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NEC NPPA521U Projector

5000:1 WUXGA (1920x1200) 39dB 5,200 ANSI Lumens Sep 2014
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NEC's PA521U is a 5200-lumen widescreen advanced professional installation model that appeases corporate and higher education users. With integrated RJ45, optional high-speed wireless (LAN IEEE... More
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8 Reasons For

NEC Has Good Projector Reviews

Multimedia projectors built by NEC are some of the better multimedia projectors according to average user and expert reviews.

Good Connectivity

One person thought the NEC NP-PA521U was wifi compatible. Projectorreviews.com said “It is rated for a high 5200 lumens brightness, offers extensive wired and optional wireless networking, flexible mounti” in their NEC NP-PA521U review.

Supports Full HD Projection

The NEC NP-PA521U supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the NP-PA521U which do not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other projectors which support Full HD projection to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq W1060[plb_1403581_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC NP-PA521U has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors that have been available for a similar time to the NP-PA521U also have a built-in speaker.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including the Benq W1060[plb_1403581_price] which has better reviews.

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WUXGA (1920x1200) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the NP-PA521U is WUXGA (1920x1200). That's over two times the resolution of the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

A WUXGA (1920x1200) native projector resolution is actually the best resolution across all multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the NP-PA521U.

An XGA (1024x768) native projector resolution is the worst resolution across similar types of multimedia projector.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the NP-PA521U is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this multimedia projector). This projector also support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) graphics resolution is actually the best supported resolution across all 5000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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

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Quite Low Power Consumption in Economy Mode

Multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the NP-PA521U have power consumption in economy mode of between 200W and 830W, and the average power consumption in economy mode is 430W. With a power consumption in economy mode of only 362 Watts, the NP-PA521U has a fairly low power consumption in economy mode compared to most of the other 5000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the NP-PA521U.

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Very Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

The NP-PA521U has one of the lower power consumption during PowerSave (only 0.11 Watts) amongst similar spec data projectors of this age. The power consumption during PowerSave of comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the NP-PA521U range from 0.11W to 730W, and the average power consumption during PowerSave is 260W.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The NEC NP-PA521U does not support 3D image projection. Most of the other data projectors of this age and spec also do not support 3D image projection.

We compared all the other data projectors which also support 3D image projection to this projector and we think the PowerLite W16[pl_2384315_price], the Z8455WUNL[pl_1838281_price], or the PowerLite W16SK[pl_2397615_price] all from Epson which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The NEC NP-PA521U does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other 5000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched around the same time as the NP-PA521U also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the NP-PA521U have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the NEC NP-PA521U which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

The noise levels in economy mode of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the NP-PA521U range from 28dB to 35dB, and the average noise level in economy mode is 31dB. The NP-PA521U has one of the louder noise levels in economy mode (33 decibels) amongst 5000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the NEC NP-PA521U

Released Over Two Years Ago

This 5000:1 contrast ratio projector has been on the market for over two years.

Average Noise Level

At 39 decibels, the NP-PA521U has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other 5000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the NP-PA521U.

Alternative projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Epson EB-G6800[plb_1854682_price] (39dB), or the NEC PA522[plb_2406092_price] (39dB).

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Average Projector Brightness

At 5,200 ANSI lumens, the NP-PA521U has a fairly typical projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the NP-PA521U.

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Specification

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Horizontal Keystone Correction
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Lamps
Lamp Power in Economic Mode
Lamp
Lamp Power
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Lens System
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Serial Interface Type
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
DisplayPort
Headphone Output
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Power
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Power Consumption in Economy Mode
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
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Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Certification
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Packaging Content
Remote Control Type

Expert Reviews

18 February 2015

The NEC NP-PA521U is a commercial/professional installation projector that is aimed for the corporate and higher-end education markets. It is rated for a high 5200 lumens brightness, offers... Read more…

Tremendous light output, sharp image, flexible installation with lens shift and interchangeable lenses, accepts signals from just about anything
3Dcapable, excellent video processing, good contrast
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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on $109.43
Electricity cost when on standby $42.33
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Total running cost over 5 years $151.76
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.97 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 25 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 154003-22, nec nppa521, nec nppa521u, generic pa521, generic pa521u, visipax nppa521, generic nppa521, generic nppa521u, visipax nppa521u, visipax prnppa521, visipax prnppa521u
Barcodes 00000011542897, 0008.05736E+11, 00153165880687, 00614375668828, 00779184228479, 00805736051025, 08057360510252

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