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BenQ Refurbished Projector: HT3050 $626 + Free Shipping

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BenQ Outlet has the HT3050 for $626 with extra 15% off with coupon code OCT15 (price is after coupon code).

I was in the market for one and was waiting for it to come back in stock. I think there are few more popular models in stock like HT1070 and HT2150ST.

Here is the link to HT3050:

https://www.benqdirect.com/benq-o...efurb.html - OOS

And the link to all refurb projectors:

https://www.benqdirect.com/benq-o...ctors.html
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Bestbuy NEW $899 (sold out)
eBay NEW $899
eBay USED/Refurbished $825

BenQ Refurb Manufacturer Direct $626

I need horizontal keystone since my screen and projector are not exactly lined up and neither can be moved. The Rec709 is also enticing. Does not have horizontal lens shift though.
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So what's the difference in this and the Epson model 2040? I looking for one to watch movies and tv mostly and both of these seem like good options from what I've read
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Bestbuy NEW $899 (sold out)
eBay NEW $899
eBay USED/Refurbished $825

BenQ Refurb Manufacturer Direct $626

I need horizontal keystone since my screen and projector are not exactly lined up and neither can be moved. The Rec709 is also enticing. Does not have horizontal lens shift though.
In the description says

Keystone Adjustment: Auto Vertical & Manual Horizontal ± 30 degrees

so maybe it will work for you.
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How does it compare to the BenQ 2150st?
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I picked up on this deal two weeks ago, installed this past weekend, and I couldn't be happier.

Fantastic quality out of the box. Almost no image adjustments needed after calibration.

And you would never know it's a refurb. It looked brand new including shrink wrap. Only 24 hours on the bulb. Someone probably had buyers remorse and sent it back. lol
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So what's the difference in this and the Epson model 2040? I looking for one to watch movies and tv mostly and both of these seem like good options from what I've read
This is a big upgrade from the Epson 2040. However, the Benq is DLP so if you are susceptible to seeing rainbows you'll want an Epson which uses lcd technology.

If you are looking at an Epson get the recently released and reduced 2150($699). It is an upgrade from the 2040.

If you are just wanting the best picture for the cheapest price look at the new benq HT1070A. It was recently on promo at frys for $549 but msrp is $649.
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I'm in bed instead of work because I'm sick and doing mad research on projectors for my basement. I was leaning towards the $500 HT1070 or the $700 HT2050.

I honestly won't use it much and want it to play with to decide if a projector would be useful for my actual media room so I can unload on a 4K projector when they come down in price.

Should I pull the trigger on a $650 HT3050 despite it being refurbished?

What would I stand to gain or lose from this deal over a slightly more expensive, but new, HT2050, for example?
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How does it compare to the BenQ 2150st?
This has a longer throw, Horizontal lens shift and better out of the boxes performance compared to the Benq 2150st.

Anyone considering a projector make sure to lookup the throw distance to make sure it will work for your space.
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I'm in bed instead of work because I'm sick and doing mad research on projectors for my basement. I was leaning towards the $500 HT1070 or the $700 HT2050.

I honestly won't use it much and want it to play with to decide if a projector would be useful for my actual media room so I can unload on a 4K projector when they come down in price.

Should I pull the trigger on a $650 HT3050 despite it being refurbished?

What would I stand to gain or lose from this deal over a slightly more expensive, but new, HT2050, for example?
No reason to pay more for a 2050 over a 3050. These refurbs still come with warranty and a bulb life of atleast 80%. It might be worth it for you to wait and get a refurbished 2050 from benq. They've been had for a little over 500 with previous deals.
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In the description says

Keystone Adjustment: Auto Vertical & Manual Horizontal ± 30 degrees

so maybe it will work for you.
Given how the differentiate between vertical lens shift and side projection on the description, I'd guess that horizontal adjustment is software driven.
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I bought a refurbished 2050 from Benq a little over a year ago. It works like new and only had 21 hours on the bulb. Extremely happy with the performance and the price.
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Can someone tell among all models discussed above in ascending order from best to less than best
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I'm in bed instead of work because I'm sick and doing mad research on projectors for my basement. I was leaning towards the $500 HT1070 or the $700 HT2050.

I honestly won't use it much and want it to play with to decide if a projector would be useful for my actual media room so I can unload on a 4K projector when they come down in price.

Should I pull the trigger on a $650 HT3050 despite it being refurbished?

What would I stand to gain or lose from this deal over a slightly more expensive, but new, HT2050, for example?
2050 doesnt have horizontal keystone which is critical if you cannot move your projector or screen like I cant. (both are bolted in and no way to move them).

2050 or 2050 neither one have horizontal lenshift. Again, only important if you cannot move your screen or projector. If you project on the wall then it doesnt matter. When you project to a fabric screen like I do, then any imperfection on squareness is exaggerated by the black borders vs the screen so for example the scrolling text on CNN and sports dips down and looks stupid, while projecting on a large blank wall no one will notice a small drop on one side. .

2050 doesnt have MHL, who cares

2050 does not have the same type of color thing Rec709
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Given how the differentiate between vertical lens shift and side projection on the description, I'd guess that horizontal adjustment is software driven.
Yea so it may pixelate on text. But I intend to use it for movies and TV. The problem with my current setup is that subtitiles, scrolling text in CNN and sports drop down on one side and it is super annoying. when watching 2.35:1 movies on my 16:9 screen I dont even notice it because of the wide margin on top and bottom.
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