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NEC VE281 Projector

3000:1 SVGA (800x600) 35dB 2,800 ANSI Lumens Nov 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date £86.59 Electricity cost over 5 years
Good expert reviews
Reasonably priced
Unacceptable noise level
24 Reviews

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Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com this projector has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this data projector rated this multimedia projector 88% on average. Over 90% of reviewers gave this multimedia projector either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

NEC Multimedia Projectors Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all NEC data projectors and also specifically for NEC 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors and found that in both cases NEC had good ratings. 100% of those that bought a NEC projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The NEC VE281 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to this projector also have a handheld remote control.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This projector was released in April 2017.


Energy

OK Running Costs

The average 1 year running cost of the VE281 is £87 based on average energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 97 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years.


Lamps

Quite Small Bulb Power

The average bulb power of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as this projector is 230W. With a bulb power of only 200 Watts, the NEC VE281 has a quite small bulb power compared to most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to this projector.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The NEC VE281 does not have a DVI port, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to this projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Smart TV

Sparse Connectivity Choices

One owner who bought the product concluded that it was not good in terms of connectivity. It Reviews.com wrote in their review of this projector “Sparse connectivity choices”.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Expert website Pcmag.com said “Loud, reasonably good sound” in their NEC VE281 review. Shinners mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The only slight problem is that it is quite loud so I have to crank the volume up pretty high to drown it out”.


Projector

Has a Zoom Capability

The NEC VE281 has a zoom capability, which is unusual. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this multimedia projector do not have a zoom capability.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Resolution

The highest resolution of the NEC VE281 is SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most common resolution.

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is actually the worst resolution amongst all projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to this data projector.

Amongst similar types of projector the best resolution is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Average Projector Brightness

At 2,800 ANSI lumens, the NEC VE281 has a pretty standard projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 2,800 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the NEC NP-VE281X.

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might also be worth looking at include the BrightLink 436Wi (£1,564.53) (3,000 ANSI lumens), or the BrightLink 485Wi (3,100 ANSI lumens) both from Epson which also has a higher rating.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Twelve customers concluded that it was good value for money. Itreviews.com scored the NEC VE281 7 stars and mentioned on expert website IT Reviews.com four years ago “Although the NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a decidedly no-frills model, what this inexpensive portable data projector for use in business or school presentations lacks in bells”. Jlw said “Lol Overall a great unit for the price!” in their review of this projector. Two years ago Lix wrote “Very pretty look and good deal” and gave the product a rating of 8 stars.


Video

3D-Ready

The NEC VE281 is 3D-ready, as are most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to this projector.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The NEC VE281 does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to this projector also do not support full HD.

Alternative projectors which also support full HD that you might also want to look at include the Hitachi CP-WX8255A, or the Infocus IN3118HD (£899.99) which is also higher rated.

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The NEC VE281 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to this multimedia projector.

We compared this data projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think because of it's better review score, the NEC NP-VE281X, and the Epson BrightLink 485Wi is also worth considering.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One customer who purchased the NEC VE281 thought it was lightweight. One owner who reviewed it considered that it was compact. Childcareguy47 wrote in their review of this projector on Bhphotovideo.com “Compact, bright, good enough colors, speaker works fine, pretty sharp images, full HD”.


Good High Def TV

One customer mentioned that it was good at displaying high definition TV.

Loud Audio System

Three owners concluded that the NEC VE281 had good sound quality. It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com four years ago “Loud audio system” in their review of this projector. Bama John gave it a rating of 5 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “Our niece wanted a projector for her classroom and she is very pleased with the performance of this unit and that is had speakers”.

Good Picture Quality

Four people who bought this projector concluded that it had good picture quality. Five years ago Jlw said “The picture quality is perfect for presentations” in their review of this projector. One person who purchased this projector considered that it had good colour saturation.

Good Remote Control

Three people who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good remote control. Dave O. mentioned in his review of the NEC VE281 on Bhphotovideo.com “The remote is very responsive as well” and scored the product 6 stars.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two owners considered that it had good features. Bama John mentioned in their review of this projector “She says it does a great job and we felt it was a good value for the features”.


Design

Easy to Use

Five people thought the NEC VE281 was easy to use. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Intuitive Controls” in their NEC VE281 review. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Easy to use” in their review. Childcareguy47 mentioned in their NEC VE281 review two years ago “The remote control offers plenty of options” .

Three people who reviewed it considered that it was easy to setup. Johnny Mojo wrote “Easy to set-up, lots of features, nice bright image” in his review of this projector and scored this projector 8 stars. Two years ago Jason wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Easy to set up and connect to one's computer…(I an not a techie” in his review of this projector.

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Nice Design

Two owners who reviewed it thought it was good looking.

Reliable

Three owners wrote that it was well made. One person who reviewed it concluded that it was reliable. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Reliable Performance” in their review of this projector but even so they only gave it a score of 18.8 out of 100.

Solid Video Quality

Five people reckoned that the product was good quality. Four years ago It Reviews.com said “Solid video quality” in their review of this projector. It Reviews.com also said “Above-par data image quality” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great picture quality” in their review of this projector.


Performance

Average Noise Level

At 35 decibels, the NEC VE281 has a relatively typical noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 35dB noise level data projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the NEC NP-VE281X.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nec display solutions npve281x, nec display solutions ve281x, nec ve281x
Barcodes 00012302573786, 00013040010489, 00014445256472, 00071030618596, 00086000559328, 00088021469457, 00100177440224, 00163120857241, 00172302796551, 00746320007922, 00803982782601, 00805736042047, 00970164535956, 05028695609037, 05028695609068, 08057360420476

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