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Sony Projectors Have Good Reviews
On average data projectors from Sony are rated 89%, which is in the top 16% of all multimedia projector brands that we have analysed.
A Best Selling Projector
According to Amazon sales data, the VPL-HW65 is one the top selling projector currently available.
Good Picture Quality
One Sony VPL-HW65 owner who reviewed it considered that it had a flickering image. This month Freebo said “I'm not the only one seeing problems, this reviewer has 3D flicker http”.
Good 3D Picture Quality
One Sony VPL-HW65 reviewer thought the Sony VPL-HW65 had a good 3D picture quality. Freebo wrote on Amazon this month “I'm not the only one seeing problems, this reviewer has 3D flicker http”.
100 - 240V AC Input Voltage
This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on similar spec data projectors that have been available for around the same time as it.
Supports 3D Image Projection
The Sony VPL-HW65 supports 3D image projection, which is unusual. Most of the other recently released similar spec projectors do not support 3D image projection.
We compared this data projector to all the other projectors with a 3D image projection and we think the Benq PU9220+ (£4,627.17) is also worth considering.
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Supports Full HD Projection
The VPL-HW65 supports Full HD projection. Most of the other latest similar spec projectors also support Full HD projection.
Other data projectors which support Full HD projection currently available which you might also want to consider include the DELL S560T which is cheaper.
1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution
This data projector has a native projector resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many data projectors that came out in the last year.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other data projectors that have a resolution of 1080p (1920x1080) currently available including cheaper projectors such as the DELL S560T.
If the resolution of this multimedia projector is too low for you then you might also want to consider the EIKI EK-600U (£3,057.60) (WUXGA (1920x1200)), or the Benq PU9220+ (£4,627.17) (WUXGA (1920x1200)).
Quite Long Lamp Service Life
With a lamp service life of 6,000 hours, the Sony VPL-HW65 has one of the longer lamp service lives amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-HW65 the lamp service lives range from 1,500h to 30,000h.
Very Quiet Noise Level
At only 22 decibels, the VPL-HW65 has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-HW65. The quietest noise level of recently released data projectors is 21dB, the loudest is 41dB, and the average noise level is 33dB.
If you are not concerned about having a louder noise level then you might want to consider the DELL S560T (36dB) which is also cheaper.
10 Reasons Against
Only 50Hz AC Input Frequency
This projector has a 50 - 60Hz AC input frequency, which is the most frequently found AC input frequency on projectors that were launched around the same time as it.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
The Sony VPL-HW65 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-HW65 which have a built-in speaker.
We compared all the other data projectors which also have a built-in speaker to this projector and we think the DELL S560T which is also cheaper is also worth considering.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
The VPL-HW65 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other data projectors that were released in the last year also do not support WiFi connectivity.
Very Dim Projector Brightness
The projector brightness of multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-HW65 range from 1,000 ANSI lumens to 7,500 ANSI lumens. At only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-HW65 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other latest comparable spec data projectors.
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Very Dim White Light Output
Data projectors that were released in the last year have white light outputs of between 1,800 ANSI lumens and 6,500 ANSI lumens. At only 1,800 ANSI lumen, the VPL-HW65 has a quite dim white light output compared to most of the other new projectors.
Very Dim Colour Light Output
The Sony VPL-HW65 has one of the dimmer colour light outputs (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) amongst projectors of this age. The dimmest colour light output of recently released projectors is 1,800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 6,500 ANSI lumens, and the average colour light output is 3,500 ANSI lumens.
Quite Small Digital Zoom
Recently released data projectors have digital zooms of between 1.1x and 2x. The VPL-HW65 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 1.6 times zoom factor) amongst multimedia projectors of this age.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
This data projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate, which is typical of many new similar spec projectors.
Very Small Lamp Power
At only 215 Watts, the Sony VPL-HW65 has a quite small lamp power compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that came out in the last year. The lamp power of similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW65 range from 190W to 380W, and the average lamp power is 270W.
The average weight of similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for the last year is 6.7kg. The VPL-HW65 is quite heavy (9 kilograms) compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec data projectors.
2 Other reasons to consider the Sony VPL-HW65
Running Costs Are Average
The VPL-HW65 is typical compared to the other recently released similar spec multimedia projectors that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the VPL-HW65 will cost £100 over 1 year to run.
Released Twelve Months Ago
Sony released the VPL-HW65 twelve months ago.
Native Projector Resolution
1,800 ANSI lumens
Colour Light Output
1,800 ANSI lumens
White Light Output
1,800 ANSI lumens
Compatible Screen Size
40 - 300
Lamp Service Life
Vertical Lens Shift Range
71 - -71
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
25 - -25
3D Image Projection
Full HD Projection
Ports & Interfaces
Component Video in Port
Audio in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
10, 10, 100
Ethernet LAN Connection
Horizontal Scan Range
19 - 72
Vertical Scan Range
48 - 92
On Screen Display Language
ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA
On Screen Display
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Maximum Power Consumption
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Input Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Input Voltage
100, 100 - 240
Relative Humidity Storage Range
10 - 90
Relative Humidity Operational Range
35 - 85
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60
Operating Temperature Range
5 - 35
Energy Star Certified
Weight & Dimensions
Handheld Remote Control
407.4 x 463.9 x 179.2
HDMI 1 / HDMI 2 HDMI (x2) Y PB/CB PR/CR Pin Jack (x3) INPUT a RGB/Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr input connector: Mini D-sub 15-pin (female) REMOTE RS-232C connector: D-sub 9-pin (female) IR in Mini Jack 3D SYNC RJ-45
The 2D picture is amazing but I'm giving it 3* as I believe there is a bug with the 3D playback, it has a major flicker every few secs.
I'm not the only one seeing problems, this reviewer has 3D... Read more…
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.49 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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