NEC Debuts 4 Education Projectors

NEC this week debuted four new projectors targeted toward education applications, along with a new MultiSync LCD display. The new NP-series projectors are entry-level models started at $899 but are designed to provide high light output, support for closed captioning, and built-in networking capabilities.

Three of the four new NP-series projectors offer XGA resolution (1,024 x 768), and one, the NP500W, offers WXGA for a native widescreen aspect ratio. The chief differences between the new models are in light output. The NP400 provides 2,500 lumens of brightness, the NP500 and NP500W 3,000 lumens, and the NP600 3,500 lumens. The contrast ratio of the new models was not available at press time.

Other features shared in common between the four models include:

  • Built-in wired networking;
  • Closed captioning support;
  • Automatic vertical keystone correction;
  • DVI-I and 15-pin RGB connectors with automatic on when a signal is detected through the RGB port;
  • RS232 connectivity;
  • Seven-watt audio; and
  • Built-in security bar and Kensington lock slot.

All of the new projector models will be available in October. The NP400 will sell for $899; the NP500 will sell for $1,099; the NP600 will go for $1,499; and the NP500W will be available for $999. Further information about these projectors can be found here.

NEC has also introduced its new MultiSync EA221WM wide-format display, a new addition to the MultiSync EA series that debuted back in June. The 22-inch display provides a WSXGA resolution (1,680 x 1,050), a brightness of 250 cd/m², a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 5 ms response time, and a 176-degree viewing angle.

Other features include:

  • Integrated four-port USB 2.0 hub;
  • HDCP via DVI;
  • A "carbon footprint meter" that displays carbon savings based on the display's settings;
  • DVI and analog inputs;
  • Integrated speakers and headphone jack;
  • Built-in handle; and
  • A cable management cover.

The MultiSync EA221WM is slated to ship this month for $389.99. Further information about the MultiSync EA series can be found here.

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