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Topic: Wrong Optoma projector WU416 instead of EH416
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My case:
projection distance 5m, width of the wall around 300 cm. Was looking for some replacement for my old Acer H5360. Checked with projector central calculator, found some Full HD models that will work for this distance and screen size. One of them was Optoma EH416E (1300$), found some used one with new lamp for 460$. Purchased, got the projector, looks like brand new, all was good but there was no model number on the projector. Checked by serial number and found that the projector model is not EH416E but WU416.

The main difference is that this is not FullHD model but WUXGA (1920x1200), so in theory higher, but the format is 16/10 instead od 16/9. Is this some issue? I watch movies with projector few times a year, not the "heavy" user. Will this model work for such purpose? (not sure if this WU model is not meant for business, presentations, etc).

Comparison below:
https://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors-compare.cfm?pid_1=9522&pid_2=9380
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Not sure what your usage is as neither is a particularly good model. Weak colors at anywhere near full brightness, and not very good brightness once the colors are actually dialed in and pretty cheaply built.

That said, the only apparent difference is the actual DLP chip which is used in each model. I expect that if you are pretty casual with your viewing and aren't looking for home theater quality, then either model would be fine.

The WU likely stands for Wide Ultra XGA. WUXGA is specifically 1920x1200 resolution, which makes sense. You will often find a 'U' in the model name of many WUXGA projectors or a WU.

The DLP chip quality is pretty similar between the two.

Check the owner's manual as well, as it may indicate that you can setup the model for use on a 16:9 screen which will ensure all content is mapped within 1920x1080 resolution instead of extending to the edges of 1200 pixels. Basically, it throws out those extra 120 pixels that you don't need and never uses them.

The one downside is that if you don't have a proper screen, there will be an area above and below the screen which is a border of light which will be visible.

Not sure what your setup is, or what other options you may have had to meet your specific needs, but it's always good to ask ahead of purchase as there are models like the TH585 from BenQ which are fairly solidly reviewed and of good reliability that I might have looked at first. But, if this is what you have right now, then it's not a terrible product and should work.

On a budget, this is a pretty solid buy right now...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/325708464294
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