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Should You Buy a NEC Projector?

Matthew
Updated 07 September 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 31,000 user and expert reviews and 720+ 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 $179 for the U310W which has a noise level of 36dB, is a projector that has a low contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of wxga (1280x800) 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 $1,766.

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. 9 best projector brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that NEC is the 9th best projector brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
4,579 reviews
#2
Taiwan
94%
94%
4,018 reviews
#3
Taiwan
92%
92%
7,082 reviews
#4
Japan
91%
91%
631 reviews
#5
Taiwan
90%
90%
2,330 reviews
#6
Taiwan
86%
86%
2,152 reviews
#7
85%
85%
410 reviews
#8
LG
South Korea
84%
84%
1,671 reviews
#9
NEC
Japan
83%
83%
113 reviews
#10
Asus
Taiwan
81%
81%
320 reviews
#11
United States
79%
79%
212 reviews
#12
Netherlands
75%
75%
169 reviews
#13
Japan
74%
74%
52 reviews
#14
Kodak
74%
74%
362 reviews
#15
73%
73%
42 reviews
#16
Taiwan
71%
71%
224 reviews
#17
Anker
70%
70%
217 reviews
#18
Pyle
68%
68%
9 reviews
#19
Pyle Pro
68%
68%
24 reviews
#20
3M
67%
67%
221 reviews
#21
Japan
67%
67%
1 review
#22
DBPower
65%
65%
21 reviews
#23
Japan
64%
64%
0 reviews
#24
AAXA Technologies
64%
64%
0 reviews
#25
Elmo
63%
63%
3 reviews
#26
ZTE
63%
63%
2 reviews
#27
XGIMI
62%
62%
56 reviews
#28
UO
62%
62%
4 reviews
#29
Xiaomi
62%
62%
6 reviews
#30
Nebula
61%
61%
10 reviews
#31
Christie
57%
57%
0 reviews
#32
Gigabyte
57%
57%
0 reviews
#33
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
56%
56%
0 reviews
#35
Maxell
54%
54%
0 reviews
#36
Smart
53%
53%
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

At an average purchase price of $1,766, NEC projectors tend to be more expensive than most other projector brands. 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 21 NEC projectors currently on the market in the US. NEC also have worse reviews than the typical projector brand, with the average rating of a NEC projector being 66%.

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 $24,499
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$1,766
$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
9
4 stars
26
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
0
NEC logo

User Reviews

5 stars
34
4 stars
9
3 stars
3
2 stars
2
1 star
3
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 92% of expert reviews and 84% of user reviews for NEC projectors are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 86% 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%
31 reviews
72%
23 reviews
78%
40 reviews
68%
16 reviews
80%
1 review
74%
14 reviews
projectorcentral.com logo
95%
11 reviews
94%
21 reviews
95%
15 reviews
87%
11 reviews
96%
8 reviews
94%
7 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
82%
16 reviews
67%
9 reviews
77%
8 reviews
67%
6 reviews
85%
26 reviews
67%
3 reviews
hifitest.de logo
80%
19 reviews
82%
19 reviews
90%
3 reviews
79%
8 reviews
85%
6 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
12 reviews
78%
21 reviews
85%
11 reviews
70%
2 reviews
85%
8 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
77%
12 reviews
78%
17 reviews
80%
4 reviews
77%
9 reviews
82%
11 reviews
avforums.com logo
77%
15 reviews
74%
10 reviews
77%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
86%
9 reviews
benchmark.pl logo
89%
10 reviews
138%
17 reviews
90%
4 reviews
83%
3 reviews
100%
1 review
homecinemachoice.com logo
85%
6 reviews
80%
8 reviews
93%
3 reviews
80%
5 reviews
94%
8 reviews
whathifi.com logo
80%
6 reviews
82%
9 reviews
85%
4 reviews
60%
1 review
96%
9 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
71%
7 reviews
73%
3 reviews
63%
7 reviews
100%
2 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
65%
4 reviews
62%
9 reviews
74%
7 reviews
60%
2 reviews
67%
3 reviews
CNET.com logo
59%
4 reviews
77%
4 reviews
69%
13 reviews
77%
4 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
9 reviews
74%
6 reviews
72%
5 reviews
88%
4 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
83%
6 reviews
74%
7 reviews
95%
2 reviews
78%
6 reviews
90%
1 review
soundandvision.com logo
67%
4 reviews
78%
3 reviews
77%
4 reviews
73%
1 review
84%
10 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
90%
2 reviews
90%
4 reviews
80%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
95%
4 reviews
01net.com logo
90%
4 reviews
64%
5 reviews
70%
2 reviews
68%
5 reviews
78%
5 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
4 reviews
85%
4 reviews
82%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
lite-magazin.de logo
98%
16 reviews
97%
3 reviews
Other Expert Sites
68%
165 reviews
72%
100 reviews
72%
96 reviews
69%
109 reviews
78%
73 reviews
70%
9 reviews
Average
80%
366 reviews
80%
303 reviews
81%
231 reviews
73%
213 reviews
87%
192 reviews
74%
36 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have NEC Projectors Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 16 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 16 awards for its projectors.

Compare all award winning projectors

Number of Awards Benq Optoma Epson Acer Sony NEC
projectorreviews.com logo
5
5
26
2
14
4
projectorcentral.com logo
7
13
13
5
7
5
avforums.com logo
11
6
2
9
Trusted Reviews logo
4
11
3
2
8
audiovision.de logo
7
5
6
4
PC Mag logo
3
15
4
homecinemachoice.com logo
4
6
3
2
6
Lydogbilde.no logo
10
2
7
altomdata.dk logo
4
2
4
6
2
soundandvision.com logo
2
2
3
1
8
benchmark.pl logo
1
10
1
2
Techradar logo
2
6
1
4
ddworld.cz logo
9
4
Les Numeriques.com logo
5
3
2
2
01net.com logo
3
1
1
3
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
3
2
1
4
whathifi.com logo
1
2
1
5
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
elchapuzasinformatico.com logo
8
lite-magazin.de logo
5
1
Other Expert Sites
49
12
29
18
11
3
Total
138
94
108
49
103
16

How Reliable Are NEC Projectors?

We checked over 31,000 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
the built in sound option could be improved to make a great projector even better
amazon.co.uk
Simply NEC make reliable full featured projectors
Bhphotovideo.com

What is the Best High End 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

If you're looking for a high end NEC projector then the NEC P525UL takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 78, 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 top-rated and sensationally quiet WUXGA very high contrast ratio data projector, with a very good spec. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and an Ethernet LAN and supports full HD. Our review analysis indicates that this data projector has a good brightness and good picture quality.

96
Reviews
4 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that NEC P525UL has brilliant 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 Ultimate NEC Projector?

NEC PA803U

$6,299.99
eBay
NEC PA803U
Buy Now
NEC PA803U
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
39dB
8,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
420W
LAMP POWER
$89
OVER 5 YEARS

For those with an unlimited budget then the NEC PA803U is the best NEC projector out there. At $6,299.99 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 71.

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

79
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
75
Running Costs
$89 Over 5 Years
71
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that NEC PA803U has marvellous user reviews with an average user rating of 100%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PA803U in the US is $6,299.99 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 High End NEC Projector?
What is the Ultimate NEC Projector?

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