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Trusted Reviews Recommended Best Buy Hot Product Best in Test 6 Star
An amazingly high contrast ratio and multi award winning 1080p 3D projector, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites
21dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 120000:1 Yes Sep 2013
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Sony VPL-HW55ES Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Sony VPL-HW55ES number 444 in 3D projectors and number 764 across all projectors.
37 Reviews + 6 Awards
Value for Money
4 Years Old
Running Costs
£69 Over 5 Years
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 75?

It has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with 80% of buyers recommending this multimedia projector to others. This projector has received six awards including a "Best Buy" from and a "Recommended" from Trusted Reviews. Epson data 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 2018.
The VPL-HW55ES has running costs of £69 over 5 years, which puts it typical compared to the other 2,022 data projectors that we have compared it to. View all energy saving projectors.
Customers report superior product quality.
It has some great features:
1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution
\\Sharper, smoother motion: motionflow creates extra images between the original frames: you ll see every detail and less blur, even in fast-moving scenes
\\Precision alignment: electronic panel alignment adjusts the blue and red elements in each pixel for precise colour and clarity
\\Flexible installation: with a wider vertical lens shift range than our other 3d home cinema projectors, there are greater options for installation
\\Finer tuning: make gamma adjustments to image brightness according to the light in the room or the on-screen picture: 11 modes available
\\Low fan noise: an advanced cooling system keeps projector noise to a minimum
\\Automatic 2d and 3d modes: the projector automatically recognises 2d or 3d content. you can pre-select specific settings, like cinema mode and colour settings
\\Built-in IR 3d transmitter: IR 3d glasses synchronise with the built-in transmitter, no need for cables
\\Intelligent lamp system: dynamic lamp control syncs with 3d glasses to boost brightness and create greater visual impact; also maximises lamp efficiency
\\Crystal clear, with minimal crosstalk: SXRD panels reproduce up to 240 frames per minute, for super-sharp images, and synchronise with 3d glasses for minimal ghosting
\\Go wireless: ditch the cables with an optional wireless HDMI kit: connects wirelessly to blu-ray disc player, games console, and more
Quieter than average noise level
3D that jumps out at you: compatible with the latest RF transmitter for better range and stability (rf glasses/emitter are optional accessories)
\\Automatic contrast adjustment: A contrast enhancer uses advanced iris3 technology to automatically adjust light and dark areas in every shot
\\Brighter than before: at 1,700 lumens, it\'s much brighter than our other 3d models, producing clearer images and faithful colour even in well-lit rooms
\\Greater detail: with a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1, blacks and whites are optimised for finer detail, even in dark scenes
\ resolution on a bigger scale: get closer to the 1080p original and see more details and colours in your movies with reality creation, our intelligent resolution technology
Go far beyond the reach of TV
Supports 3D
Higher than average contrast ratio (typical)
\\Manually adjust colour, hue, and brightness: real colour processing (version 2) allows you to select a target on the projected picture for finer adjustments

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Sony VPL-HW55ES In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Six Industry Awards

This data projector has received six awards from expert review sites.

Two expert review sites liked this multimedia projector. This projector received a "Best Buy" award from website and it received a Trusted Reviews "Recommended" award.

The authors at three more expert review sites all thought that this Sony multimedia projector was very good. and both gave this data projector a "Best in Test 6 Star" award and gave it a "Best in Test" award.

The writer at one more expert review site decided that this data projector was very good. This was from who gave it an "Hot Product".

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on 16 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, and the average expert rating of this projector is 89%. Projector experts think this multimedia projector is one of the better projectors.

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Good Owner Reviews

On average, VPL-HW55ES owners rated this data projector 83%. 9 reviewers (75% of all reviewers) gave this data projector the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 80% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Sony Has Very Good Projector Reviews

We checked 712 expert and owner reviews (including 107 verified purchases) for Sony multimedia projectors and found that on average Sony has very good ratings. 92% of those that bought a Sony multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Excellent Product Quality

Four customers who reviewed the product thought it was good quality.

Value For Money

Poor Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and very good features but is over 6 months old, and at £2,499.00 it is more expensive than 86% of projectors.

Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony VPL-HW55ES and the United Kingdom price of £2,499.00 was the cheapest.

The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $3,195.00 (£4,402.07).

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Running Costs

Running Costs Are OK

The VPL-HW55ES has an average running cost of £69 over 5 years based on average energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 2,022 projectors.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market since September 2013.


1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution

The Sony VPL-HW55ES has a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) projector native resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 800 resolution found on most projectors. Across all projectors the best resolution is 4096 x 2400 (4K) and the worst is 640 x 360 (nHD).

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Quieter Than Average Noise Level

The Sony VPL-HW55ES's noise level of only 21dB is in the quietest 1% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. The average noise level of all projectors is 34dB, with the quietest being 20dB and the loudest being 93dB.

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Higher Than Average Contrast Ratio (typical)

The average contrast ratio (typical) of all data projectors is 27,000, with the lowest being 1.5 and the highest being 2,500,000. The VPL-HW55ES's contrast ratio (typical) of 120,000 is very high compared to most other multimedia projectors. It is higher than 97% of all multimedia projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The VPL-HW55ES's projector brightness of only 1,700 ANSI lumens is dimmer than 91% of all projectors when ordered by this feature. The average projector brightness of all data projectors is 3,700 ANSI lumens, with the dimmest being 100 ANSI lumens and the brightest being 85,000 ANSI lumens.

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Supports 3D

The Sony VPL-HW55ES supports 3D, unlike 60% of data projectors which do not support 3D.

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Average Service Life of Lamp

The VPL-HW55ES's service life of lamp of 5,000h is pretty typical compared to most other data projectors. It is longer than 38% of all data projectors when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Sony VPL-HW55ES has a handheld remote control, as do 81% of projectors.

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Smaller Than Average Bulb Power

The bulb powers of data projectors range from 15W to 840W, and the average bulb power is 250W. The VPL-HW55ES's bulb power of only 200W is in the smallest 24% of all data projectors when ordered by this feature.

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-HW55ES supports full HD, unlike 63% of multimedia projectors which do not support full HD.

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Has a 3D Glasses Included

The VPL-HW55ES has a 3D glasses included, which is unusual. 97% of projectors do not have a 3D glasses included.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

audiolab sonytdgpj1c1dc, anthem sonytdgpj1c1dc, sony sonytdgpj1c1dc, audiolab vplhw55es, anthem vplhw55es, sony vplhw55es


00027242872936, 00027242872943, 00027242872950, 04905524954043, 04905524954067


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