NEC NP216 DLP Multimedia Projector Review

Warranty

While the NP216 only comes with a simple two year parts and labor warranty, NEC offers extended warranty plans, as well as repair and return coverage.  This allows the end user to tailor a warranty plan to meet their needs and keeps the retail price of the projector low.

Summary

A summary of the NEC NP216 projector’s pros and cons.

The NEC NP216 projector earned our Best In Classroom: Value Proposition Award in this year’s 2011 Classroom Projector Report: The Best School Projectors for K-12 Education!

10-14-10 -Mike Rollett

NEC NP216 Projector: Bottom Line

We found the NP216 to be a capable performer, providing a sharp, colorful image while easily achieving its rated lumen output (see the Performance section for details).  While the NP216 did display the color shifts we’re used to seeing in its brightest mode, this would be a non-issue for most presentations.  In addition, the NP216 displayed fairly well-saturated, accurate colors in its Presentation mode, which was still well over 2000 lumens.  Setup was quick and easy and noise level in either lamp mode was moderate and consistent with other projectors of this size and brightness.

The NEC NP216 provides good value for its relatively low price.  It’s image quality, color rendition and scaling/resizing of higher resolutions is equal to more expensive multimedia projectors.  It provides networking capability and is 3-D ready.  While it doesn’t have the digital video inputs or widescreen resolution of the Dell 1610HD or BenQ W600, the NP216 still provides picture quality that equal to the Dell and a feature set more attuned to business users than the BenQ, all at a lower price than either one.

Overall, the NP216 is a solid, low cost solution for the classroom or conference room looking for 3-D capability.  Color presentations have a sharp picture and good color balance.  I see no reason why it wouldn’t find its way into many classrooms and conference rooms.

NEC NP216 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

NEC NP216 Projector: Pros

  • Good brightness, almost 2500 lumens
  • Very good image with native resolution or higher and good color accuracy
  • No dust filter to keep clean
  • Lightweight – 5.7 lbs.
  • Good warranty and support via Express Repair program and toll-free support
  • Decent audio output capability with built-in 7W speaker
  • Networking control abilities including email notification for maintenance and mechanical problems

NEC NP216 Projector: Cons

  • Mediocre color in brightest picture mode
  • Limited zoom range
  • No digital video inputs

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