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NEC M311 Projector

PC Mag Editor's Choice
3000:1 XGA (1024x768) 26dB 2,480 ANSI Lumens Oct 2012
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15 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This NEC multimedia projector was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag who wrote that this data projector was marvellous.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Two experts from sites including PC Mag and hardwarezone.com.sg have rated this projector on average 83 out of 100.

NEC Has Good Projector Reviews

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors built by NEC have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that NEC also has good reviews across its entire range.

Good Product Quality

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “Better video quality than most data projectors”.

Easy to Use

One NEC M311 owner concluded that it was easy to use. Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “It's neither possible nor practical to have a darkened room” in their NEC M311 review.

Good Connectivity

One customer reckoned that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Three years ago Projectorreviews.com said “Plenty of connectivity options, including dual VGA”.

Good Picture Quality

One NEC M311 reviewer wrote that this projector had good picture quality. Projectorreviews.com said in their review of the NEC M311 “Good data and video image quality”.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC M311 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the M311 also have a built-in speaker.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including cheaper data projectors such as the NEC VE281[plb_1473677_price], or the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price].

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the NEC M311 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's 20% more resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) (which is also supported by this NEC data projector). This projector also support graphics resolutions of 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1600 x 900, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) and 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) and 640 x.

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) graphics resolution is in fact the best supported resolution across all 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years.

Across comparable types of projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Analog Resolution

The biggest maximum analog resolution of the NEC M311 is 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 20% more maximum analog resolution than the most frequently found maximum analog resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.

This projector's maximum analog resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels) is actually the best maximum analog resolution amongst all multimedia projectors of this type and age.

The worst maximum analog resolution amongst comparable types of projector is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the M311 have service life of lamp in economic mode of between 230h and 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 5,800h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 10,000 hours, the NEC M311 has one of the longest service life of lamp in economic mode amongst comparable spec projectors of this age.

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Quite Long Lamp Service Life

The lamp service lives of data projectors of this age and type range from 1,500h to 30,000h. With a lamp service life of 6,000 hours, the NEC M311 has one of the longer lamp service lives amongst projectors of this age.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to it.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

When compared to other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the M311 that we have assessed the noise level of, the NEC M311's noise level of only 26 decibels is one of the quietest. 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the M311 have noise levels of between 26dB and 45dB, and the average noise level is 35dB.

Other data projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the NEC VE281[plb_1473677_price] (35dB) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Low Power Consumption in Economy Mode

Across all the 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the M311 the power consumption in economy mode range from 70W to 250W. At only 172 Watts, the NEC M311 has a quite low power consumption in economy mode compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as the M311.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The NEC M311 does not support 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors of this age and spec also do not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The NEC M311 does not support Full HD projection, although this is within the context that most of the other projectors of this type and age also do not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other projectors of this age and type, the NEC M311 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of only 2,480 ANSI lumens, the NEC M311 has one of the dimmer projector brightness amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age. The average projector brightness of data projectors that were released around the same time as the M311 is 3,500 ANSI lumens.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to consider the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price] (2,600 ANSI lumens) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Lamp Power

When compared to other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the M311 that we have assessed the lamp power of, the NEC M311's lamp power of only 145 Watts is one of the smallest. The lamp power of multimedia projectors of this age and type range from 140W to 400W.

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Very Dim Lamp Power in Economic Mode

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years have lamp powers in economic mode of between 110W and 6,000W, and the average lamp power in economic mode is 1,300W. The NEC M311 has a fairly dim lamp power in economic mode (only 110 Watts) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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2 Other reasons to consider the NEC M311

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this data projector was released.

XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the NEC M311 is XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Analog Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Zoom Capability
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp Power in Economic Mode
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Type
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Certification
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Cable Included
Other Features
Aspect Ratio

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(3)
28 June 2013

The NEC NP-M311W delivers a bright image, WXGA (1,280 by 800) resolution, near-excellent data image quality, and better video quality than most data projectors...

PC Mag

I was suitably impressed with the performance of the NEC M311X. The color quality in the M311X?s brightest mode is equal or better than many projectors in their Presentation mode. This makes...

High brightness 3 100 lumens)
Flexible 1.7x zoom ratio
Plenty of connectivity options, including dual VGA and HDMI inputs
Good data and video image quality
Very long 10K hours lamp life in Eco mode
Several tools not supported on the Mac (GCT
USB Display, remote mouse)
Slight color shift
Visible pixel structure at a close viewing distance
24 January 2013

For most business and education users, the number one feature to look out for in a data projector is brightness, because a lot of times, it's neither possible nor practical to have a darkened... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $47.70
Electricity cost when on standby $2.27
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Total running cost over 5 years $49.97
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.32 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 9 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 6003405, npm311x, nec m311, nec m311x, acer m311, acer m311x, shops m311, nec npm311, acer m311w, shops m311x, nec p150630, nec p152607, nec npm311x, nec 96qxzs00, nec 96qxza00, nec 96qvzs00, nec 96qvza00, nec p150630p, nec 60003405, nec p152607p, nec m311x3100, nec peripherals m311, nec peripherals m311w
Barcodes 00000060003405, 00028695609839, 00028695609853, 00805736041057, 02990091004644, 02990091004651, 04053162595576, 04053162595583, 05028695609839, 05028695609853, 05052883008203, 05053959394022, 05054484230540, 05054484231578, 05054533231573, 05054629170458, 08057360410576

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