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A fully featured 2000:1 280 x 800 multimedia projector
2000:1 WXGA (1280x800) No 38dB Jan 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date

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NEC PA550W Review

With mediocre reviews and features, we have scored the NEC PA550W as follows for Summary.
Not Currently for Sale
Good Features
$212 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 27?

It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better projectors are available. View the latest projectors 2017.
This projector has running costs of $212 over 1 year, which are in the most expensive 6% of all 1,756 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Fairly big bulb power
Has a built-in speaker(s)
Only 280 x 800 resolution
Fairly loud noise level

NEC PA550W In-Depth Analysis


NEC Has Very Good Multimedia Projector Reviews

NEC is one of the better rated projector brands according to average user and expert reviews, and NEC also has very good ratings for its projectors. 100% of those that bought a NEC projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Only 280 X 800 Resolution

This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800)|280 x 800, which is the most commonly found projector native resolution on projectors.

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Fairly Big Bulb Power

Across all the projectors the bulb powers range from 3.5W to 3,000W, and the average bulb power is 250W. The NEC PA550W has one of the bigger bulb powers (330 Watts) amongst projectors of this age.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level

At 38 decibels, the NEC PA550W has a quite loud noise level compared to most of the other projectors. The noise levels of projectors range from 10dB to 93dB.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The NEC PA550W does not support full HD. Most of the other multimedia projectors also do not support full HD.

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

This projector supports a 1080|1080 supported video modes, which is typical of many projectors.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The NEC PA550W has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other projectors.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The NEC PA550W has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 550 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other data projectors. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors is 12 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 85,000 ANSI lumens.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

NEC released the PA550W in January 2013.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are High

The PA550W has an average 1 year running cost of $212 based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is in the most expensive 6% of all 1,756 multimedia projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

nec pa550w


00000060003085, 00012302570617, 00172302796667, 00786333002064, 00805736037043, 00805736037852, 05028695608252, 05052180925425, 08057360378524