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Sony VPL-EX290 Projector

3300:1 XGA (1024x768) 3,800 ANSI Lumens 1600 X 900 Nov 2014
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Sony Has OK Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

Projectors manufactured by Sony generally have ok ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Just Five Months Old

This Sony data projector has only been on the market for five months. Newer projectors are likely to have better features.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The Sony VPL-EX290 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-EX290 which have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most of the latest projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-EX290 do not support 3D image projection, including the VPL-EX290.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The VPL-EX290 does not support Full HD projection, although this is within the context that most of the other projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-EX290 also do not support Full HD projection.

We think you might also be interested in different projectors with a Full HD projection including the Christie DS+300W.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most of the new projectors, including the Sony VPL-EX290, do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Average Projector Brightness

The VPL-EX290 has a relatively standard projector brightness (3,800 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that came out in the last year.

If this Sony data projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to also look at the Benq MX726 ($779.99) (4000 ANSI lumens and higher rated), the Optoma X402 (4200 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the Acer P1287 ($910.96) (4200 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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1600 X 900 Graphics Resolution

The Sony VPL-EX290 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 900. That's 38% less resolution than a 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by latest projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-EX290.

If the resolution of this data projector is not high enough for you then you might want to also look at the UM361Xi-MP (720 x 480,720 x 576,832 x 624,1152 x 870,1280 x 960,1600 x 900,1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated),1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated),1280 x 720 (HD 720 and higher rated),1280 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1280 x 800 (WXGA and higher rated),1360 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1366 х 768,1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated),1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated),1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated),1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated),1920 x 1080 (HD 108 and higher rated), or the [pl_2556069] (1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA and higher rated), 640 x 480 (VGA and higher rated), 800 x 600 (SVGA and higher rated) and higher rated) both from NEC or the Viewsonic PLED-W600 ($549.99) (1280 x 800 (WXGA and higher rated), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated) and higher rated).

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Sony VPL-EX290 is XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution.

Different data projectors that have a resolution of XGA (1024x768) that you might want to also look at include a higher Kagoo Rating™ product such as the X122, or the X123 both from Acer.

Projectors with a higher resolution that might be worth also looking at include the Acer S1383 (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated), the Vivitek Qumi Q4 ($432.39) (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated), or the DELL S510 ($725) (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated).

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Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The VPL-EX290 has one of the longer service life of lamp in economic mode (10,000 hours) amongst latest projectors of this age. Across all the latest projectors that were released in the last 12 months the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 2,000h to 30,000h.

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Supports Seven Video Modes

The VPL-EX290 has a greater number of supported video mode than most latest projectors that have been around for a similar time to it. This projector supports a 720p video mode, which is the most frequently supported video mode supported by latest projectors that are less than a year old. The video modes "1080i", "1080p", "480i", "480p", "576p" and "720i" are also supported by this multimedia projector.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Sony VPL-EX290 is a two USB 2.0 port multimedia projector.

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Very Dim Colour Light Output

The VPL-EX290 has a quite dim colour light output (only 2,100 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other new latest projectors. The colour light outputs of new comparable spec multimedia projectors range from 1,700 ANSI lumens to 10,000 ANSI lumens.

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100 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate

The Sony VPL-EX290 has a maximum ethernet LAN data transfer rate of 100 Mbit/s. That's over ten times the ethernet LAN data transfer rate of a 10 Mbit/s projector, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data transfer rate. 10 Mbit/s is also found on this projector. The ethernet LAN data transfer rate of all projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-EX290 ranges from 10 Mbit/s (worst) to 1000 Mbit/s (best).

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