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Sony VPL-HW50ES/B Top Pick Trusted Reviews Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Rated
A multi award winning and cheap to run 1920 x 1080 21 decibel data projector
1080p (1920x1080) Yes 21dB 1,700 ANSI Lumens Sep 2012
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Sony VPL-HW50ES/B Review

10 Reviews + 7 Awards
Not Currently for Sale
Good Features
$77 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 43?

It has outstanding expert reviews with an average expert rating of 92%.
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 data projectors 2017.
This Sony projector has running costs of $77 over 1 year, which are typical compared to the other 1,756 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
The VPL-HW50ES/B has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Supports full HD
Quite quiet noise level
Very dim projector brightness
Quite small bulb power

Sony VPL-HW50ES/B In-Depth Analysis


Seven Industry Awards

This data projector has received seven awards from projector experts.

The writers at websites, and all thought that this multimedia projector was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This data projector was given a "Recommended" award by review site Trusted Reviews who thought that this projector was very good. gave this data projector a "Highly Rated" award, gave it a "Hot Product" award and it received a "Top Pick" award from

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

10 experts from sites including, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and have rated this projector on average 92%. This means that multimedia projector experts think this data projector is one of the very best projectors.

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Sony Has Excellent Projector Reviews

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


Very Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightnesses of projectors range from 12 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. At only 1,700 ANSI lumen, the VPL-HW50ES/B has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The average noise level of projectors is 34dB. The Sony VPL-HW50ES/B has a very quiet noise level (only 21 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW50ES/B supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors do not support full HD.

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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. At only 200 Watts, the VPL-HW50ES/B has a fairly small bulb power compared to most of the other projectors.

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1920 X 1080 Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-HW50ES/B is 1920 x 1080. That's over nine times the resolution of the most common projector native resolution of 280 x 800. This data projector also has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). The worst resolution of all multimedia projectors is 280 x 800 and the best is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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The Sony VPL-HW50ES/B is HD-Ready, as are most of the other projectors.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This projector has been on the market since September 2012.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are OK

Based on typical usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the VPL-HW50ES/B will cost $77 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 1,756 multimedia projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vplhw50esw, vplhw50esb
Barcodes 00027242862647, 00027242862654, 04905524900248, 04905524900279
Five more awards
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