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Sony VPL-EX226 Projector

3000:1 720p (1280x720) 2,700 ANSI Lumens 1024 X 768 (XGA) May 2013
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5 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

On average Sony data projectors are rated 89 out of 100, which is in the top 16% of all data projector brands that we have looked at.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The VPL-EX226 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years.

We compared this data projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think because of it's better review score, the NEC M311[plb_1475527_price] is also worth considering.

Other multimedia projectors which also have a built-in speaker that you might also want to consider include the Sony VPL-EX225[plb_1457663_price], or the Hitachi CP-CX300WN[plb_2172494_price].

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Very High RMS Rated Power

The Sony VPL-EX226 has one of the higher RMS rated power (16 Watts) amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age. Across all the 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VPL-EX226 the RMS rated power range from 0.5W to 20W.

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Fairly Long Lamp Service Life

The VPL-EX226 has a very long lamp service life (7,000 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for more than two years. 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago have lamp service lives of between 1,500h and 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 4,400h.

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Very Light

At only 2.5 kilograms, the Sony VPL-EX226 is fairly light compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been available for more than two years. Across all the projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-EX226 the weights range from 230g to 30kg.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most projectors of this spec and age do not support 3D image projection. The Sony VPL-EX226 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D image projection.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors with a 3D image projection and we think the Infocus IN3126[plb_1475113_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other projectors of this age and type, the VPL-EX226 does not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other projectors which also support Full HD projection to this multimedia projector and we think the CP-CX300WN[pl_2172494_price], or the CP-CW300WN[pl_2411979_price] both from Hitachi is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most data projectors of this age and spec do not support WiFi connectivity. The Sony VPL-EX226 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Dim Brightness in Economy Mode

Data projectors of this age and spec have brightness in economy mode of between 1,500 ANSI lumens and 4,400 ANSI lumens, and the average brightness in economy mode is 2,400 ANSI lumens. At only 1,600 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-EX226 has a fairly dim brightness in economy mode compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-EX226.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The VPL-EX226 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port multimedia projector. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the VPL-EX226 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony VPL-EX226

Released Over Three Years Ago

This 3000:1 contrast ratio projector was released over three years ago.

1024 X 768 (XGA) Graphics Resolution

The VPL-EX226 supports a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). That's 59% less resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA).

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720p (1280x720) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-EX226 is 720p (1280x720). That's 10% less resolution than the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

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Average Projector Brightness

At 2,700 ANSI lumens, the Sony VPL-EX226 has a relatively standard projector brightness compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-EX226.

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might also be worth looking at include the Sony VPL-DX142[plb_2446393_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Brightness in Economy Mode
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Throw Ratio
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
HD-Ready
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Component Video in Port
Serial Interface Type
Microphone Input
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Integrated TV Tuner
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony sony, sony p173477, sony p173477p
Barcodes 00027242868359, 04905524935738, 05053959429151

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£ 308.40 £494.82
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One More Built-In Speaker
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