I know I already did a projector deal this week, but I figured, while we're on the subject...
For a limited time, and while supplies last, BuyDig has the Optoma HD66 3D-ready projector for $437 shipped. (You'll see that price once you add it to your cart.) It's new, not refurbished, and normally runs at least $499. (Amazon is currently selling it for the same price, FYI.)
Whether for backyard use or your own man-cave home theater, projectors are awesome. This one delivers 720p resolution (1,280 x 720), same as a lot of smaller HDTVs. Obviously if you're really trying to do things up right, you'll want to spend more for a 1080p model. But unless you're showing movies on, say, a 20-foot screen, you should find 720p plenty sharp.
What the HD66 lacks in pixel count, it makes up for in brightness: 2,500 ANSI lumens, quite a bit higher than the Optoma HD20 and Epson 8350 I wrote about previously. That makes it a better choice for your backyard theater, as you needn't wait for total darkness to start your movie.
The HD66 is also "3D-ready," meaning you can enjoy 3D Blu-rays and other content -- if you spend a couple hundred bucks on Optoma's 3D-XL converter box. And then spend even more money on active-shutter glasses. Pass.
One perk that's actually worthwhile, though: a built-in speaker. That's great if you want to, say, set up a little bedroom theater for the kids, with just a DVD/Blu-ray player and the HD66.
Like many projectors, this one comes with a one-year warranty, though the lamp (i.e. bulb) is covered for just 90 days. If you check the user reviews (including these at Newegg), you'll see that most buyers are very pleased with the HD66's image quality, but do have some issues with the projector's long-term reliability. BuyDig offers a couple extended-warranty options that might just be worth considering.
This is without question one of the lowest prices I've seen on a non-refurbished HD projector. If you're looking to outfit a "starter" home or outdoor theater on the cheap, I'd give this some serious thought.
Bonus deal: Game time! Green Man Gaming continues to serve up really sweet deals (like Tomb Raider for $20 the other day), like this one: Max Payne 3 and L.A. Noire Complete (PC) for $16 when you apply coupon code GMG20-GGN5D-FC3NA. Note that you get both games for that price, and Max Payne 3 includes Rockstar Pass DLC. Purchased separately, all this would cost you $100. Score!
Bonus deal No. 2: Listening time! Downpour has the unabridged audiobook edition of "Treasure Island" for free when you use coupon code freeisland at checkout. And it's not even Talk Like a Pirate Day.
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