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Posted on February 10, 2021 by Phil Jones

NEC P506QL 4K Laser Business Projector Review – Summary: Highlights, Pros and Cons


The NEC P506QL is a midsize installation class 4K capable 5000-lumen projector with a laser/phosphor light source. Like other Sharp/NEC laser projectors, the P506QL uses a laser/phosphor wheel light engine rated for 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation. There is also a Constant Brightness mode to ensure that the P506QL delivers consistent image brightness over the projector's life.

Unlike most business projectors, the P506QL brightest picture mode still delivered good color reproduction. Since the projector can modulate its laser light source's brightness, the P506QL has a rated dynamic contrast ratio of 500,000:1.

It can accept 4K@60P content via its HDMI and HDBaseT inputs, so it can easily reproduce all the detail found in text, photos, and graphics.

Like other NEC P Series projectors, the P506QL has manual horizontal and vertical lens shift, 1.5x zoom lens, which significantly enhances the unite placement flexibility. It also features USB 2.0A, which can power third-party devices and a LAN port for network control and asset management.

Sealed optics and laser light source ensure years of maintenance-free operation. Registered NEC P506QL owners receive a 5-year or 20,000 hours parts and labor warranty including InstaCare which is next business day exchange.

The NEC P506QL offers high brightness, accurate color reproduction, connectivity, and a laser light source's longevity.  While the P506QL is missing some features found on more expensive installation class projectors, including interchangeable motorized lenses, edge blending, and projection mapping, at a retail price of just $4299, the NEC P506QL is still a great value and is highly recommended.



  • 4K Resolution delivers high readability of text and presentation graphics
  • sharp details and text
  • 5,000 ANSI lumens
  • Sealed optics and laser light source should reduce maintenance costs
  • Horizontal/Vertical lens shift increase installation flexibility
  • The units can be mounted at any angle
  • Excellent network support (wired and optional wireless) for control, monitoring, and multimedia presentation functions
  • Support for Crestron Roomview, AMX Beacon, and PJ Link for connectivity and control
  • Multiple NEC projectors can be controlled and managed from a central PC using the supplied software
  • DICOM Simulation mode allows this model to be useful for medical education purposes
  • Several out-of-the-box picture modes available with reasonably accurate colors, one picture mode with good color accuracy
  • Excellent connectivity capabilities, including support for HDbaseT
  • The built-in 10-watt speaker is loud enough for an average conference or classroom, although the sound quality is average


  • Lacks certain advanced features found on more expensive "Installation Class" projectors
  • Since the remote control is not backlight, it can be challenging to operate in a dark room
  • No built-in wireless
  • No HDR support

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