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Sony VPL-HW65ES Projector

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1080p (1920x1080) 22dB 1,800 ANSI Lumens Sep 2015
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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

Sony is one of the better rated projector manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sony also has good ratings for its multimedia projectors.

50Hz AC Input Frequency

This projector has a 50 - 60Hz AC input frequency, which is the most frequently found AC input frequency on comparable spec projectors that have been around for the last year.

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Supports Full HD Projection

Unlike most of the other recently released projectors which do not support Full HD projection, the Sony VPL-HW65ES supports Full HD projection.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other new multimedia projectors, the VPL-HW65ES supports 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 typical of many recently released multimedia projectors.

There are a number of other projectors that have a resolution of 1080p (1920x1080) currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Vivitek H1188 (£1,160.47).

If you are looking for a projector with a higher resolution then you might also want to look at the LX-MU800Z (£12,087.60) (WUXGA (1920x1200)), or the LX-MU600Z (£7,674.00) (WUXGA (1920x1200)) both from Canon or the Panasonic PT-DZ780 (£7,203.60) (WUXGA (1920x1200)).

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1.6:1 Zoom Ratio

The Sony VPL-HW65ES supports a maximum zoom ratio of 1.6:1. That's 45% more zoom ratio than the most common zoom ratio of 1.1:1.

This projector's zoom ratio (1.6:1) is in fact the best supported zoom ratio across all similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW65ES.

Across comparable types of projector the worst supported zoom ratio is 1.1:1.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

Multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-HW65ES have noise levels of between 22dB and 40dB. The noise level of the Sony VPL-HW65ES of only 22 decibels is one of the quietest amongst recently released multimedia projectors.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

Most of the other multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW65ES have a built-in speaker, however the Sony VPL-HW65ES does not have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for the last year, the VPL-HW65ES does not support WiFi connectivity.

Other projectors which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to look at include the Sony MP-CL1 (£289.00), or the Vivitek Qumi Q6 (£327.97) which is also higher rated.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The VPL-HW65ES has one of the dimmer projector brightness (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) amongst multimedia projectors of this age. The average projector brightness of projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-HW65ES is 3,900 ANSI lumens.

If you want a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the H1188 (£1,160.47) (2,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the H1186 (£738.00) (2,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Vivitek or the Epson EH-TW5300 (£516.13) (2,200 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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Very Small Matrix Size

Across all the multimedia projectors that have been available for the last year the matrix sizes range from 0.55" to 0.76", and the average matrix size is 0.67". With a matrix size of only 0.61 inches, the Sony VPL-HW65ES has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-HW65ES.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony VPL-HW65ES

Running Costs Are OK

The VPL-HW65ES is typical compared to the other 51 projectors that have been around for the last year that we have assessed for running costs. Based on typical energy prices, we estimate the VPL-HW65ES will cost £103 over 1 year to run.

Released Twelve Months Ago

It was twelve months ago when Sony released the VPL-HW65ES.


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The Sony VPL-HW65ES is an elegant home theater projector that succeeds by combining an array of effective processing features and attributes including the updated Reality Creation 2, Contrast...


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Electricity cost when switched on £99.35
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Total running cost over 5 years £102.30
Running costs for this projector have been estimated based on other similar projectors. If you know how much electricity and water the Sony VPL-HW65ESuses then please let us know by entering those figures in the boxes above.
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.51 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 14 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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