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NEC V300W review

It might be 720p, but this 3D projector still has a lot going for it - especially for gamers

Our Verdict

For

  • 3000 lumens bulb
  • Decent pictures at 720p
  • Good stereoscopic 3D

Against

  • 1080p would be welcome
  • Some very minor picture issues

With 1080p projectors available for £600 or less, you might think the case for saving money on a 720p model like the NEC V300W is pretty marginal. To an extent, you'd be right.

We certainly think forking out an extra £100 or so is worth it for the future proofing and peace of mind that Full HD buys you. But that's an argument that mainly applies to conventional home cinema and gaming larks.

Chuck stereoscopic 3D into the equation and the sums work out a little differently. For starters, adding 3D to a 1080p projector pumps up that premium. But what exactly do you miss out on by dropping the increased detail of those 1080p pixels?

For sure, the pixel grid is much more visible with a projector like the V300W. You also get a lot less physical screen real estate. The subjective difference regarding actual visual detail isn't as huge as you might expect. It's fairly obvious with static images. But thanks to the way the human eye works when observing motion, the gap is relatively small when it comes to movies, games and live television.

It's more the sort of notional difference that niggles at you, the knowledge that slightly sharper visuals are available rather than a direct sense that what you're looking at isn't crisp and clear.

Most importantly, the NEC V300W kicks out some really super images. As you'd expect from the 3,000 lumens lamp, it's got plenty of punch. What you might not be prepared for are the exceptional blacks, they're as deep and inky as anything else here. In fact, they might just be the best.

The overall result runs the Optoma HD23 awfully close. That said, it does have a few short-comings beyond the reduced resolution and detail. The V300W is a pretty compact unit that weighs just 2.5kg. Great for portability, but it makes for a noisier fan.

Our test images also betrayed some evidence in compression in both black and white scales. But, frankly, those sorts of shortcomings in synthetic tests are pretty academic. As 720p-class beamers go, this is a lovely little unit.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDLP Projector
Native Resolution1280 x 800
Maximum Lens ApertureF/2.9
Standard Mode Brightness3000 lm
Graphic ModeWXGA
Native Aspect Ratio16:10
HDMIYes
Operating Power Consumption278 W
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Input Scan Format1080i
Output Scan Format720p
3D Type3D Ready
VGA InYes
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameNEC Display
Contrast Ratio2,000:1
Projection MethodFront, Ceiling, Rear
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Minimum Lens ApertureF/2.6
Normal Mode Lamp Life3000 Hour
Economy Mode Lamp Life5000 Hour
Maximum Projection Distance13 m
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Number of HDMI Ports1
Height95 mm
Width310 mm
Depth247 mm
Certifications & Standards
  • CE
  • ErP
  • TÜV GS
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours (24-bit)
Lamp Power225 W
ManufacturerNEC Display Solutions
Product ModelV300W
Product NameV300W DLP Projector
Manufacturer Part Number60003181
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nec-display-solutions.com
Marketing Information

Get the Ultimate 3D Experience with a 3D ready DLP Projector from NEC. DLP-Link technology allows 3D images to be protected with aid of a single projector and active glasses without special screens, filters or emitters. The impression of 3D is created by the interaction with the active LCD shutter glasses. The easy to set up alternative to traditional 3D stero projection.

Package Contents
  • V300W DLP Projector
  • Remote Control (RD-443E)
  • Signal Cable mini D-SUB (1.8m) Power Cord
  • User Guide on CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Lens Cap
Limited Warranty3 Year
Throw Ratio1.95 to 2.15:1
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg