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Sony VPL-HW30ES Projector

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1080p (1920x1080) 22dB 1,300 ANSI Lumens Jun 2013
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A Room With A 3D View.Turn any space into the ultimate home cinema with the versatile Sony VPL-HW30ES. It projects stunning 1080p 2D and 3D performance with a bright, vibrant picture, plus a... More
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16 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This multimedia projector is one of the most awarded by experts in projectors of all the projectors that were released more than two years ago.

This projector received a "Recommended" from Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se, Theregister.co.uk and Avforums.com all of whom wrote that this data projector was good.

This data projector received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews, it received a "Hot Product" award from Projectorreviews.com and Soundandvision.com gave it a "Top Pick" award.

This multimedia projector received a "5 Star" award from Pcmagazine.ru.

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Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 83% based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and PC Mag.

Sony Has Good Projector Reviews

Sony projectors have good reviews on average and across all projectors Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Some people agreed that the Sony VPL-HW30ES had a good 3D picture quality. Trustedreviews.com scored it 5 stars and said on expert review site Trusted Reviews “While the arrival of 3D has delivered its fair share of AV disappointments, none have felt keener than Sony's VPL-VW90ES” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW30ES. Trustedreviews.com also mentioned “This premium-priced (£5k plus) 3D projector had looked great in demos we'd seen at various shows.”. Trustedreviews.com also wrote “Best of all impressively affordable big-screen 3D - and 2D - feast”.

Easy to Use

One Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewer who bought the Sony VPL-HW30ES mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “Finding the best settings for it can take some time” in their review of this projector.

Robust

One Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewer who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was well made. Theregister.co.uk gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “It’s a solid rival for JVC’s similarly-priced D-ILA-powered DLA-X3” in their review of this projector.

Good Connectivity

One customer thought it was easy to sync. Expert review site Avguide.com mentioned in their review of the Sony VPL-HW30ES “Requires the use of an outboard infrared synchronizing emitter for the active shutter 3D glasses, as opposed to onboard IR 3D sync emitter capability, such as found” and scored the product 4 stars.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Sony VPL-HW30ES supports Full HD projection, unlike most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES which do not support Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other data projectors that were released more than two years ago, the Sony VPL-HW30ES supports 3D image projection.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

This multimedia projector has a native projector resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many comparable spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution

The Sony VPL-HW30ES supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors that were released more than two years ago. This projector also support a graphics resolution of 720 x 576 and 1280 x 720 (HD 720). Across all projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW30ES the worst resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Resolution

The native resolution of this projector is 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Two HDMI Ports

Most projectors that were launched more than two years ago have between one and three HDMI ports, including the VPL-HW30ES which has two HDMI ports.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on projectors of this age and spec.

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Very Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

The average power consumption during PowerSave of projectors that were launched more than two years ago is 210W. The VPL-HW30ES has a quite low power consumption during PowerSave (only 0.5 Watts) compared to most of the other projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The VPL-HW30ES has a quite quiet noise level (only 22 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-HW30ES. Multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-HW30ES have noise levels of between 20dB and 47dB, and the average noise level is 32dB.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The VPL-HW30ES does not have a built-in speaker. Most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW30ES also do not have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the VPL-HW30ES, the VPL-HW30ES does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of only 1,300 ANSI lumen, the VPL-HW30ES has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES. The average projector brightness of similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW30ES is 2,900 ANSI lumens.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

Across all the multimedia projectors of this age and type the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 2,000h to 30,000h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of only 3,000 hours, the Sony VPL-HW30ES has one of the shorter service life of lamp in economic mode amongst data projectors of this age.

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Quite Short Lamp Service Life

The shortest lamp service life of projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-HW30ES is 1,500h, the longest is 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 7,900h. The VPL-HW30ES has one of the shorter lamp service lives (only 2,000 hours) amongst projectors of this age.

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Heavy

The weights of multimedia projectors of this type and age range from 2.7g to 26kg. The Sony VPL-HW30ES is fairly heavy (10 kilograms) compared to most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW30ES.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-HW30ES

Released Over Three Years Ago

This projector has been on the market for over three years.

Specification

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RS-232 Port
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8 Awards

Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate soundandvision.com Top Pick projectorreviews.com Hot Product avforums.com Recommended theregister.co.uk Recommended M3.idg.se Recommended pcmagazine.ru 5 Star

Expert Reviews

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12 April 2012

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is a fine all-round home-cinema projector with good-quality 3D, but you'll need to do a bit more wiring than normal...

8 February 2012

If I was building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, I would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and I... Read more…

21 December 2011

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is an impressively capable 1080p projector for both 2D and 3D, but finding the best settings for it can take some time and effort...

30 November 2011

Sony's VPL-HW30ES is a bright projector with deep contrast that does 3D. Even without taking price into consideration, it's a great projector. And when you do take price into consideration, it's...

31 October 2011

Back in Feb 2011 we reviewed projector. It impressed, but a £6000 price tag takes it out of the reach of most. With this HW30ES, Sony claims to have achieved much of the performance in a unit... Read more…

27 October 2011

Cinema-quality 3D effects and stunning 2D images make this the best home cinema projector we?ve seen this year ? but the price makes it only for serious film fans...

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14 October 2011

Projectorreviews.com

Sony's VPL-HW30ES projector is Sony's new, and least expensive 1080p, 3D capable, SXRD (LCoS), home theater projector. The HW30ES is newest in a long series of ?lower cost? LCoS home theater... Read more…

11 October 2011

If we were building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, we would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and... Read more…

14 September 2011

Avforums.com

The first Sony 3D projector was the VPL-VW90ES which we reviewed back in February 2011 and found an outstanding 2D image which was tempered by a disappointing 3D offering. There were issues with... Read more…

23 August 2011

Sony has worked wonders with the HW30ES, erasing the disappointments of the VW90ES from our minds with a projector that serves up a classy, hugely watchable and best of all impressively affordable...

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on $74.61
Electricity cost when on standby $45.76
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Total running cost over 5 years $120.37
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.77 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 20 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vplhw30, vplhw30e, sony 1080, vplhw30es, sony 1080p, vplhw30esw, vplhw30esb, sony vplhw30, sony vplhw30e, sony vplhw30es, sony vplhw30esk, 3dtv corp pro35, sony vplhw30eski, 3dtv corp pro310, sony vplhw30eskit, sony vplhw30eskitw
Barcodes 00027242832022, 00027242862715, 00798304207170, 00798304207194, 00798304224986, 04905524845983, 04905524908619

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