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Sony VPL-HW30ES Projector

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1080p (1920x1080) 22dB 1,300 ANSI Lumens Jun 2013
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A Room With A 3D View.Turn any space into the ultimate home cinema with the versatile Sony VPL-HW30ES. It projects stunning 1080p 2D and 3D performance with a bright, vibrant picture, plus a... More
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16 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

This multimedia projector has received eight awards from experts in projectors.

The writers at Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se, Theregister.co.uk and Avforums.com all said that concluded that they would endorse this projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews gave this data projector an "Ultimate" award, it received a "Hot Product" award from Projectorreviews.com and Soundandvision.com gave it a "Top Pick" award.

The editor of one other expert review site decided that this projector was good. Pcmagazine.ru gave this multimedia projector a "5 Star" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and PC Mag the average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 83%.

Excellent Brand

Multimedia projectors built by Sony have excellent reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all multimedia projectors (not just multimedia projectors) and found that Sony also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Six Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewers considered that it had a good 3D picture quality. Expert website Trustedreviews.com wrote six years ago “While the arrival of 3D has delivered its fair share of AV disappointments, none have felt keener than Sony's VPL-VW90ES”. Trustedreviews.com also said “This premium-priced (£5k plus) 3D projector had looked great in demos we'd seen at various shows.”. Trustedreviews.com also wrote “Best of all impressively affordable big-screen 3D - and 2D - feast”.

Easy to Use

One Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned in their review “Finding the best settings for it can take some time” and gave the Sony VPL-HW30ES a rating of 80 out of 100.

Robust

One customer said in their reviews that it was well made. Expert review site Theregister.co.uk gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this projector six years ago “It’s a solid rival for JVC’s similarly-priced D-ILA-powered DLA-X3”.

Good Connectivity

One Sony VPL-HW30ES reviewer who reviewed this projector thought it was easy to sync. Avguide.com mentioned “Requires the use of an outboard infrared synchronizing emitter for the active shutter 3D glasses, as opposed to onboard IR 3D sync emitter capability, such as found” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW30ES.

Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW30ES supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VPL-HW30ES do not support full HD.

We compared this data projector to all the other projectors which support full HD and we think because of it's better review score, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030ub[plb_2301495_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D

The VPL-HW30ES supports 3D, as do most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-HW30ES.

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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution

This data projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many projectors of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The VPL-HW30ES supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-HW30ES. This data projector also support a supported graphics resolutions of 720 x 576 and 1280 x 720 (HD 720). The worst resolution of all data projectors of a comparable type and age to the VPL-HW30ES is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Resolution

The biggest native resolution of the VPL-HW30ES is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the native resolution of the most common native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

A 1080p (1920x1080) native resolution is actually the best native resolution amongst all projectors of a comparable age and type to the VPL-HW30ES.

A SVGA (800x600) native resolution is the worst native resolution across comparable types of multimedia projector.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Sony VPL-HW30ES has one of the bigger optical zooms (1.6 times zoom factor) amongst multimedia projectors of this age. Projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-HW30ES have optical zooms of between 1.1x and 1.9x.

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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 around for more than two years.

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Very Low Power Consumption (PowerSave)

Across all the multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the VPL-HW30ES the power consumption (PowerSave)s range from 0.2W to 430W, and the average power consumption (PowerSave) is 210W. With a power consumption (PowerSave) of only 0.5 Watts, the VPL-HW30ES has one of the lower power consumption (PowerSave)s amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 22 decibels, the VPL-HW30ES has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-HW30ES. The quietest noise level of multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago is 20dB, the loudest is 47dB, and the average noise level is 32dB.

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7 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Some Sony VPL-HW30ES owners mentioned in their reviews that it was not cheap. Projectorcentral.com mentioned “The end result is one of the least expensive 3D projectors currentl” . Projectorreviews.com mentioned in their review of this projector “Least expensive 1080p, 3D capable, SXRD (LCoS), home theater projector” .

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony VPL-HW30ES does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES which have a built-in speaker(s).

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the Optoma HD25-LV[plb_1883129_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of only 1,300 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-HW30ES has one of the dimmer projector brightnesss amongst projectors of this age. Across all the multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES the projector brightnesss range from 300 ANSI lumens to 9,200 ANSI lumens.

If this data projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might also want to look at the VPL-HW55ES[pl_1603525_price] (1,700 ANSI lumens), or the VPL-HW40ES[pl_2298294_price] (1,700 ANSI lumens) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-HW30ES, the Sony VPL-HW30ES does not support wi-Fi.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of only 3,000 hours, the VPL-HW30ES has a fairly short service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the VPL-HW30ES. The service life of lamp (economic mode)s of projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-HW30ES range from 2,000h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 6,700h.

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Quite Short Service Life of Lamp

When compared to other multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VPL-HW30ES, the VPL-HW30ES's service life of lamp of only 2,000 hours is one of the shortest. The average service life of lamp of projectors of this age and spec is 7,700h, and the service life of lamps range from 1,500h to 30,000h.

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Heavy

The weights of data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-HW30ES range from 2.2g to 26kg, and the average weight is 5kg. With a weight of 10 kilograms, the VPL-HW30ES is one of the heavier multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the VPL-HW30ES amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-HW30ES

Released Over Three Years Ago

This data projector was released over three years ago.

Specification

Projector
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Native Resolution
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Throw Ratio
Vertical Lens Shift Range
Horizontal Lens Shift Range
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
3D-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Reduction
HDCP
Design
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
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
Batteries Included
Warranty Card
Cables Included
Other Features
Connectivity Technology

8 Awards

theregister.co.uk Recommended soundandvision.com Top Pick Trusted Reviews Recommended projectorreviews.com Hot Product avforums.com Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate pcmagazine.ru 5 Star M3.idg.se Recommended

Expert Reviews

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12 April 2012

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is a fine all-round home-cinema projector with good-quality 3D, but you'll need to do a bit more wiring than normal...

8 February 2012

If I was building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, I would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and I... Read more…

21 December 2011

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is an impressively capable 1080p projector for both 2D and 3D, but finding the best settings for it can take some time and effort...

30 November 2011

Sony's VPL-HW30ES is a bright projector with deep contrast that does 3D. Even without taking price into consideration, it's a great projector. And when you do take price into consideration, it's...

31 October 2011

Back in Feb 2011 we reviewed projector. It impressed, but a £6000 price tag takes it out of the reach of most. With this HW30ES, Sony claims to have achieved much of the performance in a unit... Read more…

27 October 2011

Cinema-quality 3D effects and stunning 2D images make this the best home cinema projector we?ve seen this year ? but the price makes it only for serious film fans...

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14 October 2011

Projectorreviews.com

Sony's VPL-HW30ES projector is Sony's new, and least expensive 1080p, 3D capable, SXRD (LCoS), home theater projector. The HW30ES is newest in a long series of ?lower cost? LCoS home theater... Read more…

11 October 2011

If we were building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, we would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and... Read more…

14 September 2011

Avforums.com

The first Sony 3D projector was the VPL-VW90ES which we reviewed back in February 2011 and found an outstanding 2D image which was tempered by a disappointing 3D offering. There were issues with... Read more…

23 August 2011

Sony has worked wonders with the HW30ES, erasing the disappointments of the VW90ES from our minds with a projector that serves up a classy, hugely watchable and best of all impressively affordable...

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vplhw30, vplhw30e, sony 1080, vplhw30es, vplhw30esw, sony vplhw30, sony vplhw30e, sony vplhw30es, 3dtv corp pro35, 3dtv corp pro310
Barcodes 00027242832022, 00027242862715, 00798304207170, 00798304207194, 00798304224986, 04905524845983, 04905524908619

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