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Overall Score

Sony VPL-FX500L

£4,220.87
A 4 year old 2500:1 1024 x 768 multimedia projector with fine features but high running costs
2500:1 XGA (1024x768) No 31dB Mar 2013
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Sony VPL-FX500L Review

With average features,
9
Poor
56
Average Features
29
4 Years Old
29
£155 Over 1 Year
Overall Score
37
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 38?

It has superb user reviews with an average user rating of 100%. Sony projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better data projectors are available. View the latest projectors 2017.
It has running costs of £155 over 1 year, which puts it in the most expensive 17% of all 1,763 multimedia projectors that we have compared it to.
Customers report it is fairly priced.
This Sony projector has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Has a DVI port
Fairly long service life of lamp
Does not have a built-in speaker
Does not support full HD

Should You Buy it Now?

Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. There was a cheaper price of £3,950.34 on Amazon UK 6 days ago. We predict that the price will go down again.
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Sony VPL-FX500L In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Excellent Brand

We checked 962 expert and user reviews (including 145 verified purchases) for Sony projectors and found that on average Sony has excellent reviews. 92% of those that bought a Sony multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

One person who reviewed the Sony VPL-FX500L concluded that it was good value for money. Three years ago Paul wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Were very happy with this projector and would recommend it for someone looking for a great affordable projector for presentation purposes”.


Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has average features and is over 6 months old and at £4,220.87 it is more expensive than 92% of projectors.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony VPL-FX500L and the United Kingdom price of £4,220.87 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $3,799.99 (£4,938.09).

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Features

Has a DVI Port

The VPL-FX500L has a DVI port, which is unusual. 88% of data projectors do not have a DVI port.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamp of the Sony VPL-FX500L of 6,000h is quite long compared to most other projectors. It is in the longest 20% of all data projectors when ranked by this feature. Multimedia projectors have service life of lamps of between 20h and 40,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,800h.

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of projectors is 12 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The Sony VPL-FX500L's projector brightness of 7,000 ANSI lumens is in the brightest 6% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Fairly Big Bulb Power

Across all the multimedia projectors the bulb powers range from 3.5W to 4,200W, and the average bulb power is 260W. The bulb power of the Sony VPL-FX500L of 330W is fairly big compared to most other projectors. It is in the biggest 16% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The Sony VPL-FX500L does not have a built-in speaker, unlike 76% of data projectors which have a built-in speaker.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Sony VPL-FX500L does not support full HD. 64% of projectors also do not support full HD.

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1024 X 768 Resolution

The VPL-FX500L has a 1024 x 768 projector native resolution which is higher than most multimedia projectors. Most projectors have a WXGA (1280x800) resolution. This Sony projector also has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The quietest noise level of projectors is 10dB, the loudest is 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. The noise level of the VPL-FX500L of only 31dB is fairly quiet compared to most other projectors. It is in the quietest 21% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This projector was released in March 2013.


Running Costs

Very High Running Costs

The VPL-FX500L is in the most expensive 17% of all 1,763 multimedia projectors that we have analysed for running costs. Based on satisfactory energy prices, we estimate the VPL-FX500L will cost £155 over 1 year to run.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vplfx500lxga, acer vplfx500l, sony 9rmwza00, sony 9rmwzs00, sony fx500l
Barcodes 00027242799530, 00272427995300, 04905524485318

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