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Sony VPL-VW500ES Projector

200000:1 DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) 26dB Sep 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
Eight industry awards
Does not have a good 3D picture quality
Not good in terms of size
20 Reviews + 8 Awards
Digital Versus 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate insideci.co.uk Recommended
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Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This data projector has received eight awards from experts.

The experts at review sites Trusted Reviews and Insideci.co.uk both recommend this projector and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Two additional expert review sites endorsed this data projector. The expert at website Avforums.com conluded that they would definitely endorse this 200000:1 contrast ratio projector and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and the author at review website Homecinemachoice.com concluded that it was good and gave it a "Best Buy" award.

This data projector received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and it received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews.

One additional expert review site wrote that this multimedia projector was good. Les Numeriques.com gave this projector a "5 Star" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

This Sony projector has an average expert rating of 91 out of 100 based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and avforums.com.

Sony Data Projectors Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 502 expert and user reviews, Sony has excellent ratings for its projectors. Sony also has excellent ratings specifically for its 200000:1 contrast ratio projectors. 100% of those that bought a Sony data projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Not Good in Terms of Size

One person who bought the product mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Avhub.com.au said in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES two years ago “Bulky design” .

Heavy and Bulky

One person who bought the product mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Avhub.com.au said in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES two years ago “Bulky design” .


Does Not Have a Good 3D Picture Quality

Five Sony VPL-VW500ES owners who reviewed the Sony VPL-VW500ES thought it did not have a good 3D picture quality. Avhub.com.au mentioned “3D spex are optional”. Avhub.com.au also said “No 3D glasses included” in their review. Avhub.com.au also mentioned “Mediocre 3D performance” in their review.

Good At Displaying High Definition TV

Ten Sony VPL-VW500ES owners who purchased it agreed that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Avhub.com.au wrote two years ago “High quality HD upscaling”. Expert website Insideci.co.uk scored it 7 stars and wrote “As the sole flag-bearers for Ultra HD home theatre projection, Sony has to be considered the go-to brand for future-proofed theatre installs” in their review of this projector. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES “Ultra HD video has incredible impact when projected on a wall”.

Good Remote Control

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good remote control.

Good Colour Saturation

Three Sony VPL-VW500ES owners said in their reviews that the product had good picture quality. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said three years ago “Image quality is quite simply superb, especially in 4K mode” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review and gave the Sony VPL-VW500ES a score of 7 stars.

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had good colour saturation. Avhub.com.au said “Finesse with colours” in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review.

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Features

Good Features

One Sony VPL-VW500ES owner who bought it mentioned that it had good features. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Impressive features”.


Design

Robust

One customer reckoned that the Sony VPL-VW500ES was well made.

Good Looking

One person who bought this projector considered that it was good looking. Avhub.com.au wrote “Let's address the luxuriously decked out elephant in the room right away” .

Good Quality

Five customers who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. Two years ago Avhub.com.au wrote in their Sony VPL-VW500ES review “Excellent picture quality in 2D and 3D”. Avhub.com.au also said “Stunning 4K picture quality” in their review. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Good build quality” in their review.


Audio

Quiet

One customer said in their reviews that it was quiet. Avhub.com.au wrote “Quiet 26 dB” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES nonetheless they only gave the product a rating of 14 out of 100.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the VPL-VW500ES in September 2013.


Multimedia

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

The VPL-VW500ES does not have a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to this multimedia projector.

Other multimedia projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) that you might want to look at include the Optoma GT1080 (£584.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Video

Supports Full HD

The VPL-VW500ES supports full HD, unlike most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to this multimedia projector which do not support full HD.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which support full HD to this data projector and we think because of their better review scores, the Sony VPL-VW600ES, and the Epson 5030ub are also worth considering.

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Projector

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-VW500ES is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). That's over four times the resolution of the most frequently found projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080).

This multimedia projector's resolution (DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)) is in fact the best resolution amongst all multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this projector.

A WVGA (854x480) projector native resolution is the worst resolution across comparable types of multimedia projector.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 1,700 ANSI lumen, the Sony VPL-VW500ES has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as this projector. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to this data projector is 75 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 11,000 ANSI lumens.

We compared this data projector to all the other 1,700 ANSI lumens brightness projectors and we think because of its better review score, the Sony VPL-VW600ES is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the 5030ub (2,400 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the EH-TW6600 (£1,299) (2,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Epson.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The VPL-VW500ES has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other data projectors of this age and type.

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Networking

Has an Ethernet LAN

The VPL-VW500ES has an Ethernet LAN, unlike most of the other data projectors that are a comparable age to this projector which do not have an Ethernet LAN.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as this data projector, the VPL-VW500ES does not have a DVI port.

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Performance

Very Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 26 decibels, the Sony VPL-VW500ES has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other data projectors that have been available for more than two years. Across all the multimedia projectors of this age and type the noise levels range from 21dB to 45dB, and the average noise level is 32dB.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Five people who purchased this projector mentioned that it was good value for money. Avhub.com.au said “Native 4K looks incredible, upscaled HD looks nearly as good, remarkably affordable for a 4K projector, excellent colour reproduction” in their review of the Sony VPL-VW500ES. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Amazing price for a 4K projector” in their review. Three years ago expert review site Insideci.co.uk wrote “It's a more affordable, native 4K iteration of the brand's groundbreaking VPL-VW1000ES”.

Two Sony VPL-VW500ES owners who reviewed it said that it was expensive. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “Even though the Sony VPL-VW500ES is incredibly expensive it’s still cheaper than many Ultra HD projectors” and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “The Sony VPL-VW500ES is staggeringly expensive.”.

One person who bought it considered that it was cheap. Avhub.com.au mentioned “This isn't a cheap projector by any stretch”.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242869608, 04905524941906, 05013493246003

Sony VPL-VW500ES Review Sources

To prepare this Sony VPL-VW500ES review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 327,808 product attributes, 14,367 projector reviews and 3,039,000 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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