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NEC DLP Mobile Projectors: Ready for 3D


The NP Value Series from NEC is a line of attractively priced DLP projectors designed for computer or video use. Two of the three projectors are ready for 3D computer content and the top model contains an Ethernet port.

Each can project a picture up to 300 inches in size without the presenter having to turn the house lights completely down. Weighing 5.5 pounds apiece, these projectors travel easily.

Each projector in the series features a 2000:1 contrast ratio, contains a powerful 7-watt speaker, and comes with a VGA cable and remote.The line starts with the NP110, a 2200 lumens projector with SVGA (800 x 600) resolution.

The two models billed as 3D capable are the NP115, a 2500 lumens projector with SVGA resolution, and the NP215, with 2500 lumens and XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. You'll need the optional NEC active shutter 3D glasses to see the 3D effect generated by the projector's embedded  DLP Link technology, developed by Texas Instruments. (TI also invented the Digital Light Processor or DLP chip, also known as a micro mirror, that forms the 2D images.) The projectors lack the HDMI inputs required to support 3D content from a Blu-ray Disc player, satellite receiver or cable box. NEC says the projectors' 3D capabilities are limited to exploitation by computer software.

The rear panel on each of the projectors contains a set of composite video, S-Video, mini-jack audio and VGA inputs. (The latter can be converted to a component video input with an adapter.) They all also sport a VGA output and a RS-232 control port. Unlike the other models, the NP215 also contains an RJ-45 jack for control. The NP215's back panel is pictured below:

All the projectors are world-ready with a 100–240V AC, 50/60Hz power supply and are compatible with a wide variety of PAL and SECAM formats in addition to NTSC.