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$1,699.00 Top Pick Trusted Reviews Recommended Hot Product Expert Reviews Ultimate
A multi award winning and fully featured 70000:1 1920 x 1080 multimedia projector
70000:1 1080p (1920x1080) Yes 22dB Jun 2013
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Sony VPL-HW30ES Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Sony VPL-HW30ES number 53 across all projectors.
24 Reviews + 8 Awards
Good Features
$123 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 50?

It has very good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 83%, based on 24 reviews.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer projectors with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest multimedia projectors 2017.
This Sony projector has running costs of $123 over 1 year, which are in the most expensive 17% of all 1,756 projectors that we have compared it to.
The VPL-HW30ES has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite quiet noise level
Quite small bulb power
Very dim projector brightness

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Sony VPL-HW30ES In-Depth Analysis


Eight Industry Awards

Expert review sites really like this projector and have given it eight awards.

The authors at review sites Trusted Reviews,, and all concluded that concluded that they would recommend this multimedia projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at three other expert review sites all thought that this data projector was very good. Expert Reviews gave this projector an "Ultimate" award, it received a "Hot Product" award from and it received a "Top Pick" award from

The expert at one additional expert review site thought that this projector was very good. This Sony projector received a "5 Star" award from

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 24 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and PC Mag the average expert rating of this data projector is 83%.

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Sony Projectors Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 628 expert and user reviews (including 90 verified purchases) for Sony projectors and found that on average Sony has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has excellent ratings specifically for its projectors. 92% of those that bought a Sony projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Quite Quiet Noise Level

When compared to other projectors, the Sony VPL-HW30ES's noise level of only 22 decibels is one of the quietest. The noise levels of projectors range from 10dB to 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The smallest bulb power of projectors is 3.5W, the biggest is 3,000W, and the average bulb power is 250W. The Sony VPL-HW30ES has one of the smaller bulb powers (only 200 Watts) amongst projectors of this age.

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The VPL-HW30ES is 3D-ready. Most of the other projectors also are 3D-ready.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Sony VPL-HW30ES features noise reduction. Most of the other projectors also feature noise reduction.

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1920 X 1080 Resolution

The highest resolution of the Sony VPL-HW30ES is 1920 x 1080. That's over nine times the resolution of a 280 x 800 data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. In addition, this projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). The worst resolution of all data projectors is 280 x 800 and the best is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

Projectors have projector brightnesses of between 12 ANSI lumens and 85,000 ANSI lumens. At only 1,300 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-HW30ES has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors.

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

This multimedia projector supports 1 and 080 supported video modes, which is the most commonly supported supported video modes on projectors.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp

When compared to other projectors, the Sony VPL-HW30ES's service life of lamp of only 2,000 hours is one of the shortest. The service life of lamps of projectors range from 20h to 40,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,700h.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW30ES supports full HD, unlike most of the other projectors which do not support full HD.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was June 2013 when this data projector was released.

Running Costs

Very High Running Costs

Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the VPL-HW30ES will cost $123 over 1 year to run, which makes it one of the least economic to run projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 3dtv corp pro310, 3dtv corp pro35, sony vplhw30es, vplhw30esw, sony 1080
Barcodes 00027242832022, 00027242862715, 00798304207170, 00798304207194, 00798304224986, 04905524845983, 04905524908619

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