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Sony Has Good Projector Reviews
Projectors built by Sony are some of the better projectors according to average reviews from experts and owners.
Running Costs Are Low
The VPL-SW235 is in the cheapest 17% of all 85 multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type that we have analysed for running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the VPL-SW235 will cost only £85 over 1 year to run.
100 - 240V AC Input Voltage
This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.
Has a Built-In Speaker
Like most of the other data projectors of this age and type, the Sony VPL-SW235 has a built-in speaker.
There are a number of alternative projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to consider including the CP-D27WN (£550.80), or the CP-CW250WN (£565.20) both from Hitachi or the Sony VPL-SX225 which is cheaper.
1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution
The highest resolution supported by the Sony VPL-SW235 is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 8% more resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). The worst resolution of all similar spec projectors that were launched around the same time as the VPL-SW235 is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).
If the resolution of this projector is too low for you then you might want to consider the NEC M311 (£451.19) (720 x 480|720 x 576|832 x 624|1152 x 870|1600 x 900|1024 x 768 (XGA)|1152 x 864 (XGA+)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 720 (HD 720)|1280 x 768 (WXGA)|1280 x 800 (WXGA)|1366 Ñ 768|1400 x 1050 (SXGA+)|1440 x 900 (WXGA+)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+)|1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)|1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)|640 x) which is also higher rated.
WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution
This data projector has a native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most commonly found native projector resolution on projectors of this age and spec.
It may also be worth considering one of the alternative data projectors that have a resolution of WXGA (1280x800) currently available including cheaper multimedia projectors such as the Infocus IN3126 (£516.00), or the Sony VPL-SW225 (£600.84).
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Very Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
The Sony VPL-SW235 has a very long service life of lamp in economic mode (10,000 hours) compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-SW235. The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago is 230h, the longest is 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 5,800h.
Fairly Long Lamp Service Life
At 6,000 hours, the VPL-SW235 has a fairly long lamp service life compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-SW235. Across all the similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-SW235 the lamp service lives range from 1,500h to 30,000h.
10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
This projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate, which is typical of many comparable spec multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago.
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Price Has Recently Increased by £118.13
Yesterday the price of the VPL-SW235 has increased by £118.13.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
The Sony VPL-SW235 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-SW235 also do not support WiFi connectivity.
Does Not Support 3D Image Projection
The Sony VPL-SW235 does not support 3D image projection. Most of the other data projectors that were launched more than two years ago also do not support 3D image projection.
There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors which also support 3D image projection that you might want to consider including the Infocus IN3126 (£516.00) which is also cheaper.
Does Not Support Full HD Projection
The Sony VPL-SW235 does not support Full HD projection, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago also do not support Full HD projection.
It is worth also looking at other projectors which also support Full HD projection including the Hitachi CP-CX300WN (£460.89).
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Very Dim Brightness in Economy Mode
With a brightness in economy mode of only 1,700 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-SW235 has a quite dim brightness in economy mode compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and type. The dimmest brightness in economy mode of multimedia projectors of this age and spec is 1,500 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 4,400 ANSI lumens, and the average brightness in economy mode is 2,400 ANSI lumens.
Quite Small Lamp Power
With a lamp power of only 210 Watts, the VPL-SW235 has one of the smaller lamp power amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age. The average lamp power of projectors of this age and spec is 240W, and the lamp power range from 140W to 400W.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
This Sony data projector has been on the market for over two years.
Average Projector Brightness
With a projector brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, the VPL-SW235 has a relatively typical projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the VPL-SW235.
Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might also be worth looking at include the VPL-DX147 (£452.85) (3,200 ANSI lumens), or the VPL-SX235 (3,200 ANSI lumens) both from Sony which is also cheaper.
Native Projector Resolution
3,000 ANSI lumens
Maximum Digital Resolution
1600 x 1200
Vertical Keystone Correction
Colour Light Output
3,000 ANSI lumens
Brightness in Economy Mode
1,700 ANSI lumens
Supported Aspect Ratio
4:3, 16:9, 16:10
Compatible Screen Size
57 - 103
Native Aspect Ratio
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Service Life
3D Image Projection
1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 640 x 480 (VGA)
Full HD Projection
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, NTSC 3.58, NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL, PAL M, PAL, PAL N, SECAM
Ports & Interfaces
PC Audio Input
PC Audio Output
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB Type-a, USB Type-B
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
10, 10, 100
Ethernet LAN Connection
Integrated Card Reader
Horizontal Scan Range
14 - 93
Vertical Scan Range
47 - 93
On Screen Display Language
ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, GRE, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, VIE
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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