Posted on June 27, 2019 By Nikki Zelinger
NEC NP-MC382W Projector Review – Picture and Sound Quality: Color Modes, Video Picture Quality, Text and Presentation Quality, Audio Quality
NEC NP-MC382W Color Mode: Video
NEC NP-MC382W Color Mode: Graphic
NEC NP-MC382W Color Mode: Movie
NEC NP-MC382W Color Mode: sRGB
NEC NP-MC382W Color Mode: Presentation
NEC NP-MC382W Color Mode: DICOM SIM.
The NEC NP-MC382W has seven color modes, which is the highest number of color modes I’ve seen in a while. NEC really went all out to ensure there is a mode to suit each type of application this projector might be used for, whether that be in a business or an education environment. Those color modes, in order of appearance in the menu, are: High-Bright, Presentation, Video, Movie, Graphic, sRGB, and DICOM SIM.
The first of these modes, High-Bright, is aptly named, as it has the highest brightness of all the modes. As is typical of all brightest modes, High-Bright has a green-yellow tone to it, and should only be used when brightness is of the utmost importance. Luckily, there’s Presentation Mode, which has much better color than High-Bright, and can still handle situations where there is a lot of ambient light. It still has the green-yellow hue, but it is significantly more subtle than High-Bright.
There are several “best modes,” a term we use to describe modes that have the best color, and which one you consider to be best for your applications will vary based on your own preferences. The best mode for films, documentaries, and educational shows is Video. I chose Video for this purpose because it has the most accurate color. Movie and sRGB will be quite suitable as well, though they have a warmer tone that may be “too warm” in some cases.
Graphic is the best mode for presentations. I favored Graphic over Presentation because I felt Graphic did a better job of replicating the original color of the slide than Presentation, as Presentation has that green-yellow tinge to it. It definitely has a cooler tone than any of the other modes. The final mode to discuss is DICOM SIM., which is a mode reserved for viewing high contrast films like X-Rays and MRIs. I keep my kitty’s X-Rays from when she decided eating ribbons and plastic bags was a good idea on my USB flash drive to demonstrate this mode’s capabilities.
An x-ray of a cat, projected in DICOM SIM. Mode on the NEC NP-MC382W.
The NEC NP-MC382W has great color and contrast in Video Mode.
Colors are vibrant on the NEC NP-MC382W, as you can see by this lovely peacock image from the Netflix show Explained.
The NEC NP-MC382W handles skin tones of all shades beautifully.
Graphics in videos look clear and sharp when projected by the MC382W.
This scene from Journey to Space shows of the color handling of the NEC.
Underwater scenes look vibrant and beautiful on the MC382W.
A scene from Journey to Space, projected by the NEC NP-MC382W.
The video picture quality on the NEC NP-MC382W is excellent. Its WXGA resolution, which is the business and education world’s 720p, lends to great performance whether projecting video content via a streaming service like Netflix, an online video from a website, or from a BluRay disk. There are several modes that are well suited to using for projecting video, as mentioned in the previous section, and it will truly depend on your preferences for color. These modes all measure around the same number in terms of brightness, so you really can’t go wrong when choosing your color mode for video.
That said, the photos in the slider above were all taken in Video. As I said in the Color Modes section, Video’s color is the most accurate. Reds look red, whereas in the Movie and sRGB modes, reds look more like a burnt orange. A person with less experience in Color Theory might mistake them for pure red in those modes, but as an artist, I can tell you that they definitely lean toward orange. The result on video is a much warmer tone in both Movie and sRGB, which some people might prefer.
This is my favorite photo to take from Journey to Space, which is projected via my PlayStation and a BluRay disk. I really feel this photo shows off each projector’s depth of color and contrast. The Bigelow Space Station also has a lot of texture – another reason I like this photo so much for review purposes. There’s that, of course, and also – how cool is it that this space station is inflatable? You wouldn’t catch me on it, but I think it’s a really awesome concept.
Small text on infographics is highly readable on the NEC NP-MC382W.
Small text on PowerPoint presentations is sharp when projected by the NEC NP-MC382W.
A presentation slide, projected by the NEC NP-MC382W.
I said this before in the PC-Free Presenting section on the Special Features page, but I’ll say it again: The on-board media player of the NEC NP-MC382W is awesome. On several previous projectors, I have used a USB plugged into my PlayStation 4 to project presentation slides for the purpose of their reviews. The Media Player on the PlayStation isn’t very good, by comparison, because some of my slides were rendered unusable – that is, they had a considerable amount of blur.
Websites that are heavy on photos look excellent when projected by the NEC NP-MC382W.
The Boeing website, projected by the NEC NP-MC382W.