Across all data projectors, the VPL-HW40ES is one the top selling products currently on the market according to sales data from Amazon.
Sony Projectors Have Good Reviews
Sony is one of the better rated projector brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Sony also has good ratings for its multimedia projectors.
Acceptable Noise Level
Some Sony VPL-HW40ES reviewers who bought this projectors thought it was quiet. In August last year Hometheaterreview.com said in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “Very quiet in low lamp mode”. Hometheaterreview.com also said “Extremely quiet in operation”.
Some customers said in their reviews that it was a good design. Hometheaterreview.com said in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review “Attractive design”.
A number of customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was well made. In August last year Hometheaterreview.com gave this projectors a score of 90 out of 100 and wrote “Solid color performance”. Hometheaterreview.com also wrote “Attractive design and good build quality”.
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Easy to Use
One Sony VPL-HW40ES reviewer who bought this projectors considered that it was easy to use the menus. Hometheaterreview.com mentioned “Brak polskiego menu ekranowego, brak technologii Advanced Iri 3, rczny zoom i ogniskowanie, brak okularw 3D w zestawie, korekta efektu Keystone jedynie w pionie, cena budetowa", ale nie dla kadego” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES and gave it a rating of 5 stars.
One Sony VPL-HW40ES owner who purchased the Sony VPL-HW40ES concluded that it was easy to setup. Hometheaterreview.com mentioned “Very easy to setup” in their review of this projectors.
One Sony VPL-HW40ES reviewer who reviewed it mentioned that it was good value for money. Hometheaterreview.com wrote in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “Good value”.
Good Product Quality
One customer mentioned that it was good quality. Hometheaterreview.com mentioned last year “Attractive design and good build quality”.
Supports Full HD Projection
Unlike most of the other data projectors of this spec and age which do not support Full HD projection, the VPL-HW40ES supports Full HD projection.
Supports 3D Image Projection
The VPL-HW40ES supports 3D image projection, as do most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age.
1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution
The highest resolution of the VPL-HW40ES is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).
This projector's resolution (1080p (1920x1080)) is actually the best resolution amongst all multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW40ES.
Amongst similar types of projector the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600).
1.6:1 Zoom Ratio
The VPL-HW40ES supports a maximum zoom ratio of 1.6:1. That's 23% more zoom ratio than a 1.3:1 data projector, which is the most frequently found zoom ratio supported by multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-HW40ES. Across all multimedia projectors that were released one year ago the worst zoom ratio is 1.03 and the best is 2.1:1.
Quite Quiet Noise Level
Comparable spec projectors that have been available for more than a year have noise levels of between 21dB and 39dB. When compared to other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-HW40ES that we have checked, the noise level of the VPL-HW40ES of only 21 decibels is one of the quietest.
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Poor 3D Picture Quality
Some customers concluded that the product did not have a good 3D picture quality. Hometheaterreview.com wrote “Crosstalk in 3D mode (double image” in their review of this projectors. Hometheaterreview.com also said “Crosstalk prsent en 3D (ddoublement de l'image”.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The VPL-HW40ES does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other projectors of this type and age which have a built-in speaker.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
The Sony VPL-HW40ES does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-HW40ES also do not support WiFi connectivity.
Very Dim Projector Brightness
With a projector brightness of only 1,700 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-HW40ES has one of the dimmer projector brightness amongst multimedia projectors of this age. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors of a similar age and type to the VPL-HW40ES is 500 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 9,200 ANSI lumens.
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Not Cheap Compared to Other Data Projectors of a Comparable Age and Type
The cheapeast data projectors of a comparable age and type that we found costs £150 and the most expensive costs £6,979. We thought that this projector looks expensive for a projector of a comparable age and type.
Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port
The Sony VPL-HW40ES is a one VGA (D-Sub) port multimedia projector.
1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-HW40ES
Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when this projector was released.
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Nelson1 would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)
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Chip would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)
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ParkerViewer would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)
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Greg would recommend the Sony VPL-HW40ES (Verified Purchase)
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