sources), like this one.  Of course, the tradeoff is that they are less bright--but in this case, I need something that projects on a wall in a small room for a church, so it doesn't have to be something that you would use for hundreds of people.

I went to Best Buy to actually look at these LED projectors--and unfortunately, they only had one actually connected, it was the $500 one, and no, it was too much work for anyone to pull another one out of a box and plug it in.  The only reason to go to a store to buy something like this, instead of doing it online, is to be able to see it in action.  But Best Buy in Boise apparently doesn't understand that concept.

Anyway: does anyone have experience with the <$300 LED projectors that they want to share?


  1. Sometimes Chain stores leave you no choice but to be scummy, buy something to try it and return it of it's no good.

  2. I wouldn't feel like this was scummy. I just don't want to spend money on something and then have to return it.

  3. As a long ago veteran of retail I can understand Best Buy's reluctance. If you pull something out of the box, essentially the company has to buy it. It's removed from inventory as a product that can be sold and is placed in the "demo" inventory that the store managers have a limited budget for.

    They can't demo everything. Corporate won't budget enough money for them to do it. When they sell it, the price is reduced as "used/demo" and often it goes at cost. How enthusiastic would you be in those circumstances to demo something?

  4. tml - I agree as to their reluctance - but thats the cost of a brick and mortar store. If I can't touch and use the product, then I have no reason to shop there. Then its Amazon, or BH where at least I have reviews of the product from other consumers to consider.