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Sony VPLFH500L Projector

2000:1 WUXGA (1920x1200) 35dB 7,000 ANSI Lumens Mar 2014
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date £130.40 Electricity cost over 5 years
Reasonably priced
Sony data projectors have excellent reviews
Not easy to use
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Not Easy to Use

Two customers who reviewed it agreed that it was not easy to use. Website scored the product 3 stars out of 5 and said “Hard To Use” in their Sony VPL-FH500L review. Four years ago Tom wrote on expert website “When working properly, control is sloppy” in his review of this projector.


Sony Data Projectors Have Excellent Reviews

We checked the reviews from experts and owners of hundreds of projectors to determine an average rating for each projector manufacturer. On average projectors produced by Sony have excellent ratings from owners and experts. 100% of those that bought a Sony projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Average Running Costs

The VPL-FH500L has an average 1 year running cost of £131 based on average usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 91 data projectors of this spec and age.


Reasonably Priced

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Sony VPL-FH500L was good value for money. Tom mentioned four years ago “Canon projectors at this price point look OK.” in his review of this projector. He also said “Any brand at this price point would likely be a better deal in a professional environment than this one” in his review.


After checking the price of 25 projectors of a similar spec and age they range in price from £344 to £11,999. We think that this projector looks expensive compared to other projectors of a similar spec and age.


Released Over Three Years Ago

It was March 2014 when Sony released the VPL-FH500L.


Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony VPL-FH500L does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other projectors that have been available for a similar time to this projector which have a built-in speaker(s).

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

Projectors of a similar age and type to this multimedia projector have projector brightnesses of between 110 ANSI lumens and 12,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 4,200 ANSI lumens. With a projector brightness of 7,000 ANSI lumens, the VPL-FH500L has a quite bright projector brightness compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to this multimedia projector.

If you would prefer a brighter projector brightness then you might want to look at the Christie DXG1051-Q (£7,015.20) (10,000 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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WUXGA (1920x1200) Resolution

The Sony VPL-FH500L has a maximum resolution of WUXGA (1920x1200). That's over two times the resolution of the most common projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This multimedia projector's resolution (WUXGA (1920x1200)) is in fact the best resolution amongst all data projectors of a similar type and age to this data projector.

An XGA (1024x768) projector native resolution is the worst resolution across similar types of multimedia projector.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The VPL-FH500L does not support full HD. Most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as this projector also do not support full HD.

We think you might also be interested in other multimedia projectors which also support full HD including the Hitachi CP-X9110 (£5,300.40).

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The VPL-FH500L is HD-Ready, as are most of the other 2000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

At only 35 decibels, the VPL-FH500L has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to this projector. Multimedia projectors of this age and spec have noise levels of between 28dB and 73dB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The VPL-FH500L has a built-in display, which is unusual. Most of the other 2000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to this projector do not have a built-in display.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The VPL-FH500L has a handheld remote control. Most of the other 2000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago also have a handheld remote control.

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Sony VPL-FH500L Review Sources

To prepare this Sony VPL-FH500L review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 328,171 product attributes, 14,282 projector reviews and 3,049,700 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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Hitachi CP-X9110


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