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NEC VE281 Projector

3000:1 SVGA (800x600) 35dB 2,800 ANSI Lumens Nov 2012
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NEC's VE281 mobile projector is designed to provide high brightness for small-to-medium-sized businesses, education environments, corporate conference rooms and mobility applications where heavy... More
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14 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com this NEC projector has an overall expert rating of 80 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this data projector rated it as 88 out of 100.

Robust

Three NEC VE281 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this projector was well made. Three years ago Itreviews.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this projector on expert website IT Reviews.com “Whistles it makes for in solid data and video image qu”.

Reasonably Priced

A number of NEC VE281 owners who purchased it agreed that it was cheap. Expert website Itreviews.com mentioned “Although the NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a decidedly no-frills model, what this inexpensive portable data projector for use in business or school presentations lacks in bells”.

Good Product Quality

Two customers who purchased the NEC VE281 thought it was good quality. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned three years ago “The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality” in their NEC VE281 review.

NEC Projectors Have Good Reviews

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors manufactured by NEC have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that NEC also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Sound Quality

One NEC VE281 owner who purchased this projector reckoned that it had good sound quality.

Good Size

One NEC VE281 reviewer who bought the NEC VE281 said that it was lightweight.

Acceptable Noise Level

One NEC VE281 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy. Expert website Pcmag.com scored it 80 out of 100 and wrote “Loud, reasonably good sound” in their review of the NEC VE281.

Good Picture Quality

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product had good picture quality.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC VE281 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in speaker.

Other data projectors with a built-in speaker currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price], or the NEC M311[plb_1475527_price].

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution

The NEC VE281 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 projectors of this spec and age. 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) is also supported by this multimedia projector. This NEC multimedia projector also support graphics resolutions of 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Data projectors of a comparable type and age to the VE281 graphics resolutions range from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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Very Light

The NEC VE281 is quite light (only 2.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the VE281. The lightest comparable spec multimedia projector that has been available for around the same time as the VE281 is 230g heavy and the heaviest is 30kg.

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Narrow

Projectors that are a similar age to the VE281 have widths of between 120mm and 510mm, and the average width is 360mm. When compared to other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the VE281, the NEC VE281's width of only 260 millimeters is one of the narrowest.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The NEC VE281 does not support 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors of this type and age also do not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VE281, the NEC VE281 does not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most similar spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity. The NEC VE281 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the NEC VE281 is SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

This data projector's resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is in fact the worst resolution amongst all multimedia projectors of this age and type.

The best resolution across comparable types of data projector is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Resolution

The biggest native resolution of the NEC VE281 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less native resolution than the most frequently found native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

A SVGA (800x600) native resolution is actually the worst native resolution across all similar spec multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281.

A 1080p (1920x1080) native resolution is the best native resolution amongst similar types of data projector.

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Quite Small Lamp Power

With a lamp power of only 200 Watts, the NEC VE281 has one of the smaller lamp power amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The lamp power of multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the VE281 range from 140W to 400W.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The lowest RMS rated power of comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VE281 is 0.5W and the highest is 20W. With an RMS rated power of only 7 Watts, the NEC VE281 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

With a noise level in economy mode of 33 decibels, the NEC VE281 has a quite loud noise level in economy mode compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the VE281. Across all the projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281 the noise levels in economy mode range from 26dB to 35dB.

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Very Small Matrix Size

Data projectors of a similar age and spec to the VE281 have matrix sizes of between 0.55" and 0.75". The NEC VE281 has a quite small matrix size (only 0.55 inches) compared to most of the other data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the NEC VE281

Average Running Costs

The VE281 is typical compared to the other 92 comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago that we have looked at for 1 year running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the VE281 is £87.

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when NEC released the VE281.

Average Noise Level

At 35 decibels, the NEC VE281 has a pretty average noise level compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VE281.

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Average Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 2,800 ANSI lumens, the NEC VE281 has a fairly average projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VE281.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
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
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
3D-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating System
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Plug and Play
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Certification
Safety
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Other Features
Connectivity

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

27 February 2013

The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality, and loud, reasonably good sound...

Loud audio system
Above-par data image quality
Solid video quality
Sparse connectivity choices
Lacks carrying case
Some rainbow effect
25 February 2013

The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality, and loud, reasonably good sound...

User Reviews

(22)
Reviewed 21 August 2015 by Shannon P.

Have bought several types of NEC projectors. I will just stay with the ones that you can change the lamp...

Reviewed 12 December 2013 by Ian M.

I bought this over two years ago and have not had any issues with it. I would recommend this NEC due to the picture quality and reliability...

Reviewed 24 November 2013 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

Got it on discount, and that's why I bought it. If it were at full price, I would pay the difference and get another Epson, but for $300 it will do the job nicely...

Reviewed 21 August 2013 by Bama John
Bama John would recommend the NEC VE281X (Verified Purchase)

Our niece wanted a projector for her classroom and she is very pleased with the performance of this unit and that is had speakers. She says it does a great job and we felt it was a good value for... Read more…

Reviewed 9 October 2015 by Ry the Teaching Guy
Ry the Teaching Guy would recommend the NEC NP-VE281 (Verified Purchase)

The projector that I wanted at a great price. Got it to me quickly so I could use it in my classroom!

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Electricity cost when switched on £83.64
Electricity cost when on standby £2.95
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Total running cost over 5 years £86.59
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nec npve281, nec 1024x768, nec npve281x, nec display solutions ve281, nec display solutions ve281x, nec display solutions npve281, nec display solutions npve281x
Barcodes 00012302573786, 00013040010489, 00014445256472, 00071030618596, 00086000559328, 00088021469457, 00100177440224, 00163120857241, 00172302796551, 00746320007922, 00803982782601, 00805736042047, 00809392587669, 00970164535956, 05028695609037, 08057360420476

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