Best (native) 1080p Projector for under $1000?
Also, how many Lumens is bright enough? I would like to use it in ambient light and not have to much wash out. Is it worth stretching my budget to get a brighter projector?
They used to have a single article listing a summary of like 10 1080p projectors under $1,000 but I can't find it now. In general I'd say ~2000 lumens (actual, not stated on package) would be plenty bright for what you're describing, and you won't need to go above $1,000 to get that. Also think about whether you'll want horizontal lens shift - the ability to correct horizontal keystone. I didn't think I needed it because I could mount my projector to the ceiling anywhere I wanted, but it turns out it's difficult to get it exactly aligned to where the middle of the screen is, and horizontal keystone adjustment is something I wished I had held out for.
Also check out their always-evolving list of the top 10 home theater projectors, there are some listed in your price range: www.projectorcentral.com/home-theater-multimedia-p...