NEC – LT25G review

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£895 + VAT

The NEC LT25G projector has many plus points, including its performance and weight, but beauty is not one of them. It’s ugly and feels ‘plasticky’, plus it’s also quite loud. However, it does at least manage to keep below the 2kg mark, although the bulbous curvy styling and the bulky carry case make it seem a lot bigger.

The LT25G projects with a brightness of 2,200 ANSI Lumens and has a contrast ratio of 1,500:1. It manages images up to a resolution of 1,024 x 768 (XGA). Inputs for the LT25G include the standard 15-pin D-Sub, a video phono plug, S-Video 4-pin DIN and stereo audio inputs.

What the NEC has in its favour is the ‘quick-start’ technology which reduces set-up time to less than 10 seconds. In addition, the automatic focus allows the projector to focus automatically in around a second. There’s also auto keystone-correction technology, which senses the angle of the projector and automatically corrects the image so that it projects perfectly square images.

The ‘fast-finish’ feature is also a useful addition; when you hit the ‘off’ button the fan speeds up for 10 seconds to do a rapid cool of the projector lamp, which is ideal for quick getaways.

The LT25G’s picture quality is excellent and in our tests it was ideal for both simple PowerPoint-type presentations and for playing DVDs and videos. The projector also has a freeze frame function which is great for pausing video. There’s an optional mouse receiver that allows you to use the projector’s remote as a mouse pointer; handy for controlling a presentation.

If, like many users, the only place you have to project your images is a light blue or green wall, then there’s a useful feature that allows you to compensate for the background. Just select the background colour and the LT25G automatically adjusts the image colours to compensate.

Aside from the remote control unit, the projector also has PC Control and can be directly controlled via a serial cable. It also has an Eco mode, which you can turn on to save energy and increase lamp life.

For those worried about security, the LT25G has an electronic key-pad lock and password-protected menu, and there’s the ability to secure the projector with a Kensington lock. NEC includes a 3-year warranty with the projector, which gives you some confidence that the manufacturers think it’s a solid and reliable product.

Company: NEC

Contact: 020 8752 3535


Verdict
The NEC projector has some useful features, will get you started with your presentations or DVDs faster than most projectors on the market and has excellent picture quality. However, its design leaves a lot to be desired. It's intended to be portable, but with those looks you probably wouldn't want to be seen lugging it around.