The upcoming EH-DM3 home projector model from Epson is being touted as the ultimate home entertainment solution on a budget.

With a built-in DVD drive, the latest offering from one of the leading names in 3LCD display technology has the aesthetic box ticked in the form of its glossy black chassis.

The projector houses a lens and an optical drive so reviewers given a sneak peak at it have already forgiven that it may be a little on the heavy side.

Connectivity options include a HDMI 1.3, composite video, component video out, coaxial (digital) audio, karaoke mic and a USB (type A) slot, and the aforementioned lens is covered by a built-in slider flap, thereby eliminating the need for extra lens caps.

Though the EH-DM3's native resolution is not actually HD – a point previously underlined by gadget enthusiasts who have seen the projector – 2,000 lumens of brightness and a 3000:1 contrast ratio are not to be sniffed at.

A feature called Auto Setup further aims to let users set image colour and brightness with an automatic sensor, HDTV-style.

Night-time users of the EH-DM3 have previously been warned that its contrast ratio may drain black levels of their clarity, but day-time home cinema buffs should have no such complaints.