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Expert Reviews Are Good
Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and hardwarezone.com.sg this projector has an average expert rating of 83 out of 100.
One Industry Award
The reviewer at PC Mag said that this data projector was terrific and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.
Running Costs Are Very Low
The M311 has an average running cost of only £65 over 1 year based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is in the cheapest 3% of all 85 multimedia projectors of this spec and age.
Good Product Quality
One customer who bought it thought it was good quality. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag three years ago “Better video quality than most data projectors” in their NEC M311 review.
NEC Multimedia Projectors Have Good Reviews
We calculated the average reviews for all NEC projectors and specifically for NEC 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors and found that in both cases NEC had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.
Easy to Use
One customer who reviewed the NEC M311 concluded that it was easy to use. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned “It's neither possible nor practical to have a darkened room”.
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One person who reviewed this projectors considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. Projectorreviews.com wrote “Plenty of connectivity options, including dual VGA”.
Good Picture Quality
One customer reckoned that it had good picture quality. Three years ago Projectorreviews.com wrote “Good data and video image quality” in their review of this projectors.
100 - 240V AC Input Voltage
This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to it.
Has a Built-In Speaker
Like most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were launched around the same time as the M311, the NEC M311 has a built-in speaker.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including the Sony VPL-DW127 (£435.88) which is cheaper.
1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution
The NEC M311 supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 8% more resolution than a 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the M311. The best resolution of all multimedia projectors that have been available for a similar time to the M311 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).
1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Analog Resolution
The NEC M311 has a maximum maximum analog resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 20% more maximum analog resolution than a 1600 x 1200 pixels multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found maximum analog resolution.
This data projector's maximum analog resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels) is actually the best maximum analog resolution amongst all projectors of this age and type.
The worst maximum analog resolution across comparable types of data projector is 640 x 480 pixels.
Quite Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of projectors of this age and type is 230h, the longest is 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 5,800h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 10,000 hours, the NEC M311 has one of the longer service life of lamp in economic mode amongst data projectors of this age.
Fairly Long Lamp Service Life
The lamp service lives of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1,500h to 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 4,500h. With a lamp service life of 6,000 hours, the NEC M311 has a fairly long lamp service life compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the M311.
Quite Quiet Noise Level
The quietest noise level of multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the M311 is 26dB, the loudest is 45dB, and the average noise level is 35dB. When compared to other comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the M311 that we have assessed the noise level of, the NEC M311's noise level of only 26 decibels is one of the quietest.
Very Low Power Consumption in Economy Mode
With a power consumption in economy mode of only 172 Watts, the NEC M311 has a fairly low power consumption in economy mode compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. Across all the projectors that were released around the same time as the M311 the power consumption in economy mode range from 170W to 250W, and the average power consumption in economy mode is 210W.
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Does Not Support Full HD Projection
Like most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age, the NEC M311 does not support Full HD projection.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
Like most of the other projectors of this age and type, the NEC M311 does not support WiFi connectivity.
Does Not Support 3D Image Projection
Most comparable spec data projectors that were released more than two years ago do not support 3D image projection. The NEC M311 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D image projection.
Quite Dim Projector Brightness
With a projector brightness of only 2,480 ANSI lumens, the NEC M311 has one of the dimmest projector brightness amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. Across all the similar spec data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the M311 the projector brightness range from 100 ANSI lumens to 7,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens.
If this projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to look at the Sony VPL-DW127 (£435.88) (2,600 ANSI lumens and cheaper).
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Quite Small Lamp Power
At only 145 Watts, the NEC M311 has a very small lamp power compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type. The smallest lamp power of data projectors that are a similar age to the M311 is 140W, the biggest is 400W, and the average lamp power is 240W.
Very Dim Lamp Power in Economic Mode
At only 110 Watts, the NEC M311 has a quite dim lamp power in economic mode compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the M311. Across all the comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the M311 the lamp powers in economic mode range from 110W to 6,000W, and the average lamp power in economic mode is 1,300W.
2 Other reasons to consider the NEC M311
Released Over Three Years Ago
NEC released the M311 over three years ago.
XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution
The highest resolution of the NEC M311 is XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.
Multimedia projectors with a higher resolution that might be worth considering include the Sony VPL-DW127 (£435.88) (WXGA (1280x800 and cheaper) and cheaper).
Native Projector Resolution
2,480 ANSI lumens
Maximum Analog Resolution
1920 x 1200
Vertical Keystone Correction
-30 - 30
0.6 - 13.8
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
25 - 300
Native Aspect Ratio
Lamp Power in Economic Mode
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Service Life
1.7 - 2.1
Focal Length Range
17.5 - 29
3D Image Projection
720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1600 x 900, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768, 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800, 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900, 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
Full HD Projection
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL, PAL 60, PAL, PAL M, PAL, PAL N, SECAM
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