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Sony VPL-CW256
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3700:1 WXGA (1280x800) 4,500 ANSI Lumens 1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Feb 2015
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Sony Data Projectors Have Excellent Reviews

On average projectors made by Sony are rated 89%, which is in the top 10% of all data projector brands that we have assessed.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-CW256 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-CW256 also have a built-in speaker(s).

We compared all the other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) to this multimedia projector and we think the VPL-EW348[pl_3301541_price], the VPL-EW345[pl_3038011_price], and the VPL-EW315[pl_3022931_price] all from Sony which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

Across all the comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256 the projector brightnesss range from 3,800 ANSI lumens to 4,500 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of 4,500 ANSI lumens, the VPL-CW256 has a very bright projector brightness compared to most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-CW256.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the VPL-CW256 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors that came out more than a year ago. This multimedia projector also supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1280 x 800. Across all projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 4096 x 2160.

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Quite Big Matrix Size

The smallest matrix size of data projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-CW256 is 0.45", the biggest is 0.96", and the average matrix size is 0.64". At 0.75 inches, the Sony VPL-CW256 has a quite big matrix size compared to most of the other projectors that were released one year ago.

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Very Bright Colour Light Output

The colour light outputs of projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-CW256 range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 4,500 ANSI lumens. With a colour light output of 4,500 ANSI lumens, the VPL-CW256 has one of the brightest colour light outputs amongst projectors of this age.

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Quite Bright White Light Output

The VPL-CW256 has one of the brighter white light outputs (4,500 ANSI lumens) amongst similar spec data projectors of this age. The dimmest white light output of projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-CW256 is 1,800 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 5,200 ANSI lumens.

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Very Big Bulb Power

The average bulb power of data projectors of a comparable type and age to the VPL-CW256 is 230W, and the bulb powers range from 220W to 250W. When compared to other data projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-CW256, the VPL-CW256's bulb power of 245 Watts is one of the biggest.

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7 Reasons Against

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This 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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Does Not Support 3D

The Sony VPL-CW256 does not support 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-CW256 also do not support 3D.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sony VPL-CW256 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-CW256 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamps of projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-CW256 range from 3,000h to 6,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 5,300h. At only 3,000 hours, the VPL-CW256 has a fairly short service life of lamp compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-CW256.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

At only 5,000 hours, the VPL-CW256 has a fairly short service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. The service life of lamp (economic mode)s of 3700:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 range from 5,000h to 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 8,800h.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 10 Watts, the Sony VPL-CW256 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released more than a year ago. The lowest RMS rated power of projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VPL-CW256 is 10W, the highest is 16W, and the average RMS rated power is 15W.

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 5.6 kilograms, the Sony VPL-CW256's weight is one of the heaviest amongst multimedia projectors of this age and spec. The lightest 3700:1 contrast ratio projector that has been around for around the same time as the VPL-CW256 is 4.1kg heavy and the heaviest is 5.6kg.

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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 Sony released the VPL-CW256.

WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

This data projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most commonly found projector native resolution on similar spec data projectors that were released more than a year ago.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Vertical Synchronization (min)
Horizontal Synchronization (max)
Vertical Synchronization (max)
Horizontal Synchronization (min)
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Focus
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Heat Dissipation
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control

Running Cost

Hours of Use Per Day: hours
Show running costs over: years
Electricity cost when switched on $81.61
Electricity cost when on standby $2.71
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kwh per hour
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 $84.32
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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 vplcw256, sony 1280x800, sony vplcw256w, sony vplcw256wx, sony vplcw256wxg, sony wxga1280x800, sony 900000173882, sony vplcw256wxga, sony 4905524989472
Barcodes 00027242884342, 04053162768307, 04058829196479, 04905524833935, 04905524989472, 05054629707586

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$ 1,149.00 $1,499.95
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50% Longer Lamp Service Life
38% Higher RMS Rated Power
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Sony VPL-EW345 vs Sony VPL-CW256

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Sony VPL-EW345 Sony VPL-CW256
$ 1,189.95 $1,499.95
$310 Cheaper
3,000h Longer Lamp Service Life
5,000h Longer Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
6W Higher RMS Rated Power
20W Smaller Lamp Power
300 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

Sony VPL-EW295 vs Sony VPL-CW256

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Sony VPL-EW295 Sony VPL-CW256
$ 1,069.95 $1,499.95
$430 Cheaper
A Lot Longer Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
A Lot Longer Lamp Service Life
A Lot Higher RMS Rated Power
Only One HDMI Port
Older by Seven Months
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