NEC Display Solutions NP-P502HL Review – Really Bright, as Long as You Don’t Mind Rainbows

The NEC Display Solutions NP-P502HL is a DLP-based projector that delivers really bright images as it has a brightness rating of 5,000-lumens. It produces crisp images to go with that brightness level, and it has a native 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. With these specs, the unit should already pique your interests from this point, especially if you are in need of a data projector that can throw detailed information within a mid-sized to a large room.

NEC Display Solutions NP-P502HL Review - Really Bright, as Long as You Don't Mind Rainbows

The NEC Display Solutions NP-P502HL Provides Sharp Data Images to go With Its Superior Brightness

Using the NEC Display Solutions NP-P502HL, you also get the convenience of having both horizontal and vertical lens shifts. There is also a laser light source which is designed to last the life of the projector.

Coming into the market with a weight of 19-pounds and 6-ounces, and dimensions of 5.4 x 18.5 x 14.4-inches, the NEC NP-P502HL is large and hefty enough to be a great candidate for a permanent installation. Through its horizontal and vertical lens shift, it provides tons of flexibility to position the device relative to the screen.

At its back, image inputs include one VGA port (for a computer or component video), a composite video port, and two HDMI ports. There’s also a USB Type-A port for reading files directly from a USB thumb drive. There’s also an Ethernet HDBaseT port, as well as a second LAN port which is strictly for controlling the projector over a network.

One of the more unusual offerings of this projector is an Apps menu. Here, it gives users a selection of additional choices for image inputs. Such image inputs will include Remote Desktop Connection, Viewer (which will read files directly from a USB thumb drive or the unit’s internal memory), and Miracast.

As with many DLP-based projectors, this one has significantly lower color brightness than white brightness. This means that fully-colored images are not as bright as you would expect. However, its 5.000-lumen brightness rating makes it bright enough, or even really bright in a theater-dark lighting environment. Within such an environment, it is able to project, at most, a 374-inch image at the unit’s 16:9 aspect ratio. When beaming images at ambient light, the size drops to 183-inches.

This projector should mainly be used for data images and not full-motion videos. When playing videos, there is an unusually obvious jerks in footage, as well as frequent rainbow artifacts. Also, you can’t take your eyes off of these instances as they are pretty obvious when they show up.

For its great brightness, decent video quality, and even better data images, the NEC Display Solutions NP-P502HL may be one of your top choices. However, if you’re the type that gets easily annoyed by rainbow artifacts, then it may be better to look somewhere else.


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