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NEC VE281 Projector

3000:1 SVGA (800x600) 35dB 2,800 ANSI Lumens Nov 2012
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NEC's VE281 mobile projector is designed to provide high brightness for small-to-medium-sized businesses, education environments, corporate conference rooms and mobility applications where heavy... More
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13 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this projector is 80%.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, VE281 owners rated this projector 88 out of 100.

Robust

A number of NEC VE281 reviewers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was well made. Expert website Itreviews.com said in their review of this projector “Whistles it makes for in solid data and video image qu”.

Good Product Quality

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the NEC VE281 was good quality. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote three years ago “The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality” in their review of the NEC VE281.

NEC Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

NEC is one of the superior projector manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and NEC also has good reviews for its 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Good Sound Quality

One person thought it had good sound quality.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer said in their reviews that this projector was noisy. Pcmag.com mentioned “Loud, reasonably good sound”.

Good Size

One NEC VE281 reviewer who reviewed the NEC VE281 reckoned that it was lightweight.

Good Picture Quality

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it had good picture quality.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC VE281 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors that have been around for a similar time to the VE281 also have a built-in speaker.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other data projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including because of it's better review score, the NEC M311, or the Sony VPL-DW127 ($779.95).

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the NEC VE281 is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 8% more resolution than a 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors of this age and type. 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) is also supported by this NEC projector. In addition, this projector support graphics resolutions of 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). The best resolution of all 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VE281 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Light

Similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VE281 have weights of between 230g and 30kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg. At only 2.3 kilograms, the NEC VE281 is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

The NEC VE281 is one of the narrower projectors of this age and type (only 260 millimeters) amongst similar spec projectors of this age. The widths of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281 range from 120mm to 510mm, and the average width is 360mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the VE281, the NEC VE281 does not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The NEC VE281 does not support Full HD projection. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the VE281 also do not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The NEC VE281 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The NEC VE281 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is actually the worst resolution across all data projectors of a comparable age and type to the VE281.

A WUXGA (1920x1200) native projector resolution is the best resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Resolution

The NEC VE281 has a maximum native resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less native resolution than a XGA (1024x768) data projector, which is the most common native resolution.

This multimedia projector's native resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is actually the worst native resolution amongst all data projectors of a similar spec and age to the VE281.

Amongst similar types of multimedia projector the best native resolution is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Quite Small Lamp Power

With a lamp power of only 200 Watts, the NEC VE281 has one of the smaller lamp power amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The smallest lamp power of projectors of this type and age is 140W, the biggest is 400W, and the average lamp power is 240W.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

Most projectors that have been available for more than two years have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports, including the NEC VE281 which has one VGA (D-Sub) port.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of similar spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281 is 11W. At only 7 Watts, the NEC VE281 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the VE281.

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Quite Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

The NEC VE281 has a quite loud noise level in economy mode (33 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. The quietest noise level in economy mode of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281 is 26dB and the loudest is 35dB.

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Very Small Matrix Size

The smallest matrix size of multimedia projectors of this type and age is 0.55" and the biggest is 0.75". The NEC VE281 has a fairly small matrix size (only 0.55 inches) compared to most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the VE281.

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3 Other reasons to consider the NEC VE281

Released Over Four Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released over four years ago.

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 35 decibels, the NEC VE281 has a pretty typical noise level compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the VE281.

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Average Projector Brightness

The NEC VE281 has a relatively typical projector brightness (2,800 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VE281.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Zoom Ratio
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
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
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
Cable Lock Slot
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Certification
Safety
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Connectivity

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

27 February 2013

The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality, and loud, reasonably good sound...

Loud audio system
Above-par data image quality
Solid video quality
Sparse connectivity choices
Lacks carrying case
Some rainbow effect
25 February 2013

The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality, and loud, reasonably good sound...

User Reviews

(22)
Reviewed 21 August 2015 by Shannon P.

Have bought several types of NEC projectors. I will just stay with the ones that you can change the lamp...

Reviewed 12 December 2013 by Ian M.

I bought this over two years ago and have not had any issues with it. I would recommend this NEC due to the picture quality and reliability...

Reviewed 24 November 2013 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

Got it on discount, and that's why I bought it. If it were at full price, I would pay the difference and get another Epson, but for $300 it will do the job nicely...

Reviewed 21 August 2013 by Bama John
Bama John would recommend the NEC VE281X (Verified Purchase)

Our niece wanted a projector for her classroom and she is very pleased with the performance of this unit and that is had speakers. She says it does a great job and we felt it was a good value for... Read more…

Reviewed 9 October 2015 by Ry the Teaching Guy
Ry the Teaching Guy would recommend the NEC NP-VE281 (Verified Purchase)

The projector that I wanted at a great price. Got it to me quickly so I could use it in my classroom!

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Electricity cost when switched on $64.37
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nec 1024x768
Barcodes 00000060003620, 00100177440224, 00163120857241, 00746320007922, 00805736042047, 05028695609037, 05028695609068, 08057360420476

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