NEC VE281X Projector
Our second NEC projector featured in this year's Education projector report is the VE281X, with the V being NEC's "Value" designation. Although definitely not loaded with features, it has the basics pretty well covered, and that includes being the least expensive of the 15 projectors covered in this report to have an HDMI input.
The official price of the VD281X is $449, which is a very good price for an XGA (1024x768) native resolution projector. Unlike the NEC M311X we also discuss, this NEC is a DLP projector. The VE281X has a zoom lens with 1.15:1 range which is minimal, but having some zoom sure beats having none at all, when it comes time to place the projector. The VE281X projector is 3D capable, just add the 3D glasses (part number: NP02GL) which have a lower than most brands list price of $85 a pair.
Brightness is pretty typical, measuring over 2500 lumens in presentation mode (claim is 2800 lumens). However, in High Brightness mode, this projector actually beat 3000 lumens. That's not the mode to go to if respectable color is important to you, but know you've got that extra brightness if needed.