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Sony VPLHW40ES Projector

£1,499.00
120000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 21dB Mar 2014
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
Twelve industry awards
Good value
2D and 3D picture quality
292 Reviews + 12 Awards
Digital Versus 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended insideci.co.uk Recommended Expert Reviews Recommended
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Good Value

Thirty-two owners said in their reviews that this projector was good value for money. Avforums.com said “Genuinely big bass, great quality sound, decent battery life, simple connectivity, affordable” but in spite of that they only rated it 1 stars. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review “Good value” although they rated the product 1 stars. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert review site Trusted Reviews “The HW40ES is the most affordable model in Sony's new home cinema projector range”.

One owner who bought it said that it was expensive. Last year Fmer said on Bestbuy.com “Way better then my overpriced whirlpool which lasted only 3 year after being repair 4 times.” in their review of this projector and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

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Reviews

Twelve Industry Awards

Data projector experts love this Sony projector and have given it twelve awards.

The experts at websites Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Lydogbilde.no and Insideci.co.uk all decided that concluded that they would endorse this data projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The author at review sites Avforums.com thought that this 120000:1 contrast ratio data projector would make a great purchase and gave it their "Best Buy" award.

Digital Versus gave this Sony data projector a "5 Star" award, it received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com and it received a "Hot Product" award from Projectorreviews.com.

The writers at three additional expert review sites all wrote that this Sony multimedia projector was good. This data projector received a "5 Star" award from Les Numeriques.com, it received a "Recommended" award from Ljudochbild.se and it received a "Best in Test 5 Star" award from Lydogbillede.dk.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Fifteen experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and avforums.com have rated this data projector on average 89%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 309 user reviews this Sony data projector has a brilliant overall user rating. Over 71% of reviewers gave this projector the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 92% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Excellent Reviews for Its Data Projectors

Based on 502 owner and expert reviews (including 65 verified purchases), Sony has excellent reviews for its projectors. Sony also has excellent reviews specifically within its 120000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors range. 91% of those that bought a Sony multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Support

Manual Controls for Focus, Zoom, Lens Shift

Three people considered that this projector did not have good technical guidance. Two years ago Hometheaterreview.com wrote “Manual controls for focus, zoom, lens shift” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES. Hometheaterreview.com also said “No iris, manual controls for adjusting focus, zoom” in their review. Mostlymello mentioned last year “Manual shows too many different dishwashers, with mine labeled with buttons that it doesn't have” in their review of this projector.


Audio

Very Quiet in Low Lamp Mode

One hundred and twenty-five customers who reviewed the Sony VPL-HW40ES mentioned that it was quiet. Hometheaterreview.com mentioned in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “Very quiet in low lamp mode” but in spite of that they only scored it 19.4 out of 100. Hometheaterreview.com also said “Extremely quiet in operation” in their review. Reggie mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Love this project clear picture, quiet operation and easy setup” in his review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES.

Five owners who bought this projector agreed that it was noisy. Hometheaterreview.com mentioned “Deep blacks, little to no fan noise” although they scored it 19.4 out of 100. Ms1234 said on Bestbuy.com “Far less noisy than our previous dish washer” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Katherine mentioned in her review of this projector on Bestbuy.com “Maybe we just had a noisy dishwasher before (we did).”.

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Deep Blacks, Little to No Fan Noise

Five owners who bought this projector agreed that it was noisy. Hometheaterreview.com mentioned “Deep blacks, little to no fan noise” although they scored it 19.4 out of 100.

Ms1234 said on Bestbuy.com “Far less noisy than our previous dish washer” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Katherine mentioned in her review of this projector on Bestbuy.com “Maybe we just had a noisy dishwasher before (we did).”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Five people said in their reviews that it had good features. Pete said in his review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES on Bestbuy.com two years ago “It's quiet, has a ton of great features”. Mediatech mentioned “It was selected for features, color reproduction” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Mchav wrote on Bestbuy.com “Nice overall features and works as expected”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One customer reckoned that the product was good in terms of connectivity.

One person who bought it reckoned that it had email functionality. Jbeaston wrote in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “In fact, I received an email from Best Buy the previous day telling me that product was being delivered then next day” and rated it 8 stars.

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Design

2D and 3D Picture Quality

Twenty-eight people who reviewed this projector considered that it was good quality. Hometheaterreview.com wrote in their review of this projector “2D and 3D picture quality”. Hometheaterreview.com also mentioned “Attractive design and good build quality” in their review. Robert said in his review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES two years ago “I was amazed of the quality even on 110 inch screen”.

Solid Color Performance

Thirteen owners said in their reviews that it was well made. Hometheaterreview.com said “Solid color performance”. Expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned “It's a full HD model with 3D playback built around Sony's increasingly impressive SXRD projection technology” in their review of this projector. Expert review site Insideci.co.uk wrote “The brand's projection hardware is always well-built and looks great.” in their review of this projector.

Three owners who purchased the Sony VPL-HW40ES reckoned that it was reliable. Steve he wrote on Bestbuy.com “This one is just as quiet and dependable as our first one” in his review of this projector. Agcully said “I bought this because I associate Bosch with reliable, quality, long lasting products”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Cabman mentioned “Seems very sturdy and works as expected”.

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Easy to Use

Fourteen owners who bought the Sony VPL-HW40ES concluded that it was easy to use. Bestbuy.com said “It is easy to set up and easy to use”. Sman660 wrote “Has many features and easy to use”. Slatton08 said on Bestbuy.com two years ago “So clean, so quiet, simple and easy to use”.

Six customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to setup. Trusted Reviews wrote in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES “Very easy to setup” but they only gave this projector a rating of 19.4 out of 100. Missyjoe wrote in their review of this projector on Bestbuy.com “Great projector The picture is great and easy to set up”. 73shark mentioned in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review “Easy to set up and the fan is not noticeable”.

Two owners who reviewed the product wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Missourikid1 wrote in their review of this projector “Quieter than I expected, cleans really great, has all the wash settings I need”. Three years ago Chip mentioned in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review on Bestbuy.com “I have not changed any of the default Cinema 1 settings, as they seem to be perfect for the room that it is in”.

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Nice Design

Seven customers who reviewed it concluded that it was well designed. Prisonrev wrote on Bestbuy.com “I'm not convinced having the controls hidden on the top of the door is the best design choice, though” and scored it 8 stars. Sugaonfire mentioned “THe stainless steel design looks great as well”. Two years ago Andreat said in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review on Bestbuy.com “The racks inside are very well designed, super spacious”.

Six people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. In April last year Dasame said in their review of this projector “Simple, elegant stainless steel line, dishes come out perfectly clean”. Crista said in her review of this projector on Bestbuy.com “This is pretty, quiet” and rated it 8 stars. Cricri mentioned “It is now 1 year exactly that i own this beautiful projector! I had no issues since” .

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was smooth. An anonymous author wrote two years ago “3D looks very natural and smooth” in her Sony VPL-HW40ES review. Sourceiskey said “Oppo is knows for great video processing) Part of the image (scene or character) will pause then jump the the next position rather than a smooth transition” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three people said in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Rec1225 said “It's very quiet, you really can't hear it in the next room and it does a great job cleaning a heavy load of dishes!” in their review of this projector and scored this projector 7 stars. Coco said on Bestbuy.com “Even the silver ware is poorly designed with so much wasted space because of the chunky plastic” in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review. Debdebkentucky rated it 7 stars and mentioned “I think they will be fine and it gives you a little more room for bulky items” in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review.

One person thought this projector was thin. Debdebkentucky said “The tines that make up the rack on the bottom which help separate the dishes are thin”.

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Black Depth and High Contrast Ratio

Thirteen people said in their reviews that this projector had good picture quality. Ozzydiaz scored the product 7 stars and said “I'm using 110in screen and my family and I love it great picture quality, easy set up”. Mjet mentioned on Walmart.com “Amazing picture quality have 120" screen”. Three years ago Tckinnard wrote on Bestbuy.com “Excellent picture quality & near silent operation” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES.

Five customers who bought the product considered that it had good colour saturation. An anonymous author scored it 9 stars and she wrote “This Sony projector offers fantastic color saturation” in her review of this projector. Alanvegas mentioned in their review of this projector on Bestbuy.com “Great contrast, accurate colors and very bright”. Jesseaggie2005 mentioned in their review of this projector on Bestbuy.com two years ago “The colors are vibrant, awesome black levels, full 1080p HD quality”.

One owner mentioned that it had a good contrast ratio. Hometheaterreview.com said “Black depth and high contrast ratio” in their review of this projector.

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Good High Def TV

Eight owners who bought the product said that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Expert website Projectorcentral.com scored it 8 stars and wrote in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review “Sony's SXRD technology, which is their implementation of LCoS, produces projectors with high contrast ratios and impressive HD performance”. Expert website Insideci.co.uk gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned three years ago “The VPL-HW40ES is the most affordable model in Sony's Full HD SXRD home theatre line.”. Milo mentioned on Bestbuy.com “I purchased this HD projector and they love it, we are all watching it again” in his Sony VPL-HW40ES review.

Backlit Remote With Lots of Shortcuts

Three people concluded that it had a good remote control. Two years ago Hometheaterreview.com mentioned “Backlit remote with lots of shortcuts” in their review of the Sony VPL-HW40ES. Pinballplayer gave this projector a score of 6 stars and wrote on Bestbuy.com “I use a 92" Stewart Firehawk screen, with a fully light controller room”. Brucefan42 wrote on Bestbuy.com “The unit works perfectly with a Harmony Remote” and rated it 7 stars.

Good Standard Def Image

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was good at displaying standard definition TV. Sourceiskey mentioned on Walmart.com “Modern sources (Netflix, Roku, etc.) are all good, HD is better than SD.” in their review of this projector.

Tecnologa De Audio

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good sound quality. Avforums.com wrote in their review of this projector “Tecnologa de audio” but even so they rated the product 19.4 out of 100. Katherine wrote on Bestbuy.com “The difference in sound is amazing”. Three years ago Geese mentioned “Epson is a solid brand and had a good Sound & Vision review, May 2014”.

Rendu 2D Et 3D

Nine people said that this projector had a good 3D picture quality. Hometheaterreview.com wrote two years ago “Excellent 2D and 3D performance” in their Sony VPL-HW40ES review. Hometheaterreview.com also wrote “Rendu 2D et 3D” in their review. Pinballplayer said on Bestbuy.com “The 3D capability is cool” in their review of this projector and scored it 6 stars.


Power

Good Battery Life

One owner who reviewed it said that it had a good battery life.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the VPL-HW40ES in April 2017.


Video

Supports Full HD

The Sony VPL-HW40ES supports full HD. Most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as this multimedia projector also support full HD.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a full HD and we think the Epson EH-TW7200 (£1,399), or the Sony VPL-HW55ES (£2,799) is also worth considering.

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3D-Ready

The VPL-HW40ES is 3D-ready. Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also are 3D-ready.

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Projector

1080p (1920x1080) Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is the most commonly found projector native resolution on projectors of this age and type.

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Has a Digital Gamma Correction

The Sony VPL-HW40ES has a digital gamma correction, as do most of the other multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Projector Brightness

The VPL-HW40ES has a fairly standard projector brightness (1,700 ANSI lumen) compared to most of the other 120000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to this multimedia projector.

If this data projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might also want to consider the Epson EH-TW7200 (£1,399) (2,000 ANSI lumens).

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The VPL-HW40ES has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other projectors of this age and spec.

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Networking

Has an Ethernet LAN

The VPL-HW40ES has an Ethernet LAN. Most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years do not have an Ethernet LAN.

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Lamps

Very Small Bulb Power

The average bulb power of 120000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as this projector is 220W, and the bulb powers range from 200W to 230W. With a bulb power of only 200 Watts, the VPL-HW40ES has one of the smaller bulb powers amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age.

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Performance

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 21 decibels, the Sony VPL-HW40ES has a pretty standard noise level compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

Projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth considering include the Sony VPL-HW55ES (£2,799) (21dB).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers audiolab vplhw40es, sony vplhw40esiv, anthem vplhw40es, sony vplhw40esw, audiolab 3n1pjt, anthem 3n1pjt, sse vplhw40es, sony hw40es
Barcodes 00017932718644, 00027242878648, 00027242879171, 00027242879188, 00272428791888, 00616348087179, 00616348087728, 00779177280484, 00799198059203, 04053162599277, 04053162651265, 04905524973488, 04905524976021, 05054533605039

Sony VPL-HW40ES Review Sources

To prepare this Sony VPL-HW40ES review we compared this projector to 2,059 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 326,528 product attributes, 14,204 projector reviews and 2,772,200 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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