Selecting a business projector typically means weighing up the importance of portability against brightness and image quality. Scoring highly in all three areas, the NEC NP43 seems to offer quite a treat.
Tipping the scales at just 1.7kg, it’s not as compact as a pico projector, but its brightness rating of 2300 ANSI lumens gives it a highly impressive lumens to weight ratio, and a number of other useful features should see it powering presentations up and down the country.
With its crisp white casing, the NEC NP43 looks refreshing and attractive. It doesn’t come with the widest selection of ports and connectors though. With just a single VGA, there are no digital connections, the alternatives here being the equally analogue composite and S-video ports.
It’s also a shame that no USB port is included, as this would have played very nicely with the NP43’s portability. For just such a feature, you would have to look to the rather more expensive NP64.
The NEC NP43 is very easy to set up, and comes with an Auto Focus function that kicks in every time you resize the screen. This is an excellent addition, and cuts down on the time you’ll need to spend fiddling with the settings in order to get a good picture.
Throw in auto keystone correction and an instant power off, and the NEC NP43 is a projector for all impromptu occasions.
The remote control is very proficient. It uses colours sparingly but effectively, making it easy to operate. The menu settings are, in general, very fine. For each menu you’re given quick access to a few of the more common functions, but more advanced settings are usually a click away.
A number of presets are provided on the NEC NP43, and you have a huge number of different settings that you can adjust for each one. This ranges from the basic (brightness, contrast) to such settings as hue, gamma correction and volume.
The colour temperature can range from a low of 5000 right up to 10,500 K, although not every preset will allow you to individually adjust colour temperature. All of this makes for a highly customizable projector, and you can quickly adjust many aspects of the NP43’s settings in order to suit different types of material.
The NEC NP43’s image quality is very decent, if short of being first-class. The 2300 ANSI lumens specified luminosity offers more than enough brightness for most office situations, and the NP43’s picture remains reasonably sharp and well defined in a variety of light conditions.
Text is very crisp. It doesn’t perhaps have the darkest of palettes, and this won’t prove the best choice for video, although it’s fine for brief clips. It also shows faint signs of the dreaded rainbow effect, although this defect is no more noticeable here than on the majority of DLP projectors. The NEC NP43 targets business users, and for presentations and text work, it’s extremely effective.