Sony VPLFX500L
Sony VPL-FX500L
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Sony VPLFX500L

A fully featured 2500:1 1024 x 768 projector
2500:1 XGA (1024x768) No 31dB Mar 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
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Sony VPL-FX500L Review

With mediocre reviews and features, we have ranked the Sony VPL-FX500L number 537 across all projectors.
Good Features
$123 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 29?

It has outstanding user reviews with an average user rating of 100%.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better projectors are available. View the latest data projectors 2017.
It has running costs of $123 over 1 year, which are in the most expensive 18% of all 1,756 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
This Sony projector has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a DVI port
Quite quiet noise level
Does not support full HD
Does not have a built-in speaker(s)

Sony VPL-FX500L In-Depth Analysis


Sony Has Excellent Projector Reviews

Based on 628 expert and owner reviews (including 90 verified purchases), Sony has excellent ratings for its data projectors. Sony also has excellent ratings specifically within its projectors range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Reasonably Priced

One person who reviewed the Sony VPL-FX500L concluded that it was good value for money. Three years ago Paul wrote on “Were very happy with this projector and would recommend it for someone looking for a great affordable projector for presentation purposes”.

Value For Money

Not Cheap

After checking the price of 618 multimedia projectors they range in price from $149 to $24,000. We think that this projector looks expensive compared to other multimedia projectors.

Cheaper in the United States Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony VPL-FX500L and the United States price of $3,799.99 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United Kingdom where the price is £4,220.87 ($4,220.87).

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Has a DVI Port

The Sony VPL-FX500L has a DVI port, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors which do not have a DVI port.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

Across all the projectors the noise levels range from 10dB to 93dB. With a noise level of only 31 decibels, the VPL-FX500L has one of the quieter noise levels amongst projectors of this age.

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Quite Big Bulb Power

The average bulb power of projectors is 250W. With a bulb power of 330 Watts, the VPL-FX500L has a quite big bulb power compared to most of the other projectors.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp

The average service life of lamp of projectors is 6,700h. The Sony VPL-FX500L has one of the longer service life of lamps (6,000 hours) amongst projectors of this age.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Sony VPL-FX500L does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors also do not support full HD.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-FX500L does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other projectors which have a built-in speaker(s).

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

This data projector supports a 1080|1080 supported video modes, which is typical of many data projectors.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 7,000 ANSI lumens, the Sony VPL-FX500L has a quite bright projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors. The average projector brightness of projectors is 3,700 ANSI lumens, and the projector brightnesses range from 12 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens.

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1024 X 768 Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-FX500L is 1024 x 768. That's over three times the resolution of the most common projector native resolution of 280 x 800. In addition, this projector has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768). Across all projectors the resolution ranges from 280 x 800 to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was March 2013 when this data projector was released.

Running Costs

Very High Running Costs

Based on average energy prices we estimate that the 1 year running cost of the VPL-FX500L is $123, which makes it one of the least economic to run multimedia projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vplfx500lxga, sony vpllfm22pk, acer vplfx500l, sony 9rmwza00, sony 9rmwzs00, sony fx500l
Barcodes 00027242799530, 00272427995300, 04058829350963, 04905524485318
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Cheaper to run by $30.01
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40% cheaper to run
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