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16 Reasons For
One Industry Award
This projector received an "Editor's Choice" from PC Mag who decided that this multimedia projector was terrific.
Expert Reviews Are Good
Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and hardwarezone.com.sg the average expert rating of this 3000:1 contrast ratio projector is 83 out of 100.
Low Running Costs
The M311 is in the cheapest 14% of all 89 multimedia projectors of this type and age that we have analysed for 1 year running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the M311 is only £79.
On average NEC 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews compared to other brands as do all multimedia projectors built by NEC.
Good Product Quality
One NEC M311 reviewer who purchased it mentioned that it was good quality. Pcmag.com rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Better video quality than most data projectors”.
Easy to Use
One person who purchased it considered that it was easy to use. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.sg said four years ago “It's neither possible nor practical to have a darkened room” in their review of the NEC M311.
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One NEC M311 reviewer who bought it concluded that it was good in terms of connectivity. Four years ago Projectorreviews.com said “Plenty of connectivity options, including dual VGA”.
Good Picture Quality
One NEC M311 owner who purchased it wrote that it had good picture quality. Projectorreviews.com mentioned “Good data and video image quality”.
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
Like most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to the M311, the NEC M311 has a built-in speaker(s).
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price] which is cheaper.
Alternative multimedia projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) that you might also want to look at include the NEC VE281[plb_1473677_price].
1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The highest resolution supported by the NEC M311 is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 8% more resolution than the most frequently found supported graphics resolutions of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) (which is also supported by this NEC projector). This projector also support supported graphics resolutionss 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 Ñ 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) and 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). The best resolution of all data projectors that were released around the same time as the M311 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).
WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution
This projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found projector native resolution on comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.
Three USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys
The NEC M311 has more USB 2.0 ports quantitys than most of the multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the M311. Most of the projectors that were launched around the same time as the M311 only have between one and two USB 2.0 ports quantitys, however this data projector has three USB 2.0 ports quantitys.
Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
The service life of lamp (economic mode)s of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the M311 range from 230h to 20,000h. At 8,000 hours, the NEC M311 has a quite long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec.
Quite Long Service Life of Lamp
Data projectors of a similar age and type to the M311 have service life of lamps of between 1,500h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,400h. The NEC M311 has one of the longer service life of lamps (5,000 hours) amongst data projectors of this age.
100V AC Input Voltage
This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors of this type and age.
Very Quiet Noise Level
Across all the 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago the noise levels range from 26dB to 45dB, and the average noise level is 35dB. With a noise level of only 28 decibels, the NEC M311 has one of the quieter noise levels amongst comparable spec projectors of this age.
Alternative multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the NEC VE281[plb_1473677_price] (35dB).
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Does Not Support 3D
Most multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the M311 do not support 3D. The NEC M311 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D.
Does Not Support Full HD
The NEC M311 does not support full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were launched more than two years ago also do not support full HD.
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
Like most of the other projectors of this spec and age, the NEC M311 does not support wi-Fi.
Quite Dim Projector Brightness
When compared to other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the NEC M311's projector brightness of only 2,325 ANSI lumens is one of the dimmest. The projector brightnesss of projectors of this type and age range from 100 ANSI lumens to 8,000 ANSI lumens.
If this multimedia projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price] (2,600 ANSI lumens) which is also cheaper.
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Released Over Four Years Ago
It was over four years ago when NEC released the M311.
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
2,325 ANSI lumens
Maximum Analog Resolution
1920 x 1080
Keystone Correction, Vertical
-30 - 30
0.7 - 14.7
Supported Aspect Ratios
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, 1152 x 870, 1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 768, 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1280 x 800, 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 60, PAL, PAL M, PAL, PAL N, SECAM
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