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Sony VPL-HW30ES Projector

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1080p (1920x1080) 22dB 1,300 ANSI Lumens Jun 2013
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A Room With A 3D View.Turn any space into the ultimate home cinema with the versatile Sony VPL-HW30ES. It projects stunning 1080p 2D and 3D performance with a bright, vibrant picture, plus a... More
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17 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This Sony projector has received eight awards from experts in multimedia projectors.

The editors of Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se, Theregister.co.uk and Avforums.com all said that concluded that they would recommend this multimedia projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Three more expert review sites all thought that this data projector was good. Expert Reviews gave this projector an "Ultimate" award, Projectorreviews.com gave it a "Hot Product" award and Soundandvision.com gave it a "Top Pick" award.

The expert at one additional expert review site wrote that this multimedia projector was good. This projector received a "5 Star" award from Pcmagazine.ru.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and PC Mag this data projector has an overall expert rating of 83 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Data Projector Reviews

Sony projectors have good reviews on average and across all multimedia projectors Sony is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Some people agreed that the Sony VPL-HW30ES had a good 3D picture quality. Trustedreviews.com scored it 5 stars and said on expert review site Trusted Reviews “While the arrival of 3D has delivered its fair share of AV disappointments, none have felt keener than Sony's VPL-VW90ES” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW30ES. Trustedreviews.com also mentioned “This premium-priced (£5k plus) 3D projector had looked great in demos we'd seen at various shows.”. Trustedreviews.com also wrote “Best of all impressively affordable big-screen 3D - and 2D - feast”.

Easy to Use

One Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewer who bought the Sony VPL-HW30ES mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “Finding the best settings for it can take some time” in their review of this projector.

Robust

One Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewer who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was well made. Theregister.co.uk gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “It’s a solid rival for JVC’s similarly-priced D-ILA-powered DLA-X3” in their review of this projector.

Good Connectivity

One customer thought it was easy to sync. Expert review site Avguide.com mentioned in their review of the Sony VPL-HW30ES “Requires the use of an outboard infrared synchronizing emitter for the active shutter 3D glasses, as opposed to onboard IR 3D sync emitter capability, such as found” and scored the product 4 stars.

Recent Price Drop of £12.40

The VPL-HW30ES has dropped in price by £12.40 in the last 10 days.

Supports Full HD Projection

The VPL-HW30ES supports Full HD projection, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW30ES do not support Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The VPL-HW30ES supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors that have been around for more than two years also support 3D image projection.

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

This data projector has a native projector resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is the most commonly found native projector resolution on comparable spec multimedia projectors that are a similar age to it.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the VPL-HW30ES is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over six times the resolution of the most frequently found graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA). This multimedia projector also support a graphics resolution of 720 x 576 and 1280 x 720 (HD 720). Across all projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES the best resolution is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Resolution

The native resolution of this data projector is 1080p (1920x1080), which is the most commonly found native resolution on projectors of this age and spec.

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Two HDMI Ports

The VPL-HW30ES is a two HDMI port projector.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

At only 0.5 Watts, the Sony VPL-HW30ES has a quite low power consumption during PowerSave compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years. Data projectors that were released more than two years ago have power consumption during PowerSave of between 0.2W and 430W.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

Across all the projectors of a similar spec and age to the VPL-HW30ES the noise levels range from 20dB to 47dB, and the average noise level is 32dB. With a noise level of only 22 decibels, the VPL-HW30ES has one of the quieter noise levels amongst data projectors of this age.

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7 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Some Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewers wrote in their reviews that this projector was not cheap. Projectorcentral.com said “The end result is one of the least expensive 3D projectors currentl” although they gave it a rating of 78 out of 100. Expert review site Projectorreviews.com wrote in their review of the Sony VPL-HW30ES “Least expensive 1080p, 3D capable, SXRD (LCoS), home theater projector”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years, the VPL-HW30ES does not have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The VPL-HW30ES does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other data projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-HW30ES also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

At only 1,300 ANSI lumen, the VPL-HW30ES has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of this age and spec. The average projector brightness of multimedia projectors of this age and type is 2,900 ANSI lumens.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The average service life of lamp in economic mode of comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW30ES is 6,900h, and the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 2,000h to 30,000h. At only 3,000 hours, the VPL-HW30ES has a fairly short service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES.

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Quite Short Lamp Service Life

Across all the similar spec multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES the lamp service lives range from 1,500h to 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 7,900h. The Sony VPL-HW30ES has one of the shorter lamp service lives (only 2,000 hours) amongst projectors of this age.

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Heavy

With a weight of 10 kilograms, the VPL-HW30ES is one of the heavier projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. Data projectors that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 2.7g and 26kg, and the average weight is 6.2kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-HW30ES

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the VPL-HW30ES.

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8 Awards

theregister.co.uk Recommended soundandvision.com Top Pick Trusted Reviews Recommended projectorreviews.com Hot Product avforums.com Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate pcmagazine.ru 5 Star M3.idg.se Recommended

Expert Reviews

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12 April 2012

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is a fine all-round home-cinema projector with good-quality 3D, but you'll need to do a bit more wiring than normal...

8 February 2012

If I was building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, I would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and I... Read more…

21 December 2011

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is an impressively capable 1080p projector for both 2D and 3D, but finding the best settings for it can take some time and effort...

30 November 2011

Sony's VPL-HW30ES is a bright projector with deep contrast that does 3D. Even without taking price into consideration, it's a great projector. And when you do take price into consideration, it's...

31 October 2011

Back in Feb 2011 we reviewed projector. It impressed, but a £6000 price tag takes it out of the reach of most. With this HW30ES, Sony claims to have achieved much of the performance in a unit... Read more…

27 October 2011

Cinema-quality 3D effects and stunning 2D images make this the best home cinema projector we?ve seen this year ? but the price makes it only for serious film fans...

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14 October 2011

Projectorreviews.com

Sony's VPL-HW30ES projector is Sony's new, and least expensive 1080p, 3D capable, SXRD (LCoS), home theater projector. The HW30ES is newest in a long series of ?lower cost? LCoS home theater... Read more…

11 October 2011

If we were building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, we would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and... Read more…

14 September 2011

Avforums.com

The first Sony 3D projector was the VPL-VW90ES which we reviewed back in February 2011 and found an outstanding 2D image which was tempered by a disappointing 3D offering. There were issues with... Read more…

23 August 2011

Sony has worked wonders with the HW30ES, erasing the disappointments of the VW90ES from our minds with a projector that serves up a classy, hugely watchable and best of all impressively affordable...

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Electricity cost when switched on £96.14
Electricity cost when on standby £58.97
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.77 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 20 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vplhw30, vplhw30e, sony 1080, vplhw30es, sony 1080p, vplhw30esw, sony vplhw30, sony vplhw30e, sony vplhw30esk, 3dtv corp pro35, sony vplhw30eski, 3dtv corp pro310, sony vplhw30eskit, sony vplhw30eskitw
Barcodes 00027242862715, 00798304207170, 00798304207194, 00798304224986, 04905524845983, 04905524908619

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