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NEC P401 Projector

4000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 36dB 3,300 ANSI Lumens Jan 2014
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Perfect for mid to large meeting rooms as well as classrooms in higher education where semi-professional high brightness performance is required, the P401W is a very bright and compact wide format... More
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15 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at PC Mag wrote that this projector was superb and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Multimedia projector expert review website PC Mag scored this data projector 80%.

Good Product Quality

Three customers who reviewed the NEC P401 considered that it was good quality. Pcmag.com rated this projector 4 stars and said three years ago “It delivers excellent data-image quality” in their review. Pcmag.com also wrote “The NEC NP-P401W projector delivers a bright enough image for a mid- to large-size room, excellent data-image quality”.

NEC Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

We checked the reviews from owners and experts of hundreds of projectors to determine an average rating for each multimedia projector manufacturer. On average projectors produced by NEC have good ratings from experts and owners.

Good Sound Quality

One NEC P401 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this projector had good sound quality. Pc Mag gave the product a score of 4 stars and mentioned on PC Mag three years ago “Good audio”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The NEC P401 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in speaker(s).

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) to this multimedia projector and we think because of it's better review score, the L51W[pl_1496151_price], the NP-P451[pl_1547970_price], and the P501X[pl_1555276_price] all from NEC is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the NEC P401 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's 20% more resolution than the most common supported graphics resolutions of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). Across all similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the P401 the resolution ranges from 640 x 400 to 4096 x 2160.

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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

The NEC P401 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) data projector, which is the most common resolution.

This multimedia projector's resolution (WXGA (1280x800)) is actually the best resolution across all projectors of this age and spec.

The worst resolution amongst comparable types of multimedia projector is XGA (1024x768).

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Analog Resolution

The NEC P401 has a maximum maximum analog resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 20% more maximum analog resolution than the most common maximum analog resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.

A 1920 x 1200 pixels maximum analog resolution is actually the best maximum analog resolution across all similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the P401.

Across comparable types of multimedia projector the worst maximum analog resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

Most of the other projectors of this spec and age only have between one and two USB 2.0 ports quantitys, however the NEC P401 has three USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The NEC P401 has more HDMI ports quantitys than most of the 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the P401. This data projector is a two HDMI ports quantity projector compared to most of the 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the P401 which only have one HDMI ports quantity.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The NEC P401 has one of the bigger optical zooms (1.7 times zoom factor) amongst data projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the P401 the optical zooms range from 1.1x to 2.1x, and the average optical zoom is 1.3x.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness (economic Mode)

With a projector brightness (economic mode) of 2,680 ANSI lumens, the NEC P401 has one of the brighter projector brightness (economic mode)s amongst 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The dimmest projector brightness (economic mode) of projectors of a comparable spec and age to the P401 is 1,500 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level (economic Mode)

The quietest noise level (economic mode) of comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the P401 is 28dB and the loudest is 39dB. The NEC P401 has a quite quiet noise level (economic mode) (only 29 decibels) compared to most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the P401.

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Very Low Power Consumption (PowerSave)

The power consumption (PowerSave)s of 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the P401 range from 0.2W to 250W, and the average power consumption (PowerSave) is 32W. The NEC P401 has a fairly low power consumption (PowerSave) (only 0.4 Watts) compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D

Most data projectors of this spec and age do not support 3D. The NEC P401 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a 3D and we think the NEC L51W[plb_1496151_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The NEC P401 does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and type to the P401 also do not support full HD.

Other projectors which also support full HD that you might want to look at include the NEC P501X[plb_1555276_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago, the NEC P401 does not support wi-Fi.

Other projectors which also support wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the NEC L51W[plb_1496151_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Vertical Synchronization (max)

The NEC P401 has a fairly low vertical synchronization (max) (only 0.12 kilohertz) compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the P401. The lowest vertical synchronization (max) of data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the P401 is 0.12kHz and the highest is 120kHz.

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Heavy

At 4.1 kilograms, the NEC P401 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the P401. The weights of comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the P401 range from 3.4g to 28kg.

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Only One Audio (L,R) in

The NEC P401 is a one audio (L,R) in multimedia projector. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and spec to the P401 have between one and two audio (L,R) ins.

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4 Other reasons to consider the NEC P401

Running Costs Are OK

Based on average energy prices we estimate that the P401 will cost £162 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 32 similar spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market for over three years.

Average Noise Level

At 36 decibels, the NEC P401 has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec.

Projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth looking at include the P501X[pl_1555276_price] (30dB), the L51W[pl_1496151_price] (38dB), or the NP-P451[pl_1547970_price] (37dB) all from NEC which also has a higher rating.

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Average Projector Brightness

At 3,300 ANSI lumens, the NEC P401 has a fairly typical projector brightness compared to most of the other 4000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Maximum Analog Resolution
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Vertical Synchronization (min)
Horizontal Synchronization (max)
Vertical Synchronization (max)
Horizontal Synchronization (min)
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
PC in (D-Sub)
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
On Screen Display (OSD)
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
Auto Power Off
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
Power Consumption (max)
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Certificates
Certification
RoHS Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included

Brochures and Manuals

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £87.81
Electricity cost when on standby £73.71
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Total running cost over 5 years £161.52
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 21 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04053162606791, 05028695610217

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