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Should You Buy a NEC Projector?

Matthew
Updated 15 August 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 690+ 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 $299 for the VE303 which has a noise level of 34dB, is a projector that has a medium contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA) and go up to $13,499 for the NP-PX602UL-BK which has a noise level of 39dB, 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 $2,299.

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. 6 best projector brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that NEC is the 6th best projector brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
3,577 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
581 reviews
#3
Taiwan
94%
94%
2,811 reviews
#4
Taiwan
93%
93%
4,658 reviews
#5
Taiwan
90%
90%
787 reviews
#6
NEC
Japan
87%
87%
81 reviews
#7
Taiwan
87%
87%
986 reviews
#8
83%
83%
171 reviews
#9
LG
South Korea
82%
82%
712 reviews
#10
United States
81%
81%
191 reviews
#11
Asus
Taiwan
78%
78%
291 reviews
#12
75%
75%
39 reviews
#13
Taiwan
74%
74%
154 reviews
#14
Gigabyte
73%
73%
344 reviews
#15
XGIMI
70%
70%
29 reviews
#16
Netherlands
68%
68%
111 reviews
#17
Japan
68%
68%
1 review
#18
Kodak
67%
67%
2 reviews
#19
Japan
67%
67%
50 reviews
#20
Anker
66%
66%
45 reviews
#21
DBPower
65%
65%
17 reviews
#22
AAXA Technologies
64%
64%
0 reviews
#23
ZTE
64%
64%
2 reviews
#24
Japan
64%
64%
0 reviews
#25
Pyle Pro
64%
64%
19 reviews
#26
Nebula
64%
64%
18 reviews
#27
Celluon
63%
63%
3 reviews
#28
Elmo
63%
63%
3 reviews
#29
3M
62%
62%
108 reviews
#30
Irulu
62%
62%
5 reviews
#31
UO
62%
62%
21 reviews
#32
Pyle
62%
62%
7 reviews
#33
Christie
60%
60%
0 reviews
#34
60%
60%
0 reviews
#35
57%
57%
0 reviews
#36
Xiaomi
55%
55%
1 review
#37
Maxell
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

There's a wide selection of NEC projectors available compared to other projector brands, with over 50 NEC projectors currently on the market in the US. 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.

However NEC projectors tend to be more expensive than most other projector brands making them a less popular choice with consumers. NEC also have worse reviews than the typical projector brand, with the average rating of a NEC projector being 63%.

No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$1,440
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $18,999
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$2,299
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $18,499
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
21
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
71%
40 reviews
71%
21 reviews
78%
38 reviews
68%
17 reviews
80%
1 review
75%
13 reviews
projectorcentral.com logo
93%
19 reviews
94%
19 reviews
96%
15 reviews
87%
12 reviews
95%
7 reviews
94%
6 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
81%
23 reviews
67%
9 reviews
61%
4 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
29 reviews
hifitest.de logo
83%
20 reviews
82%
17 reviews
90%
3 reviews
79%
7 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
13 reviews
80%
18 reviews
83%
11 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
73%
3 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
Expert Reviews logo
72%
10 reviews
92%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
95%
4 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
89%
8 reviews
87%
14 reviews
89%
3 reviews
88%
4 reviews
100%
1 review
whathifi.com logo
78%
8 reviews
83%
8 reviews
87%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
96%
9 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
87%
9 reviews
73%
8 reviews
80%
2 reviews
63%
7 reviews
100%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
84%
10 reviews
64%
5 reviews
60%
1 review
63%
6 reviews
78%
5 reviews
homecinemachoice.com logo
83%
3 reviews
82%
5 reviews
83%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
93%
9 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
83%
7 reviews
77%
6 reviews
85%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
audiovision.de logo
72%
7 reviews
76%
4 reviews
72%
5 reviews
89%
5 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
71%
5 reviews
73%
2 reviews
77%
4 reviews
73%
1 review
83%
9 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
83%
3 reviews
82%
6 reviews
80%
3 reviews
CNET.com logo
80%
2 reviews
72%
13 reviews
77%
4 reviews
Chip.de logo
86%
4 reviews
87%
3 reviews
86%
1 review
85%
7 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
192 reviews
71%
83 reviews
69%
92 reviews
72%
102 reviews
74%
74 reviews
71%
8 reviews
Average
79%
427 reviews
78%
265 reviews
80%
216 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
6
5
25
2
14
4
projectorcentral.com logo
11
12
14
6
6
4
Trusted Reviews logo
5
7
3
2
8
avforums.com logo
7
6
2
10
PC Mag logo
3
15
1
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
13
1
8
audiovision.de logo
5
4
6
5
homecinemachoice.com logo
2
5
3
2
7
soundandvision.com logo
2
1
3
1
8
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
3
5
1
Techradar logo
4
6
4
Expert Reviews logo
2
4
2
1
4
01net.com logo
6
1
3
3
ddworld.cz logo
7
4
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
8
1
2
f1cd.ru logo
9
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
Les Numeriques.com logo
4
1
2
Digital Versus logo
2
1
1
3
lite-magazin.de logo
4
1
Other Expert Sites
36
10
33
11
10
3
Total
129
78
109
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 ME382U

$869.49
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
$67
OVER 5 YEARS

A great mid range choice, priced at $869.49 is the NEC ME382U, which has a Kagoo Score of 78.

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 data projector, with a fair price.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Running Costs
$67 Over 5 Years
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the ME382U in the US is $869.49 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best High End NEC Projector?

NEC P525UL

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

If you're looking for a high end NEC projector then the NEC P525UL takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 72, but is a bit more expensive at $2,628.99.

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 stunningly quiet and fully featured WUXGA very high contrast ratio multimedia projector. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and an Ethernet LAN and supports full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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 Ultimate NEC Projector?

NEC PA803U

$6,599.99
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NEC PA803U
Buy Now
NEC PA803U
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
39dB
8,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
420W
LAMP POWER
$120
OVER 5 YEARS

For those with an unlimited budget then the NEC PA803U is the best NEC projector out there. At $6,599.99 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 72.

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 fully featured and contrast ratio WUXGA average noise level multimedia projector, with low running costs. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and a built-in display and supports full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
62
Value for Money
Good
70
Running Costs
$120 Over 5 Years
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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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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 Ultimate NEC Projector?

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