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Topic: Anyone recommend a projector to use with the switch?

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joannenicholson

My son isnt allowed a tv in his room, and he has seen the ojo projector and he told me it was £40 ... I said that was a good idea as he could then still play it in his room like for sleepovers etc. I looked at it and it was $400 so thats not an option.

do any of you use one with it and what sort of settings on it do i need to look for? If anyone can recommend one, id be greatful.

Thanks

joannenicholson

Bunkerneath

He's not allowed a TV but he is allowed a projector???
What a weird idea.

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Octane

@joannenicholson A good quality projector is expensive. I would avoid the projectors specifically made for the Switch since their quality-price ratio is lower than conventional projectors. If you insist on using a projector, just use the HDMI to connect it to the dock. A TV is a lot cheaper though.

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joannenicholson

@Bunkerneath he is 11, and my eldest now 19 spent every night playing xbox and refusing to go to school in his final year so as parents we know we screwed up letting him have a tv and console in his room, the switch was a family purchase so it is in the lounge on our main tv, my boyfriend has no time for console and gaming so gets really narked when its on and he is home,

I figured a projector wouldnt allow him to stay up all night watching tv/playing (obviously we would remove it every night) and would only be used for sleepovers etc...

joannenicholson

NEStalgia

@Bunkerneath I kind of agree with you but I'm guessing the point is to not have access to television broadcasts, not blocking the use of a external monitor for purchased content?

As to @joannenicholson 's question, projectors are a big bucket of worms compared to panel displays. Switch doesn't have any special requirements. Any projector capable of outputting [email protected] with an HDCP compliant HDMI input will work fine (which should be most of them these days.) DLP projectors tend to be cheaper than LCD projectors, but none of them are cheap in general. But with projectors you have to take into account ambient room lighting to output as a factor (only very expensive ones work well enough in a lit room....there's a reason movie theaters are dark, after all), focus distance (what size do you expect to project and from what distance? There are standard range projectors, close focus projectors that can sit near the display surface and project with a wide angle lens, there are rear projection projectors (to be used with a special screen material allowing the image to be reverse projected from the rear.) Focal distance from projector placement to display size ratio is the main factor in projector purchases.

For "cheap" toy type projectors which might be what you're more looking for (not quite toy, but cheapie/presentation/travel/budget) type projectors, presumably something below the $2500+ laser projectors ) there's less to worry about, you just kind of set them up and point them at something, but I'd expect A: You need decent distance to set it back, B: It needs a totally dark room. I don't have any models to recommend but if you find something in the category you'd want it to handle HDCP HDMI [email protected] Even 720p would be ok but if it's for Switch I'd really shoot for 1080.

All in all it might be easier and cheaper to buy a PC monitor. It's not as cool as the big projection surface (if you have a suitable wall to project onto, of course, actual display screen material is a whole other topic if not!)

NEStalgia

Octane

@joannenicholson Assuming you take away his Switch too every night, a simple monitor can't do any harm. It's useless without the Switch, a PC or any other device. Definitely cheaper and more convenient than a projector!

Octane

joannenicholson

Thanks guys. He is in a large attic room so yes there is a fair bit of space to project it ... I'll look into monitors or maybe even an old TV (no aerial or Freeview) . Thanks again!

joannenicholson

Nemodius

@joannenicholson
there are converter boxes that will change HDMI to AV output, they are about as much as £25-£30 +/-

it's not a bad idea, however, without a proper silver screen, the brightness and resolution will be greatly reduced

I made a screen with 100% cotton cloth (the higher thread count the better) & silver spray paint

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NEStalgia

@jhewitt3476 Depending, you can do pretty well with a white wall. I have a setup with about a 90"-100" screen onto a large sloped wall and a DLP projector, and it's easily as bright (in a dark room) as I'd ever want it to be with good contrast. but it is a gloss white wall. 1080p looks a little strained at that size of course, but it's smooth enough to be pleasant and there's a 0% chance I'm shelling out 4k projector money.

NEStalgia

Nemodius

@NEStalgia I wouldn't mind playing Mario Kart with my kids on a surface that covers my whole wall, yah, that would kick tukus big time

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TTgowings

Why would you buy anything over a 720p to project a Switch anywho, even at that it's almost overkill.

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Nemodius

@TTgowings when docked, the Switch will put out a resolution of up to 1080hd

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SwitchForce

Here's something get a computer monitor that has hdmi connections and some speakers attached to the monitor audio out and that will do it just fine. At least with the monitor he can game on it only. I have my Asus 27 in my room with my dock setuo and works fine and in the living room we have our 32 hdtv with another dock so the rest of the family can play there. So there are options but you decide on them. But with this one they can't watch tv but only game on thw monitor.

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Nemodius

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there are USB TV tuners, some are crap, but some are pretty good, most $30+ are ok if you get a quality antenna, some also have FM/AM radio also

I've been using them for years, my favorite is the "Hauppauge WinTV-DualHD Dual USB 2.0 HD TV Tuner for Windows PC", no radio, but you can watch TWO channels at once, it also has a remote.
no service fees or anything

you might think "why would i want to watch two channels ???"
I usually keep the local weather muted on one, but sometimes i will watch one show and record another,
edit out the commercials and store them on my 5TB pocket USB 3.0 hard drive

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SwitchForce

@jhewitt3476 it would be obvious at that point you know if their parents see it. I rather wait to hear back from the poster on their decision and options we give them.

SwitchForce

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