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Sony VPL-HW45ES Top Pick Trusted Reviews Recommended Best Buy Hot Product
A massive 120000:1 1920 x 1080 projector with a Best Buy award from two expert review websites
120000:1 1080p (1920x1080) Yes 22dB Apr 2016
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Sony VPL-HW45ES Review

With excellent reviews and at under 2 years old, we have scored the Sony VPL-HW45ES as follows for Summary.
13 Reviews + 9 Awards
Average Features
16 Months Old
£103 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 55?

It has very good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with an average overall rating of 93%, based on 13 reviews. This projector has received nine awards including a "Best Buy" award from plus one other site and a "Recommended" award from plus one other site. Sony projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this multimedia projector is slightly out of date, and newer multimedia projectors with more up to date technology are available. View the latest projectors 2017.
It has running costs of £103 over 1 year, which puts it typical compared to the other 1,763 projectors that we have compared it to.
Customers report good picture quality.
This Sony projector has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1920 x 1080 resolution
Supports full HD
Very dim projector brightness
Only 1,080 video mode

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Sony VPL-HW45ES In-Depth Analysis


Nine Industry Awards

This projector is one of the most awarded by projector experts of all the projectors.

The writers at two expert review sites both said that this multimedia projector was very good. This was from and who gave it an "Best Buy".

This projector received a "Recommended" award from both websites and Trusted Reviews, both of which concluded that this data projector was very good.

Three other expert review sites all said that this data projector was very good. gave this projector a "The Choice of Gamers" award, gave it a "Highlight Award" and it received a "Hot Product" award from

The experts at two additional expert review sites both thought that this Sony data projector was very good. This projector received a "Highly Rated" award from and gave it a "Top Pick" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 10 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews,, and this multimedia projector has an overall expert rating of 88 out of 100. The expert review sites think this projector is one of the better projectors.

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Sony Has Excellent Reviews for Its Data Projectors

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

Users Report Good Picture Quality

Three owners who reviewed the Sony VPL-HW45ES concluded that it had good picture quality.

  • If you want accurate cinematic images with decent blacks, good shadow detail and stunningly accurate colours for under £2,000 there is no other choice to be made… July 2016
  • Awesome picture quality! Easy to setup!
  • Crisp picture quality, high resolution in dark room…
    Amit ( - September 2016

Customers Report Excellent Product Quality

Two owners reckoned that this projector was good quality.


1920 X 1080 Resolution

The VPL-HW45ES has a 1920 x 1080 projector native resolution which is higher than most data projectors. Most projectors have a WXGA (1280x800) resolution. In addition, this projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). Across all multimedia projectors the worst resolution is 280 x 800 and the best is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The VPL-HW45ES's projector brightness of only 1,800 ANSI lumens is in the dimmest 11% of all multimedia projectors when ranked by this feature. Projectors have projector brightnesses of between 12 ANSI lumens and 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens.

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW45ES supports full HD, unlike 64% of projectors which do not support full HD.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

The noise level of the VPL-HW45ES of only 22dB is very quiet compared to most other projectors. It is in the quietest 2% of all multimedia projectors when ordered by this feature. Across all the projectors the noise levels range from 10dB to 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Released 16 Months Ago

This projector has been on the market since April 2016.

Running Costs

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The average running cost of the VPL-HW45ES is £103 over 1 year based on passable usage levels and energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 1,763 data projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers anthem vplhw45esblk, sony vplhw45eswhite, sony vplhw45esblack, anthem vplhw45eswht, acoustic vplhw45es, acer vplhw45es, sony vplhw45b
Barcodes 04548736031968, 04548736031975, 05013493303331

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