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10 Reasons For
Projectors built by NEC are some of the better projectors according to average user and expert reviews.
Price Drop of £458.60
The price of the PA522 dropped by £458.60 in the last couple of weeks.
Supports 3D Image Projection
The NEC PA522 supports 3D image projection, which is unusual. Most of the other 5000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PA522 do not support 3D image projection.
We compared this projector to all the other data projectors which support 3D image projection and we think cheaper data projectors such as the NEC PA572[plb_2406093_price] is also worth considering.
Supports Full HD Projection
The NEC PA522 supports Full HD projection. Most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the PA522 do not support Full HD projection.
We compared all the other projectors which support Full HD projection to this multimedia projector and we think cheaper projectors such as the NEC PA572[plb_2406093_price] is also worth considering.
Has a Built-In Speaker
The NEC PA522 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other comparable spec projectors that came out more than two years ago.
We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker to this projector and we think cheaper projectors such as the Panasonic PT-EX800[plb_2130355_price], and the NEC PA572[plb_2406093_price] is also worth considering.
We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think the Panasonic PT-EW730[plb_2130354_price] is also worth considering.
4096 X 2160 Graphics Resolution
The highest resolution supported by the NEC PA522 is 4096 x 2160. That's over four times the resolution of a 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) projector, which is the most common resolution supported by data projectors that were launched around the same time as the PA522. This multimedia projector also support graphics resolutions of 2048 x 1080, 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) and 640 x 480 (VGA).
This data projector's resolution (4096 x 2160) is in fact the best supported resolution across all comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago.
The worst supported resolution across similar types of data projector is 640 x 400.
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WUXGA (1920x1200) Native Projector Resolution
The NEC PA522 has a maximum resolution of WUXGA (1920x1200). That's over two times the resolution of a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.
This projector's resolution (WUXGA (1920x1200)) is in fact the best resolution amongst all multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the PA522.
The worst resolution amongst similar types of projector is XGA (1024x768).
Fairly Big Matrix Size
At 0.76 inches, the NEC PA522 has a quite big matrix size compared to most of the other 5000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the PA522. Across all the 5000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the PA522 the matrix sizes range from 0.55" to 0.79", and the average matrix size is 0.7".
Three HDMI Ports
The NEC PA522 is a three HDMI port multimedia projector.
100V AC Input Voltage
This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many data projectors of a similar age and spec to it.
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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
The NEC PA522 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the PA522 also do not support WiFi connectivity.
Quite Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
With a service life of lamp in economic mode of only 4,000 hours, the NEC PA522 has one of the shorter service life of lamp in economic mode amongst data projectors of this age. The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of projectors of a comparable spec and age to the PA522 is 2,500h and the longest is 6,000h.
Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port
The NEC PA522 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port multimedia projector.
Quite Loud Noise Level
The noise levels of projectors of this spec and age range from 29dB to 48dB, and the average noise level is 37dB. At 39 decibels, the NEC PA522 has a fairly loud noise level compared to most of the other 5000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the PA522.
We compared this multimedia projector to all the other 39dB noise level multimedia projectors and we think the NEC PA572[plb_2406093_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.
Alternative data projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Panasonic PT-EW730[plb_2130354_price] (37dB), or the Epson EB-G6050W[plb_1892938_price] (37dB).
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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode
The quietest noise level in economy mode of data projectors of this type and age is 28dB, the loudest is 35dB, and the average noise level in economy mode is 31dB. With a noise level in economy mode of 33 decibels, the NEC PA522 has one of the louder noise levels in economy mode amongst projectors of this age.
3 Other reasons to consider the NEC PA522
Running Costs Are Average
The PA522 is typical compared to the other 53 projectors of this spec and age that we have analysed for running costs. Based on typical energy prices, we estimate the PA522 will cost £149 over 1 year to run.
Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when NEC released the PA522.
Average Projector Brightness
The NEC PA522 has a pretty average projector brightness (5,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors that were launched around the same time as the PA522.
If you want a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the Panasonic PT-EW640[plb_2529477_price] (5,400 ANSI lumens), or the NEC PA572[plb_2406093_price] (5,700 ANSI lumens) which is also cheaper.
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Native Projector Resolution
5,200 ANSI lumens
Horizontal Keystone Correction
-40 - 40
Maximum Digital Resolution
-40 - 40
Vertical Keystone Correction
-40 - 40
0.7 - 76.4
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
30 - 500
Native Aspect Ratio
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Number of Optional Lenses Supported
3D Image Projection
2048 x 1080, 4096 x 2160, 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA), 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA)
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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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.74 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 19 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.
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