Projector Reviews

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-ME301W) 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.

A short video overview is available on our site featuring this projector, and can be viewed here.


  • 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.