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ok im going to be buying a projector for my PC and Nintendo WII for gaming and watching movies and im tempted to get this certain one from a catalogue here in scotland meaning I can pay it up, but im not sure about it and may just save up and get the same one my sister has which I know is very good. It seems that the catalogue one does not have a HDMI port, does this matter??? and also the catalogue one I think only supports up to 1024 x 768 where as the other one does 1280 x 720 although it says the max resolution on the EP726 is 1400 x 1050 but i didnt find a max resolution for the HD720x... its all kinda confusing to me, any help appreciated

here are the specs.... is the EP726 one good enough? or should I wait for the HD720x

OPTOMA EP726: £400 http://www.optoma.co.uk/projectordet...iness&PC=EP726

the link for the details are above but I took out the main points for those of you that cant be bothered loading up that page

Display Technology Single 0.55” XGA type X chip DLP® Technology by Texas Instruments
Resolution Native XGA 1024 x 768
Brightness 2200 ANSI Lumens
Contrast 2200:1
I/O Connectors Inputs: PC/Video: 15 Pin D-sub (RGB/YPbPr/SCART), S-Video, Composite, 3.5mm Mini Jack, USB
Maximum Resolution SXGA+ 1400 x 1050
Computer Compatibility SXGA+, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, Mac
Video Compatibility PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N, 576i/p), NTSC (M, 4.43/3.58 MHz, 480i/p), SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L) HD (1080i, 720p)

OPTOMA HD720x £500 ish http://electronics.pricegrabber.co.u...t=product_tab/

Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 1280 x 720
Projector Type: DLP (Digital Light Processing)
Brightness: 1000 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 4000:1
Video Standards: HDTV,
NTSC (Full),
NTSC 4.43,
PAL,
PAL-M,
PAL-N,
SECAM
Broadcast Format Displayed: 720p (HDTV)
Broadcast Format Supported: 1080i (HDTV),
480i (SDTV),
480p (EDTV),
576i,
576p,
720p (HDTV)

sorry about the mess of these details, just look at the links if its hard to read.... as u can see it seems the only big differences is that the HD720x has a higher resolution and a HDMI port... is this worth the extra wait and the extra £150
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What do you plan on doing with that projector? Cheap projectors suck, Im sorry to say, maybe ok for using in a class or for training, not movies?
    
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im going to connect it to my PC and Nintendo WII....... for general pc usage... gaming and movies, and I know that the bottom one, the HD720x is a beautiful projector for gaming as my sister has one, ive never seen the top one in action but if it was as good or almost as good it would be tempting to get it as I can pay it up ( and get it sooner )
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For PC and Wii (and DVD movies), the top one would be fine, probably even better than the bottom one as it has twice the number of lumens (brightness). Native res and max res is about the same for both, it's just the HD one is for widescreen. If I were you, I'd get the top one.
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For PC and Wii (and DVD movies), the top one would be fine, probably even better than the bottom one as it has twice the number of lumens (brightness). Native res and max res is about the same for both, it's just the HD one is for widescreen. If I were you, I'd get the top one.

what about the whole HDMI HD ready thing?
and the larger resolution on the bottom one?

doesnt the top one limit the resolution I can put games on my pc at? and are HD ready ones really that much better picture?
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what about the whole HDMI HD ready thing?
and the larger resolution on the bottom one?

doesnt the top one limit the resolution I can put games on my pc at? and are HD ready ones really that much better picture?
HDMI doesn't matter unless you're connecting an HDMI device. You said you were connecting your computer and a Wii, neither of which use HDMI.

Top one native res = 1024x768 = 786,432 pixels
Bottom one native res = 1366x720 = 983,520 pixels

You're not losing that much resolution at all. In all honesty, I'd rather have the slightly lower res and much better brightness than the other way around. But it's up to you...
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