Sony VPL-VW500ES
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Digital Versus 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 200000:1 DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) data projector
200000:1 DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Yes 26dB Sep 2013
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Sony VPL-VW500ES Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Sony VPL-VW500ES number 2 across all projectors.
16 Reviews + 8 Awards
Good Features
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 40?

It has excellent expert reviews with an average expert rating of 91%, based on 16 reviews.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer multimedia 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 some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite quiet noise level
Supports full HD
Very dim projector brightness
Does not have a built-in speaker(s)

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Sony VPL-VW500ES In-Depth Analysis


Eight Industry Awards

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

This data projector was given a "Recommended" award by both review websites Trusted Reviews and, both of which thought that this projector was very good.

An additional two expert review sites endorsed this projector. Website concluded that this data projector was very good and gave it a "Best Buy" award and it received a "Highly Recommended" award from website, confirming their endorsement.

This Sony projector received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and and Expert Reviews gave it an "Ultimate" award.

This multimedia projector received a "5 Star" award from Les

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 16 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and the average expert rating of this data projector is 91%. That puts this projector in the top 9% of all the projectors.

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Excellent Brand

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

Value For Money

Not Cheap

After checking the price of 618 projectors they range in price from $149 to $24,000. We think that this data projector looks expensive compared to other projectors.


Very Dim Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of projectors is 12 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of only 1,700 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-VW500ES has one of the dimmer projector brightnesses amongst projectors of this age.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The quietest noise level of projectors is 10dB, the loudest is 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. When compared to other projectors, the Sony VPL-VW500ES's noise level of only 26 decibels is one of the quietest.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-VW500ES does not have a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors do have a built-in speaker(s).

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-VW500ES supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors do not support full HD.

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DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Resolution

The highest resolution of the Sony VPL-VW500ES is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over 39 times the resolution of the most frequently found projector native resolution of 280 x 800.

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) projector native resolution is actually the best resolution across all projectors.

Across similar types of projector the worst resolution is 280 x 800.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was September 2013 when this multimedia projector was released.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vplvw500es
Barcodes 00027242869608, 04905524941906, 05013493246003

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