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We need to purchase a new projector that will provide clear projection of Excel spreadsheets. The room has some ambient light even with the shades drawn. The room is about 15'x30' and the projector we use now is about 12 feet from the screen. Our screen is 7ft wide.
Right now we use an old Sanyo Pro xtrax Multiverse but the numbers are too blurry.
We don't have a budget yet as I want to make sure we get the right features. However, we are a non-profit so hope to control our cost on this.
What do you recommend?
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While there is a lot to consider, much of which is covered in the FAQs at the top of the home theater sections of the forums and applies to business use as well, the big issue may be age and simple deteriorating quality.

If you are generally okay with brightness and it is about moving up to something new with much higher resolution and likely a small bump in brightness (maybe not so small) and you avoid using keystone correction and can put the projector about anywhere in the room you want to, then check out the Epson Clearance Center...

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

Specifically,the models which are hopefully linked are their cheaper WUXGA models, the EX9210 and EX9220, which have similar specs and similar price. Either would likely be an excellent replacement to what you have now.

Please note: Sanyo will have an actual model number on the projector somewhere, so you may want to look that up and check some specifications before you buy a replacement. If ceiling mounted, it will be more expensive to match things up, so you may want to move the mount, and connections will need to be all new.

In this day and age, you must use HDMI at the very least for a decent connection of video.
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Thank you for your suggestions.
Our current projector model is Sanyo PLC-XU48 which has 3000 lumens and resolution of 1024x768. The models you suggested have 3600 lumens - would that be enough of an increase or is the resolution improvement more important?
Thank you!
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I'm not sure how old the lamp is on what you have and you didn't suggest that it was too dim, but too blurry. So, an increase in resolution with the use of a digital (HDMI) connection between laptops and the computer will make a very significant improvement in what you are seeing.

It is also possible other things are going on with the projector.

With older models like that Sanyo which are lower resolution (1024x768), I'm not sure how you are connecting to it, or what resolution you are sending. But, it could play into the sharpness. Likewise, the age could just indicate that the projector is breaking down.

An old lamp can also be very VERY dim which could impact brightness and therefore contrast. Old lamps can be so dim that you can barely see what's on the screen. But, that's a factor of age. A new lamp could improve things dramatically, but it's still a very old projector.

One thing is that for that same 7' width, the Epson I linked would need to be much closer.

If you want a lot more brightness, Epson does offer them if your budget allows it. Likewise Panasonic does. I kinda just hit on a 'budget model' for you. But, there are much brighter models these days with a premium cost.

You can browse their refurb models for other units with a fair bit more brightness, far larger in size, better lensing, lens shift, and solid state light engines (laserz!!!).
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