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11 Reasons For
Very Low Running Costs
The average running cost of the M271 is only £65 over 1 year based on typical usage levels and energy prices, which makes it one of the most economic to run data projectors of this spec and age.
NEC 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews on average and across all data projectors NEC is one of the superior brands.
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
The NEC M271 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the M271 also have a built-in speaker(s).
It may also be worth considering one of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the VPL-DW122[pl_2514842_price], the VPL-DX142[pl_2446393_price], or the VPL-DX122[pl_2507198_price] all from Sony which has better reviews.
1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The NEC M271 supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 8% more resolution than the most common supported graphics resolutions of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) (which is also supported by this projector). In addition, this multimedia projector support supported graphics resolutionss of 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1366 Ñ 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 multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to the M271 the worst resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).
WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution
This data projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is typical of many 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to it.
1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Analog Resolution
The NEC M271 has a maximum maximum analog resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 20% more maximum analog resolution than a 1600 x 1200 pixels projector, which is the most frequently found maximum analog resolution.
A 1920 x 1200 pixels maximum analog resolution is in fact the best maximum analog resolution amongst all data projectors that have been available for more than two years.
A 640 x 480 pixels maximum analog resolution is the worst maximum analog resolution amongst similar types of projector.
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Three USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys
Most of the other projectors of this age and type only have between one and two USB 2.0 ports quantitys, however the NEC M271 has three USB 2.0 ports quantitys.
Quite Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the M271 have service life of lamp (economic mode)s of between 230h and 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 5,700h. When compared to other data projectors that were released more than two years ago, the service life of lamp (economic mode) of the NEC M271 of 10,000 hours is one of the longest.
Quite Long Service Life of Lamp
At 6,000 hours, the NEC M271 has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the M271. The shortest service life of lamp of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the M271 is 1,500h and the longest is 30,000h.
100V AC Input Voltage
This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to it.
Quite Quiet Noise Level
At only 26 decibels, the NEC M271 has a very quiet noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been around for a similar time to the M271. The noise levels of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the M271 range from 26dB to 45dB, and the average noise level is 35dB.
8 Reasons Against
Average Expert Reviews
This data projector has an average expert rating of 65% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.
Does Not Support 3D
The NEC M271 does not support 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago also do not support 3D.
Does Not Support Full HD
The NEC M271 does not support full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other data projectors of this spec and age also do not support full HD.
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
The NEC M271 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the M271 also do not support wi-Fi.
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Quite Dim Projector Brightness
The dimmest projector brightness of projectors that came out more than two years ago is 100 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 8,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens. The NEC M271 has a quite dim projector brightness (only 2,700 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the M271.
If you are looking for a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to look at the VPL-DX142[pl_2446393_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens), or the VPL-DX147[pl_2516968_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.
Quite Small Bulb Power
The NEC M271 has a very small bulb power (only 145 Watts) compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. Multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago have bulb powers of between 140W and 400W.
Very Dim Lamp Power (economic Mode)
Across all the 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago the lamp power (economic mode)s range from 110W to 6,000W. The NEC M271 has one of the dimmer lamp power (economic mode)s (only 110 Watts) amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.
Very Dim Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
The projector brightness (economic mode)s of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the M271 range from 1,500 ANSI lumens to 4,400 ANSI lumens. At only 1,620 ANSI lumen, the NEC M271 has a quite dim projector brightness (economic mode) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the M271.
1 Other reason to consider the NEC M271
Released Over Four Years Ago
It was over four years ago when NEC released the M271.
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
2,700 ANSI lumens
Maximum Analog Resolution
1920 x 1200
Keystone Correction, Vertical
-30 - 30
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
1,620 ANSI lumens
0.7 - 14.7
Supported Aspect Ratios
4:3, 16:10, 16:9
Screen Size Compatibility
25 - 300
Native Aspect Ratio
Lamp Power (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp
Aperture Range (F-F)
1.7 - 2.2
Focal Length Range (f-F)
17.5 - 29
Supported Graphics Resolutions
720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 768, 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1440 x 900, 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL, PAL 60, PAL, PAL M, PAL, PAL N, SECAM
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Audio (L,R) in
USB Connector Type
USB Type-a, USB Type-B
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Card Reader Integrated
Horizontal Scan Range
15 - 100
Vertical Scan Range
50 - 120
On Screen Display (OSD)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Colour of Product
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
Power Consumption (max)
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
100, 100 - 240
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
20 - 80
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
20 - 80
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-10 - 50
Operating Temperature (T-T)
5 - 40
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Weight & Dimensions
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
12 May 2013
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