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Should You Buy a NEC Projector?

Matthew
Updated 18 January 2021
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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 22,000 user and expert reviews and 640+ 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 $450 for the NP-MC372X which has a noise level of 34dB, is a projector that has a high contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) 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 $2,206.

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%
3,586 reviews
#2
Japan
93%
93%
580 reviews
#3
Taiwan
92%
92%
2,853 reviews
#4
Taiwan
90%
90%
4,631 reviews
#5
Taiwan
89%
89%
802 reviews
#6
NEC
Japan
88%
88%
80 reviews
#7
Taiwan
84%
84%
979 reviews
#8
83%
83%
179 reviews
#9
United States
82%
82%
191 reviews
#10
LG
South Korea
80%
80%
712 reviews
#11
Asus
Taiwan
78%
78%
264 reviews
#12
Anker
73%
73%
49 reviews
#13
Netherlands
71%
71%
115 reviews
#14
Japan
71%
71%
52 reviews
#15
Nebula
71%
71%
18 reviews
#16
70%
70%
39 reviews
#17
Kodak
70%
70%
21 reviews
#18
XGIMI
69%
69%
29 reviews
#19
Japan
67%
67%
1 review
#20
Taiwan
66%
66%
155 reviews
#21
DBPower
65%
65%
17 reviews
#22
UO
65%
65%
21 reviews
#23
Japan
64%
64%
0 reviews
#24
ZTE
64%
64%
2 reviews
#25
AAXA Technologies
64%
64%
0 reviews
#26
Celluon
63%
63%
3 reviews
#27
Elmo
63%
63%
3 reviews
#28
3M
62%
62%
108 reviews
#29
Pyle
62%
62%
7 reviews
#30
Christie
60%
60%
0 reviews
#31
Smart
59%
59%
1 review
#32
Gigabyte
58%
58%
0 reviews
#33
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
57%
57%
0 reviews
#35
Xiaomi
55%
55%
1 review

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 60 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 $16,999
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$2,206
$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%
18 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%
6 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
29 reviews
hifitest.de logo
83%
19 reviews
82%
17 reviews
87%
3 reviews
79%
8 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
79%
16 reviews
78%
15 reviews
70%
3 reviews
77%
9 reviews
91%
9 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
13 reviews
80%
18 reviews
83%
10 reviews
70%
2 reviews
85%
8 reviews
avforums.com logo
74%
14 reviews
74%
10 reviews
80%
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
whathifi.com logo
80%
7 reviews
82%
9 reviews
90%
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
benchmark.pl logo
89%
8 reviews
87%
14 reviews
89%
3 reviews
87%
3 reviews
100%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
73%
8 reviews
67%
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
83%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
93%
9 reviews
CNET.com logo
78%
4 reviews
80%
2 reviews
69%
12 reviews
77%
4 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
7 reviews
76%
4 reviews
72%
5 reviews
89%
5 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
87%
3 reviews
82%
6 reviews
80%
3 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
70%
4 reviews
73%
2 reviews
78%
5 reviews
73%
1 review
83%
9 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
83%
7 reviews
76%
5 reviews
100%
1 review
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
lite-magazin.de logo
98%
12 reviews
97%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
180 reviews
72%
85 reviews
70%
93 reviews
71%
107 reviews
74%
73 reviews
71%
8 reviews
Average
79%
422 reviews
77%
265 reviews
76%
218 reviews
73%
216 reviews
87%
195 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
10
12
14
6
6
4
Trusted Reviews logo
6
7
3
2
8
avforums.com logo
7
6
1
10
Lydogbilde.no logo
13
2
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
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
3
5
1
Techradar logo
4
6
4
01net.com logo
6
1
3
3
Expert Reviews logo
2
4
1
1
4
ddworld.cz logo
7
4
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
8
1
2
f1cd.ru logo
9
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
Digital Versus logo
2
1
1
3
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
2
lite-magazin.de logo
4
1
Other Expert Sites
36
10
31
12
10
3
Total
128
78
108
44
102
15

How Reliable Are NEC Projectors?

We checked over 22,000 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

$836.99
Adorama
NEC ME382U
Buy Now
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
$73
OVER 5 YEARS

A great mid range choice, priced at $836.99 is the NEC ME382U, which has a Kagoo Score of 76.

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

81
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Running Costs
$73 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the ME382U in the US is $836.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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