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Hello,

I have a 6-7 year old, out of warranty, Epson PowerLite 1716 projector. I use it about 6-8 times a year for teaching a 4 day class in hotel conference rooms (varying size of rooms, depending on the amount of students - usually 25-45 students). When I use it, it's on continually from 9am-5pm, except for an hour lunch break. So, I have not used it relatively that much in the last 6-7 years. It has had issues on and off with overheating. When I taught a class last week, it overheated first thing in the morning with the red temperature light flashing and though I turned it on and off, it continued. When I tried it after letting it rest, it turned on and then just shut down. I ended up using the hotel's projector for that class.

I replaced the filter several classes ago, and it's been fine through 3-4 classes. I don't have a vacuum for cleaning electronics, but as I don't use it that much and it always stays in its case that is always sitting in my carry-on "teaching" kit bag, I can't imagine that it's an issue with cleaning as opposed to a sensor issue or fan issue.

It's out of warranty so I called the nearest Epson certified repair shops (over 100 miles, so I'd need to ship it) for estimates. One guy said it's $125 just to look at it plus parts. The other guy said they charge $100 plus parts, said that I shouldn't expect this projector to do any good running for a full day and it would be better buying a more expensive projector that can handle being on for 8 hours a day. Many of my colleagues have this one or the newer models and haven't had issues.

Is it worth trying to fix or should I just start shopping? i do like the idea of a smaller, less weight new one that would be easier for travel. Hate to just toss this one though if it makes sense to salvage it.

Admin; please let me know if this is not the appropriate place to post this!

Thanks in advance!
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The baseline specifications are 1024x768 resolution with 2,700 lumens. So, pretty entry level by today's specs. The size is VERY similar to anything out there today with similar specs.

Looking at a modern version, with 1280x800 (widescreen) resolution and 3,000 lumens...

https://epson.com/Clearance-Center/Projectors-for-Work/c/cc302?q=%3Aprice-asc%3AdiscontinuedFlag%3Afalse%3AinStockFlag%3Atrue%3AProjectors+Facets%2CResolution%3AWXGA+HD+widescreen&text=#scrollTgt_onRefresh

Their refurbished models have a warranty and new lamp so they represent a very good value for the money.

Yes, I agree, it's unusual for a projector to fail with the use you are giving it. Unfortunately, just from being moved around things can happen with the wrong bump. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen, which sucks.

I would stick with LCD, and Epson is typically a solid product.

Is it worth repairing? Probably not. $200 spent on a 6+ year old projector just doesn't make a ton of sense.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Mar 4, 2017 1:28 PM):
The baseline specifications are 1024x768 resolution with 2,700 lumens. So, pretty entry level by today's specs. The size is VERY similar to anything out there today with similar specs.

Looking at a modern version, with 1280x800 (widescreen) resolution and 3,000 lumens...

https://epson.com/Clearance-Center/Projectors-for-Work/c/cc302?q=%3Aprice-asc%3AdiscontinuedFlag%3Afalse%3AinStockFlag%3Atrue%3AProjectors+Facets%2CResolution%3AWXGA+HD+widescreen&text=#scrollTgt_onRefresh

Their refurbished models have a warranty and new lamp so they represent a very good value for the money.

Yes, I agree, it's unusual for a projector to fail with the use you are giving it. Unfortunately, just from being moved around things can happen with the wrong bump. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen, which sucks.

I would stick with LCD, and Epson is typically a solid product.

Is it worth repairing? Probably not. $200 spent on a 6+ year old projector just doesn't make a ton of sense.

AV_Integrated: Thank you for your reply. I hadn't thought of getting a refurbished model, so that's a great suggestion. And.. that's pretty much what I thought (waste of money to try to fix), but really happy to get a confirmation as electronics are not my area of expertise!

On my last trip, the 'ala carte" drop off for my carry on bag ended up going on the carousel so that may have been the last hurrah for my projector. Next time I will make a point of taking it out of my carry on and bringing it with me on the plane.

The newer models are much thinner than this one. Other than that, they take up the same space, but I am always trying to save space on my carry on. I'm looking at the Epson PowerLite 1751 and the PowerLite 1771, as that's what my colleagues have recently picked up for the same type of teaching that I do. Comments on those? Or recommendations for others to look at? Thanks in advance!
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I would stick with the 1761 or the 1771 which are both widescreen models. Anything XGA is 1024x768 resolution, which makes no sense. But, the 1280x800 models are really one of my favorites for presentations, and the widescreen aspect is a great match for most of the new laptops out there.

I would probably go with the refurb 1761 which should be comparable in brightness to what you have, and is nice and thin at a very reasonable price.
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Thank you. I actually have not used a laptop when I teach. With the Epson 1716 I have put my slides on a flash-drive stick using Epson's EMP Slidemaker2 program. I'll look into the widescreen function...
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