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Sony VPL CS5

Sony VPL CS5
alaScore 77

14 reviews

Mar, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Sony VPL CS5. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People really like the image quality and price. The usability and noise also get good feedback.

design, noise, usability, price, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL CS5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony VPL CS5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on People really like the price and usability. The noise and design are also mentioned favorably.

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This summary is based on the products: Sony VPL-CS5 Video ProjectorSony VPL-CS5 Video Projector

Mar, 2018

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Sony VPL-CS5


If you want one of the best projectors of the bunch (one that also looks great whether it's on or off), the Sony VPL-CS5 SuperLite is a good choice. But be prepared to pay a premium for it (it's $800 more than the NEC VT460).

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Jul, 2003

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Awesome value - better than models at 3 times the price


Ultra bright, crisp clean display of images

DVD movies could be better

May, 2003

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A good all round projector at a reasonable price.


Light, bright and fully automatic

Motorised tilt foot is a bit goofy

May, 2003

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Sony VPL-CS5 LCD Projector


Product Specifications

The VPL-CS5 is one of the latest additions to the ranks of high-quality Sony projectors, and is ideal for handling presentations when you are always on the move. Compact and light enough to be easily carried, the VPL-CS5 projector is an excellent choice. The VPL-CS5 provides a brightness of 1800 ANSI lumens, SVGA (800 x 600) resolution and a full range of functions. The VPL-CS5 meets the demands of the road and in the boardroom.

Audio Output



Colour of product:White
Form factor:Desktop
Product Type:Desktop projector

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: No

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Display Resolution Abbreviation:SVGA
Image Brightness:1800ANSI lumens
Max Image Size:3.8m / 380cm
Max Resolution:800 x 600
Max Screen Distance:7.2m
Min Image Size:1m / 100cm
Min Screen Distance:1.5m
Type:LCD projector

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VPL


Bulb power:165
Lamp Type:UHP

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.15
Focal length range (f-f):28.2 - 33.8


Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1
RMS rated power:1


Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):35 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Other features

S-Video port: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:USB
Carrying case: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes


On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
AUX In: Yes
Composite Video In:1
DVI port: No
PC in (D-Sub): Yes
S-Video inputs quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:USB Type-B
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power Consumption (Standby):5
Power consumption (typical):240
Power Source:AC


Contrast ratio (typical):750:1
Matrix size:1.78
Maximum analog resolution:1024 x 768
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Projection distance:1.5 - 7.2
Projection Technology:3LCD
Projector brightness:1800
Projector native resolution:SVGA (800x600)
Screen size compatibility:1016 - 3810
Supported aspect ratios:4:3
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.2:1

Projector Lamp

Bulb type:UHP


Card reader integrated: No


3D: No
Analog signal format system:NTSC, NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL M, PAL N, SECAM
Full HD: No

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Composite video / RGB / S-Video

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.8