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A stunningly quiet and multi award winning 1080p 3D data projector, with a Best Buy award from one expert review website and 11 further awards from other expert sites
21dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 120000:1 Yes Dec 2014
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Sony VPL-HW40ES Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Sony VPL-HW40ES number 378 in 3D projectors and number 626 across all projectors.
324 Reviews + 12 Awards
Value for Money
Good Features
2 Years Old
Running Costs
£72 Over 5 Years
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Why Has it Scored 57?

It has very good expert reviews and exceptional user reviews with 92% of buyers recommending this projector to others. This projector has received 12 awards including a "Recommended" award from plus three other sites and a "Best Buy" award from Sony projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer projectors with better features are available. However this Sony projector has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest projectors 2017.
The VPL-HW40ES has running costs of £72 over 5 years, which puts it typical compared to the other 1,849 projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving data projectors.
Customers report it is fairly priced, good product quality and acceptable noise level.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution
Quieter than average noise level
Very dim projector brightness
Smaller than average bulb power

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Sony VPL-HW40ES In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

12 Industry Awards

Amongst projectors, this projector is one of the most highly awarded.

The experts at websites, Expert Reviews, and Trusted Reviews all recommend this multimedia projector and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The expert at one additional expert review site decided that this projector would make a great purchase. This was from who gave it an "Best Buy".

The writers at three more expert review sites all thought that this Sony projector was very good. gave this data projector a "Recommended" award, gave it a "Best in Test 5 Star" award and Digital Versus gave it a "5 Star" award.

The editors of three additional expert review sites all concluded that this projector was very good. Les gave this data projector a "5 Star" award, gave it a "Hot Product" award and it received a "Very Profitable" award from

The writer at one more expert review site decided that this multimedia projector was very good. This was from who gave it an "Highly Rated".

Good Expert Reviews

15 experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and have rated this data projector on average 89%. If all the data projectors are ranked by average expert review score then this projector is in the top 14%.

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Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this Sony projector is brilliant based on 309 owner reviews. 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.

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Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

17 customers said in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Users Report Good Product Quality

11 people concluded that it was good quality.

Customers Report Acceptable Noise Level

84 owners who reviewed this projector agreed that it was quiet.

Sony Has Excellent Reviews for Its Projectors

Based on 964 expert and owner reviews (including 145 verified purchases), Sony has excellent ratings for its projectors. 92% of those that bought a Sony projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good picture quality and two customers who reviewed this projector thought it had good colour saturation.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

10 customers who bought the product agreed that it was easy to use and three customers who purchased the product agreed that it was easy to setup.

Users Report That it is Robust

Three people reckoned that the Sony VPL-HW40ES was well made.

Customers Report Excellent Technical Features

Four owners who purchased it reckoned that it had good features.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Four owners who reviewed it agreed that it was well designed and three customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good looking.

Value for Money

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Cheaper Price Found in the United States

We found a cheaper price for the Sony VPL-HW40ES of $1,399.99 (£1,803.47) in the United States. That's a saving of £45.53.

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Running Costs

Running Costs Are Average

The VPL-HW40ES is typical compared to the other 1,849 data projectors that we have analysed for 5 year running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the 5 year running cost of the VPL-HW40ES is £72.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the VPL-HW40ES in December 2014.


1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution

The VPL-HW40ES has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p). That's over two times the resolution of the most common resolution of 1280 x 800. The resolution of all data projectors ranges from 280 x 800 (worst) to 4096 x 2160 (best).

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Quieter Than Average Noise Level

The quietest noise level of projectors is 20dB, the loudest is 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. The Sony VPL-HW40ES's noise level of only 21dB is very quiet compared to most other projectors. It is in the quietest 1% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Higher Than Average Contrast Ratio (typical)

The contrast ratio (typical) of the VPL-HW40ES of 120,000 is very high compared to most other multimedia projectors. It is higher than 97% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature. Projectors have contrast ratio (typical) of between 1.5 and 2,500,000, and the average contrast ratio (typical) is 27,000.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

Data projectors have projector brightnesses of between 100 ANSI lumens and 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness of the Sony VPL-HW40ES of only 1,700 ANSI lumens is dimmer than average when compared to most other data projectors. It is in the dimmest 9% of all data projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Supports 3D

The VPL-HW40ES supports 3D, unlike 59% of data projectors which do not support 3D.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The VPL-HW40ES has a handheld remote control, as do 79% of projectors.

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Smaller Than Average Bulb Power

The VPL-HW40ES's bulb power of only 200W is smaller than average when compared to most other data projectors. It is smaller than 81% of all data projectors when ordered by this feature. The bulb powers of data projectors range from 15W to 840W, and the average bulb power is 250W.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW40ES supports full HD. 64% of data projectors do not support full HD.

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