- Sleek casing, easy-to-use
- Lacks a DVI connection, low native resolution
NEC's HT510 is easy to set up and use and offers adequate performance for a home theatre environment. However it is let down by a relatively low native resolution.
Price$ 2,999.00 (AUD)
Home theatre projectors are big business and most consumer electronics manufacturers are capitalising on the research done for the business space by pushing DLP devices into the home entertainment market. The DLP-based projectors have a number of benefits over conventional LCD models including increased colour accuracy and less noticeable space between pixels.
NEC's HT510 features a sleek, gloss white case, and the rounded corners help make the unit appear smaller than its 19 x 36 x 13 cm dimensions. Power, source, image adjustment and navigation buttons are found on the top panel, while the left-hand face houses VGA, component, composite, S-video and both 3.5mm Walkman-style and RCA audio jacks along with a PC control connection. A manual focus ring surrounds the lens, and a lens shift dial sits on the right Three feet on the base allow for basic angle and height adjustment, and there are three screw holes for ceiling mounting.
The bundled white plastic remote control is backlit and includes quick access to volume and keystone adjustments, source selection, and handy features like aspect ratio and noise reduction. Strangely, it features separate on and off buttons, but this doesn't detract from its operation.
The HT510 ships with a full complement of cables, so you shouldn't have to buy anything to connect to your existing DVD player, computer or console. Installation is straightforward, and the quick setup guide includes diagrams illustrating how to wire up the device, turn it on, and adjust picture size and positioning.
On paper, the HT510 is ideal for home theatre. The machine offers a 1200:1 contrast ratio and 1000 ANSI lumen brightness rating. What's more, the 16:9 widescreen device is able to downscale a 1080i HDTV signal. However the relatively low native resolution of 1024 x 526 pixels is down on many competing models, and the NEC's output- while offering acceptable colour and contrast - doesn't look as clear as higher resolution models.
All up, NEC has produced a capable, easy-to-use projector that offers reasonable colour accuracy and adequate brightness and contrast for home theatre playback. Unfortunately, a relatively low native resolution detracts from the overall package.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Win an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab in the 2012 PC World Media Usage survey
- Vivid Sydney 2012 gets some love from will.i.am
PCW Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCCrystal Reports DeveloperSA
- TPService Desk Analyst - Level 1VIC
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- FTBranch Practice Manager - SecurityQLD
- CCSenior Storage System Engineer -NetApp & TSMNSW
- TPSenior Network EngineerWA
- CCSQL Database AdministratorQLD
- CCADABAS Natural DeveloperNSW
- FTIt Security and process analystNSW
- CCSAP ISU Device Management ConsultantNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTSenior C++ EngineerACT
- TPProject CoordinatorNSW
- FTSAP BOBJ ConsultantACT
- CCBPM Technical AnalystVIC
- CCTest Capability LeadNSW
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- FTChange Manager - Large Transition ProjectNSW
- TPTechnical Report EditorQLD
- TPSenior Project Manager - ReinsuranceNSW
- FTLead PMONSW
- CCMidrange ProvisioningNSW
- FTERP ConsultantQLD