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Sony VPL-CW256
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Sony VPLCW256KIT Projector

3700:1 WXGA (1280x800) 4,500 ANSI Lumens 1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Feb 2015
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution Projector Brightness Graphics Resolution Release Date
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8 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

On average Sony projectors are rated 89%, which is in the top 16% of all data projector brands that we have looked at.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec, the Sony VPL-CW256 has a built-in speaker.

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker to this projector and we think the Sony VPL-EW348[plb_3301541_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

When compared to other similar spec projectors that were released more than a year ago that we have checked, the projector brightness of the Sony VPL-CW256 of 4,500 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest. Data projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 have projector brightness of between 3,800 ANSI lumens and 4,500 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 4,200 ANSI lumens.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The VPL-CW256 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by multimedia projectors that came out more than a year ago. This multimedia projector also supports a graphics resolution of 1280 x 800. The worst resolution of all similar spec projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VPL-CW256 is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 4096 x 2160.

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

With a matrix size of 0.75 inches, the VPL-CW256 has one of the biggest matrix sizes amongst data projectors of this age. The average matrix size of multimedia projectors that have been available for more than a year is 0.64".

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Fairly Bright Colour Light Output

The average colour light output of comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than a year is 3,300 ANSI lumens. The Sony VPL-CW256 has a fairly bright colour light output (4,500 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released one year ago.

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Quite Bright White Light Output

At 4,500 ANSI lumens, the Sony VPL-CW256 has a fairly bright white light output compared to most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-CW256. The average white light output of similar spec projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-CW256 is 3,300 ANSI lumens.

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Very Big Lamp Power

The smallest lamp power of multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256 is 220W, the biggest is 250W, and the average lamp power is 230W. The Sony VPL-CW256 has one of the biggest lamp power (245 Watts) amongst comparable spec data projectors of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to it.

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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most data projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-CW256 do not support 3D image projection. The VPL-CW256 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-CW256, the VPL-CW256 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

The lamp service lives of projectors of this type and age range from 3,000h to 6,000h. With a lamp service life of only 3,000 hours, the VPL-CW256 has a fairly short lamp service life compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-CW256.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate

This projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data transfer rate on data projectors that have been around for more than a year.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

At only 5,000 hours, the VPL-CW256 has a quite short service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-CW256. Across all the similar spec data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-CW256 the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 5,000h to 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 8,800h.

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 5.6 kilograms, the VPL-CW256's weight is one of the heaviest amongst 3700:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched more than a year ago. The weights of comparable spec projectors that were released one year ago range from 4.1kg to 5.6kg.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Across all the comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 the RMS rated power range from 10W to 16W, and the average RMS rated power is 15W. With an RMS rated power of only 10 Watts, the VPL-CW256 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released one year ago.

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Very Wide

When compared to other 3700:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 that we have checked, the width of the VPL-CW256 of 406 millimeters is one of the widest. The average width of 3700:1 contrast ratio data projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256 is 380mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony VPL-CW256

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this data projector was released.

WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This data projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most commonly found native projector resolution on multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as it.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Minimum Vertical Synchronization
Maximum Horizontal Synchronization
Maximum Vertical Synchronization
Minimum Horizontal Synchronization
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Brightness in Economy Mode
Zoom Capability
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Heat Dissipation
On Screen Display Language
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content

Running Cost

Hours of Use Per Day: hours
Show running costs over: years
Electricity cost when switched on $85.34
Electricity cost when on standby $2.84
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kwh per hour left on standby
Electricity price $per kilowatt hour
Annual electricity price inflation %
Water cost when switched on
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Water price $per litre
Annual water price inflation %
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Total running cost over 5 years $88.18
Running costs for this projector have been estimated based on other similar projectors. If you know how much electricity and water the Sony VPL-CW256uses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
0.57T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.57 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
15
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony 25468522, sony vplcw256, sony vplcw256k, sony vplcw256ki, sony vplcw256kit
Barcodes 00027242884342, 00767261237650, 00779184445258, 04053162768307, 04905524989472

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Sony VPL-EW315 Sony VPL-CW256
$ 1,069.99 $1,499.95
50% Longer Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
50% Longer Lamp Service Life
38% Higher RMS Rated Power
Lighter
Dimmer Projector Brightness
9% Smaller Lamp Power

Sony VPL-EW345 vs Sony VPL-CW256

Sony VPL-EW345 vs Sony VPL-CW256
Sony VPL-EW345 Sony VPL-CW256
$ 1,189.95 $1,499.95
3,000h Longer Lamp Service Life
5,000h Longer Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
6W Higher RMS Rated Power
A Lot Lighter
20W Smaller Lamp Power
300 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

Sony VPL-EW295 vs Sony VPL-CW256

Sony VPL-EW295 vs Sony VPL-CW256
Sony VPL-EW295 Sony VPL-CW256
$ 1,069.95 $1,499.95
A Lot Longer Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
A Lot Longer Lamp Service Life
A Lot Higher RMS Rated Power
1.5kg Lighter
Only One HDMI Port
Older by Seven Months
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