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10 Reasons For
Sony Has Excellent Data Projector Reviews
Projectors from Sony have an average rating of 89 out of 100, which is in the top 10% of all multimedia projector manufacturers that we have looked at.
A Best Selling Multimedia Projector
The VPL-HW65 is a popular choice of data projector according to Amazon sales data.
Good Picture Quality
One Sony VPL-HW65 owner wrote in their reviews that this projector had a flickering image.
Good 3D Picture Quality
One Sony VPL-HW65 owner thought it had a good 3D picture quality. In October Freebo mentioned on Amazon “I'm not the only one seeing problems, this reviewer has 3D flicker http” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW65.
The VPL-HW65 supports 3D. Most of the other data projectors of this type and age also support 3D.
We compared all the other projectors which also support 3D to this projector and we think the Benq PU9220+[plb_3390512_price] is also worth considering.
Supports Full HD
Like most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec, the Sony VPL-HW65 supports full HD.
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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution
This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many data projectors of a similar spec and age to it.
Two HDMI Ports Quantitys
The VPL-HW65 is a two HDMI ports quantity data projector. Most of the other data projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-HW65 have between one and two HDMI ports quantitys.
Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp
Multimedia projectors that were launched more than a year ago have service life of lamps of between 1,500h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,900h. With a service life of lamp of 6,000 hours, the Sony VPL-HW65 has one of the longer service life of lamps amongst similar spec projectors of this age.
Quite Quiet Noise Level
The average noise level of projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW65 is 35dB, and the noise levels range from 22dB to 45dB. The VPL-HW65 has one of the quietest noise levels (only 22 decibels) amongst projectors of this age.
Alternative multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the PU9220[pl_3220956_price] (39dB), or the PU9220+[pl_3390512_price] (39dB) both from Benq.
8 Reasons Against
Only 100V AC Input Voltage
This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors of a similar age and type to it.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)
The VPL-HW65 does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other data projectors of this age and type which have a built-in speaker(s).
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
Most data projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-HW65 do not support wi-Fi. The VPL-HW65 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.
Very Dim Projector Brightness
Across all the data projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-HW65 the projector brightnesss range from 300 ANSI lumens to 11,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 4,000 ANSI lumens. At only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the VPL-HW65 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-HW65.
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Very Dim Colour Light Output
The colour light outputs of projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-HW65 range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 4,500 ANSI lumens, and the average colour light output is 3,200 ANSI lumens. With a colour light output of only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-HW65 has one of the dimmer colour light outputs amongst data projectors of this age.
Very Dim White Light Output
The VPL-HW65 has a fairly dim white light output (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-HW65. Across all the projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-HW65 the white light outputs range from 1,800 ANSI lumens to 5,200 ANSI lumens, and the average white light output is 3,400 ANSI lumens.
Very Small Digital Zoom
Multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-HW65 have digital zooms of between 1.1x and 12x, and the average digital zoom is 3.1x. The VPL-HW65 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 1.6 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-HW65.
Very Small Bulb Power
Across all the data projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-HW65 the bulb powers range from 190W to 470W. With a bulb power of only 215 Watts, the Sony VPL-HW65 has a quite small bulb power compared to most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-HW65.
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when this Sony data projector was released.
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
1,800 ANSI lumens
Colour Light Output
1,800 ANSI lumens
White Light Output
1,800 ANSI lumens
Screen Size Compatibility
40 - 300
Service Life of Lamp
Vertical Lens Shift Range
71 - -71
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
25 - -25
Supported Video Modes
Ports & Interfaces
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
Audio (L,R) in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
10, 10, 100
Horizontal Scan Range
19 - 72
Vertical Scan Range
48 - 92
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA
On Screen Display (OSD)
Colour of Product
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (max)
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Input Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Input Voltage
100, 100 - 240
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
35 - 85
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 60
Operating Temperature (T-T)
5 - 35
Weight & Dimensions
Handheld Remote Control
407.4 x 463.9 x 179.2
HDMI 1 / HDMI 2 HDMI (x2) Y PB/CB PR/CR Pin Jack (x3) INPUT a RGB/Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr input connector: Mini D-sub 15-pin (female) REMOTE RS-232C connector: D-sub 9-pin (female) IR in Mini Jack 3D SYNC RJ-45
The 2D picture is amazing but I'm giving it 3* as I believe there is a bug with the 3D playback, it has a major flicker every few secs.
I'm not the only one seeing problems, this reviewer has 3D... Read more…
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