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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2016: Editor's Choice - Part 2

By Team HardwareZone - 27 Feb 2016

Best Business Projector

Best Business Projector

Getting a bright projector is important if you’re buying it as a presentation tool. So for this business projector category, we requested for projectors with a minimum brightness of 3,200 lumens. We also narrowed down to those designed for conference room and classroom use, and which are priced around S$1,200. While they can either be using 3LCD or DLP tech, they all must have at least a WXGA native resolution (that is, 1,280 x 800 pixels).



  • Canon LV-WX320
  • Epson EB-W31
  • NEC M323W
  • Panasonic PT-LW362


And the winner is...

Panasonic PT-LW362

One advantage of DLP projectors is that you don't need to change their filter as often as 3LCD projectors. While the Panasonic PT-LW362 is a 3LCD projector, the good thing is Panasonic has designed it in such a way that you only need to do it when you replace the lamp. If you were to use the most energy-saving Eco 2 mode, that's a long 10,000 hours.

Equipped with one HDMI, two D-sub, and one composite video inputs, the PT-LW362 has you pretty much covered video-wise. For more bang for the buck, Panasonic even manages to squeeze in a LAN jack, two USB ports (for functions like USB Display and USB memory viewer), and a monitor output. For admins, the LAN jack is compatible with PJLink control, which is useful if you need to manage different brands of projectors.

In our tests, the PT-LW362 was a very bright projector, not a surprise since this is a 3,600-lumen-rated projector (when Dynamic mode is used). Arial at 7.5 points looked really crisp and colors punchy. Video performance wasn’t too shabby either, with sufficient details and a high-enough contrast. The Epson EB-W31, another 3LCD model, also showed high brightness and vivid colors, but it had a weak speaker. If you prefer a more flexible lens, the DLP-based NEC M323W stands out with its 1.7x zoom lens; the others are either 1.1x or 1.2x.

Ultimately though, the PT-LW362 gets our nod for its good overall balance of data/video performance and features. The attractive price tag makes recommending it all the more easier.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Canon LV-WX320  Epson EB-W31 NEC M323W Panasonic PT-LW362
Performance 7.5 8.0 8.0 8.5
Design 8.0 8.0 7.5 7.5
Features 7.5 7.5 8.5 8.0
User-Friendliness 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5
Value 7.5 7.5 8.0 8.5
Overall 7.5 7.5 8.0 8.5
Price S$1,099 S$1,099 S$1,299 S$1,099

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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