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PC Mag Editor's Choice
An award winning and good spec moderate noise level XGA data projector, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
37dB 1024 X 768 (XGA) 4000:1 No Apr 2013
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NEC NP-P501X Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have scored the NEC NP-P501X as follows:
2 Reviews + 1 Award
Good Features
4 Years Old
Running Costs
£160 Over 5 Years
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 67?

It has good expert reviews and good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this multimedia projector to others. This projector has received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag. Epson data projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better multimedia projectors are available. View the latest projectors 2018.
This NEC projector has running costs of £160 over 5 years, which puts it in the most expensive 10% of all 2,022 projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving projectors.
The NP-P501X has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Brighter than average projector brightness
Has a built-in speaker
4000:1 contrast ratio creating extremely detailed images
Four audio inputs make it easy to add sound to enhance every presentation
Powerful 16w speakers provide volume needed for large rooms
Built in cornerstone correction including pincushion and barrel correction
, 6000-hour filter drastically reduces cleaning frequency, thereby decreasing the total cost of ownership
Variable audio-out allows the remote control to adjust speaker volume
Vertical lens shift enables flexible projector placement
IEU lite (image express utility lite) for audio and video transmission from a computer to the projector over the network
NaViSet administrator 2: free software solution that greatly eases administration and management of larger display device installations
Only 1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution
Louder than average noise level

NEC NP-P501X In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

One Industry Award

This multimedia projector received an "Editor's Choice" award from website PC Mag who said that this NEC projector was phenomenally good.

Good Expert Reviews

Expert review site PC Mag scored this NEC projector 80%.

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NEC Has Very Good Reviews for Its Projectors

On average NEC projectors have very good ratings compared to other brands. 100% of those that bought a NEC data projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Running Costs

High Running Costs

The NP-P501X is one of the less economic to run projectors that we have analysed for 5 year running costs. Based on typical usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 5 year running cost of the NP-P501X is £160.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

NEC released the NP-P501X in April 2013.


Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The NEC NP-P501X has a 1024 x 768 (XGA) projector native resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 800 resolution found on most projectors. The best resolution of all projectors is 4096 x 2400 (4K) and the worst is 640 x 360 (nHD).

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Louder Than Average Noise Level

Projectors have noise levels of between 20dB and 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. The NP-P501X's noise level of 37dB is louder than average when compared to most other multimedia projectors. It is louder than 73% of all data projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Very Low Contrast Ratio (typical)

The contrast ratio (typical) of the NP-P501X of only 4,000 is in the lowest 32% of all multimedia projectors when ordered by this feature. Across all the data 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-P501X of 5,000 ANSI lumens is brighter than average when compared to most other projectors. It is brighter than 81% of all projectors when ranked by this feature. Projectors have projector brightnesses of between 100 ANSI lumens and 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamp of the NP-P501X of only 3,500h is shorter than average when compared to most other data projectors. It is shorter than 71% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. Across all the projectors the service life of lamps range from 200h to 50,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 7,000h.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The NP-P501X has a built-in speaker. 77% of projectors also have a built-in speaker.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The NP-P501X has a handheld remote control. 81% of data projectors also have a handheld remote control.

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Bigger Than Average Bulb Power

The bulb power of the NP-P501X of 270W is bigger than average when compared to most other projectors. It is bigger than 72% of all projectors when ranked by this feature. The bulb powers of multimedia projectors range from 15W to 840W, and the average bulb power is 250W.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The NP-P501X does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that 63% of data projectors also do not support full HD.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The NP-P501X supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 90% of data projectors do not support Wi-Fi.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

unknown asc1048838asx03, unknown asc855476ain02, oem asc1048838asx03, visipax prnpp501x, nec mss926880i01, unknown npp501x, visipax npp501x, generic npp501x, unknown p501x, visipax 12x7, nec 1024x768, oem npp501x, nec npp501x


00000011084447, 00012302574127, 00049341589324, 00132017770291, 00163121204846, 00172302797060, 00172304336298, 00779184227281, 00795697376964, 00799198482360, 00799908172628, 00804067181814, 00805736045451, 00809392588635, 00872182783091, 08057360454518

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