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A multi award winning and very economical to run 1080p 3D projector, with good features and an astoundingly quiet 21dB noise level
21dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) Yes 1,700 ANSI Lumens Sep 2012
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Sony VPL-HW50ES/W Review

With excellent reviews and low running costs, we have scored the Sony VPL-HW50ES/W as follows:
10 Reviews + 7 Awards
Good Features
Running Costs
$58 Over 5 Years
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 75?

It has marvellous expert reviews with an average expert rating of 92%.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer data projectors with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest data projectors 2018.
This Sony projector has running costs of $58 over 5 years, which puts it typical compared to the other 2,021 data projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving data projectors.
The VPL-HW50ES/W has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution
Quieter than average noise level
Brighter, clearer images
Huge range of user enhancements
Very dim projector brightness
Smaller than average bulb power

Sony VPL-HW50ES/W In-Depth Analysis

Running Costs

Running Costs Are OK

Based on typical energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the VPL-HW50ES/W will cost $58 over 5 years to run, which is typical compared to the other 2,021 data projectors.

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1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution

The VPL-HW50ES/W has a higher resolution than most projectors. This data projector has a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, whereas most multimedia projectors have a 1280 x 800 resolution. Projectors resolutions range from 640 x 360 (nHD) (worst) to 4096 x 2400 (4K) (best).

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Quieter Than Average Noise Level

The noise level of the VPL-HW50ES/W of only 21dB is in the quietest 1% of all projectors when ranked by this feature. Projectors have noise levels of between 20dB and 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

Across all the projectors the projector brightnesses range from 100 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness of the Sony VPL-HW50ES/W of only 1,700 ANSI lumens is in the dimmest 9% of all multimedia projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Supports 3D

The Sony VPL-HW50ES/W supports 3D, which is unusual. 60% of projectors do not support 3D.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The VPL-HW50ES/W has a handheld remote control. 81% of projectors also have a handheld remote control.

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Smaller Than Average Bulb Power

The bulb powers of projectors range from 15W to 840W, and the average bulb power is 250W. The bulb power of the VPL-HW50ES/W of only 200W is smaller than average when compared to most other data projectors. It is smaller than 76% of all projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW50ES/W supports full HD, unlike 63% of projectors which do not support full HD.

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The VPL-HW50ES/W is HD-Ready, unlike 80% of projectors which are not HD-Ready.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony vplhw50esw, vplhw50esb


00027242862647, 00027242862654, 04905524900248, 04905524900279

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