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NEC NP-PX1005QL Laser Projector Review-Special Features 2

NEC NP-PX1005QL Laser Projector Review: Special Features 2 Array of Interchangeable Lenses, Network Control, Mounting Flexibility, DICOM Simulation, Image Manipulation

Array Of Interchangeable Lenses

Several models in the NEC PX series lineup can be purchased with or without a lens. The “18” at the end of the model number indicates that no lens is packaged with that specific model. While the NP-PX1005QL does not have a lens in the box, it is compatible with eight powered NEC lenses.

For this review, NEC provided a NP18ZL-4K lens which is a standard-throw zoom lens with a range of 1.71 to 2.25.

While NEC offers an ultra-short throw lens (NP39ML-4K) with a throw ratio of 0.38:1. While the UST lens makes the projector more bulky, the throw distance is as short as that of a dedicated UST projector with an integrated lens. To project a 120 inch image, the rear of NP-PX1005QL need to be just 6 inches from the screen while the rear of a dedicate UST projector, like the Sony VZ1000ES has to be 10 inches away.

After installing or replacing a lens, you should conduct a lens calibration by pressing and holding the “CTL’ button on the remote or CALIBRATION button on the projector’s main body. Lens calibration helps the projector to correctly acquire the lens position and adjustment range. When calibration is finished, the lens returns to the same position it was in before calibration.

Network Control

Once you have connected your projector to your network there are several ways you can control the PX1005QL via the network. The Virtual Remote software allows you to control a projector connected by LAN (wired or wireless), serial connections (RS-232C), or computer connection cable (signal cable) from the computer.

PC Control Utility Pro 4 is another free software program to control power on/off, input signal switching, and other functions of a connected projector. You can also manage and review the lamp usage time and wide variety of other information. The software also permits control of the projector according to a specified schedule and can send an e-mail when an error has occurred with the projector.

NEC also offers the NaViSet Adminstrator2 software program which can be used to monitor and control the PX1005QL projector. This free software solution is designed to simplify the control, monitoring, and management of multi-display installations. Adjust almost any parameter or setting of a NEC projector or flat panel from a remote location. Monitor display status receives email alerts automatically if a diagnostic error is reported by a device or a setting has been changed.

In addition, The PX1005QL supports Crestron Roomview, AMX Beacon, and PJ Link for compete interactivity and control. The bottom line is the NEC NP-PX1005QL has very good support for networking with support for presentation and control applications/services.

Mounting Flexibilty

The NP-PX1005QL is suitable for commercial applications such as digital signage and other applications requiring something other than traditional landscape orientation of the image. The unit can be installed universally at any angle. Tilt-free, roll-free, and portrait installations are supported. The projector can be rotated freely (360°) to point up or down depending on the installation requirements and can be rotated and installed on its side to create a portrait image

DICOM Simulation

In addition to the usual Picture modes, NEC has included a DICOM Simulation mode intended to display images approximating the DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) Part 14 Grayscale Standard Display Function used with B/W medical imaging (such as X-rays). This mode optimizes black/gray/white detail with a custom gamma curve. It should be noted that with such projectors as the PX1005QL, although the DICOM name is used, the projector is not a medical device and should not be used for purposes such as diagnosis of display images. Instead, the DICOM Simulation mode is intended for use in a classroom for teaching purposes.

Image Manipulation

There are many classroom and meeting situations where it would be beneficial to project multiple images on a single screen. The PX1005QL offers support for displaying information from multiple users/sources during business meetings or in the classroom. The Picture and Picture feature makes it possible to project up to four images with a single projector. You can choose any four of the PX1005QL inputs to display simultaneously including DisplayPort, HDMI, or SDI.

The PX1005QL offers support for displaying information from multiple users/sources during business meetings or in the classroom. The PiP (Picture in Picture) feature makes it possible to project two images with a single projector by displaying a small sub-display within the main display. The sub-display’s position can be moved, and the main display and sub-display images can also be swapped.

By adding the optional MultiPresenter Stick (DS1-MP10RX1) you can also utilize the MutliPresenter application. This free software application enables you to display your device’s screen (computer, smart phone, tablet) on the PX1005QL via wired or wireless LAN. Not only can you display images, PDFs, and webpages, you can even mirror the camera of your mobile device. The content from up to 12 connected sources, including 8 mobile devices, can be displayed simultaneously.

There are times in a classroom or meeting that you might want to zoom in on a specific area of an image, such as a map or blueprint. Digital Image Zoom makes it simple to magnify a portion of the image on-screen up to four times. After pressing the D-Zoom button, you can use the arrow buttons on the remote to reposition the area to be magnified.