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NEC VE281 Projector

3000:1 SVGA (800x600) 35dB 2,800 ANSI Lumens Nov 2012
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NEC's VE281 mobile projector is designed to provide high brightness for small-to-medium-sized businesses, education environments, corporate conference rooms and mobility applications where heavy... More
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NEC NP-VE281 2800-Lumen High-Brightness Mobile Projector Quick Review
NEC NP-VE281X Projector Quick Review

13 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this data projector is 80%.

Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this 3000:1 contrast ratio projector rated this projector 88% on average.

Robust

A number of NEC VE281 owners who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Four years ago Itreviews.com wrote in their review of the NEC VE281 on IT Reviews.com “Whistles it makes for in solid data and video image qu” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

A number of NEC VE281 owners who bought the NEC VE281 agreed that it was cheap. Expert review site Itreviews.com wrote 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”.

NEC Has Good Multimedia Projector Reviews

NEC is one of the better rated projector brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and NEC also has good reviews for its 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Good Product Quality

A number of NEC VE281 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Pcmag.com said “The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality” in their review of this projector.

Good Sound Quality

One NEC VE281 owner concluded that the product had good sound quality.

Acceptable Noise Level

One NEC VE281 owner who bought the product reckoned that it was noisy. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this projector four years ago “Loud, reasonably good sound”.

Good Size

One customer who bought it concluded that it was lightweight.

Good Picture Quality

One NEC VE281 reviewer who reviewed this projector considered that it had good picture quality.

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 projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VE281.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the Sony VPL-DW127[plb_2512334_price], and the NEC M311[plb_1475527_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The NEC VE281 supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 8% more resolution than a 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by data projectors of this type and age. 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) is also supported by this multimedia projector. This data projector also support supported graphics resolutionss of 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Across all 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago the worst resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Very Light

The average weight of projectors of this spec and age is 4.9kg. With a weight of only 2.3 kilograms, the NEC VE281 is one of the lighter 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VE281 amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D

Like most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years, the NEC VE281 does not support 3D.

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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 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago also do not support full HD.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago do not support wi-Fi. The NEC VE281 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

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

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is actually the worst resolution amongst all comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the VE281.

Amongst similar types of data projector the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The NEC VE281 has one of the smaller bulb powers (only 200 Watts) amongst comparable spec data projectors of this age. Across all the similar spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years the bulb powers range from 140W to 400W.

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Very Dim Lamp Power (economic Mode)

At only 160 Watts, the NEC VE281 has a quite dim lamp power (economic mode) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VE281. The lamp power (economic mode)s of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago range from 110W to 6,000W, and the average lamp power (economic mode) is 760W.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VE281 is 11W. The NEC VE281 has one of the lower RMS rated powers (only 7 Watts) amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level (economic Mode)

The NEC VE281 has a fairly loud noise level (economic mode) (33 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the VE281. The noise level (economic mode)s of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the VE281 range from 26dB to 35dB, and the average noise level (economic mode) is 30dB.

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Very Small Matrix Size

The NEC VE281 has one of the smaller matrix sizes (only 0.55 inches) amongst projectors of this age. The smallest matrix size of projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VE281 is 0.55", the biggest is 0.75", and the average matrix size is 0.61".

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5 Other reasons to consider the NEC VE281

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 89 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Price Has Recently Increased by £4.68

In the last 53 days the price of the VE281 has increased by £4.68.

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this data projector was released.

Average Noise Level

The NEC VE281 has a fairly standard noise level (35 decibels) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Projector Brightness

The NEC VE281 has a fairly average projector brightness (2,800 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VE281.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp Power (economic Mode)
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
3D-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Headphone Outputs
Composite Video in
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Plug and Play
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
Certification
Safety
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Other Features
Connectivity Technology

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

27 February 2013

The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality, and loud, reasonably good sound...

Loud audio system
Above-par data image quality
Solid video quality
Sparse connectivity choices
Lacks carrying case
Some rainbow effect
25 February 2013

The NP-VE281 from NEC Display Solutions of America is a no-frills, lightweight data projector with very good data image quality, solid video quality, and loud, reasonably good sound...

User Reviews

(22)
Reviewed 21 August 2015 by Shannon P.

Have bought several types of NEC projectors. I will just stay with the ones that you can change the lamp...

Reviewed 12 December 2013 by Ian M.

I bought this over two years ago and have not had any issues with it. I would recommend this NEC due to the picture quality and reliability...

Reviewed 24 November 2013 by Anonymous
(Verified Purchase)

Got it on discount, and that's why I bought it. If it were at full price, I would pay the difference and get another Epson, but for $300 it will do the job nicely...

Reviewed 21 August 2013 by Bama John
Bama John would recommend the NEC VE281X (Verified Purchase)

Our niece wanted a projector for her classroom and she is very pleased with the performance of this unit and that is had speakers. She says it does a great job and we felt it was a good value for... Read more…

Reviewed 9 October 2015 by Ry the Teaching Guy
Ry the Teaching Guy would recommend the NEC NP-VE281 (Verified Purchase)

The projector that I wanted at a great price. Got it to me quickly so I could use it in my classroom!

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Total running cost over 5 years £86.59
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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