NEC NP-M311X XGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review

A summary of the NEC M311X Projector’s pros, cons.

NEC M311X Projector: Bottom Line

I was suitably impressed with the performance of the NEC M311X.  The color quality in the M311X’s brightest mode is equal or better than many projectors in their Presentation mode.  This makes using the brightest mode a viable option, even for photo or other presentations that require more accurate color than mainly text-based presentations.  With almost 2600 lumens in its brightest mode (and full wide zoom), the M311X can hold its own in virtually any sized venue, even with minimal light control.    In any video mode, presentations are blessed with solid color reproduction, making this projector a good choice for photo presentations.  Our test model also had very good LCD panel convergence, providing one of the sharper pictures you’ll find in a 3-chip LCD projector in this price range.  Further, its extensive networking abilities are first rate as well.  If very high brightness is not required (using Normal lamp mode), maintenance can also be kept to a minimum by NEC’s 5000-hour lamp and filter life.

The NEC M311X has a lot going for it and its price point should be very attractive to the buyer looking for a low maintenance, high output projector in a compact package.  For price and performance, it compares well with other LCD projectors in its class, while offering more features than many of them.  However, the Viewsonic PJD6544w (big brother to the recently reviewed Viewsonic PJD5533w) offers WXGA resolution and similar brightness and features at lower price.
A solid performer in every category, the NEC M311X deserves serious consideration from a presenter who can take advantage of the long lamp life in Eco mode and/or needs the flexibility to present from virtually any source.

NEC M311X Projector: Pros & Cons

NEC M311X Projector: Pros

  • Good brightness and color rendition in a compact package
  • Good sharpness with any normally used resolution
  • Usable built-in speaker
  • Excellent lamp warranty
  • Quick power up and can be unplugged immediately after powered down
  • Wireless presentation from an iPad
  • Ability to present from a computer or USB storage device via USB

NEC M311X Projector: Cons

  • Not as bright as some of the competition
  • Long lamp life is only achieved by a large drop in output
  • Has dust filter that must be replaced (albeit only at 5000 hours)

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