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Last Edited by kh0rneflakes April 8, 2016 at 03:57 PM
Link: http://www.benqdirect.com/hc1200-refurb.html


The HC1200 appears to be superior to the comparable HT1075, and is marketed as a home theater/professional hybrid projector. The 1075 apparently has overheating quality issues, while the only con I came across for the 1200 is that is runs a bit noisy.

The Hc1200 currently goes new on amazon for $900, and there is a refurb version on newegg for $700.

USE PROMO CODE: "take10$off114" to take off $10 from your refurb product purchase, making the total $519 (save $381 from a new product price, and save $181 from comparable refurb price)


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not bad but only a 2000 hour lamp life
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Good deal. Sadly no lens shift I can see given business projector. Only Keystone. Makes it a bit harder to install unfortunately if you have ceilings <8ft like me.
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any idea how much replacement lamps cost for this projector? link?
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any idea how much replacement lamps cost for this projector? link?
$349

http://www.benqdirect.com/replace...-1573.html
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$349

http://www.benqdirect.com/replace...-1573.html
noone is gonna buy a refurbed projector when the bulb costs 3/5 the price.
Is there any decent generic bulbs out there?
(under $200)
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noone is gonna buy a refurbed projector when the bulb costs 3/5 the price.
Is there any decent generic bulbs out there?
(under $200)
here is a link for 74.99 http://www.projectorlampsworld.co...gQodmGgNlQ
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noone is gonna buy a refurbed projector when the bulb costs 3/5 the price.
Is there any decent generic bulbs out there?
(under $200)
refurbished projectors have new lamps
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Quote from Kyengs View Post :
here is a link for 74.99 http://www.projectorlampsworld.co...gQodmGgNlQ
Quote from randomchaos View Post :
refurbished projectors have new lamps
Thanks. Might just order one and dual off with my Optima HD25e.
If it turns out the victor, then I'm going to put some quieter fans inside.
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so this is better than the w1070 and HT1075??? I recently missed out on a w1070 on Craigslist for $200 brand new in box. It sold real quick.
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I have had this projector in a semi light controlled room projecting on a white 120" screen for three months now and all I can say is WOW! With very minimal tweaking, it produces an extremely color-accurate, bright picture that exceeds all other projectors I have owned. I even bought a used Epson 5030UB LCD projector to evaluate it against. Even though the Epson had significantly better black levels in a totally light controlled room, the picture from the Benq HC1200 exceeded the Epson in the brightness, pop, color accuracy, and natural sharpness.

The Benq is on the loud side in normal lamp mode but Eco lamp mode is fairly quiet, more than bright enough, and surpassed the Epson in its normal lamp mode when both were set to the most accurate color modes.

That's not to say the Epson is inferior. Overall, it is a MUCH better projector, but it also costs over 4x more.

I ended up selling the 5030UB and kept the Benq. If my room was completely light controlled, with dark walls and ceiling, I would have kept the 5030UB, but with my set-up which has a little ambient light, this Benq literally "shines".

In 2015 Projectorreviews.com rated the HC1200 the "Best in Class - Performance" for projectors under $1000.
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I have this projector now and previously owned a W1070. The W1070/HT1075 is the better projector ONLY if your room is completely treated and light controlled. This means no light coming in from windows and you also have dark colored walls, flooring and furniture to prevent projector light from reflecting back onto the screen.

If you have any amount of ambient light present or want to watch during the day, no DLP under $2k can compete with the HC1200. It's the only DLP that can put out 1700+ real lumens in eco mode. Even if it's too bright for you, the extra headroom gives you the opportunity to use a ND2 filter in front of the lens for better black levels.

Lamp life of a HC1200 in eco mode = lamp life of a W1070 in its brightest mode. So if you are fighting ambient light, comparing lamp life between the two becomes moot.

Everyone these days is going for the gigantic LED look and want the ability to watch during the day. You need a bright PJ to pull that off. A HC1200 + DIY ALR screen = closest thing to a 100"+ LED for under $1k.
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Texas tax kills the deal
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Quote from aerodynamics View Post :
I have this projector now and previously owned a W1070. The W1070/HT1075 is the better projector ONLY if your room is completely treated and light controlled. This means no light coming in from windows and you also have dark colored walls, flooring and furniture to prevent projector light from reflecting back onto the screen.

If you have any amount of ambient light present or want to watch during the day, no DLP under $2k can compete with the HC1200. It's the only DLP that can put out 1700+ real lumens in eco mode. Even if it's too bright for you, the extra headroom gives you the opportunity to use a ND2 filter in front of the lens for better black levels.

Lamp life of a HC1200 in eco mode = lamp life of a W1070 in its brightest mode. So if you are fighting ambient light, comparing lamp life between the two becomes moot.

Everyone these days is going for the gigantic LED look and want the ability to watch during the day. You need a bright PJ to pull that off. A HC1200 + DIY ALR screen = closest thing to a 100"+ LED for under $1k.

For anything that is non light controlled, you are better off with 3LCD from Epson

Epson 3500 can throw out good 2500 lumens. You might also be able to do projector stacking for increasing lumens. These days DLP are so cheap, just get 2 refurbished and stack em up.
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For anything that is non light controlled, you are better off with 3LCD from Epson

Epson 3500 can throw out good 2500 lumens. You might also be able to do projector stacking for increasing lumens. These days DLP are so cheap, just get 2 refurbished and stack em up.
The 3500 is a great PJ for ambient light situations for sure. The only reason I didn't buy one is because of its input lag and that is why I ended up going with the HC1200.
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