NEC M311X Projector
This year we brought in two reasonably priced XGA resolution NEC projectors for review. Both are very suitable for the classroom. In selecting them we picked two models at different price points, and features. This 3100 lumen NEC M311X was the more expensive of the two. It is an LCD projector, with a powerful 10 watt speaker that should easily cover a typical classroom.
Impressive is the 1.7:1 zoom lens of this projector, providing it with a lot more placement flexibility than most other small fixed install/portable projectors!
The NEC M311X has a built in media player so you can run Powerpoint files or photos (JPG) from a USB source. This projector also lets you present wirelessly from your iPad!
Also most impressive, especially if used in science, and college science classes, is that this projector supports DICOM imaging. Basically it's got a mode for displaying MRI's X-Rays and other such films with sufficient bright and dark detail to be viable. That's not something the vast majority of projectors can begin to do. DICOM capable is rarely found in under $2000 projectors although I suspect the number of projectors supporting DICOM is growing). Canon, for example has been supporting for years, but almost no one else.