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A 4 year old 2000:1 1024 x 768 multimedia projector with adequate features but high running costs
2000:1 XGA (1024x768) No 38dB Mar 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date

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NEC NP-PA500 Review

With average features,
Average Features
4 Years Old
£267 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 35?

Sony 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 £267 over 1 year, which puts it in the most expensive 6% of all 1,763 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Fairly big bulb power
Fairly bright projector brightness
Only 1,080 video mode
Very short service life of lamp

NEC NP-PA500 In-Depth Analysis


NEC Projectors Have Very Good Reviews

NEC has very good average reviews across its entire multimedia projector range. 100% of those that bought a NEC multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Fairly Big Bulb Power

The NP-PA500's bulb power of 330W is in the biggest 15% of all projectors when sorted by this feature. The average bulb power of all projectors is 260W, with the smallest being 3.5W and the biggest being 4,200W.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of all projectors is 3,700 ANSI lumens, with the dimmest being 12 ANSI lumens and the brightest being 85,000 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness of the NEC NP-PA500 of 5,000 ANSI lumens is in the brightest 17% of all projectors when sorted by this feature.

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1024 X 768 Resolution

The NP-PA500 has a 1024 x 768 projector native resolution which is higher than most projectors. Most projectors have a WXGA (1280x800) resolution. This multimedia projector also has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The NP-PA500 has a built-in speaker. 76% of projectors also have a built-in speaker.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

The NEC NP-PA500's service life of lamp of only 3,000h is quite short compared to most other data projectors. It is in the shortest 23% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. Multimedia projectors have service life of lamps of between 20h and 40,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,800h.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level

The NP-PA500's noise level of 38dB is in the loudest 16% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature. The noise levels of projectors range from 10dB to 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Supports Full HD

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

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

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This data projector has been on the market since March 2013.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are High

The average running cost of the NP-PA500 is £267 over 1 year based on fine usage levels and energy prices, which makes it one of the more expensive to run projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers necmitsubishielectronics nppa500u, aac400210506529, nec 1024x768, nec nppa500x, nec nppa500u
Barcodes 00000060003082, 00000060003083, 00163120856619, 00786333002088, 00786333002118, 00805736037036, 00805736037050, 00805736037814, 00872182782575, 05028695608238, 05028695608269, 08057360370368, 08057360370504, 08057360378142
54% cheaper to run
Slightly quieter noise level
Over one year older
41% cheaper to run
9% quieter noise level
A bit bigger bulb power