NEC LT30 Portable DLP
Video Projector Review and Buying Guide
*The NEC LT30 has since been replaced by the
NP50 Portable DLP Video Projector
LT30 Rear Panel View
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Sleek and stylish
Exceptional image quality
Ridiculously easy to use
Small and quiet
While the blacks are good, they could be
Primitive user interface
The first thing youíll notice about the LT-30 is
how good it looks. Itís a sculpted white that really stands out in a
presentation. The second thing youíll notice is how incredibly easy it
is to set up, doing nothing more than pushing a few buttons (using the
automatic features). The third thing is how great the image quality
Set up with the LT-30 can be very simple Ė point
it at a wall and turn it on. Adjust the lens throw for image size and
youíll hear the Auto Focus doing itís job. NECís Square Shot will set
your keystone levels with the push of a button.
Using Digital Video Essentials by Joe Kane
Productions, we calibrated the unit using the following settings
Gamma: Black Detail
Color Temp 9300
White Peaking 4
The white peaking feature was especially
interesting. We were able to improve the ďpunch qualityĒ of the white
levels, very handy for the occasional hockey game (no more grey ice).
Combined with really good color processing and decent black levels,
over all image quality was very impressive.
A calling card of NEC displays are great skin
tones and the LT30 was no exception. With minor tweaking we improved
image quality to rival that of several HT models weíve used in the
past. That, combined with the ease of set-up, makes for a very strong
projector at a very reasonable price.
Input options are limited to a single VGA,
S-Video, and composite. We tested using a VGA to Component break-out
cable for 480P and HD feeds. The user interface is primitive, but
casual users will probably never need to even look at menu, given the
level of assistance provided by the projector.
Itís small size and light weight make it very
easy to transport. Itís also relatively quiet (33 dB econo mode) for a
projector in this class.
The LT30 costs a little more than itís direct
competition. The extra money is immediately apparent as soon as you
actually use it. We recommend this unit highly.
Summary: Excellent choice for
business, although it can be used for casual home theater use.