Sony VPL-VW520 ES
Sony VPL-VW520 ES
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Sony VPL-VW520 ES

Techradar Recommended Reference Status Recommended Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 300000:1 DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) projector
300000:1 DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Yes 26dB Sep 2015
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Sony VPL-VW520 ES Review

13 Reviews + 4 Awards
Not Currently for Sale
Good Features
$101 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 41?

It has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 90%, based on 13 reviews.
At over a year old this multimedia projector is slightly out of date, and newer multimedia projectors with more up to date technology are available. View the latest data projectors 2017.
This projector has running costs of $101 over 1 year, which are typical compared to the other 1,756 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite quiet noise level
Fairly big bulb power
Very dim projector brightness
Does not have a built-in speaker(s)

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Sony VPL-VW520 ES In-Depth Analysis


Four Industry Awards

Experts in projectors rave about this data projector and have given it four awards.

This multimedia projector was given a "Recommended" award by review websites Techradar, and all of whom concluded that this data projector was very good.

This projector received a "Reference Status" award from

Excellent Expert Reviews

Based on 13 expert reviews from sites including Techradar,, and the average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 90%. Projector experts think this data projector is one of the very best projectors.

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Sony Has Excellent Multimedia Projector Reviews

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


Very Dim Projector Brightness

At only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the VPL-VW520 ES has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors. Across all the projectors the projector brightnesses range from 12 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens.

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Fairly Big Bulb Power

The Sony VPL-VW520 ES has a quite big bulb power (280 Watts) compared to most of the other projectors. Across all the projectors the bulb powers range from 3.5W to 3,000W, and the average bulb power is 250W.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

Projectors have noise levels of between 10dB and 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. With a noise level of only 26 decibels, the VPL-VW520 ES's noise level is one of the quietest amongst projectors.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-VW520 ES does not have a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors do have a built-in speaker(s).

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

This multimedia projector supports a 1080|1080 supported video modes, which is typical of many projectors.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp

At 6,000 hours, the VPL-VW520 ES has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other data projectors. The shortest service life of lamp of projectors is 20h and the longest is 40,000h.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-VW520 ES supports full HD, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors which do not support full HD.

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DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-VW520 ES is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over 39 times the resolution of a 280 x 800 data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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

A 280 x 800 projector native resolution is the worst resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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Released Over a Year Ago

This Sony data projector has been on the market since September 2015.

Running Costs

Average Running Costs

Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the VPL-VW520 ES will cost $101 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 1,756 data projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers acer vplvw520es, sony vplvw520es, sony vplvw520b
Barcodes 04548736013315, 04548736013322