NEC NP-ME331W Portable Projector Review
The NEC NP-ME331W is one of four similar models in NEC’s ME-series of portable projectors intended for business or education applications. The NP-ME331, like the other three, is WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The other ME-series models include the NP-ME301W, NP-ME361W and the NP-ME401W.
All four of these ME-series models use 3LCD display technology and have a very similar physical appearance, but offer different brightness levels and at price points (MSRP) ranging from $629 (NP-ME601W) up to $949 (NP-ME401W). NEC also offers another ME-series of projectors with model numbers ending with ‘X” (e.g., NP-ME331X) which have similar features but offer lower XGA resolution in a 4 X 3 aspect ratio.
The NP-ME331W, being reviewed here, is a mid-level model in the ME-series of WXGA projectors that is priced at $699 and is specified to offer 3300 lumens of brightness, in its brightest picture mode.
The NEC NP-ME331W received our Hot Product award for its combination of a good feature set, very good color performance and a reasonable price.
|NEC NP-ME331W Specs|
|Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)||3300|
|Zoom Lens Ratio||1.7:1|
|Lamp Life||4000 hours|
|Warranty||3 years on the projector, First year Instacare replacement program|
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- High brightness with 3300 rated lumens
- 1.7X zoom lens
- WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution
- Built-in 20 watt speaker
- Compatible with Crestron Roomview (TM) for projector control/management
- Built-in wall color correction
- Built-in wired network support for Ethernet LAN connectivity (Wi-Fi support requires optional accessory)
- “MultiPrenter” functionality allows for screen mirroring of up to 20 devices simultaneously (Android and Windows) via a wired or wireless connection . (Win, MAC, Android, iOS)
- Up to 9000 hour lamp life in Eco mode
- “NaViSet Administrator 2″ software included for network based management and control of multi-projector installations
- Quick Start with approx. 4 seconds to power up and display
Although we followed NEC’s categorization of the ME331W as a portable projector, and concede that at 6.4 lbs, it does qualify as a true portable, we expect most of the ME331Ws sold will end up installed in classrooms and conference rooms. Certainly its networking and networking features (controlling multi-projector installations, such as in a school or corporate building) tend to make it suitable for larger scale projector implementations.
And, of course, it’s a very capable portable, with lots of both color, and white lumens, to tackle most small and medium sized rooms without any real difficulty.
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