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Of the three new WXGA pro­jec­tors in NEC's re­cently-re­freshed M se­ries, the M323W is the most af­ford­able. Still, it comes in at a higher price tag than both the Canon LV-WX320 and Epson EB-W31, which is sub­stan­tial if you're on a shoe­string bud­get.

So what ex­tras does the M323W of­fer to com­mand such a pre­mium? On pa­per, this DLP pro­jec­tor's 3,200-lu­men bright­ness and 10,000:1 con­trast ra­tio specs are on a par with the Canon and Epson mod­els. Its up to 8,000-hour lamp life­span (un­der Eco mode) is longer than what the Canon beamer is ca­pa­ble of, but shorter than the Epson pro­jec­tor's 10,000-hour claim. But the M323W does pack a few items that its peers lack, most no­tably a long 1.7x lens zoom ra­tio and a pow­er­ful 20W speaker. If you need the added place­ment flex­i­bil­ity, or is look­ing for a pro­jec­tor bet­ter suited for a larger room, the M323W may just be it. The M323W has a USB port that ac­cepts USB flash drives, so you can present with­out a PC. It's also the only one in this roundup to come with two HDMI ports and a mon­i­torout ter­mi­nal. Sadly, NEC isn't able to fit in a wire­less LAN mod­ule, though that's still achiev­able if you buy the op­tional don­gle. For ad­min­is­tra­tors, uni­fied con­trol and pro­jec­tor man­age­ment can be done through the free soft­ware pro­vided.

With fast sens­ing of com­puter sig­nals, one-touch op­ti­miza­tion, au­to­matic keystone cor­rec­tion, and an in­te­grated lens cover that lets you mute au­dio and video quickly, the M323W is easy to setup and use. Our main gripe is that at 3.5kg, the pro­jec­tor isn't as por­ta­ble as the oth­ers.

The 1.7x lens zoom ra­tio pro­vides a lot of place­ment flex­i­bil­ity.

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