Warranty is respectable. 2 years parts and labor, with a first year replacement program. Respectable, but it definitely isn’t a match for some competitors.
The projector can be placed table top, inches from the screen, or wall mounted directly above, for relatively affordable installation. Sound is powerful with a 16 watt system, and NEC offers a 30 watt optional additional speaker that directly interfaces.
Lamp life is very good – 3000 hours at full power, 6000 in eco-mode.
And the NEC met its brightness claims when measured, with the two brightest modes just slightly beating the 3300 lumen claim. Even the least bright Video mode managed more than 2500 lumens, which is very impressive. It is not 3D capable (typical of LCD type projectors).
This Ricoh PJ-WX4130N comes with both wired, and wireless networking! A non-networking version for less money, shares the model number, but without the “N”.
Up to four projectors can project the same image, ideal for a room with multiple projectors, or presenting to multiple rooms (N – networking version only).
The Ricoh can do network based presenting, has closed captioning. You can present from iPads, etc. Overall, extremely capable projector, this Ricoh claims 2500 lumens. When tested the Ricoh in Bright mode without color correction (native), measured 2574 lumens, just beating claim. Even with color correction it still did an impressive 2376 lumens. There are colored wall and blackboard modes that measure from about 1600 to 2300 lumens. Not bad!
That’s plenty of brightness for the typical K-12 classroom. Where the Ricoh comes up short, is sound, with a 2 watt system. That’s on the thin side, and Ricoh does not have an audio out, which is the easiest way to tack on additional sound. But then, this is a more portable projector, as noted, than any other ultra short throw. And that means not being blinded while presenting/teaching! Warranty is a very good 3 years, but no replacement program is offered.
The projector has remote mousing and is 3D capable. Street prices seem to vary from a low of about $1200, but authorized dealers (ie. Not ebay), tend to be around $1500. There’s a more expensive version, the PJ WX4130Ni, with interactive functions, but we did not get to review.