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NEC P401 Projector

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4000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 36dB 3,300 ANSI Lumens Jan 2014
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Perfect for mid to large meeting rooms as well as classrooms in higher education where semi-professional high brightness performance is required, the P401W is a very bright and compact wide format... More
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NEC NP-P401W Entry Level Installation 4000-Lumens LCD Projector with 16W Speaker Quick Review
NEC NP P401W Review

11 Reasons For

NEC Has Good Data Projector Reviews

NEC is one of the better rated multimedia projector brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and NEC also has good reviews for its 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the P401, the NEC P401 has a built-in speaker.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the NEC P401 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's 20% more resolution than a 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years. Across all similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the P401 the resolution ranges from 640 x 400 to 4096 x 2160.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The NEC P401 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This projector's resolution (WXGA (1280x800)) is in fact the best resolution across all projectors of a comparable age and spec to the P401.

An XGA (1024x768) native projector resolution is the worst resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Analog Resolution

This data projector has a maximum analog resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum analog resolution on projectors of a similar type and age to it.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

The NEC P401 has more USB 2.0 ports than most of the 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago. This data projector is a three USB 2.0 port multimedia projector compared to most of the projectors of a similar age and spec to the P401 which only have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Two HDMI Ports

The NEC P401 has more HDMI ports than most of the 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the P401. This data projector is a two HDMI port projector compared to most of the data projectors that were released around the same time as the P401 which only have one HDMI port.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Comparable spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the P401 have optical zooms of between 1.1x and 2.1x, and the average optical zoom is 1.4x. With an optical zoom of 1.7 times zoom factor, the NEC P401 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst projectors of this age.

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Quite High RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of 16 Watts, the NEC P401 has one of the higher RMS rated power amongst similar spec projectors of this age. 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years have RMS rated power of between 2W and 16W, and the average RMS rated power is 11W.

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Fairly Bright Brightness in Economy Mode

The NEC P401 has one of the brighter brightness in economy mode (2,680 ANSI lumens) amongst 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. The dimmest brightness in economy mode of data projectors of this age and type is 1,500 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

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Very Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

Data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the P401 have power consumption during PowerSave of between 0.2W and 250W, and the average power consumption during PowerSave is 36W. At only 0.4 Watts, the NEC P401 has a fairly low power consumption during PowerSave compared to most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The NEC P401 does not support 3D image projection, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the P401 also do not support 3D image projection.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a 3D image projection and we think the NEC L51W[plb_1496151_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the P401 do not support Full HD projection. The NEC P401 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The NEC P401 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other projectors that were launched more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a WiFi connectivity and we think the L51W[pl_1496151_price], or the NP-P451[pl_1547970_price] both from NEC which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Low Maximum Vertical Synchronization

The NEC P401 has one of the lower maximum vertical synchronization (only 0.12 kilohertz) amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. Data projectors of this spec and age have maximum vertical synchronization of between 0.12kHz and 120kHz, and the average maximum vertical synchronization is 68kHz.

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Heavy

Across all the 4000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the P401 the weights range from 3.4g to 28kg. At 4.1 kilograms, the NEC P401 is quite heavy compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the P401.

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Only One Audio in Port

Most projectors of this type and age have between one and two audio in ports, including the NEC P401 which has one audio in port.

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4 Other reasons to consider the NEC P401

Average Running Costs

Based on average usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the 1 year running cost of the P401 is £162, which is typical compared to the other 32 projectors of this type and age.

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this 4000:1 contrast ratio data projector was released.

Average Noise Level

At 36 decibels, the NEC P401 has a relatively standard noise level compared to most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the P401.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 36dB noise level projectors currently available including the NEC NP-P401W[plb_2050694_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Projector Brightness

At 3,300 ANSI lumens, the NEC P401 has a pretty typical projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

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

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Expert Reviews

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28 April 2014

The NEC NP-P401W projector delivers a bright enough image for a mid- to large-size room, excellent data-image quality, and setup conveniences that include a 1.7x zoom lens...

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Bright
Native WXGA resolution
1.7x zoom lens
Vertical lens shift
Excellent dataimage quality
No 3D capability

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £87.81
Electricity cost when on standby £73.71
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Total running cost over 5 years £161.52
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 21 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04053162606791, 05028695610217

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