Casio XJ-H1600: Stacey’s Projector Pick of the Month

Curious which projectors are our favorites? In this monthly series we sit down with our experts to learn more about them and their top projector pick of the month.

Our projector expert Stacey shares why the Casio XJ-H1600 is her top projector pick of the month.

Name: Stacey

How many years have you worked at Projector People?: 12 years

Favorite food: Mexican

Favorite movie: Titanic

Projector pick of the month: Casio XJ-H1600, a 3,500-lumen XGA projector

Why?: It’s a high value, low maintenance….wait, I mean ZERO maintenance lampless projector. The LED light source lasts 20,000 hours.

Does the projector have any special features? The LED light source means you never have to replace a projector lamp again. These projectors practically pay for themselves when you consider the cost of replacement lamps.

This projector is best for: House of worship customers, education and business. The colors are really good, but they might not be up to the standards of photographers or home theater aficionados.

Are there any special deals on this projector? The Casio XJ-H1600 comes standard with a three -year warranty. Right now we’re also giving away a free screen, cable and mount with the projector. It’s an unbeatable deal!

The Best Projectors for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4

This November may be the most exciting month ever in video game history.

Sony’s new PlayStation 4 comes out Nov. 15, a replacement for the seven-year-old PS3. A week later, the Xbox One arrives on Nov. 22, replacing the eight-year-old Xbox 360.

The new features on these next-generation consoles are awesome.

The Xbox One boasts ridiculous short start-up times that can be activated at the sound of your voice. It streams movies and TV, surfs the web and makes Skype calls. You can watch TV and play games simultaneously, and it extends gameplay to your tablet.

The new version of Kinect that comes with every Xbox One is a huge improvement over its predecessor. It can track up to six people at once, identifying everything from facial expressions to heart rate. The new Kinect is also smart enough to recognize who’s holding the controller at any given time, enabling it to tell which player’s score to track without any manual input.

Added bonus: if you sign in on a friend’s Xbox One, it’ll save that information and recognize you straight away the next time you log in.

As for the PS4, Sony crammed a lot of processing power into the PS4 to boost its visuals and details.

The new DualShock 4 controller has its own gyroscope to detect player movement (a la Nintendo’s Wii). There’s also a 3D stereo camera that can sense things like depth and gestures (think the Xbox’s Kinect), and a touchpad for navigating onscreen menus.

The PS4 also has a share button that lets users broadcast their game live to friends or upload videos online. Plus, whenever a PS4 owner downloads a new game from the PlayStation Network, they won’t have to sit around idly for an hour; they can start playing a title as soon as its download begins.

The Best Projectors for the New Consoles

Here’s how you can get your home theater ready for the new consoles.

First off, we’re not going to entertain for even a second that you would play video games on a dinky 55-inch flat screen. That’s just silly.

video game on a home theater projector

Projected scene from Mass Effect 3 video game on the Xbox 360. Try doing that on a flat screen!

The best, and in our humble opinion, the ONLY way to get the full experience of Xbox One and PS4 is from a projector. I mean come on, 200 inches of larger than life game play? Sign us up.

Your best bet is a 1080p home theater projector with at least 1,000 lumens and a minimum 40,000:1 contrast ratio. For best results, look for one with at least a 240HZ refresh rate.

Our favorite projectors for video games:

You’ll usually find us playing Call of Duty on one of the following projectors:

To learn more, check out our projectors for gamers buyers guide.

Right now all our best projectors for video games are on sale. Take advantage of our video game projector sale through Nov. 25, 2013.

Miss the sale? No worries. Call one of our projector experts at 1-888-248-0675 to find out what specials we’re offering right now.

3 Reasons Why We Love the Epson 5030 Projector

When the Epson 5030s arrived we were beyond excited. The much-anticipated follow up to Epson’s ridiculously popular 5020 was finally here!
Now that we’ve had some time to play with it, here are three reasons* why we love this projector.
  1. It’s bright! At 2,400 lumens, the Epson 5030 is bright enough to provide big, dazzling images in most settings. No dedicated home theater required! 
  2. The contrast ratio is awesome. A 600,000:1 contrast ratio is unprecedented. Enjoy incredibly deep blacks and exquisite details.
  3. It includes 3D glasses! This is cool. The Epson 5030 ships with two 3D glasses, saving you money!
And it’s all only $2,599!
*To be fair, there are like three million reasons why we’re excited about this projector. But that would make for a really long blog post.