We've reviewed so many high-quality sub-£1,000 projectors over the past six months that it's easy to ignore the wealth of models adorned with price tags that are getting pretty close to the £2,000 mark. Beautifully designed and engineered, the NEC MultiSync LT35 is an example of the kind of DLP showcase you could snap up if your budget stretches to £1,933.

The LT35's gorgeous white styling is a huge contrast to the functional but dull cases that proliferate at the lower end of the market, and it impresses with every task set before it.

There's nothing sensational, of course, about the DLP technology. Nor is the LT35's contrast ratio of 1,600:1 particularly outstanding – in fact, it's comfortably eclipsed by many sub-£800 models we've covered. What counts, though, is what it does with this technology, and the image quality is wonderful. Colour depth is strong, while every line is etched across the 1,024x768 screen with absolute precision.

The LT35 is extremely versatile, and its 3,000:1 brightness rating means you won't need to worry too much about where the projector is working – even with daylight flooding into the room, the LT35 can make itself seen. It's perhaps a little bright for use as a dedicated home cinema projector, but office users will find it a superb purchase.

Mobile presenters will relish the ease with which you can set up this projector. Whether using the almost instant autofocus function or the automatic keystone correction, resolving faults is an absolute cinch. It also helps that the LT35 has a fast shutdown function, and electronic keyboard locks and password protection are an extra bonus.

The projector market has never really embraced digital connections but, even so, the lack of DVI is slightly surprising. And while we're quibbling, maybe the LT35 could be lighter. It's still easily portable, but you wouldn't want to walk long distances with it.

NEC MultiSync LT35: Specs

  • DDR DLP technology
  • 3,000 ansi lumens brightness
  • 220W lamp (lasts 2,000 hours
  • replacement bulb costs £350)
  • native resolution 1,024x768 (XGA)
  • contrast ratio 1,600:1
  • noise 33dB
  • economy mode
  • 3-year Pan-European Hot Swap warranty
  • 89x209x260mm
  • 2kg
  • DDR DLP technology
  • 3,000 ansi lumens brightness
  • 220W lamp (lasts 2,000 hours
  • replacement bulb costs £350)
  • native resolution 1,024x768 (XGA)
  • contrast ratio 1,600:1
  • noise 33dB
  • economy mode
  • 3-year Pan-European Hot Swap warranty
  • 89x209x260mm
  • 2kg

OUR VERDICT

The NEC is almost flawless as a projector. The features set is wide-ranging, the image quality sumptuous and the looks arresting. Unfortunately, we have to come back to the price; only the wealthy and hard to please will find it worth the money.

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