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Sony Has Excellent Reviews for Its Projectors
Projectors built by Sony generally have excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers.
Supports Full HD
Unlike most of the other multimedia projectors that have been around for more than a year which do not support full HD, the VPL-SW636C supports full HD.
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
The VPL-SW636C has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than a year.
It may also be worth considering one of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the VPL-CW276 ($1,399.00), or the VPL-SW631 ($1,251.06) both from Sony which is cheaper.
1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The VPL-SW636C supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA). Across all projectors of this age and type the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 4096 x 2160.
Very Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Across all the multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-SW636C the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 2,500h to 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 7,800h. When compared to other data projectors of this type and age that we have assessed the service life of lamp (economic mode) of, the VPL-SW636C's service life of lamp (economic mode) of 10,000 hours is one of the longest.
Very Long Service Life of Lamp
When compared to other data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-SW636C, the Sony VPL-SW636C's service life of lamp of 6,000 hours is one of the longest. Data projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-SW636C have service life of lamps of between 2,000h and 6,000h.
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Very Quiet Noise Level
The Sony VPL-SW636C has a fairly quiet noise level (only 28 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-SW636C. Across all the similar spec projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-SW636C the noise levels range from 28dB to 39dB, and the average noise level is 33dB.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 28dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available including the Sony VPL-SW631 ($1,251.06) which is cheaper.
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Does Not Support 3D
The Sony VPL-SW636C does not support 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VPL-SW636C also do not support 3D.
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
The Sony VPL-SW636C does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other data projectors of a comparable type and age to the VPL-SW636C also do not support wi-Fi.
Very Dim Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
The Sony VPL-SW636C has one of the dimmer projector brightness (economic mode)s (only 1,900 ANSI lumen) amongst comparable spec data projectors of this age. The dimmest projector brightness (economic mode) of multimedia projectors that came out more than a year ago is 1,900 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 15,000 ANSI lumens.
With a weight of 6.3 kilograms, the Sony VPL-SW636C is one of the heavier 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than a year amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the VPL-SW636C have weights of between 3.4kg and 6.7kg.
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when Sony released the VPL-SW636C.
Average Projector Brightness
The VPL-SW636C has a pretty standard projector brightness (3,300 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-SW636C.
There are a number of other 3,300 ANSI lumens brightness multimedia projectors currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper multimedia projectors such as the Sony VPL-SW631 ($1,251.06).
WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution
This projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found projector native resolution on data projectors of this spec and age.
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Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
3,300 ANSI lumens
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
1,900 ANSI lumens
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
65 - 110
Native Aspect Ratio
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp
0.267 - 0.274:1
Vertical Lens Shift Range
-3.7 - 3.7
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
-2.3 - 2.3
Supported Graphics Resolutions
1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, NTSC 3.58, NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL, PAL 60, PAL, PAL M, PAL, PAL N, SECAM
Ports & Interfaces
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Horizontal Scan Range
15 - 92
Vertical Scan Range
48 - 92
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SLV, SWE, THA, TUR, VIE
On Screen Display (OSD)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Colour of Product
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Power Off
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
Power Consumption (network Standby)
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
20 - 80
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
20 - 80
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-10 - 60
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40
Weight & Dimensions
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
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Total running cost over 5 years
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.54 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 14 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.
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