Following my call for help on Twitter, facebook and this blog, I received a number of suggestions for a good projector. It was quite tough considering the fact that I didn't have much of a budget to work with - only £300.
Ultimately I finally narrowed down the choice to two models, namely the Acer X110
and the NEC NP115 DLP Projector.
Both machines had almost identical specs: They were both DLP projectors with image brightness of 2500 ANSI lumens, native aspect ratio of 4:3 and resolution of SVGA 800 x 600. Both projectors are 3D compatible as well.
The Acer was slightly lighter at 2.2 Kgs as compared to 2.5 Kg for the NEC. The dimensions of the two were (WxDxH) 26.8 x 19.2 x 8 cm and 31.0 x 24.7 x 9.5 cm respectively. However the Acer had an image contrast ratio of 4000:1 for the Acer and 2000:1 for the NEC.
After discussing with some of the guys, we finally decided on the Acer.
The Acer X110 costs on Amazon.co.uk for £234.98 including VAT and FREE Super Saver Delivery. The Acer costs £239.99 on the Projector Shop site and with original retail price of £279.99.
What swung in favour of the Acer despite the fact that it does not have speakers and has a warranty of only 2 years as compared to 3 years pan-European service + Lamp: 6 months, max. 1000 hrs for the NEC, was that it received 4.5 stars (out of 5) on Amazon as reviewed by 21 customer and based on the recommendation of one of my friends who has had one for more than a year, without any problems. It is also cheaper than the NEC which costs £286.92 on Amazon.co.uk and £255.31 on the Projector Shop site.The decision was also based on the higher contrast ratio which means sharper images.