Other business-friendly features reflect the fact that you don’t always get to present in ideal circumstances. The VT-800 will perform perfectly well with a throw of as little as 0.7m, filling a 50in projector screen at a distance of around 2m. For those times when you don’t have access to a screen, it includes a series of preset colour balance fixes for different coloured walls. And for occasions when you don’t have time to adjust the image to the point of perfection, a quick and dirty auto-adjustment feature, not to mention automatic keystone correction, should sort you out. Meanwhile the 3D reform feature does an excellent job of squaring the image when you’re unable to put projector or screen in the optimum position. In fact, ease of use is a real strength all-round. The button layout is sensible, the menu system clearly navigable, and NEC also bundles in a fine remote control.
As a data projector, the VT-800 excels – provided you can stomach the fact that it has fewer pixels horizontally or vertically than anything but the most bargain-basement laptop. For presentation purposes, this isn’t a disaster, and the VT-800 has other things than resolution going for it, namely excellent clarity, a fine control of geometry even at the top end of the zoom control and a strong, bright image with plenty of contrast. 2,700 ANSI Lumens means bright whites and strong, vivid colours, even in reasonable daylight or normal artificial lighting. And while the 500:1 contrast level might not sound like much when some home cinema projectors are claiming 12,000:1 or more, it’s a realistic figure and still allows the VT-800 to differentiate darker shadow tones in photographs from deeper blacks. It’s also worth noting that you can extend the lamp life from 2500 to 3500 hours and make the projector an awful lot quieter by switching the lamp to the 2160 ANSI Lumens Eco mode, and the reduction in brightness really isn’t all that drastic.
Beyond the business stuff, the VT-800 has some other tricks up its sleeves, and these are exactly the kinds of tricks you’ll appreciate if you’re the sort of person who’s inclined to make use of work resources for, ahem, not-so-work-related activities. Just take a look at the connections at the back. As well as the twin VGA connectors you’ll spot S-Video and Composite connectors (while the VGA ports will also work with Component Video adaptors). The star of the show, though, is the HDCP-compliant HDMI port. Through this the VT-800 can accept HD resolutions up to 1080p, plus audio. This, in concert with Silicon Optix’s HQV video processing and scaling technology makes it one of the more movie-friendly business projectors in town. I’m sure all the noise reduction, adaptive de-interlacing and detail enhancement processing technology included in HQV helps make business video presentations look their best, but it also does wonders for other video content.