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A classic 3000:1 800 x 600 projector with fine features and low running costs
3000:1 SVGA (800x600) No 35dB Nov 2013
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NEC VE281 Review

With excellent reviews and low running costs, we have scored the NEC VE281 as follows for Summary.
33 Reviews
Average Features
3 Years Old
£87 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 48?

It has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this projector to others. Sony projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer projectors with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest multimedia projectors 2017.
This NEC projector has running costs of £87 over 1 year, which puts it typical compared to the other 1,763 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
Customers report it is easy to use, good technical features and sound quality.
The VE281 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a built-in speaker
Only 1,080 video mode
Does not support full HD

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NEC VE281 In-Depth Analysis


Good Expert Reviews

This projector has an average expert rating of 80% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT

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Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 31 owner reviews the average owner rating of this projector is 88%. 11 reviewers (90% of all reviewers) gave this data projector either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report That it is Easy to Use

Three people reckoned that it was easy to use and two customers who reviewed this projector said that it was easy to setup.

Very Good Brand

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

Customers Report Great Technical Features

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it had good features.

Customers Report Good Sound Quality

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had good sound quality.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Five customers who bought this projector considered that it was good value for money.

Users Report a Good Remote Control

Two people who bought the NEC VE281 said that it had a good remote control.


800 X 600 Resolution

The NEC VE281 has an 800 x 600 projector native resolution which is higher than the WXGA (1280x800) resolution found on most data projectors. In addition, this data projector has a projector native resolution of SVGA (800x600).

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The NEC VE281 has a built-in speaker. 76% of projectors also have a built-in speaker.

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The NEC VE281 is 3D-ready. 85% of projectors are not 3D-ready.

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Average Noise Level

The NEC VE281's noise level of 35dB is relatively standard compared to most other projectors. It is in the loudest 61% of all multimedia projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Zoom Capability

The NEC VE281 has a zoom capability. 91% of projectors do not have a zoom capability.

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

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Average Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of the NEC VE281 of 2,800 ANSI lumens is relatively standard compared to most other projectors. It is in the brightest 28% of all data projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Does Not Support Full HD

Like most other projectors, the NEC VE281 does not support full HD. 64% of projectors do not support full HD.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The NEC VE281's bulb power of only 200W is quite small compared to most other projectors. It is in the smallest 18% of all projectors when ranked by this feature. Data projectors have bulb powers of between 3.5W and 4,200W, and the average bulb power is 260W.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released in November 2013.

Running Costs

OK Running Costs

The VE281 has an average 1 year running cost of £87 based on alright energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 1,763 projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nec display solutions npve281x, nec display solutions ve281x, nec ve281x
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