Projector Reviews

NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review- Summary

Summary

The NEC UM352W projects a bright and very sharp image that is well suited for either the conference room or classroom.   It is an ultra short throw model and can be positioned above or below the screen (but above the screen is certainly the preferred location when creating an electronic white board) and just a few inches back from the white board/screen/wall.  This mounting arrangement will work well in many cases, but not in all cases.  In keeping with it business and education classification, the NEC UM352W  can be fully controlled and managed from a PC over the local network.  With its built-in electronic white board support (with supplied interactive stylus pens), it provides a very versatile classroom or boardroom presentation tool.  Also it supports extensive collaboration capability including the ability to display up to 16 individual images/thumbnails in a split screen mode.

Pros

  • very sharp display with good focus over the entire image
  • virtually no color fringing visible on displayed text indicating very good alignment of LCD panels and also good optics with a very low level of  chromatic aberration
  • high readability of text and presentation graphics
  • high light output, possible even in modes with fairly accurate colors
  • multiple NEC projectors can be controlled and managed from a central PC using the supplied NEC “NaViSet Administrator 2” software or with Crestron RoomView(TM)
  • ultra short throw provides convenient mounting, in many classroom or conference room layouts
  • DICOM Simulation mode allows this model to be useful for medical education purposes
  • out-of-the-box picture modes available with reasonably accurate colors as well as very bright modes for use in rooms without good light control
  • built-in 20 watt speaker and microphone input provide adequate audio capabilities for use in a moderately large class room or conference room
  • built-in support for an electronic white board using stylus pens (2 supplied) and an optional touch module available to add finger touch input capability
  • capability for PC-free presentations stored on either the projector’s internal memory or on a USB flash drive.

Cons

  • no optical zoom so placement is a little more difficult unless using a wall mount designed specifically for this type of projector
  • no lens cover, either manual or automatic
  • remote can be difficult to operate in a dark room, since it has no back light
  • dust filter that must be maintained
  • standard warranty doesn’t include a rapid replacement program (but available at an extra cost)