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NEC NP-M402X Projector NEC NP-M402X
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Street Price: $959
MSRP:$1,349
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:10,000:1
Lumens:4000
Weight: 7.7 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.7x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,500 Hrs
8,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB, HDMI (x2), Network, USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

NEC NP-M402X Portable
Conference Room Projector

Marc Davidson, April 25, 2014

Limitations

3D. For most people, 3D isn't much of a factor for a 1024x768 data projector. To the extent that it matters, however, note that the M402X can work with a video source like a Blu-ray player or game console to show 3D images over an HDMI connection. Unlike most recent projectors, however, the M402X doesn't automatically switch to 3D mode. You have to turn it on each time and then turn it off again manually to regain control over some settings on the menu. This can quickly get tiresome, with more than ten button presses needed for turning it on and off each time.

No MHL support. Although you can show images from an MHL-enabled phone or tablet using one of the M402X's HDMI ports, the projector itself lacks MHL support. That means you need a special cable that can connect to a power source as well as the mobile device and the projector.

Conclusion

The NP-M402X is the wrong choice if you need to show much video. However, it also offers a lot to like otherwise, starting with its near-excellent data image quality. Beyond that, it's easily bright enough, and the sound system is loud enough, for a mid-size room; the 1.7x zoom lens helps makes setup easy; and it offers lots of flexibility for image sources from PC-free presentations with a USB memory key to sending presentations over a network. If 1024x768 is the resolution you need, the NP-M402X offers more than enough to be worth considering.


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