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Sony VPLVW520ES Projector

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DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) 26dB 1,800 ANSI Lumens Sep 2015
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15 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writers at Avforums.com and Insideci.co.uk both concluded that concluded that they would recommend this projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

Based on three expert reviews from sites including avforums.com, gadgetshow.channel5.com and insideci.co.uk the average expert rating of this data projector is 93 out of 100. The expert review sites think this multimedia projector is one of the better projectors of a similar age and type.

Sony Multimedia Projectors Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 247 user and expert reviews for Sony data projectors and found that on average Sony has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has excellent reviews specifically within its multimedia projectors range.

Robust

One Sony VPL-VW520 ES reviewer considered that this projector was well made.

Good Picture Quality

One Sony VPL-VW520 ES reviewer thought the product had good colour saturation. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote this year “Excellent calibrated colours and greyscale” in their review of this projector and scored this projector very highly.

Good Product Quality

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “Good build quality” in their Sony VPL-VW520 ES review and scored the product 5 stars.

DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the VPL-VW520 ES 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 data projector's resolution (DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)) is in fact the best resolution across all multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-VW520 ES.

The worst resolution amongst comparable types of data projector is nHD (640x360).

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Supports Full HD

The VPL-VW520 ES supports full HD, unlike most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the VPL-VW520 ES which do not support full HD.

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Supports 3D

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for more than a year, the VPL-VW520 ES supports 3D.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Sony VPL-VW520 ES is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by projectors that have been around for a similar time to the VPL-VW520 ES. Across all multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Very Big Matrix Size

When compared to other multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES that we have assessed, the VPL-VW520 ES's matrix size of 0.74 inches is one of the biggest. Comparable spec data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VPL-VW520 ES have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.74", and the average matrix size is 0.6".

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

At 6,000 hours, the VPL-VW520 ES has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES. Comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES have service life of lamps of between 2,000h and 30,000h.

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Quite Big Bulb Power

Across all the multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-VW520 ES the bulb powers range from 50W to 380W. The VPL-VW520 ES has one of the bigger bulb powers (280 Watts) amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data rates, which is typical of many multimedia projectors that are a similar age to it.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The VPL-VW520 ES has a quite quiet noise level (only 26 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. Multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VPL-VW520 ES have noise levels of between 22dB and 39dB.

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10 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Sony VPL-VW520 ES reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was not noisy. Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned in December “A little noisy in full lamp mode” in their review of this projector.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

One person reckoned that the product did not have a good 3D picture quality. A few weeks ago Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “Mediocre 3D performance” in their review of this projector.

Expensive

We think this data projector looks expensive compared to other data projectors of a comparable type and age. The cheapeast data projector of a comparable type and age that we found costs £188 and the most expensive costs £6,998.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

Most of the other projectors of this type and age have a built-in speaker(s), however the Sony VPL-VW520 ES does not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most multimedia projectors of this spec and age do not support wi-Fi. The VPL-VW520 ES is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The VPL-VW520 ES has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 1,800 ANSI lumen) compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the VPL-VW520 ES. The projector brightnesss of projectors of a comparable type and age to the VPL-VW520 ES range from 37 ANSI lumens to 8,200 ANSI lumens.

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Running Costs Are Very High

The VPL-VW520 ES has an average running cost of £128 over 1 year based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is in the most expensive 18% of all 63 projectors of this type and age.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

Most projectors that came out around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES have between one and three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, including the Sony VPL-VW520 ES which has one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

Most multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the VPL-VW520 ES have one USB 2.0 ports quantity, including the VPL-VW520 ES which has one USB 2.0 ports quantity.

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Heavy

The VPL-VW520 ES is quite heavy (14 kilograms) compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the VPL-VW520 ES. The average weight of projectors that were launched around the same time as the VPL-VW520 ES is 4.3kg, and the weights range from 9.7g to 18kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony VPL-VW520 ES

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this data projector was released.

Specification

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Full HD
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RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
DC-In Jack
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
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Performance
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HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
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User Guide
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Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included

2 Awards

avforums.com Recommended insideci.co.uk Recommended

Expert Reviews

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Meet Sony's VPL-VW520ES 4K Home Cinema Projector, a huge beast of a projector that apes its rivals in terms of size and specs, and can crank out 4K flicks at up to 300 inches without breaking a... Read more…

4K native panels
Excellent calibrated colours and greyscale
Picture processing is very good
Excellent black levels
Good build quality
Expensive
Gamma is skewed unless you have it professionally calibrated with special software
Mediocre 3D performance
No 3D Glasses supplied
A little noisy in full lamp mode
1 January 2016

Avforums.com

The Sony VW520ES is the latest native 4K (4096 x 2160) SXRD projector from the company and replaces the outgoing VPL-VW500ES which was released in late 2013. If you own the VW500 your first... Read more…

13 December 2015

We've long admired Sony's 4K SXRD projectors, but with the VPL-VW520ES the brand has raised the bar higher still. It remains to be seen just how important the addition of HDR is as a consumer...

Insideci.co.uk

5 September 2015

Sony VPL-VW520ES hands-on Today new generations of projector's tend to be iterative steps forward from what went before. A little bit more contrast here, a touch more brightness there. With the... Read more…

30 November 2015

Sony VPL-VW520B ES to najlepszy projektor, z jakim mieli?my dot?d do czynienia w naszej redakcji. Natywna rozdzielczo?? 4K, bardzo wysoki wspó?czynnik kontrastu dynamicznego 300.000:1, funkcje...

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £124.99
Electricity cost when on standby £2.21
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Total running cost over 5 years £127.20
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.63 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 17 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vplvw520w, VPL-VW520/B, VPL-VW520/W, sony vplvw520, acer vplvw520, acer vplvw520e, sony vplvw520b, sony vplvw520w, sony vplvw520e, acer vplvw520es, sony vplvw520es
Barcodes 04548736013315, 04548736013322

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