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A phenomenally quiet and multi award winning 1080p 3D projector, with great features and low running costs
21dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) Yes 1,700 ANSI Lumens Sep 2012
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Sony VPL-HW50ES/W Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Sony VPL-HW50ES/W number 488 in 3D projectors.
10 Reviews + 7 Awards
5 Years Old
Running Costs
£69 Over 5 Years
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 74?

It has excellent 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. Epson data projectors also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer data projectors with better features are available. However this Sony projector has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest data projectors 2018.
The VPL-HW50ES/W has running costs of £69 over 5 years, which puts it typical compared to the other 2,022 projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving data projectors.
It has some great features:
1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution
Quieter than average noise level
Supports 3D
Has a handheld remote control
Brighter, clearer images
Huge range of user enhancements

Sony VPL-HW50ES/W In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Seven Industry Awards

This Sony multimedia projector is one of the most awarded of all the data projectors.

The writers at websites, and all strongly endorse this multimedia projector and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Review site Trusted Reviews endorse this data projector and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Three other expert review sites all said that this projector was very good. This Sony multimedia projector received a "Highly Rated" award from, gave it a "Top Pick" award and gave it a "Hot Product" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

Based on 10 expert reviews from sites including, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and the average expert rating of this data projector is 92%. If all the multimedia projectors are ranked by average expert review score then this projector is in the top 7%.

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Sony Projectors Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 712 user and expert reviews (including 107 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its projectors. 92% of those that bought a Sony projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are Average

The VPL-HW50ES/W has an average 5 year running cost of £69 based on typical energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 2,022 data projectors.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market since September 2012.

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1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution

The VPL-HW50ES/W has a higher resolution than most projectors. This data projector has a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, whereas most multimedia projectors have a 1280 x 800 resolution. Projectors resolutions range from 640 x 360 (nHD) (worst) to 4096 x 2400 (4K) (best).

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Quieter Than Average Noise Level

The noise level of the VPL-HW50ES/W of only 21dB is in the quietest 1% of all projectors when ranked by this feature. Projectors have noise levels of between 20dB and 93dB, and the average noise level is 34dB.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

Across all the projectors the projector brightnesses range from 100 ANSI lumens to 85,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness of the Sony VPL-HW50ES/W of only 1,700 ANSI lumens is in the dimmest 9% of all multimedia projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Supports 3D

The Sony VPL-HW50ES/W supports 3D, which is unusual. 60% of projectors do not support 3D.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The VPL-HW50ES/W has a handheld remote control. 81% of projectors also have a handheld remote control.

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Smaller Than Average Bulb Power

The bulb powers of projectors range from 15W to 840W, and the average bulb power is 250W. The bulb power of the VPL-HW50ES/W of only 200W is smaller than average when compared to most other data projectors. It is smaller than 76% of all projectors when sorted by this feature.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW50ES/W supports full HD, unlike 63% of projectors which do not support full HD.

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The VPL-HW50ES/W is HD-Ready, unlike 80% of projectors which are not HD-Ready.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony vplhw50esw, vplhw50esb


00027242862647, 00027242862654, 04905524900248, 04905524900279

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