While the familiar big names are doing their usual thing at this end of the projector market, arguably less high-profile companies such as Sanyo have really upped their game.

The PLZ-Z300 might still look blander than woodchip wallpaper, but getting the machine set up and your picture sorted is refreshingly simple.  

Remote place

The chunky remote feels good in the hand and has a backlit panel for easy navigation without turning on the lights and ruining the moment, while there's an automatic shutter when you turn the Z300 off and on for added impress-your-mates points.

Scaning the list of tech specs, we're again merrily ticking the necessary boxes. The impressive throw gives you a 7.5ft image from 2.4m away, there are two HDMI inputs, and a 1920x1080, Full HD resolution.

Sharp, vivid picture

We prefer our proof in the eating of the projected pudding, though. And, happily, Blu-rays serve up a striking image, with bright, vivid outdoor shots, sharp edges, smooth motion and deep black levels.

Only the very best can dig up a little more detail and that impression of depth better than this Sanyo. Playing something more colourful shows the PLV-Z3000 to be perfectly capable of a wide gamut of colours and good contrast levels.

Occasionally, the warmth and texture to bold colours are sometimes missing, but this is a highly capable, thoughtfully constructed machine that’s really only found wanting due to outstanding rivals like the Panasonic PT-AE3000 and Sony VPL-HW10.

Stuff says... 

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 review

Can count itself hard done by to miss out on the full complement of stars - a strong four-star projector