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A 4 year old and average spec moderate noise level XGA multimedia projector, with moderate running costs
38dB 1024 X 768 (XGA) 2000:1 No Mar 2013
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NEC NP-PA500 Review

With average features and low running costs, we have scored the NEC NP-PA500 as follows:
Average Features
4 Years Old
Running Costs
£87 Over 5 Years
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 34?

Epson projectors have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better projectors are available. View the latest projectors 2017.
This projector has running costs of £87 over 5 years, which puts it typical compared to the other 1,881 data projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving projectors.
It has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution
Brighter than average projector brightness
5000-lumen brightness enhances images for most applications
HQV technology delivers superior home theater video processing
Windows network projector function simplifies your ability to present from any computer, whether local or remote
Geometric correction tool allows you to easily project square images on non-flat screen surfaces without distortion
AutoSense automatically syncs with any computer signal and features one-touch image optimization
Complete line of (5) bayonet-style lenses allows for quick and easy lens exchange
Stacking correction capabilities (up to four projectors) allows the projectors to boost an image's brightness up to 20,000 lumens
Includes np13zl lens
Louder than average noise level
Very low contrast ratio (typical)

NEC NP-PA500 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

NEC Has Very Good Data Projector Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all NEC projectors and found that NEC had very good ratings compared to other manufacturers. 100% of those that bought a NEC data projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Running Costs

OK Running Costs

Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the NP-PA500 is £87, which is typical compared to the other 1,881 projectors.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This NEC multimedia projector was released in March 2013.


1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The NP-PA500 has a 1024 x 768 (XGA) projector native resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 800 resolution found on most multimedia projectors. In addition, this data projector has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768). The worst resolution of all multimedia projectors is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) and the best is 4096 x 2160.

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Louder Than Average Noise Level

The NP-PA500's noise level of 38dB is in the loudest 13% of all multimedia projectors when sorted by this feature. The noise levels of data projectors range from 20dB to 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Very Low Contrast Ratio (typical)

The contrast ratio (typical) of the NEC NP-PA500 of only 2,000 is lower than average when compared to most other projectors. It is lower than 87% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. The average contrast ratio (typical) of all multimedia projectors is 27,000, with the lowest being 1.5 and the highest being 2,500,000.

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Brighter Than Average Projector Brightness

Across all the multimedia projectors the projector brightnesses range from 100 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The NP-PA500's projector brightness of 5,000 ANSI lumens is brighter than 83% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The NP-PA500 has a built-in speaker, as do 76% of multimedia projectors.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamp of the NP-PA500 of only 3,000h is in the shortest 20% of all multimedia projectors when ordered by this feature. The average service life of lamp of all multimedia projectors is 6,800h, with the shortest being 200h and the longest being 50,000h.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The NP-PA500 has a handheld remote control. 79% of projectors also have a handheld remote control.

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Bigger Than Average Bulb Power

The NEC NP-PA500's bulb power of 330W is bigger than 86% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature. Multimedia projectors have bulb powers of between 15W and 840W, and the average bulb power is 250W.

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Supports Full HD

The NEC NP-PA500 supports full HD, which is unusual. 64% of data projectors do not support full HD.

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The NP-PA500 is HD-Ready, which is unusual. 79% of multimedia projectors are not HD-Ready.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

necmitsubishielectronics nppa500u, aac400210506529, nec 1024x768, nec nppa500x, nec nppa500u


00000060003083, 00163120856619, 00786333002088, 00786333002118, 00805736037036, 00805736037050, 00805736037814, 00872182782575, 05028695608238, 08057360370368, 08057360370504, 08057360378142

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