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A 5 year old 2000:1 280 x 800 multimedia projector with inferior features and high running costs
2000:1 WXGA (1280x800) No 38dB Jan 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date

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NEC PA550W Review

At over 3 years old,
Missing Some Features
4 Years Old
£267 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 27?

Sony projectors 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 multimedia projectors 2017.
This projector has running costs of £267 over 1 year, which puts it in the most expensive 6% of all 1,763 projectors that we have compared it to.
It is missing some features:
Only 1,080 video mode
Quite loud noise level
Very short service life of lamp
Does not support full HD

NEC PA550W In-Depth Analysis


NEC Has Very Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

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


Only 1,080 Video Mode

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Quite Loud Noise Level

The NEC PA550W's noise level of 38dB is in the loudest 16% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. The noise levels of projectors range from 10dB to 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC PA550W has a built-in speaker, as do 76% of projectors.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamps of data projectors range from 20h to 40,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,800h. The NEC PA550W's service life of lamp of only 3,000h is in the shortest 25% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The NEC PA550W does not support full HD. 64% of projectors also do not support full HD.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of the NEC PA550W of only 550 ANSI lumens is in the dimmest 6% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. Projectors have projector brightnesses of between 12 ANSI lumens and 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens.

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Fairly Big Bulb Power

The average bulb power of all multimedia projectors is 260W, with the smallest being 3.5W and the biggest being 4,200W. The bulb power of the NEC PA550W of 330W is in the biggest 16% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Only 280 X 800 Resolution

The NEC PA550W has a higher resolution than most projectors. This multimedia projector has a 280 x 800 resolution, whereas most projectors have a WXGA (1280x800) resolution.

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution is the best resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

NEC released the PA550W in January 2013.

Running Costs

High Running Costs

The PA550W is one of the less economic to run projectors that we have looked at for running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the PA550W will cost £267 over 1 year to run.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nec pa550w
Barcodes 00000060003085, 00012302570617, 00172302796667, 00786333002064, 00805736037043, 00805736037852, 05028695608252, 05052180925425, 08057360378524

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