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Seems just as good as the 8350
on January 18, 2014
I had the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 projector, which I bought in March 2013. In December 2013, I noticed white circles on my projected image whenever I had darker scenes. I cleaned the lens, but I could see that there were large dust particles inside the lens. After a little research I learned that these are called dust globs (or dust blobs) and are sometimes a problem with these projectors. I keep the filter cleaned regularly, but this appears to be a fairly common problem. There's no way to clean them without disassembling the projector and voiding the warranty - not recommended for anyone. Amazon customer service was amazing (as always) and agreed to let me return the projector to them for a refund. I turned around and bought this model right away from them.
Until the dust blobs problem, I had been very happy with the quality of the image with the 8350, but I couldn't find any discount pricing on it. So I decided to try out the 8345, even though it is 200 lumens lower in brightness. I just received it, and I am extremely pleased with the image. It appears to be just as bright (without having the ability to do side by side comparisons). It has all the same features and functionality as the 8350, but it was several hundred dollars less expensive, which seems like a pretty significant savings, as long as the image is just a good. It's important to note that I use this projector is a very darkened basement home theater with minimal ambient light. I don't know if you tried to use this in a brighter room if that difference of 200 lumens might be noticeable and therefore a problem. For me it definitely is not a problem.
One of the things I like so much about these 2 projectors is the tremendous placement flexibility. There is a huge range in the zoom and with both horizontal and vertical lens shift capabilities, you have a lot of options for mounting or placement.
I like what Epson gives you for the money in these projectors. Unfortunately, they don't seem to last too long. My previous model, before the 8350, lasted less than 3 years. I figure it cost me about $30/mo to own, which isn't too bad. Then the 8350 developed the dost problem after less than a year. Epson would have replaced the projector, if I'd bought it from an authorized dealer (see tip below on that issue), but luckily for me Amazon was the one who fulfilled the shipment, so they took care of the return situation. (That's why I try to buy everything from Amazon.)
A little tip for anyone buying an Epson projector on Amazon. Be sure the vendor is either Amazon (not just the shipper) or be sure the vendor is an authorized Epson dealer. Otherwise, you won't be able to get Epson warranty coverage. Epson is really fantastic about honoring their warranties and providing a replacement very quickly, but you have to buy from an authorized dealer. Believe me, it's worth the extra money to buy from the legit dealer. Epson's warranty is longer than most, so you want to get the full benefit of that.