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9 Reasons For
Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors
Multimedia projectors made by Sony have an average rating of 89 out of 100, which is in the top 16% of all projector brands that we have assessed.
A Top Selling Projector
According to sales data from Amazon, the VPL-HW65 is one the top selling projector currently available.
Good Picture Quality
One Sony VPL-HW65 owner wrote in their reviews that this projector had a flickering image.
Good 3D Picture Quality
One Sony VPL-HW65 owner thought it had a good 3D picture quality. In October Freebo mentioned on Amazon “I'm not the only one seeing problems, this reviewer has 3D flicker http” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW65.
Supports 3D Image Projection
The Sony VPL-HW65 supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-HW65.
Supports Full HD Projection
The VPL-HW65 supports Full HD projection. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the VPL-HW65 also support Full HD projection.
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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution
The highest resolution of the VPL-HW65 is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most common native projector resolution of XGA (1024x768). Across all multimedia projectors of this age and type the worst resolution is nHD (640x360) and the best is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).
Fairly Long Lamp Service Life
The VPL-HW65 has one of the longer lamp service lives (6,000 hours) amongst similar spec projectors of this age. Similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-HW65 have lamp service lives of between 1,500h and 30,000h.
Quite Quiet Noise Level
With a noise level of only 22 decibels, the VPL-HW65 has one of the quietest noise levels amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age. Projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-HW65 have noise levels of between 22dB and 45dB.
9 Reasons Against
Only 100V AC Input Voltage
This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to it.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the VPL-HW65 have a built-in speaker, however the VPL-HW65 does not have a built-in speaker.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
Most comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-HW65 do not support WiFi connectivity. The VPL-HW65 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.
Very Dim Projector Brightness
The Sony VPL-HW65 has one of the dimmer projector brightness (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) amongst projectors of this age. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-HW65 is 100 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 11,000 ANSI lumens.
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Very Dim Colour Light Output
At only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the VPL-HW65 has a quite dim colour light output compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec. The colour light outputs of comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-HW65 range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 5,200 ANSI lumens.
Very Dim White Light Output
Across all the comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW65 the white light outputs range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 5,200 ANSI lumens, and the average white light output is 3,300 ANSI lumens. At only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the VPL-HW65 has a quite dim white light output compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-HW65.
Very Small Digital Zoom
Across all the data projectors that came out more than a year ago the digital zooms range from 1.1x to 12x, and the average digital zoom is 2.9x. The VPL-HW65 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 1.6 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
This data projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate, which is the most commonly found ethernet LAN data transfer rate on comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than a year.
Very Small Lamp Power
The VPL-HW65 has a fairly small lamp power (only 215 Watts) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-HW65. Across all the comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW65 the lamp power range from 190W to 470W, and the average lamp power is 280W.
1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-HW65
Released Over a Year Ago
This 120000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector was released over a year ago.
Native Projector Resolution
1,800 ANSI lumens
Colour Light Output
1,800 ANSI lumens
White Light Output
1,800 ANSI lumens
Compatible Screen Size
40 - 300
Lamp Service Life
Vertical Lens Shift Range
71 - -71
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
25 - -25
25 - -25
Ports & Interfaces
Component Video in Port
Audio in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
10, 10, 100
Horizontal Scan Range
19 - 72
Vertical Scan Range
48 - 92
On Screen Display Language
ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Input Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Input Voltage
100, 100 - 240
Relative Humidity Storage Range
10 - 90
Relative Humidity Operational Range
35 - 85
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60
Operating Temperature Range
5 - 35
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
407.4 x 463.9 x 179.2
HDMI 1 / HDMI 2 HDMI (x2) Y PB/CB PR/CR Pin Jack (x3) INPUT a RGB/Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr input connector: Mini D-sub 15-pin (female) REMOTE RS-232C connector: D-sub 9-pin (female) IR in Mini Jack 3D SYNC RJ-45
The 2D picture is amazing but I'm giving it 3* as I believe there is a bug with the 3D playback, it has a major flicker every few secs.
I'm not the only one seeing problems, this reviewer has 3D... Read more…
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