A couple of years ago we gave the NEC P502WL a Special Interest award for being a very good large venue installation laser projector for someone looking at entry level units suitable for large conference room and classroom applications. The NEC 525UL offers several enhancements over the P502WL to make it even better.
The NEC 525UL is a footprint 5,000 lumen installation WUXGA projector with a laser/phosphor light source which is rated slightly brighter than the P502WL. Like the older P502WL, the P525UL uses a laser/phosphor wheel light engine rated for 20,000 of maintenance-free operation. There is also a Constant Brightness mode to ensure that the P525UL delivers consistent looking imagery over the life of the projector.
The P525UL utilizes a 3LCD imager of instead of the single DLP chip found in the P502WL series which improves color reproduction. To ensure consistent color the P525UL has a Self-Color Correction that automatically compensates based on usage hours for the natural color shift that usually occurs as a projector ages. I’m sure the switching from DLP to LCD is also a factor in the projector’s increased contrast ratio. The P525UL is rated at 500,000:1 (with Light Adjust) compared to the P502UL 20,000;1 (with dynamic contrast)
While the P525UL is a WUXGA projector it can accept 4K@30P content via HDMI1, HDMI2 or HDBaseT for increased clarity and detail. Like other NEC P Series projectors, the P525UL has manual horizontal and vertical lens shift, 1.6x zoom lens, dual HDMI inputs and a HDBaseT input. It also features USB 2.0A support to power third-party devices and a LAN port for network control and asset management. The optional Wireless Module (NP05LM1) with MultiPresenter allows for up to 16 simultaneous connections.
What really makes this NEC projector unique is how incredibility quiet it is for such a bright installation projector. The NEC P525UL produces only 22db in Eco Mode and 27db in high power. The P525UL was so quiet in ECO mode that from 3 feet away I could barely hear it.
Sealed optics and laser light source ensure years of maintenance free operation. Registered NEC P525UL owners receive a 5-year or 20,000 hours parts and labor warranty including InstaCare which is next business day exchange.
The NEC P525UL offers high brightness, connectivity, and the longevity of a laser light source in an ultra-quiet compact package. While the P525UL 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 $3,099, the NEC P525UL is still a great value.