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Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector

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1080p (1920x1080) 21dB 1,700 ANSI Lumens Dec 2014
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Sony VPL-HW40ES Introduction

17 Reasons For

Twelve Industry Awards

This Sony projector has received twelve awards from expert review sites.

This Sony data projector received a "Recommended" from Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Lydogbilde.no and Insideci.co.uk all of whom thought that this multimedia projector was good.

Furthermore, this multimedia projector received a "Best Buy" award from Avforums.com who decided it was was a sensible purchase and it received an Ljudochbild.se "Especially Recommended" award.

Digital Versus gave this Sony multimedia projector a "5 Star" award, it received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com and it received a "Hot Product" award from Projectorreviews.com.

Les Numeriques.com gave this projector a "5 Star" award, it received a "Best in Test 5 Star" award from Lydogbillede.dk and Benchmark.pl gave it a "Very Profitable" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this data projector is 89 out of 100 based on fifteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and hometheaterreview.com.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 56 owner reviews this multimedia projector has a marvellous overall owner rating.

Popular Choice

The VPL-HW40ES is one the most popular projector currently available for sale.

Robust

A few Sony VPL-HW40ES owners who bought the Sony VPL-HW40ES agreed that it was well made. Expert website Trustedreviews.com wrote “It's a full HD model with 3D playback built around Sony's increasingly impressive SXRD projection technology” in their review of this projector. Hometheaterreview.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Solid color performance”. Expert website Insideci.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “The brand's projection hardware is always well-built and looks great.”.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

On average Sony projectors have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all projectors built by Sony.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers thought it was good quality. Halo Audio Visual mentioned on Amazon “Superb projector image quality is outstanding - We got ours from[.] with 3 years Sony PrimeSupport warranty for all parts”. Halo Audio Visual also said “Superb projector image quality is outstanding - We got ours from Touchstone AV 01202 477276 with 3 years Sony PrimeSupport warranty for all parts”. Hometheaterreview.com mentioned last year “Attractive design and good build quality” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES.

Good High Def TV

Three customers who bought it considered that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Projectorcentral.com said in their review two years ago “Sony's SXRD technology, which is their implementation of LCoS, produces projectors with high contrast ratios and impressive HD performance” . Insideci.co.uk said in their review “The VPL-HW40ES is the most affordable model in Sony's Full HD SXRD home theatre line.”.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few Sony VPL-HW40ES owners said in their reviews that the Sony VPL-HW40ES was quiet. Hometheaterreview.com wrote in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “Very quiet in low lamp mode”. Hometheaterreview.com also said “Extremely quiet in operation”.

Good Picture Quality

A number of Sony VPL-HW40ES reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product had good picture quality.

Nice Design

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony VPL-HW40ES was a good design.

Easy to Use

One Sony VPL-HW40ES owner wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to setup. Hometheaterreview.com said in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “Very easy to setup”.

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use the menus. In November last year Hometheaterreview.com said “Brak polskiego menu ekranowego, brak technologii Advanced Iri 3, rczny zoom i ogniskowanie, brak okularw 3D w zestawie, korekta efektu Keystone jedynie w pionie, cena budetowa", ale nie dla kadego” in their review.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

Two people who bought this projector thought it had a good 3D picture quality. Last year Hometheaterreview.com wrote “Excellent 2D and 3D performance” in their review of this projector.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Sony VPL-HW40ES supports Full HD projection, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-HW40ES do not support Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The VPL-HW40ES supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-HW40ES.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-HW40ES is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800). Across all projectors that were launched more than a year ago the resolution ranges from SVGA (800x600) to WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 21 decibels, the VPL-HW40ES has one of the quietest noise levels amongst multimedia projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors of this spec and age the noise levels range from 21dB to 39dB, and the average noise level is 32dB.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

Most of the other projectors that have been around for more than a year have a built-in speaker, however the VPL-HW40ES does not have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The VPL-HW40ES does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-HW40ES also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-HW40ES is 3,400 ANSI lumens. The Sony VPL-HW40ES has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 1,700 ANSI lumen) compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW40ES.

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Only One HDMI Port

Most projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-HW40ES have one HDMI port, including the Sony VPL-HW40ES which has one HDMI port.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-HW40ES

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the VPL-HW40ES.

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RS-232 Port
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HDMI Port
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12 Awards

benchmark.pl Very Profitable Les Numeriques.com 5 Star Digital Versus 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended projectorreviews.com Hot Product Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended 5 star ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended lydogbillede.dk Best in Test 5 Star avforums.com Best Buy projectorcentral.com Highly Rated insideci.co.uk Recommended Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert Reviews

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Some early adopters might see 1080p projectors as obsolete in this emerging era of 4K; however, for many videophiles who don't want or need to be at the bleeding-edge of technology, a...

Deep blacks, little to no fan noise
Sony's Reality Creation makes images pop
Great brightness, black levels
Solid color performance
Nearsilent operation
No iris, manual controls for adjusting focus, zoom and lens shift
Manual controls for focus, zoom, lens shift
No automatic iris
Slight soapopera effect and artefacts when using motion compensation
Crosstalk in 3D mode (double image)
6 October 2014

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Sony's SXRD technology is also meant to produce a much higher contrast ratio and deeper black levels than both DLP and LCD projectors, making images appear more accurate with a greater amount of... Read more…

1 October 2014

Deep blacks and terrific color make the Sony VPL-HW40ES video projector a top choice for a top-shelf home theater. Its brightness also makes it a good fit for a living room or a family...

11 August 2014

Sony's VPL-HW40ES projector inherits the qualities of its predecessor, the HW30ES. As well as excellent motion compensation, Motionflow, this newcomer boasts improved upscaling, thanks to Reality...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 2 January 2015 by Nelson1
Nelson1 would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)

Before owning the Sony VPLHW40ES, I had the Epson 5030UB. They are both great projectors, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The key is to determine what is most important to you and then... Read more…

Reviewed 18 October 2014 by Chip
Chip would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)

My wife got this for me for my 40th birthday and I couldn't be happier. We reviewed many different units before settling on this one. These included the Epson 5030UB, Epson 3020e and a few others.... Read more…

Reviewed 1 October 2014 by Mank
Mank would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES

I stepped up from an Epson 8350 to this Sony 40es. Wow what a difference. The Epson 8350 is a good projector, but this Sony 40ES blows it away. I am projecting it in a living room with minimal... Read more…

Reviewed 2 August 2014 by ParkerViewer
ParkerViewer would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)

This projector replaced the cheap one that came with the house when we bought it that recently failed. AI first I tried to replace it with another cheap unit, due to my lack of experience owning a... Read more…

Reviewed 14 February 2015 by Greg
Greg would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)

Tried Panasonic 8000. Lens memory was awesome, but convergence drifted quickly. The result was a blurry image with no way to correct by the user. Epsons are too noisy, and the picture and color... Read more…

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