NEC HT510 - General Performance
The NEC HT510 provides a nice compact remote, that is fully backlit. Even better they manage to have almost all text markings for the many buttons - on the buttons so that they illuminate and are easy to read. Very nicely, there are discrete buttons for each available source, (which also indicates that if you use a computer or other controller, you will be able to directly change sources and not have to go through menus.
You will find the same three main buttons; menu, enter and exit as found on the projectors control panel. In addition you can engage noise reduction, change aspect ratio, or switch between the three presets (Black Detail, etc.) from their individual buttons. There is control of the time, a freeze button and a image mute as well, plus help and volume control.
NEC has a main menu, and six next level menus, everything is pretty logically laid out. I found navigating extremely fast and easy so that making changes is brief and painless. I've captured most of the menus for you check out below.
The NEC is extremely quiet, operating between 26 and 28 db, making it about as quiet as any on the market. Noise from the fans is simply not a problem. One less thing to worry about.
Maximum lamp life is rated at 3000 hours, making it about average. At 20 hours a week use, that's about 3 years.
I was pleased with the operation of the lens shift, which allowed me to get a rectagular image with the projector a couple of feet below the bottom of the screen. In this regard it is similar to the Sanyo Z3. By comparison, the Panasonic AE700U's lens shift primarily operates between the top and bottom of the screen (ideal for people placing the projector on a shelf, but not much help for low tables or high ceilings.