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NEC NP-V302H Review:
1080p DLP Projector for Business and Education

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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Weight: 6.4 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,500 Hrs
6,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$179.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  Composite, VGA In, VGA Out, HDMI, HDMI (MHL), Network, Audio Out, Audio In (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p


Long throw. While the V302H has a fairly standard 1.2:1 zoom, it has a longer throw distance than some other 1080p projectors built for this market. The closest the V302H can sit in order to display a 100" diagonal image is nearly eleven feet. That's fine for conference rooms and classrooms, but it does mean portable/rolling cart use will be a little tricky without using small image sizes.

Less portable. In the marketing literature, NEC talks about the portability of the V302H. While the projector is certainly portable in the absolute sense, it weighs 6.5 pounds, while most portable projectors weigh less than five. As we mentioned before, it also has a relatively long throw distance. In small rooms, this can be tricky, especially if you place the projector near the front of the room for ease of access but still want a large image. So while the V302H is a very capable projector, portability is not its best feature. That said, if you know what you're getting into and consider the limitations in advance, the projector does function well as a portable in larger rooms.


In a market full of "me-too" projectors all clamoring for a slice of market share, the folks at NEC have done something remarkable. Despite reviewing more sub-$1000 1080p projectors than I'd care to think about, the NEC NP-V302H feels new and different. The little details - the tethered lens cap, recessed barrel, clearly marked exhaust vent, well-formatted menus - add up to give the V302H a feeling of freshness and thoughtfulness. Add that to the projector's great picture quality and you get a high-performance 1080p projector for business and education use that is both fully-featured and reasonably priced.

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