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NEC NP-P474U Business and Education Projector Review – Hardware 2

NEC NP-P474U Business and Education Projector Review – Hardware 2: Control Panel, Remote Control, Menus

Control Panel

NEC NP-P474U Control Panel
The NEC NP-P747U's control panel is simple and well laid out.

Once the projector is set up, the least used piece of it becomes the control panel. Still, it’s useful for installation, and for moments when the remote control goes missing – we all have those. It’s pretty typical. The Power button is in the top right, above all the other buttons.

There are three buttons below that – Source, ECO, and Auto Adj., which is a function that automatically optimizes a computer image. Below that is the Menu button to the left of the usual four directional arrow keys surrounding an Enter button, and the Exit button to exit the menus on its right. Those arrow keys serve dual functions – left and right adjust volume, while up and down control keystone correction.

Remote Control

NEC provides a nice, lightweight remote control for the NP-P474U. It’s got a pretty typical configuration, and can be broken up into sections. The very top section is comprised of three buttons, two of which are for power – On and Standby. The Source button is to their right. Just below that is the numerical keypad, with numbers 1-9 plus 0. Each button serves a dual function:

1 = Comp 1
2 = Comp 2
3 = Auto Adj.
4 = HDMI 1
5 = HDMI 2
6 = DisplayPort
7 = Video
8 = HDBaseT
9 = USB-B
0 = Apps

On either side of the 0/Apps button are the ID Set button (left) and the Clear button (right).

Below these is the section containing the directional arrow keys and Enter button configuration. Above that, though, are four buttons: Menu, AV-Mute, Freeze, and Exit. Then, as mentioned, we have the navigational arrows and the Enter button. Below that is a long, rounded button for Digital Zoom +/-, and the Page forward/backward button. Those two buttons frame the round navigational buttons nicely.

NEC NP-P474U Remote Control

In the section below, the final section, there are a total of ten buttons. The top two are the Left and Right Click buttons that act as a mouse. Under those, starting at the left, is the button to kick the projector into ECO mode. Next to that is the Keystone Correction button, followed by the Picture button, which brings up the Picture Menu, and the + Volume, with the – Volume button being underneath. To its left is the Aspect button to control aspect ratio, then the Focus/Zoom button, and finally, a Help button.

This remote is used across multiple projectors, and, as such, there are a couple buttons that do nothing. The L-Click and R-Click buttons, for example, do not work on the NEC NP-P474U (nor the other projectors in this series). The Focus/Zoom button is also null, as this projector does not have a motorized lens. I should also mention that the remote is not backlit, which is more of a minor nuisance than a real con.

The Menus

That does it for our tour of the NEC NP-P474U’s hardware! Next up is our discussion of the projector’s picture and sound quality.