Sanyo's PLV-Z3000 projector offers "typically good" LCD image quality, but its colours don't quite approximate those provided by the best LCD or DLP models on the market.

That's the conclusion reached by gadget gurus at the Expert Reviews website, where the PLV-Z3000's heavy-duty grey chassis is deemed "ugly but clearly built to last". Furthermore, instead of an easily-lost detachable lens cap, the projector's lens is concealed behind a sliding shutter which opens automatically when the device is switched on.

"The projector has all the features you'd expect, and several we're more used to seeing from much more expensive projectors, such as frame interpolation, which adds extra frames to make video look smoother," the team note.

Vertical and horizontal lens shift controls means users can adjust the lens position by up to 50 per cent on the vertical axis and 100 per cent on the horizontal, they continue.

It's also noted that although it only has two HDMI ports and a low brightness rating of 1,200 ANSI lumens, the projector has two component inputs and its menu system is "gratifyingly easy to use".

Projector shoppers concerned about the relative expense of the model are guided to Epson's EH-TW2900 - replacement model for the popular EH-TW2800 - as an alternative.