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Sony VPLHW45ES
VPLHW45B VPLHW45W

Sony VPLHW45ES
98
Reviews
110 Reviews + 8 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
72
Value for Money
Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Our Verdict:
An extremely quiet and multi award winning 1080p data projector, with a reasonable price and a very good spec. It supports 3D and full HD and has a handheld remote control and a service life of lamp of 6,000h. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has very good picture quality, it's good at displaying high definition TV and good-looking.
Features We Love:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (22dB)
Handheld remote control
Supports 3D
Long service life of lamp (6,000h)
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1,800 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
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LAMP SERVICE
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With outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Sony VPLHW45ES number 6 in 3D projectors and number 35 across all projectors.

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Kagoo Score
98
Reviews
84
Features
88
Popularity
72
Value for Money

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Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 82?

our review analysis indicates that it has very good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 96% of buyers recommending this projector to others.
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.
This Sony projector has some great features:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
Quieter than average noise level
Has a handheld remote control
Supports 3D
1800 lumens brightness for a vivid picture
Resolution on a grand scale
Select from nine picture calibration modes
Built-in 3d transmitter synchronizes entertainment

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each projector by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age, value for money and running costs.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the projector is recommended.

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Reviews

Average Review Score

4.8 stars (110 reviews)

78%

of Customers Would Recommend
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2 Recommended Awards

The Sony VPLHW45ES has received a Recommended Award from expert review sites Trusted Reviews and insideci.co.uk.
Recommended from Trusted Reviews Recommended from insideci.co.uk

2 Best Buy Awards

This projector has received a Best Buy Award from expert review sites homecinemachoice.com and avforums.com.
Best Buy from homecinemachoice.com Best Buy from avforums.com

4 Further Awards

It's received four Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including soundandvision.com, projectorreviews.com and projectorcentral.com.
Top Pick from soundandvision.com Hot Product from projectorreviews.com Highly Rated from projectorcentral.com Highlight Award from audiovision.de

What Are People Saying About the Sony VPLHW45ES?

Picture Quality
55
6
3d Quality
4
3
Price
11
3
High Definition Quality
3
0
Ease of Use
8
1
Design
7
0
Noise Level
3
1
Features
5
1
Sound Quality
0
1
Robustness
2
1
Remote Control
1
0
Size and Weight
0
1
7 Out of 10 People Thought This Projector Was Reasonably Priced
  • ... $2000 class.The Epson HC5040UB is this year's Best In Class: Best Value Proposition $2000 – $4000.The HW45ES is a great projector, the HC5040UB, costs ...
    projectorreviews.com 23 Sep 2016
  • ... pockets.At this price we could certainly recommend this Sony whether you're upgrading your home cinema setup or willing to invest an extra chunk...Crisp, ...
    whathifi.com 9 Oct 2016
  • ... Ideal for media rooms, and home theaters, this 1800 lumen 1080p projector is Sony's most affordable for the home, listing for only $1999.Sony's VPL-HW45ES ...
    projectorreviews.com 26 Aug 2016
  • Easy to setup. Awesome picture for the price. Probably tough to find a better value...
    Schwendiguy - Bestbuy.com 17 Aug 2017
  • Two People Thought it Was Reliable
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    One Person Thought it Was Not Good in Terms of Size
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    The Vast Majority of Customers Thought it Had a Good Design

    Several people thought that the Sony VPLHW45ES was good-looking and well designed.

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    Good-Looking
    7 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... love the box and pick it up. Its super quiet, emits low heat and the picture is so beautiful. Thanks to B&H return policy I was able to return 2 defective ...
    Edmond - Bhphotovideo.com 30 Jan 2019
  • Upgraded from Epson 8350, was a pretty good starter but wanted some new features, better contrast and black levels. I was not let down by the 45es it is ...
    Rodlog - Bestbuy.com 23 Jul 2016
  • The projector is very good I like its look I love the projection that it gives not use the 3D function yet but I'm looking forward to using it and I would ...
    Kbanks1112 - Bestbuy.com 18 Feb 2017
  • ... felt like I got better results from my Optima from 2010. The projector itself looks beautiful, runs quiet...
    Hughesep - Bestbuy.com 21 Jan 2017
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    Well Designed
    2 people agree
    2 people disagree
    More Than 10 People Thought it Was Easy to Use

    Seven people thought that the Sony VPLHW45ES was very easy to setup.

  • ... invest an extra chunk...Crisp, detailed picture. Natural colour pallet. Easy to set up. Nothing at this price.
    whathifi.com 9 Oct 2016
  • Awesome picture quality! Easy to setup!
    Null - Bhphotovideo.com 12 Jul 2016
  • Clear picture easy to setup and use, I'd recommmend it to anyone looking for a large clear picture. I currently use a 120” screen...
    Esteban - Bestbuy.com 16 Aug 2017
  • Easy to setup. Awesome picture for the price. Probably tough to find a better value...
    Schwendiguy - Bestbuy.com 17 Aug 2017
  • 8 Out of 10 People Thought the Sony VPLHW45ES Had Well Designed Technical Features

    Several people thought that the Sony VPLHW45ES had a good display and had good features.

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    Has a Good Display
    3 people agree
    1 person disagrees
  • ... reasonably priced for all the bells and whistles it included. The picture is fantastic on my 4K screen and automatically adjusts image plus image looks ...
    TechnoMel - Bestbuy.com 7 Nov 2016
  • ... projector is good and the HD looks nice. It doesn't have a keynote setting so I'm still trying to get it to for screen properly...
    Bill - Bestbuy.com 21 Feb 2018
  • Works great with a grey screen. I have it in my basement with a decent amount of ambient light and the picture is very clear...
    Anonymous - Bestbuy.com 22 Jun 2017
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    Has Good Features
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    8 Out of 10 Owners Thought the Sony VPLHW45ES Was OK When it Came to Noise Level

    Four people thought that the Sony VPLHW45ES was very quiet.

  • This projector has met all my expectations. It is quiet and has a great picture...
    Alex - Bestbuy.com 20 Sep 2017
  • ... build quality is evident as soon as you love the box and pick it up. Its super quiet, emits low heat and the picture is so beautiful. Thanks to B&H return ...
    Edmond - Bhphotovideo.com 30 Jan 2019
  • Outstanding picture and the machine is very quiet...
    Mediajunki - Bestbuy.com 24 Dec 2016
  • ... performance. Top notch detail processing. Superior motion handling. Relatively quiet. Too dim for media room use. Needs professional installation. Lack ...
    techradar.com/au/ 11 Sep 2016
  • The Vast Majority of People Thought This Projector Produced a High Quality Picture

    Over 60 people thought that the Sony VPLHW45ES had excellent picture quality and several people thought that it also had good colour saturation, had an outstanding contrast ratio and had good video quality.

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    Has Brilliant Picture Quality
    66 people agree
    6 people disagree
  • ... the only $2,000 projector from... The Sony VPL-HW45ES offers superb 1080p image quality for a dedicated home theater room. The contrast ratios are the ...
    referencehometheater.com 4 Apr 2017
  • The VPL-HW45ES offers great color and a bright picture. Ideal for media rooms, and home theaters, this 1800 lumen 1080p projector is Sony's most affordable ...
    projectorreviews.com 26 Aug 2016
  • ... and HDR, it's easy to forget that there's something special about a theater-like image on a big projection screen—even if it's plain vanilla, standard ...
    soundandvision.com 29 Mar 2017
  • Excellent picture. Just as good as our broken projector...
    JoAnne - Bestbuy.com 1 Sep 2017
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    Has Good Colour Saturation
    7 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Brilliant Contrast Ratio
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has Good Video Quality
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
    Good for Playing Games On
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    Some Owners Thought it Was Good for Watching TV and Films in 3D

    Five people thought that the Sony VPLHW45ES had a superb 3D picture quality.

  • ... results weren't entirely convincing. The good news is that the projector's 3D images deliver an effective sense of...Attractive design. Excellent picture ...
    Trusted Reviews 11 Aug 2016
  • ... about 13 ft from my screen have a 110 elite screen but going down 20 a 100 inch 3d is excellent on it...
    Travis - Bestbuy.com 3 Feb 2017
  • ... of seating. I am thrilled with the quality of this picture. 3-D is better than at the theaters. My 26 year old son is a huge movie buff. He works in the ...
    Dave - Bestbuy.com 31 Dec 2016
  • ... adjustments needed for a beautiful picture. 3D is fantastic even if it takes a moment to switch over from 2D. Read manual closely when it comes to adjusting ...
    Randy - Bestbuy.com 17 Jan 2017
  • 9 Out of 10 Owners Thought This Projector Was Good At Displaying High Definition TV

    Over 10 people thought that the Sony VPLHW45ES was good at displaying high definition TV.

  • The $1,999 Sony VPL-HW45ES is a full HD 3D, 1920x1080 home theater projector with a 1.6x manual zoom lens, vertical and horizontal lens shift, and a wide ...
    projectorcentral.com 17 Aug 2016
  • What is the Sony VPL-HW45ES? The VPL-HW45ES is the successor to a classic Full HD projector, the VPL-HW40ES . That's a formidable heritage, but Sony has ...
    Trusted Reviews 11 Aug 2016
  • ... Florida. Then came a steady stream of flat-screen TVs as that technology progressed from the 2K era to the age of Ultra HD with 4K resolution, a... With ...
    soundandvision.com 29 Mar 2017
  • ... VPL-VW320ES, VPL-VW500ES and VPL-VW520ES), but the company continues to refine its dedicated Full HD offerings too.A great example of that is the new £1850... ...
    techradar.com/au/ 11 Sep 2016
  • One Person Thought This Projector Had a Useful Remote Control
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    One Person Thought the Sony VPLHW45ES Produced Inferior Quality Sound
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    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
    Quieter than average noise level
    Has a handheld remote control
    Supports 3D
    Long service life of lamp
    Supports full HD
    1,080 video mode
    ok bulb power
    Dimmer than average projector brightness
    1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Resolution

    The highest resolution of the Sony VPLHW45ES is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). That's over two times the resolution of the most common resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA). The resolution of all projectors ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4096 x 2400 (4K) (best). §.

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    Quieter Than Average Noise Level
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    Data projectors have noise levels of between 20dB and 54dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. The Sony VPLHW45ES's noise level of only 22dB is quieter than 98% of all projectors when sorted by this feature.

    What does "noise level" mean? Less Edit
    Dimmer Than Average Projector Brightness

    Across all the projectors the projector brightnesses range from 100 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,800 ANSI lumens. The VPLHW45ES's projector brightness of only 1,800 ANSI lumens is dimmer than average when compared to most other multimedia projectors. It is dimmer than 90% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature.

    What does "projector brightness" mean? Less Edit
    Has a Handheld Remote Control
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    The VPLHW45ES has a handheld remote control, as do 81% of projectors.

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    Supports 3D
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    The Sony VPLHW45ES supports 3D, which is unusual. 64% of projectors do not support 3D.

    What is 3D? Less Edit
    Long Service Life of Lamp
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    The Sony VPLHW45ES's service life of lamp of 6,000h is in the longest 23% of all projectors when sorted by this feature. The average service life of lamp of all data projectors is 7,500h, with the shortest being 200h and the longest being 50,000h.

    What does "service life of lamp" mean? Less Edit
    Supports Full HD
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    The VPLHW45ES supports full HD. 62% of projectors do not support full HD.

    What is full HD? Less Edit
    ok Bulb Power
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    The Sony VPLHW45ES's bulb power of 215W is ok compared to most other projectors. It is bigger than 62% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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    1,080 Video Mode

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    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Sony VPLHW45ES has been listed on Kagoo since January 1970 and is currently ranked number 35 out of 879 projectors.
    72
    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    We determine value for money by calculating a quality score for each product based on its reviews, features and age, and then comparing this quality score to the product price. A projector with a high quality score and low price will get a good value for money score.

    We have analysed the Sony VPLHW45ES, and ranked it:

    Good Value For Money
    This projector is both high quality and a low price, making it excellent value for money.

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    Poor Value for Money Budget Choice
    Price

    The product has excellent reviews but mediocre features and at $1,361.29 it is more expensive than 70% of projectors.

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    What the Reviews Say

    7 out of 10 people thought this projector was reasonably priced

    Frequently Asked Questions About the Sony VPLHW45ES

    QWhat is the projector native resolution of the Sony VPLHW45ES?
    AThe Sony VPLHW45ES has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).
    QWhat is the noise level of the Sony VPLHW45ES?
    AThe Sony VPLHW45ES is a 22 decibels projector.
    QWhat is the projector brightness of the Sony VPLHW45ES?
    AThe Sony VPLHW45ES has a projector brightness of 1,800 ANSI lumen.
    QWhat is the native aspect ratio of the Sony VPLHW45ES?
    AThe Sony VPLHW45ES has a high-definition tv (16:9) native aspect ratio.
    QWhat is the bulb power of the Sony VPLHW45ES?
    AThe Sony VPLHW45ES has a bulb power of 215 Watts.
    QWhat is the service life of lamp of the Sony VPLHW45ES?
    AThe Sony VPLHW45ES has a service life of lamp of 6,000 hours.
    QDoes the Sony VPLHW45ES support 3D?
    AYes, the Sony VPLHW45ES supports 3D.
    QDoes the Sony VPLHW45ES support full HD?
    AYes, the Sony VPLHW45ES supports full HD.
    QWhat power sources does the Sony VPLHW45ES support?
    AThe Sony VPLHW45ES supports an ac power source.
    QDoes the Sony VPLHW45ES have a handheld remote control?
    AYes, the Sony VPLHW45ES has a handheld remote control.
    4.8 Stars

    78%

    78%

    78% of Customers Would Recommend
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    8 Awards

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    Sony VPLHW45ES Specification

    Key Features
    Projector Native Resolution
    Noise Level
    Features
    On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
    Projector
    Projector Brightness
    Horizontal Scan Range
    Vertical Scan Range
    Colour Light Output
    Native Aspect Ratio
    Native Resolution
    Lamps
    Bulb Power
    Service Life of Lamp
    Lens System
    Optical Zoom
    Vertical Lens Shift Range
    Horizontal Lens Shift Range
    Focus
    Zoom Capability
    Zoom Ratio
    Video
    3D
    Supported Graphics Resolution
    Full HD
    Supported Video Mode
    Ports & Interfaces
    USB Connector Type
    HDMI Port
    VGA (D-Sub) Port
    HDMI Connector Type
    Design
    Colour
    Product Type
    Display
    Display Diagonal
    Power
    Power Consumption (Standby)
    Power Consumption (Typical)
    Power Source
    Weight & Dimensions
    Weight
    Height
    Depth
    Width
    Packaging Content
    Handheld Remote Control
    Other Features
    Maximum Digital Resolution
    Dimensions (WxDxH)
    Power Requirements
    Lens Shift
    Aspect Ratio
    Panel Brightness
    USB Port
    Accessories Included
    HDMI Input
    Light Source
    Brightness
    Projection Lamp
    Effective Sensor Resolution
    Technical Details
    Screen Size

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    vplhw45w 027242898301, sony vplhw45eswhite, acoustic vplhw45es, vplhw45b vplhw45es, vplhw45w vplhw45w, sony vplhw45b, sony vplhw45w, sony 1800lm, sony 1080p

    Barcodes

     00027242898295,  00027242898301,  04548736031968,  04548736031975,  05013493303331,  07091206938382

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