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NEC NP-V332W Projector Review - Hardware Tour

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Art Feierman
NEC NP-V332W Projector Review - Hardware Tour:  Appearance, Connector Panel, Control Pad, Lens, Remote Control


The NP-V332W is packaged in an attractive white case with a footprint (width and depth) that comes in at under one square foot (12.8 x 9.8 inches) and is 4 inches high.  As shown in the 1st gallery photo above, the zoom lens is located in a recess toward the right side of the front panel.  There is a ventilation exhaust vent toward the left side of the front panel and the IR window for the remote control receiver is located to the right of the lens.  There is release for the front foot (i.e., use to tilt the projector upward) located at the bottom-center of the front panel, as seen in the 5th photo above.

The right side of the projector, as seen in the 2nd photo above, has the air-inlet ventilation grill.   The rear of the projector, as seen in the 3rd photo above has the connector panel (more details on this is provided below).

The left side of the projector, as seen in the 4th photo above, has both an ventilation inlet as well as the speaker grill.

The top of the projector, as visible in the 3rd photo above, has the projector's control pad and access to the lens focus and zoom adjustments (more information on these are provided below).

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Connector Panel



The projector's connector panel is shown in the photo above.  From left-to-right there are connectors for:

  • Mini-USB Service Port (for service purposes only)
  • RJ-45 LAN port that also supports HDBaseT
  • HDMI 2 input
  • HDMI 1 input that also support MHL
  • Analog computer input (VGA style)
  • Analog monitor output connector
  • RS232 control port
  • Composite analog video input
  • Stereo analog audio inputs
  • Analog audio input (upper) and audio output (lower) mini-jacks
  • Power connector at the bottom-left of the connector panel


Control Pad


The projector's control pad, as shown in the photo above, is located on the top of the projector.  It includes the essential buttons to turn the projector on/off, display and navigate the on-screen menus, to select the input signal source, to adjust the speaker volume and to adjust the keystone correction.  There are 3 status lights to the right of the control pad..





As shown in the above photo, the mechanical zoom and focus rings are accessed through a opening in the top panel of the projector.  While this model's lens does offer excellent focus over the entire projected image, the zoom range is very limited at only 1.1:1. The throw ratio (throw distance to screen width) range, as listed in the NEC spec. sheet for this model, is 1.55:1 up to 1.70:1.  This means for a 80 inch wide screen the projector must be located between 124 and 136 inches back from the screen.  As a result, this model offers less placement flexibility, for a given screen size, than does certain competing models that offer a wider zoom range (e.g., 1.3:1).

As is typical for this class of projector, digital keystone correction is offered, but no optical lens shift.

Remote Control

The NP-V332W's remote control is a small, white remote with mostly dark gray buttons.  The Menu, Exit and navigation buttons are blue.  This makes for easier to access these often used buttons in minimal lighting, but the remote has no backlight.

Buttons are appropriately grouped and allow access of many of the important functions without going to the menu.  For example, while many projector remotes allow for scrolling through the various inputs, the NP-V332W's remote allows the user to individually select each video input.  Scrolling through Picture modes and switching aspect ratios can be performed on the remote.  There are also buttons for  image freezing, audio volume, digital zoom, help,  and keystone correction.

Certain of the remote's buttons, such as "page" are not functional with this projector model.

Overall, the level of access and control available with the NP-V332W remote is very good.

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