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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
3500 Lumens
PC 3D Ready
Street Price: n/a
$1,299 MSRP

Short Throw Projector

Allan Abbott, April 22, 2016


Complex Menus. Many settings are available that allow the purist to squeeze out every ounce of performance from the M353WS. However, that flexibility comes at the cost of a multi-level menu grid that takes some time to get used to. The most common settings are in the Image menu, but others are buried in sub-menus that are sometimes four levels deep.

Rainbow Artifacts. As with most DLP-based designs, the M353WS exhibits rainbow artifacts in certain high contrast scenes especially when the image pans slowly. Not all viewers are sensitive to these artifacts, and it is typically only a concern if you plan to use the projector for a lot of video presentation.

Size and Weight. There are smaller and lighter short-throw projectors available, but if low fan noise and extensive networking capability is a factor, these limitations may be unimportant.


NEC has introduced a short-throw projector that has it all. The M353WS puts up excellent data and video images and gives the presenter full control over the image settings. Virtually all inputs are accommodated including HDMI/MHL, and multiple networking options are provided. The projector is larger and heavier than some of its competitors, but size and weight tend to fall out of the equation when projectors are mounted on tabletops or carts. All in all, the M353WS is a top-notch projector for short-throw applications, and we give it our highest value and performance rating.

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Comments (1) Post a Comment
Dale Posted Apr 27, 2016 11:29 AM PST
Noticed the spec is 10,000:1 contrast ratio but there is no mention in your review of really how good or bad the black levels tested. We all know the differences in contrast ratio claims from the various manufactures and I have noticed as of late sometimes it gets overlooked in your reviews. Since you rated the performance five stars...were the black levels actually decent? To me this is one of the most important aspects of a projector especially if it is going to be used for video and movies. Thanks for all your reviews!

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