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Sony VPLVW500ES Projector

$8,999.99
200000:1 DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) 26dB Sep 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
Eight industry awards
Does not have a good 3D picture quality
Not good in terms of size
20 Reviews + 8 Awards
Digital Versus 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate insideci.co.uk Recommended
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Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This 200000:1 contrast ratio data projector is one of the most highly awarded by experts in multimedia projectors of all the projectors of a comparable spec and age.

This Sony projector received a "Recommended" award from both websites Trusted Reviews and Insideci.co.uk, both of which said that this multimedia projector was good.

Another two expert review sites both thought that this projector was good. This multimedia projector received a "Highly Recommended" award from review site Avforums.com and it received a Homecinemachoice.com "Best Buy" award.

The authors at three other expert review sites all said that this projector was good. This multimedia projector received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and it received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews.

The author at one other expert review site thought that this multimedia projector was good. Les Numeriques.com gave this Sony multimedia projector a "5 Star" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 91 out of 100 based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and avforums.com.

Sony Has Excellent Data Projector Reviews

Based on 502 expert and owner reviews, Sony has excellent ratings for its data projectors. Sony also has excellent ratings specifically within its 200000:1 contrast ratio data projectors range compared to other manufacturers. 100% of those that bought a Sony data projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good At Displaying High Definition TV

Ten Sony VPL-VW500ES owners who purchased it agreed that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Avhub.com.au wrote two years ago “High quality HD upscaling”. Expert website Insideci.co.uk scored it 7 stars and wrote “As the sole flag-bearers for Ultra HD home theatre projection, Sony has to be considered the go-to brand for future-proofed theatre installs” in their review of this projector. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES “Ultra HD video has incredible impact when projected on a wall”.

Good Remote Control

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good remote control.

Good Colour Saturation

Three Sony VPL-VW500ES owners said in their reviews that the product had good picture quality. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said three years ago “Image quality is quite simply superb, especially in 4K mode” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review and gave the Sony VPL-VW500ES a score of 7 stars.

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had good colour saturation. Avhub.com.au said “Finesse with colours” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review.

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Does Not Have a Good 3D Picture Quality

Five Sony VPL-VW500ES owners who reviewed the Sony VPL-VW500ES thought it did not have a good 3D picture quality. Avhub.com.au mentioned “3D spex are optional”. Avhub.com.au also said “No 3D glasses included” in their review. Avhub.com.au also mentioned “Mediocre 3D performance” in their review.


Features

Good Features

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner who bought it mentioned that it had good features. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Impressive features”.


Design

Robust

One customer reckoned that the Sony VPL-VW500ES was well made.

Good Looking

One person who bought this projector considered that it was good looking. Avhub.com.au wrote “Let's address the luxuriously decked out elephant in the room right away” .

Good Quality

Five customers who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. Two years ago Avhub.com.au wrote in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review “Excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D”. Avhub.com.au also said “Stunning 4K picture quality” in their review. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Good build quality” in their review.


Weight & Dimensions

Heavy and Bulky

One person who bought the product mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Avhub.com.au said in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES two years ago “Bulky design” .

Not Good in Terms of Size

One person who bought the product mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Avhub.com.au said in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES two years ago “Bulky design” .


Audio

Quiet

One customer said in their reviews that it was quiet. Avhub.com.au wrote “Quiet 26 dB” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES nonetheless they only gave the product a rating of 14 out of 100.


Video

Supports Full HD

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

Alternative data projectors which support full HD currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony VPL-VW600ES ($10,999), or the Epson 5030ub ($1,899) which has better reviews.

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Projector

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Resolution

The VPL-VW500ES has a maximum resolution of DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over four times the resolution of a 1080p (1920x1080) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) projector native resolution is in fact the best resolution across all projectors of a comparable spec and age to this data projector.

A WVGA (854x480) projector native resolution is the worst resolution amongst similar types of multimedia projector.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The Sony VPL-VW500ES has a quite dim projector brightness (only 1,700 ANSI lumen) compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec. Across all the multimedia projectors of this age and spec the projector brightnesses range from 75 ANSI lumens to 11,000 ANSI lumens.

There are a number of alternative 1,700 ANSI lumens brightness multimedia projectors currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony VPL-VW600ES ($10,999).

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might be worth looking at include the 5030ub ($1,899) (2,400 ANSI lumens), or the EH-TW6600 (2,500 ANSI lumens) both from Epson which also has a higher rating.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The VPL-VW500ES has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to this projector.

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Networking

Has an Ethernet LAN

The VPL-VW500ES has an Ethernet LAN. Most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were launched around the same time as this projector also have an Ethernet LAN.

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Performance

Very Quiet Noise Level

At only 26 decibels, the VPL-VW500ES has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to this projector. The average noise level of similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to this projector is 33dB.

We compared this data projector to all the other 26dB noise level data projectors and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony VPL-VW600ES ($10,999) is also worth considering.

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Multimedia

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-VW500ES does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in alternative data projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) including the Optoma GT1080 ($674).

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The VPL-VW500ES does not have a DVI port. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to this projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This 200000:1 contrast ratio data projector was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242869608, 04905524941906, 05013493246003

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