The Bottom Line
The NEC M363W is definitely a step up from the previous year's model in every department. The color quality in the M363W’s brightest mode (High-Bright) is more than acceptable for most presentations, thus making its 3600 lumen rating a usable figure. If you need high brightness and even better color, Presentation mode still gives you over 3200 lumens, while maintaining a color balance that rivals the Cinema or Movie mode of some projectors. This makes using either mode a viable option for any presentation that requires more accurate color than text-based presentations. With over 3600 lumens in High-Bright mode, the M363W will have no problems presenting in almost any sized venue, even those with minimal light control. In Movie or sRGB modes, presentations are blessed with solid color reproduction, making this projector a good choice for photo or video presentations. If very high brightness is not required (using Eco lamp mode), maintenance can also be kept to a minimum by NEC’s 8000-hour lamp life.
The ability of the NEC M363W to present from virtually any source, whether it's from a USB flash drive or wirelessly, makes it equally desirable for the corporate presenter or classroom presenter. Its extensive networking abilities are first rate as well combining the usual projector monitoring and notifications with the ability to project from multiple networked computers.
The NEC M363W is pretty much a star in all categories With a price point of around $950 street, it will be very attractive to the buyer looking for a low maintenance, high output projector in a compact package. Generally, LCD projectors in this price range have enjoyed a color accuracy advantage over their DLP counterparts. Not so with the M363W, whose color in respective modes equal many other LCD projectors in its class, while offering more brightness and features than many of them.
There's no doubt that the NEC M363W should be on any presenter's short list. It definitely deserves a Hot Product award.