IM­AGE QUAL­ITY & PER­FOR­MANCE - NEC M323W

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

In terms of white bright­ness, the 3,200-lu­men M323W is on par with the Canon LV-WX320 and Epson EB-W31. How­ever, Epson's of­fer­ing does steal a lead when it comes to color bright­ness, of­fer­ing slightly brighter reds, greens, and yel­lows.

That be­ing said, high bright­ness is use­less if the im­age suf­fers from color prob­lems. The M323W fared well in our color ac­cu­racy tests, even when it was fresh out of the box with­out any tweak­ing. For those who wish to dial it in fur­ther, there are gamma and color tem­per­a­ture con­trols. Also, one of the pre­sets is a DICOM sim­u­la­tion mode meant for health­care prac­ti­tion­ers who need to re­pro­duce med­i­cal im­ages.

Over­all, we noted sharp text, good con­trast, and sat­u­rated col­ors from the M323W. The flex­i­ble 1.7x zoom lens and loud 20W speaker are stand­outs that we don't see on its peers; the lat­ter a more ob­vi­ous ad­van­tage when we tried to fill up the room with sound when watch­ing The Dark Knight movie. Speak­ing of which, Movie mode is best used for such con­tent, es­pe­cially if you have a dimmed room. Our only gripe with the M323W is that NEC only rated the lamp life to be 3,500 hours un­der nor­mal use.

DE­CEM­BER 2015

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HWM

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We noted sharp text and rea­son­ably high bright­ness lev­els across the zoom range. While color bright­ness wasn’t the high­est, hues looked nat­u­ral, with good con­trast.

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