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Sony VPL-HW50ES/B Top Pick Trusted Reviews Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Rated
An enormous 1920 x 1080 21dB multimedia projector, but with poor features
1080p (1920x1080) Yes 21dB 1,700 ANSI Lumens Sep 2012
Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date

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Sony VPL-HW50ES/B Review

With excellent reviews but low running costs, we have scored the Sony VPL-HW50ES/B as follows for Summary.
10 Reviews + 7 Awards
Missing Some Features
4 Years Old
£97 Over 1 Year
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 45?

It has fantastic expert reviews with an average expert rating of 92%. This projector has received seven awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from plus two other sites and a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews. 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-HW50ES/B has running costs of £97 over 1 year, which puts it typical compared to the other 1,763 data projectors that we have compared it to.
It is missing some features:
Quite small bulb power
Very dim projector brightness

Sony VPL-HW50ES/B In-Depth Analysis


Seven Industry Awards

Amongst projectors, this data projector is one of the most awarded by experts in multimedia projectors.

The writers at three expert review sites all decided that this projector was very good. gave this multimedia projector an "Especially Recommended 5 Star" award, it received an "Especially Recommended 6 Star" award from and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award.

This multimedia projector received a "Recommended" award from website Trusted Reviews who concluded that this projector was very good.

Three additional expert review sites all thought that this Sony data projector was very good. gave this projector a "Highly Rated" award, gave it a "Top Pick" award and gave it a "Hot Product" award.

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

10 experts from sites including, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and have rated this projector on average 92 out of 100. The multimedia projector expert review sites think this multimedia projector is one of the very best projectors.

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Excellent Brand

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


Quite Small Bulb Power

The bulb power of the Sony VPL-HW50ES/B of only 200W is quite small compared to most other projectors. It is in the smallest 20% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. Across all the projectors the bulb powers range from 3.5W to 4,200W, and the average bulb power is 260W.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW50ES/B supports full HD. 64% of projectors do not support full HD.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

Projectors have noise levels of between 10dB and 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB. The Sony VPL-HW50ES/B's noise level of only 21dB is very quiet compared to most other projectors. It is in the quietest 1% of all projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightnesses of multimedia projectors range from 12 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness of the VPL-HW50ES/B of only 1,700 ANSI lumens is fairly dim compared to most other projectors. It is in the dimmest 11% of all projectors when ordered by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Resolution

The Sony VPL-HW50ES/B has a 1920 x 1080 projector native resolution which is higher than most projectors. Most projectors have a WXGA (1280x800) resolution. In addition, this multimedia 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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The VPL-HW50ES/B is HD-Ready, which is unusual. 79% of projectors are not HD-Ready.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the VPL-HW50ES/B in September 2012.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are OK

The VPL-HW50ES/B has an average 1 year running cost of £97 based on adequate energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 1,763 projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vplhw50esw, vplhw50esb
Barcodes 00027242862647, 00027242862654, 04905524900248, 04905524900279

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