Optoma HD26 vs Sony VPL-EX235
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Optoma HD26vsSony VPL-EX235

Optoma HD26

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score

Optoma HD26

£552.17
Our Verdict:
A very economical to run and very good value for money moderate noise level 1080p data projector, with great features and an amazingly high 23000:1 contrast ratio
87
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115 Reviews + 2 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
62
Age
3 Years Old
90
Running Costs
£48 Over 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
31dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 23000:1 Yes Aug 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 31dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 23000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Aug 2014
Sony VPL-EX235

83

Overall Score

83

Overall Score

Sony VPL-EX235

£342.12
Our Verdict:
A classic and phenomenally cheap quiet XGA data projector, with OK running costs and good features
96
Reviews
10 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
65
Age
3 Years Old
60
Running Costs
£95 Over 5 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
30dB 1024 X 768 (XGA) 3300:1 No Jul 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 30dB
Projector Native Resolution 1024 X 768 (XGA)
Contrast Ratio 3300:1
3D No
Release Date Jul 2014
Optoma HD26

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score

Optoma HD26

£552.17
Our Verdict:
A very economical to run and very good value for money moderate noise level 1080p data projector, with great features and an amazingly high 23000:1 contrast ratio
87
Reviews
115 Reviews + 2 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
62
Age
3 Years Old
90
Running Costs
£48 Over 5 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
31dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 23000:1 Yes Aug 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 31dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 23000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Aug 2014
Sony VPL-EX235

83

Overall Score

83

Overall Score

Sony VPL-EX235

£342.12
Our Verdict:
A classic and phenomenally cheap quiet XGA data projector, with OK running costs and good features
96
Reviews
10 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
65
Age
3 Years Old
60
Running Costs
£95 Over 5 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
30dB 1024 X 768 (XGA) 3300:1 No Jul 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 30dB
Projector Native Resolution 1024 X 768 (XGA)
Contrast Ratio 3300:1
3D No
Release Date Jul 2014

Top Prices

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
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£552.17
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£579.99
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£712.84
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£450.77
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Reasons For

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
5 Reasons For
400 ANSI Lumens Brighter Projector Brightness
The Optoma HD26 is a 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness projector, whereas the Sony VPL-EX235 is only a 2,800 ANSI lumens brightness projector (400 ANSI lumens dimmer).

This is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

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A Lot Longer Service Life of Lamp
Optoma HD26 is 5,000h lamp service life, but the Sony VPL-EX235 is only a 3,000h lamp service life projector (2,000h shorter).

This indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

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3D
The Optoma HD26 supports 3D, however the Sony VPL-EX235 does not support 3D.

3D compatible projectors are able to display 3D content. Most projectors will require you to wear special glasses in order to view the 3D effect.

A 3D projector allows you to view the huge range of 3D films and content that is now available.

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Full HD
The Optoma HD26 supports full HD, but the Sony VPL-EX235 does not support full HD.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

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Cheaper to Run by £47 Over Five Years
Over five years the Optoma HD26 only costs £48 to run however the Sony VPL-EX235 costs £95 to run (99% more).
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Quieter Noise Level
The Sony VPL-EX235 is a 30dB projector. That's 1dB quieter than the Optoma HD26 (31dB).

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running.

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20W Bigger Bulb Power
The Sony VPL-EX235 is a 210W lamp power projector, whereas the Optoma HD26 is only a 190W lamp power projector (20W smaller).

This denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

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Ethernet LAN
The Sony VPL-EX235 has an Ethernet LAN, however the Optoma HD26 does not have an Ethernet LAN.

This denotes whether the projector has the native capability to connect to the local network, in order to receive movie files and the like from your computer.

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Cheaper by £210
The Sony VPL-EX235 costs £342.12, whereas the Optoma HD26 is £552.17.
Better User Reviews
Based on 8 reviews, the Sony VPL-EX235 has an average user review score of 100%, but the Optoma HD26 has an average rating of 92% (based on 80 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony projectors have an average rating of 89%, however Optoma has an average rating of 88.8%.

Reasons Against

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
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Reviews & Awards

Awards

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
2 Awards
projectorcentral.com: Highly Rated Trusted Reviews: Recommended
No awards found

Average Expert Rating

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
Best
5 stars
2 reviews
4 stars
5 reviews
3 stars
2 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
No reviews found

Average User Rating

The Sony VPL-EX235 has better user reviews than the Optoma HD26. The average user reviews score for the Sony VPL-EX235 is 100% based on 8 reviews, where as the average score for the Optoma HD26 is 92% based on 80 reviews.
Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
5 stars
54 reviews
4 stars
22 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
3 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
8 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Optoma. The average brand rating for Sony is 89.02% based on 913 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Optoma is 88.82% based on 3,510 reviews.
Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
Optoma

89

89

Based on 3,510 reviews
Sony

89

89

Based on 913 reviews

Date Released

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
43 months old 43 months old

Key Features

Noise Level

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running.

Projector Brightness

This is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Bulb Power

This denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Service Life Of Lamp

This indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

3D

3D compatible projectors are able to display 3D content. Most projectors will require you to wear special glasses in order to view the 3D effect.

A 3D projector allows you to view the huge range of 3D films and content that is now available.

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
Best
Yes
No

Full HD

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
Best
Yes
No

Energy Efficiency

Running Costs Over 5 Years

Projector running costs calculated based on an average of 5 hours of use per week. The running cost comprises the electricity cost when using the projector and the electricity standby cost. Compare all energy saving projectors.

Environmental Impact

We have calculated the amount of CO2 that will be generated by running each of these projectors for 5 years. We have then converted that into the number of tree seedlings that you would need to plant and grow for 10 years in order to offset that amount of CO2.
Optoma HD26
Optoma
HD26
6 trees 0.24 tonnes CO2 (Best)
Sony VPL-EX235
Sony
VPL-EX235
12 trees 0.47 tonnes CO2

Review Analysis

Price

For both the Sony VPL-EX235 and the Optoma HD26 people mentioned that the price was excellent.
Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
  • There are price rivals out there…
    Whathifi.com - January 2015
  • With the best buy price match got it for a good deal…
    Wildcatfan1 - November 2015
  • Good for the price.
    Binagina4 - September 2015
  • Definitely a good value for the price…
    Dsjal - August 2015
  • Better contrast ratio by far and a better bulb! Affordable and same set up…
    RIPMoa - October 2014
  • Just saying that there is a huge difference in the price…
    Mark - January 2016
  • The price was better than any others that are just as bright! Great product that works well for me!
    GTRIDER - February 2016
  • The price pt was great for my first projector too…
    Ilovejesus - February 2016
  • The picture is fabulous! What a great deal…
    JoAnderson - February 2016
  • The price was best at Best buy for the projector at the time…
    JoAnderson - February 2016
  • Excellent, noiseless, clear picture, worth the price tag…
    Stephen - March 2015
  • Great value…
    Mr J J A Jackson - July 2016
  • Noise Level

    For both the Sony VPL-EX235 and the Optoma HD26 people mentioned that the noise level was excellent.
    Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
  • The fan is not too noisy…
    Djmel - November 2014
  • 5) Noise levels are very low - It's quieter than my old computer desktop…
    M. A. Hussain - August 2015
  • Is suppose to have a few better features and be more quiet…
    Theaterguy21 - August 2015
  • Excellent, noiseless, clear picture, worth the price tag…
    Stephen - March 2015
  • Very quiet…
    Mr J J A Jackson - July 2016
  • Specification

     
     
     
    Performance Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Noise Level 31dB 30dB
    BEST
    Noise Level (economic Mode) 26dB Unknown - Click to provide data
    Heat Dissipation Unknown - Click to provide data 1,013BTU/h
    Horizontal Scan Range
    Vertical Scan Range
     
     
     
    Projector Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Projector Native Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (1080p)
     1920 x 1080 (1080p)
    1920 x 1080 (1080p)
     1920 x 1080 (1080p)
    Contrast Ratio
    23000:1
     23000:1
    23000:1
     23000:1
    Projector Brightness 3,200 ANSI Lumens
    BEST
    2,800 ANSI Lumens
    Keystone Correction, Horizontal
    Maximum Digital Resolution
    1920 x 1200
     1920 x 1200
    1920 x 1200
     1920 x 1200
    Keystone Correction, Vertical Unknown - Click to provide data
    Matrix Size 0.65"
    BEST
    0.63"
    Uniformity 80% Unknown - Click to provide data
    Projector Brightness (economic Mode) Unknown - Click to provide data 1,600 ANSI Lumens
    Zoom Ratio
    1.3:1
     1.3:1
    1.3:1
     1.3:1
    Projection Distance Unknown - Click to provide data
    Screen Size Compatibility
     
     
     
    Lamps Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Lamp 1lamp(s) 1lamp(s)
    Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode) 6,500h
    BEST
    3,000h
    Bulb Power 190W 210W
    BEST
    Service Life of Lamp 5,000h
    BEST
    3,000h
     
     
     
    Lens System Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Digital Zoom 2x Unknown - Click to provide data
    Offset 116% Unknown - Click to provide data
    Aperture Range (F-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length Range (f-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Video Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Supported Graphics Resolutions
    1600 x 1200 (UXGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
    1280 x 768 (WXGA) 1280 x 768
    1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
    640 x 480 (VGA)
     1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
     1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
     1280 x 768 (WXGA)
     1280 x 768
     1024 x 768 (XGA)
     800 x 600 (SVGA)
     640 x 480 (VGA)
    1600 x 1200 (UXGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
    1280 x 768 (WXGA) 1280 x 768
    1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
    640 x 480 (VGA)
     1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
     1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
     1280 x 768 (WXGA)
     1280 x 768
     1024 x 768 (XGA)
     800 x 600 (SVGA)
     640 x 480 (VGA)
     
     
     
    Ports & Interfaces Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    S-Video Inputs Unknown - Click to provide data 1
    Headphone Outputs 1 1
    Composite Video in Unknown - Click to provide data 1
    USB 2.0 Port 1 2
    BEST
    Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
    HDMI Port 2
    BEST
    1
    VGA (D-Sub) Port Unknown - Click to provide data 3
     
     
     
    Storage Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Optical Disc Player Type
    Not included
     Not included
    Not included
     Not included
     
     
     
    Multimedia Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    RMS Rated Power 10W 16W
    BEST
    Built-In Speaker 1 1
     
     
     
    Power Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Power Consumption (standby) 0.5W
    BEST
    5.1W
    Power Consumption (typical) 233W
    BEST
    250W
    Power Consumption (economy Mode) 193W Unknown - Click to provide data
    Maximum Power Consumption 262W Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Operational Conditions Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Operating Altitude Unknown - Click to provide data
    Storage Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
    Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Operating Temperature (T-T)
     
     
     
    Weight & Dimensions Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Weight 2.5kg
    BEST
    3.9kg
    Height 114mm 96.2mm
    Depth 224mm 252mm
    Width 315mm 365mm
     
     
     
    Technical Details Optoma HD26 Sony VPL-EX235
    Contrast Ratio
    25000:1
     25000:1
    25000:1
     25000:1

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