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Sony VPL-EX242
Sony VPL-EX242

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Sony VPL-EX242 Projector

3000:1 UXGA (1600 X 1200) 3,200 ANSI Lumens AC Aug 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution Projector Brightness Power Source Release Date $69.17 Electricity cost over 5 years

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A Bit Short

The Sony VPL-EX242 is one of the shorter 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-EX242 (only 96.2 millimeters) amongst similar spec projectors of this age. 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-EX242 have heights of between 43mm and 790mm.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The Sony VPL-EX242 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-EX242.

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker to this projector and we think the TX762, or the TX615 both from Optoma or the Panasonic PT-VW340 are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The VPL-EX242 does not support 3D image projection, although this is within the context that most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-EX242 also do not support 3D image projection.

It is worth also looking at other data projectors with a 3D image projection including the TX762, or the TX615 both from Optoma or the Epson V11H475020.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The VPL-EX242 does not support Full HD projection, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other projectors that are one year old also do not support Full HD projection.

Different projectors with a Full HD projection that you might want to consider include the Hitachi CX-CW250WN.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most of the projectors of a comparable age and spec to the VPL-EX242 do not support WiFi connectivity, including the VPL-EX242.

There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors with a WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider including the Hitachi CP-WX4022 ($1,219.16).

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The Sony VPL-EX242 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Small Optical Zoom

3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-EX242 have optical zooms of between 1.1x and 1.6x, and the average optical zoom is 1.4x. The Sony VPL-EX242 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 1.3 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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Sony Has OK Multimedia Projector Reviews

Sony is one of the average multimedia projector manufacturers according to average expert and owner review score data that we have collected for all multimedia projectors.

Over a Year Old

Sony released the VPL-EX242 over a year ago.

UXGA (1600 X 1200) Native Projector Resolution

The VPL-EX242 has a maximum resolution of UXGA (1600 x 1200). That's 88% more resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most common resolution.

There are a number of different projectors that have a resolution of UXGA (1600 x 1200) that you might want to also look at including the Optoma W501, or the Sharp XG-P610X-N which have a better Kagoo Rating™.

Projectors with a higher resolution that might be worth also looking at include the SH915 ($1,445.00) (1080p (1920x1080 and higher rated) and higher rated), or the MH740 ($2,874.99) (1080p (1920x1080 and higher rated) and higher rated) both from Benq or the Optoma HD131 ($779.99) (1080p (1920x1080 and higher rated) and higher rated).

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Average Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Sony VPL-EX242 has a relatively average projector brightness compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched more than a year ago.

There are a number of different 3200 ANSI lumens brightness projectors which you might want to also look at including a better rated product such as the VPL-EX246 ($879.00), or the VPL-EX276 ($1,049.99) both from Sony.

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might be worth considering include the Infocus IN3118HD (3600 ANSI lumens and higher rated), the Panasonic PT-VW340 (3700 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the LG BC775 (5000 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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