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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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NEC NP-VE281 2800-Lumen High-Brightness Mobile Projector Quick Review
NEC NP-VE281X Projector Quick Review

12 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This projector has an average expert rating of 80% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this projector rated it as 88 out of 100.

Robust

A number of NEC VE281 reviewers considered that it was well made. Itreviews.com wrote on expert website IT Reviews.com “Whistles it makes for in solid data and video image qu”.

NEC Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

On average NEC 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews compared to other brands as do all projectors built by NEC.

Good Product Quality

A few NEC VE281 owners said in their reviews that it was good quality. Expert website Pcmag.com scored this projector 4 stars and said “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 NEC VE281 review.

Good Sound Quality

One NEC VE281 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it had good sound quality.

Acceptable Noise Level

One NEC VE281 reviewer who purchased it concluded that it was noisy. Three years ago Pcmag.com mentioned on PC Mag “Loud, reasonably good sound” in their review of the NEC VE281 and rated the product 4 stars.

Good Size

One customer said in their reviews that it was lightweight.

Good Picture Quality

One customer mentioned that this projector had good picture quality.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The NEC VE281 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281.

It may also be worth considering one of the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the Sony VPL-DW127 ($779.95), or the NEC M311 which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the NEC VE281 is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 8% more resolution than the most frequently found supported graphics resolutions of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) (which is also supported by this data projector). In addition, this projector support supported graphics resolutionss 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). Across all multimedia projectors of this spec and age the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Very Light

With a weight of only 2.3 kilograms, the NEC VE281 is one of the lighter 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VE281 amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The weights of projectors of a comparable age and type to the VE281 range from 230g to 30kg.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D

Most multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the VE281 do not support 3D. The NEC VE281 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The NEC VE281 does not support full HD. Most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years also do not support full HD.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The NEC VE281 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VE281 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

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

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

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

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The NEC VE281 has a quite small bulb power (only 200 Watts) compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec. Similar spec projectors that came out around the same time as the VE281 have bulb powers of between 140W and 400W.

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Very Dim Lamp Power (economic Mode)

At only 160 Watts, the NEC VE281 has a fairly dim lamp power (economic mode) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age. Multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the VE281 have lamp power (economic mode)s of between 110W and 6,000W.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 7 Watts, the NEC VE281 has one of the lower RMS rated powers amongst projectors of this age. The RMS rated powers of data projectors of a comparable type and age to the VE281 range from 0.5W to 20W.

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Quite Loud Noise Level (economic Mode)

The NEC VE281 has a fairly loud noise level (economic mode) (33 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the VE281. The quietest noise level (economic mode) of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281 is 26dB, the loudest is 35dB, and the average noise level (economic mode) is 30dB.

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Very Small Matrix Size

Across all the projectors of a similar age and spec to the VE281 the matrix sizes range from 0.55" to 0.75", and the average matrix size is 0.61". At only 0.55 inches, the NEC VE281 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VE281.

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3 Other reasons to consider the NEC VE281

Released Over Four Years Ago

NEC released the VE281 over four years ago.

Average Noise Level

At 35 decibels, the NEC VE281 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VE281.

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Average Projector Brightness

The NEC VE281 has a fairly average projector brightness (2,800 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the VE281.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp Power (economic Mode)
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
3D-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Headphone Outputs
Composite Video in
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Plug and Play
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
Certification
Safety
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Other Features
Connectivity Technology

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 $63.34
Electricity cost when on standby $2.23
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Barcodes 00012302573786, 00013040010489, 00014445256472, 00088021469457, 00100177440224, 00163120857241, 00172302796551, 00746320007922, 00803982782601, 00805736042047, 00970164535956, 05028695609037, 08057360420476

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