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3000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 28dB 2,325 ANSI Lumens Oct 2012
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16 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This 3000:1 contrast ratio projector was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag who said that this multimedia projector was terrific.

Good Expert Reviews

Two experts from sites including PC Mag and hardwarezone.com.sg have rated this multimedia projector on average 83 out of 100.

Running Costs Are Low

The M311 has an average running cost of only £79 over 1 year based on average usage levels and energy prices, which is in the cheapest 14% of all 92 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

Good Brand

On average NEC 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good ratings as do all data projectors produced by NEC.

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Good Product Quality

One NEC M311 owner reckoned that the product was good quality. Pcmag.com said in their review of the NEC M311 on expert website PC Mag “Better video quality than most data projectors”.

Easy to Use

One NEC M311 reviewer reckoned that it was easy to use. Three years ago Hardwarezone.com.sg said “It's neither possible nor practical to have a darkened room” in their review.

Good Connectivity

One customer who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Three years ago Projectorreviews.com mentioned “Plenty of connectivity options, including dual VGA” in their review.

Good Picture Quality

One NEC M311 owner who reviewed it considered that it had good picture quality. Projectorreviews.com said “Good data and video image quality”.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC M311 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other projectors of this age and spec also have a built-in speaker.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including cheaper projectors such as the NEC VE281[plb_1473677_price], or the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price].

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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) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) is also supported by this projector. In addition, this data projector support graphics resolutions of 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) and 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Across all 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the M311 the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most commonly found native projector resolution on projectors of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

The NEC M311 has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the projectors of a similar age and type to the M311. This data projector is a three USB 2.0 port data projector compared to most of the projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the M311 which only have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The service life of lamp in economic mode of similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the M311 range from 230h to 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 5,800h. The NEC M311 has one of the longer service life of lamp in economic mode (8,000 hours) amongst projectors of this age.

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Quite Long Lamp Service Life

Projectors of a similar age and type to the M311 have lamp service lives of between 1,500h and 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 4,400h. At 5,000 hours, the NEC M311 has a fairly long lamp service life compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the M311.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many data projectors that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The average noise level of comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the M311 is 35dB. With a noise level of only 28 decibels, the NEC M311's noise level is one of the quietest amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

If you are not worried about having a louder noise level then you might want to look at the NEC VE281[plb_1473677_price] (35dB) which is also cheaper.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The NEC M311 does not support 3D image projection, although it is worth noting that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the M311 also do not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the M311 do not support Full HD projection. The NEC M311 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most similar spec data projectors that have been available for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity. The NEC M311 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the M311 is 100 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 8,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of only 2,325 ANSI lumens, the NEC M311's projector brightness is one of the dimmest amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the M311.

If this data projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to look at the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price] (2,600 ANSI lumens and cheaper).

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1 Other reason to consider the NEC M311

Released Over Four Years Ago

This data projector has been on the market for over four years.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Analog Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp Power in Economic Mode
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Headphone Output
Audio in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Password Protection
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Type
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Certification
RoHS Compliant
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Other Features
Aspect Ratio

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

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IT Reviews.com

30 June 2013

The NEC NP-311W offers a bright image, a light weight, a usefully loud audio system, and more...

Long lamp life
Bright
Native WXGA resolution
1.7x zoom
Good (not great) audio quality
No 3D support
28 June 2013

The NEC NP-M311W delivers a bright image, WXGA (1,280 by 800) resolution, near-excellent data image quality, and better video quality than most data projectors...

PC Mag

I was suitably impressed with the performance of the NEC M311X. The color quality in the M311X?s brightest mode is equal or better than many projectors in their Presentation mode. This makes...

High brightness 3 100 lumens)
Flexible 1.7x zoom ratio
Plenty of connectivity options, including dual VGA and HDMI inputs
Good data and video image quality
Very long 10K hours lamp life in Eco mode
Several tools not supported on the Mac (GCT
USB Display, remote mouse)
Slight color shift
Visible pixel structure at a close viewing distance
24 January 2013

For most business and education users, the number one feature to look out for in a data projector is brightness, because a lot of times, it's neither possible nor practical to have a darkened... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on £75.63
Electricity cost when on standby £2.95
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Total running cost over 5 years £78.58
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.39 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 6003405, npm311x, nec 60003405
Barcodes 00000060003405, 00028695609839, 00028695609853, 00805736041057, 02990091004644, 02990091004651, 04053162595576, 04053162595583, 05028695609839, 05028695609853, 05054484230540, 08057360410576

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