IMAGE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE - NEC M323W
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.
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.