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Sony VPL-CW256 Projector

3700:1 WXGA (1280x800) 4,500 ANSI Lumens 1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Feb 2015
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9 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Sony data projectors have an average rating of 89 out of 100, which is in the top 10% of all multimedia projector brands that we have looked at.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-CW256 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256.

Alternative projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony VPL-EW348[plb_3301541_price] which is cheaper.

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Very Bright Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256 is 4,200 ANSI lumens. At 4,500 ANSI lumens, the VPL-CW256 has a very bright projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-CW256.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Sony VPL-CW256 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by projectors that were launched more than a year ago. This multimedia projector also supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1280 x 800. Across all comparable spec data projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 4096 x 2160.

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

Across all the data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VPL-CW256 the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.96", and the average matrix size is 0.64". The VPL-CW256 has one of the bigger matrix sizes (0.75 inches) amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age.

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Very Bright Colour Light Output

The VPL-CW256 has a very bright colour light output (4,500 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec. The dimmest colour light output of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-CW256 is 1,800 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 4,500 ANSI lumens.

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Fairly Bright White Light Output

The Sony VPL-CW256 has a fairly bright white light output (4,500 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-CW256. The dimmest white light output of projectors that were released one year ago is 1,800 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 5,200 ANSI lumens.

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Very Big Bulb Power

When compared to other 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than a year that we have assessed, the bulb power of the VPL-CW256 of 245 Watts is one of the biggest. Across all the comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-CW256 the bulb powers range from 220W to 250W, and the average bulb power is 230W.

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Quite High Vertical Synchronization (max)

The average vertical synchronization (max) of similar spec projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-CW256 is 50kHz, and the vertical synchronization (max)s range from 0.085kHz to 120kHz. At 92 kilohertz, the Sony VPL-CW256 has a quite high vertical synchronization (max) compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released one year ago.

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8 Reasons Against

Only 100V AC Input Voltage

This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Does Not Support 3D

Most 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-CW256 do not support 3D. The VPL-CW256 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sony VPL-CW256 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than a year ago also do not support wi-Fi.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

Across all the 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 the service life of lamps range from 3,000h to 6,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 5,300h. With a service life of lamp of only 3,000 hours, the VPL-CW256 has a quite short service life of lamp compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

The average service life of lamp (economic mode) of comparable spec data projectors that were launched more than a year ago is 8,800h, and the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 5,000h to 10,000h. At only 5,000 hours, the VPL-CW256 has a quite short service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released one year ago.

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Very Heavy

The lightest projector that was launched more than a year ago is 4.1kg heavy and the heaviest is 5.6kg. When compared to other 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-CW256 that we have checked the weight of, the Sony VPL-CW256's weight of 5.6 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 10 Watts, the VPL-CW256 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VPL-CW256. The lowest RMS rated power of projectors that were released one year ago is 10W and the highest is 16W.

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Expensive

We think this 3700:1 contrast ratio projector looks expensive compared to other 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than a year. We checked 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than a year and they range in price from £298 to £959.

3 Other reasons to consider the Sony VPL-CW256

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this 3700:1 contrast ratio projector was released.

WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution

This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found projector native resolution on 3700:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than a year ago.

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Running Costs Are OK

The VPL-CW256 is typical compared to the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the VPL-CW256 will cost £115 over 1 year to run.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Vertical Synchronization (min)
Horizontal Synchronization (max)
Vertical Synchronization (max)
Horizontal Synchronization (min)
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
Zoom Ratio
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Focus
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Heat Dissipation
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £110.89
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £114.58
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0.57T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.57 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
15
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 15 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242884342, 04053162768307, 04905524989472

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