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Sony Has Good Projector Reviews
We checked the reviews from owners and experts of hundreds of data projectors to determine an average rating for each multimedia projector manufacturer. On average projectors from Sony have good reviews from experts and users.
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
Like most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-HW65, the VPL-HW65 supports 3D image projection.
Other data projectors which support 3D image projection currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Benq HC1200 ($1,965.28).
Supports Full HD Projection
Like most of the other comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW65, the VPL-HW65 supports Full HD projection.
There are a number of other projectors which support Full HD projection currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Benq HC1200 ($1,965.28).
1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution
The highest resolution of the VPL-HW65 is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. Comparable spec data projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-HW65 native projector resolutions range from nHD (640x360) (worst) to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) (best).
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Two HDMI Ports
Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and spec to the VPL-HW65 only have one HDMI port, however the VPL-HW65 has two HDMI ports.
Quite Long Lamp Service Life
At 6,000 hours, the VPL-HW65 has a fairly long lamp service life compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec. The shortest lamp service life of similar spec projectors that were released one year ago is 1,500h and the longest is 30,000h.
Quite Quiet Noise Level
When compared to other comparable spec data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-HW65 that we have assessed the noise level of, the VPL-HW65's noise level of only 22 decibels is one of the quietest. Comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW65 have noise levels of between 22dB and 45dB.
Alternative multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Benq HC1200 ($1,965.28) (38dB) which also has a higher rating.
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Only 100 - 240V AC Input Voltage
This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to it.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The VPL-HW65 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW65.
There are a number of alternative data projectors which also have a built-in speaker that you might also want to consider including the Benq HC1200 ($1,965.28).
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
The VPL-HW65 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been around for more than a year also do not support WiFi connectivity.
Very Dim Projector Brightness
With a projector brightness of only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-HW65 has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors of this type and age is 100 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 11,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,900 ANSI lumens.
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Very Dim Colour Light Output
The VPL-HW65 has a quite dim colour light output (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW65. Across all the multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW65 the colour light outputs range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 5,200 ANSI lumens, and the average colour light output is 3,400 ANSI lumens.
Very Dim White Light Output
The VPL-HW65 has one of the dimmer white light outputs (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. Across all the multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VPL-HW65 the white light outputs range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 5,200 ANSI lumens.
Very Small Lamp Power
With a lamp power of only 215 Watts, the VPL-HW65 has one of the smaller lamp power amongst projectors of this age. The smallest lamp power of projectors that have been around for more than a year is 190W and the biggest is 470W.
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when this 120000:1 contrast ratio data projector was released.
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
3D Image Projection
Full HD Projection
Ports & Interfaces
Component Video in Port
Audio in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
10, 10, 100
Ethernet LAN Connection
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
On Screen Display
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
Handheld Remote Control
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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