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Should You Buy a NEC Projector?

Matthew
Updated 30 May 2020
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should you buy a NEC Projector?

NEC is one of the most popular projector brands as well as being well known for its PC monitors.

We've collated all the key information on NEC projectors in this handy guide. We've analysed over 21,000 user and expert reviews and 670+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 2,600 projectors to impartially compare each projector brand.

NEC are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning projectors. Their projectors start at $199 for the NP-V302H which has a noise level of 35dB, is a projector that has a medium contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and go up to $7,295 for the PX803UL which has a noise level of 40dB, is a projector that has a medium contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of wuxga (1920x1200). The average price of a new NEC projector is $1,619.

NEC are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning projectors.

Is NEC the Best Projector Brand?

So are NEC projectors any good? We give every projector a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all projectors we are able to impartially rank all the projector brands.

NEC is ranked the No. 8 best projector brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that NEC is the 8th best projector brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
3,603 reviews
#2
Taiwan
94%
94%
2,816 reviews
#3
Taiwan
92%
92%
4,616 reviews
#4
Japan
92%
92%
576 reviews
#5
Taiwan
89%
89%
784 reviews
#6
Taiwan
86%
86%
972 reviews
#7
84%
84%
165 reviews
#8
NEC
Japan
83%
83%
81 reviews
#9
LG
South Korea
82%
82%
701 reviews
#10
United States
82%
82%
194 reviews
#11
Asus
Taiwan
81%
81%
258 reviews
#12
74%
74%
39 reviews
#13
Taiwan
73%
73%
154 reviews
#14
Gigabyte
73%
73%
336 reviews
#15
XGIMI
70%
70%
29 reviews
#16
Doogee
69%
69%
13 reviews
#17
Nebula
68%
68%
18 reviews
#18
Pyle
67%
67%
7 reviews
#19
Japan
67%
67%
49 reviews
#20
Anker
67%
67%
45 reviews
#21
3M
67%
67%
108 reviews
#22
Japan
66%
66%
1 review
#23
Kodak
66%
66%
2 reviews
#24
Netherlands
66%
66%
111 reviews
#25
DBPower
65%
65%
17 reviews
#26
AAXA Technologies
65%
65%
0 reviews
#27
ZTE
64%
64%
2 reviews
#28
Japan
64%
64%
0 reviews
#29
Celluon
63%
63%
3 reviews
#30
UO
62%
62%
21 reviews
#31
Christie
58%
58%
0 reviews
#32
58%
58%
0 reviews
#33
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
Xiaomi
55%
55%
1 review
#35
55%
55%
0 reviews

Let's look at how NEC projectors compare to the other projector brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection Running Costs
All projector Brands
NEC Projectors

When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of NEC projector is $19 (based on a person typically using a projector for 5 hours per week), which makes them more efficient than most other projector brands.

There's a smaller selection of NEC projectors available compared to other projector brands, with only 25 NEC projectors currently on the market in the US. NEC projectors also tend to be more expensive than most other projector brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

NEC have worse reviews than the typical projector brand, with the average rating of a NEC projector being 63%.

No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$1,228
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $21,499
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$1,619
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $19,499
Price Distribution of NEC Projectors

What Do the NEC Projector Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every NEC projector to work out the average distribution of reviews for NEC and then compared this to the other projector brands.

NEC logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
8
4 stars
21
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0
NEC logo

User Reviews

5 stars
22
4 stars
3
3 stars
2
2 stars
1
1 star
2
NEC has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its projectors than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 94% of expert reviews and 83% of user reviews for NEC projectors are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 84% and 88% respectively across all Projector brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to NEC projectors by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other projector brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony NEC
PC Mag logo
70%
41 reviews
71%
21 reviews
78%
38 reviews
68%
17 reviews
80%
1 review
75%
13 reviews
projectorcentral.com logo
93%
18 reviews
95%
20 reviews
96%
15 reviews
87%
12 reviews
95%
7 reviews
94%
6 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
81%
23 reviews
67%
9 reviews
64%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
29 reviews
hifitest.de logo
83%
19 reviews
82%
18 reviews
83%
3 reviews
79%
7 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
78%
12 reviews
80%
18 reviews
84%
10 reviews
70%
2 reviews
85%
8 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
78%
15 reviews
79%
14 reviews
83%
3 reviews
77%
9 reviews
91%
9 reviews
avforums.com logo
74%
14 reviews
74%
10 reviews
70%
2 reviews
67%
3 reviews
86%
10 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
64%
14 reviews
62%
9 reviews
74%
7 reviews
60%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
89%
8 reviews
87%
15 reviews
89%
3 reviews
88%
4 reviews
100%
1 review
whathifi.com logo
78%
8 reviews
83%
8 reviews
85%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
96%
9 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
69%
9 reviews
92%
5 reviews
80%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
95%
4 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
73%
8 reviews
73%
3 reviews
63%
7 reviews
100%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
84%
10 reviews
64%
5 reviews
71%
2 reviews
63%
6 reviews
78%
5 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
83%
3 reviews
82%
5 reviews
87%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
93%
9 reviews
CNET.com logo
77%
4 reviews
80%
2 reviews
71%
14 reviews
77%
4 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
7 reviews
76%
4 reviews
70%
1 review
72%
5 reviews
89%
5 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
81%
6 reviews
77%
6 reviews
95%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
soundandvision.com logo
70%
4 reviews
73%
2 reviews
78%
5 reviews
73%
1 review
83%
9 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
80%
3 reviews
82%
6 reviews
80%
3 reviews
lite-magazin.de logo
98%
12 reviews
97%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
180 reviews
71%
86 reviews
70%
89 reviews
72%
106 reviews
74%
74 reviews
71%
8 reviews
Average
79%
421 reviews
78%
268 reviews
79%
217 reviews
73%
215 reviews
87%
196 reviews
76%
30 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have NEC Projectors Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 15 industry awards for NEC projectors. The table below compares the number of awards received by NEC to other popular projector brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

NEC has won 15 awards for its projectors.

Compare all award winning projectors

Number of Awards Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony NEC
projectorreviews.com logo
5
5
25
2
14
4
projectorcentral.com logo
10
13
14
6
6
4
Trusted Reviews logo
5
7
3
2
8
avforums.com logo
7
6
1
10
Lydogbilde.no logo
13
3
8
PC Mag logo
3
15
1
4
audiovision.de logo
5
4
1
6
5
homecinemachoice.com logo
2
5
3
2
7
soundandvision.com logo
2
1
4
1
8
Techradar logo
4
6
4
Expert Reviews logo
2
4
2
1
4
01net.com logo
6
1
3
3
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
2
5
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
8
1
2
ddworld.cz logo
7
4
f1cd.ru logo
9
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
2
Digital Versus logo
2
1
3
lite-magazin.de logo
4
1
Other Expert Sites
34
10
29
11
10
3
Total
124
79
105
43
102
15

How Reliable Are NEC Projectors?

We checked over 21,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of NEC projectors. 100% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the vast majority of NEC projector owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

100% of reviewers think NEC projectors are reliable.

So, most people think that NEC projectors are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for NEC projectors that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

the VE281X looks to be pretty durable
projectorreviews.com
Simply NEC make reliable full featured projectors
Bhphotovideo.com
This represents very good value for money from a dependable brand
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best Mid-Range NEC Projector?

NEC P525UL

$2,628.99
Adorama
NEC P525UL
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NEC P525UL
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
22dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

A great mid range choice, priced at $2,628.99 is the NEC P525UL, which has a Kagoo Score of 70.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (22dB)
Very high contrast ratio (520000:1)
Bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens)
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)

A good spec but only moderate value for money WUXGA very high contrast ratio projector, with one of the quietest noise levels on the market and ok reviews. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and an Ethernet LAN and supports full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good brightness.

78
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
70
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Purchasers report that NEC P525UL has marvellous user reviews with an average user rating of 100%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the P525UL in the US is $2,628.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best High End NEC Projector?

NEC PA803U

$6,599.99
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NEC PA803U
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NEC PA803U
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
39dB
8,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
420W
LAMP POWER
$118
OVER 5 YEARS

If you're looking for a high end NEC projector then the NEC PA803U takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 69, but is a bit more expensive at $6,599.99.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
Ultra high contrast ratio (2500000:1)
Bright projector brightness (8,000 ANSI lumens)
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)
Handheld remote control

A good spec but only average value for money WUXGA average noise level multimedia projector, with reasonable running costs and average reviews. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and a built-in display and supports full HD.

78
Features
Good Features
60
Value for Money
Good
67
Running Costs
$120 Over 5 Years
69
Kagoo Score
Good

Owners report that NEC PA803U has excellent user reviews with an average user rating of 100%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PA803U in the US is $6,599.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice NEC Projector?

NEC ME382U

$854.00
Adorama
NEC ME382U
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NEC ME382U
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,800 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
10,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
225W
LAMP POWER
1.2 - 2.0:1
THROW RATIO
$66
OVER 5 YEARS

At only $854 and with a Kagoo Score of 75 the NEC ME382U makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
High contrast ratio (16000:1)
Bright projector brightness (3,800 ANSI lumens)
Long service life of lamp (10,000h)
Built-in speaker

A very economical to run and fully featured WUXGA average noise level projector, with a reasonable price.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Value for Money
Good
84
Running Costs
$66 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the ME382U in the US is $854.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a NEC Projector?
Is NEC the Best Projector Brand?
What Do the NEC Projector Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have NEC Projectors Received?
How Reliable Are NEC Projectors?
What is the Best Mid-Range NEC Projector?
What is the Best High End NEC Projector?
What is the Best Budget Choice NEC Projector?

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