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Sony VPL-CW256 Projector

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3700:1 WXGA (1280x800) 4,500 ANSI Lumens 1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Feb 2015
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8 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

Sony data projectors have an average rating of 89%, which is in the top 16% of all projector manufacturers that we have analysed.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The VPL-CW256 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other data projectors that have been around for more than a year also have a built-in speaker.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-CW256 is 4,200 ANSI lumens. The VPL-CW256 has a very bright projector brightness (4,500 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-CW256.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The VPL-CW256 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-CW256. In addition, this projector supports a graphics resolution of 1280 x 800. Across all similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-CW256 the worst resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 4096 x 2160.

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Quite Big Matrix Size

When compared to other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-CW256, the matrix size of the VPL-CW256 of 0.75 inches is one of the biggest. Projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-CW256 have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.96".

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Fairly Bright Colour Light Output

The Sony VPL-CW256 has one of the brighter colour light outputs (4,500 ANSI lumens) amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. The average colour light output of multimedia projectors that have been available for more than a year is 3,300 ANSI lumens.

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Fairly Bright White Light Output

With a white light output of 4,500 ANSI lumens, the VPL-CW256 has a quite bright white light output compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256. The dimmest white light output of comparable spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-CW256 is 1,800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 5,200 ANSI lumens, and the average white light output is 3,300 ANSI lumens.

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Very Big Lamp Power

The lamp power of 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256 range from 220W to 250W, and the average lamp power is 230W. When compared to other 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-CW256, the lamp power of the VPL-CW256 of 245 Watts is one of the biggest.

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9 Reasons Against

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on similar spec data projectors that were released around the same time as it.

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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The Sony VPL-CW256 does not support 3D image projection, although it is worth noting that most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the VPL-CW256 also do not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-CW256, the VPL-CW256 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

At only 3,000 hours, the Sony VPL-CW256 has a quite short lamp service life compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. The average lamp service life of comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256 is 5,300h.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The VPL-CW256 has one of the shorter service life of lamp in economic mode (only 5,000 hours) amongst 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. Projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-CW256 have service life of lamp in economic mode of between 5,000h and 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 8,800h.

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Very Dim Brightness in Economy Mode

The dimmest brightness in economy mode of multimedia projectors of this age and spec is 1,900 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 15,000 ANSI lumens. With a brightness in economy mode of only 2,500 ANSI lumens, the VPL-CW256 has one of the dimmer brightness in economy mode amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other data projectors of this age and spec that we have assessed, the VPL-CW256's weight of 5.6 kilograms is one of the heaviest. Across all the 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-CW256 the weights range from 4.1kg to 5.6kg, and the average weight is 4.5kg.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The lowest RMS rated power of projectors of this type and age is 10W, the highest is 16W, and the average RMS rated power is 15W. With an RMS rated power of only 10 Watts, the Sony VPL-CW256 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released one year ago.

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Very Wide

The narrowest projector of this age and spec is 360mm wide and the widest is 410mm. The width of the VPL-CW256 of 406 millimeters is one of the widest amongst multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the VPL-CW256.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony VPL-CW256

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Sony released the VPL-CW256.

WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

This data projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found native projector resolution on projectors of this spec and age.

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Running Costs Are Average

The average 1 year running cost of the VPL-CW256 is £115 based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 3700:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for more than a year.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Minimum Vertical Synchronization
Maximum Horizontal Synchronization
Maximum Vertical Synchronization
Minimum Horizontal Synchronization
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Brightness in Economy Mode
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Heat Dissipation
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £110.89
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £114.58
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.57 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
15
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vplcw256, sony vplcw256, sony vplcw256w, sony vplcw256wx, sony vplcw256wxg, sony vplcw256wxga, sony wxga1280x800, sony 900000173882
Barcodes 00027242884342, 04053162768307, 04058829196479, 04905524833935, 04905524989472, 05054629707586

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