Projector Reviews

NEC MC372X PROJECTOR REVIEW – SUMMARY

NEC NP-MC372X Classroom Projector Review – Summary: Highlights, Value Proposition, Pros and Cons

SUMMARY

The NEC MC372X is a small footprint 3,700 lumen installation XGA projector with a rated lamp life of 15,000 in ECO mode. The MC372X utilizes a 3LCD imager instead of the single DLP chip found many comparable classroom projectors which improves bright color reproduction.

While the MC372X is a XGA projector it can accept [email protected] content via its two HDMI inputs for increased clarity and detail. The MC372X has 1.2x zoom lens, dual HDMI inputs and extensive digital keystone correction. It also features USB 2.0A support to power third-party devices and a LAN port for network control and asset management. The optional Wireless Module (NP05LM1) with MultiPresenter allows for up to 16 simultaneous connections.

The NEC MC372X offers high brightness, connectivity in an ultra-quiet, compact, and affordable package. While the MC372X is missing some features found on more expensive business/classroom projectors like lens shift and HDBaseT, at a retail price of just $509, the NEC MC372X is still a great value.

VALUE PROPOSITION

NEC-MC372X is the least expensive projector offered by NEC. At a street price of $509 it offers good performance and lots of features. It is part of NEC’s MC series of projectors which are some of the brightest projectors in its class and they offer the longest rated bulb life. Even though it is NEC entry level projector, you can wirelessly project from a laptop or mobile device and MC372X offers both vertical and horizontal keystone correction.

For about $50 more you can step up to the NEC NP-MC382W which is a WXGA projector and I believe the extra resolution would be worth if you plan on viewing a lot of HD video. With the exception of its big brother, the NEC MC382W, no projector in its price point can match it combination or features, 3800 lumens of brightness and 15,000 hours of maintenance free operation.

PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • 3,700 lumens (color and white)
  • Long Lamp Life (15,000 hours in ECO mode)
  • High readability of text and presentation graphics
  • Excellent network support (wired and optional wireless) for control, and multimedia presentation functions
  • DICOM Simulation mode allows this model to be useful for medical education purposes
  • Several out-of-the-box picture modes available with reasonably accurate colors, ncluding a picture mode with very good color accuracy as well as a very bright mode for use in situations where the extra light output is needed
  • Useful Keystone Correction tools
  • Optional wireless Module
  • Built-in 16-watt speaker is loud enough for a moderate size classrooms although the sound quality is average

Cons

  • No horizontal/vertical lens shift
  • Limited zoom range
  • Lower native resolution noticeable when view 4K and HD content
  • The remote control can be difficult to operate in a dark room, since it has no backlight and there are many small button