The NEC NP-PA653UL, winner of our Best in Class Performance Award for the Large Venue Projector category in this year’s Best in Classroom Education Projector Report (published last spring), can accept 4K content. It’s a pixel shifter, meaning it takes that 1920 x 1200 image, copies it and shifts it up diagonally to create a higher pixel count. This makes the projector inherently sharper than the ZU660, but, thanks to the laser light engine and single DLP chip (no panels to align), this Optoma is still quite sharp. If your commercial applications require a higher resolution, perhaps check out the review of this NEC before making any decisions.
The next projector I would position as competition is the Panasonic PT-MZ670U, a WUXGA resolution projector with a laser light engine, claiming 6,500 lumens. It came in just a smidge over claim – an impressive feat, as most projectors come in under claim. It has a lot of awesome features such as Daylight View Basic (combats ambient light), LinkRay compatibility, wireless capabilities, advanced networking such as HDBaseT and command and control software, and its vast placement flexibility, due to interchangeable lenses and motorized lens shift. Its MSRP is $11,999, but also has a similar street price to the NEC and Optoma.
The projector also comes with a 90-day trial of Panasonic Multi Monitoring and Control Software, allowing control of up to 2,048 devices over LAN. Like the NEC, it also has 3LCD technology, and, with that Daylight View Basic feature to combat ambient light (plus the fact that it beat claim), this Panasonic may also be one to consider. Check out these other reviews if they sparked any interest for you – otherwise, consider the Optoma ProScene ZU660 to be a great commercial projector, if you found the feature set suitable to your business or education applications!
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