NEC’s LCD Models Enjoy Upgrade

By Tom Allen
NEC UM351W LCD projector
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Four new models have enhanced NEC’s UM series of ultra-short-throw 3LCD projectors. The UM301W, UM301X, UM351W and UM361X are said to offer a higher performance than previous UM-series models, as well as a lower cost of ownership.

Each projector features a 20W speaker and auto-calibration capabilities. They are compatible with IR pens, and the UM301W and UM351W can support finger touch operation.

The UM351W/UM361X have built-in closed captioning and wall colour correction; are compatible with Crestron Roomview; and will protect the lamp if the projector is unplugged by continuing to run the fan until the lamp is cooled down.

All new UM models feature a 4,000:1 contrast ratio, 1.4x zoom, manual focus and MHL-HDMI, HDMI, VGA, RCA, USB 2.0 (x2), USB-B, RS232 and RJ45 ports.

Resolution is 1280 x 800 on the UM301W and UM351W, and 1024 x 768 on the UM301X and UM361X. Both UM301 projectors use a 235W lamp (lasting between 4,000 and 8,000 hours), providing 3,000 lumens of brightness. The UM351W/UM361X models use a 255W lamp (3,800 – 6,000 hours), providing 3,500 (UM351W) or 3,600 (UM361X) lumens of brightness.

Throw ratio is 0.36:1 on all models. The UM301W and UM351W can throw a 58″ – 110″ image from 0.4m – 0.8m, while the UM301X and UM361X can throw a 61.5″ – 116″ image.

The UM301 models measure 378 x 428 x 112mm and weigh 5.5kg; the UM351W/UM361X measure 429 x 592 x 112mm and weigh 5.6kg.

All of NEC’s new projectors will be available this month. They cost XX (UM301W), XX (UM301X), XX (UM351W) and XX (UM361X).