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A good spec but 4 year old moderate noise level 280 x 800 resolution multimedia projector, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
36dB 1280 X 800 4000:1 No Apr 2013
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NEC NP-P401W Review

With good reviews and features, we have scored the NEC NP-P401W as follows:
1 Review + 1 Award
Good Features
4 Years Old
Running Costs
£150 Over 5 Years
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 40?

It has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 80%. This projector has received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag. Viewsonic multimedia projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better projectors are available. View the latest multimedia projectors 2017.
This NEC projector has running costs of £150 over 5 years, which puts it in the most expensive 12% of all 1,852 projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving projectors.
The NP-P401W has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Brighter than average projector brightness
Has a built-in speaker
Only 280 x 800 resolution
Very low contrast ratio (typical)

NEC NP-P401W In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

One Industry Award

This NEC multimedia projector received an "Editor's Choice" award from website PC Mag who decided that this NEC data projector was exceptional.

Good Expert Reviews

This NEC projector received a rating of 80% from expert review website PC Mag.

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Very Good Brand

NEC is one of the superior projector brands according to average reviews from experts and users. 100% of those that bought a NEC projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are Very High

The average running cost of the NP-P401W is £150 over 5 years based on typical energy prices, which makes it one of the least economic to run multimedia projectors.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market since April 2013.


Only 280 X 800 Resolution

The highest resolution of the NEC NP-P401W is 280 x 800. That's 78% lower resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 1280 x 800 (which is also found on this multimedia projector) and is in fact the worst resolution across all multimedia projectors.

Across comparable types of projector the best resolution is 4096 x 2160.

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Average Noise Level

The noise level of the NEC NP-P401W of 36dB is relatively typical compared to most other multimedia projectors. It is louder than 36% of all multimedia projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Very Low Contrast Ratio (typical)

The NP-P401W's contrast ratio (typical) of only 4,000 is in the lowest 32% of all multimedia projectors when sorted by this feature. Across all the multimedia projectors the contrast ratio (typical) range from 1.5 to 2,500,000, and the average contrast ratio (typical) is 27,000.

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Brighter Than Average Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of the NEC NP-P401W of 4,000 ANSI lumens is brighter than 71% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature. The dimmest projector brightness of multimedia projectors is 100 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens.

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Average Service Life of Lamp

The NP-P401W's service life of lamp of 4,000h is pretty standard compared to most other multimedia projectors. It is in the longest 47% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC NP-P401W has a built-in speaker, as do 76% of multimedia projectors.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The NP-P401W has a handheld remote control, as do 79% of multimedia projectors.

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Average Bulb Power

The bulb power of the NP-P401W of 240W is pretty typical compared to most other projectors. It is in the biggest 55% of all projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The NP-P401W supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 91% of multimedia projectors do not support Wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The NP-P401W does not support full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that 65% of data projectors also do not support full HD.

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Product Identifiers


00172302797176, 00805736045468, 08057360454686

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