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Sony VPL CX20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Sony VPL CX20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the usability and design are on the whole positive, but reviews are divided on the image quality. Some have doubts about the size and price.

design, usability

noise, reliability, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VPL CX20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Sony VPL CX20 projector


Sony's VPL CX20 is geared towards showing off in the boardroom, but does that mean a lack of substance over style? We have a closer look.

Stylish design, good picture quality, easy set up and turn off

Very noisy, tad expensive

The VPL CX20 certainly delivers what it promises and has the style to match, however the noisy fan will be an issue if you are expecting to run this in a fairly light room without being drowned out.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Richard Jantz (

Sony VPL-CX20A Projector


Stylish and slender, the 4.2-pound Sony VPL-CX20A ($1500, as of January 18, 2006) is an attractive and compact LCD projector for business users. This model's brightness rating of 2000 lumens enables it to handle presentations in fairly large rooms with...

Automated features include powered zoom

Text wasn't sharp

The unit comes with a VGA cable and a proprietary adapter that provides inputs for composite video, S-Video, and audio sources, but not the cables you'll need to complete those connections. The projector's small (1-watt) speaker is fine for low-key...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Jantz (



Photograph: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

Automated features include powered zoom

Text wasn't sharp

This sleek projector has impressive automated features but its lackluster image quality pushes it back among the also-rans.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

Sony VPL-CX20A


The Sony VPL-CX20A is a comfortable traveling companion, with a sleek physical design and welcome conveniences like remote-controlled zoom, tilt, and autofocus.

Reasonably light weight (4.2 pounds). Easy setup with remote-control of autofocus, zoom, and tilt. Sleek physical design. Two brightness levels. Includes carrying case.

Controls on the projector are hard to see and use. Audio is adequate for only a small room. No remote mouse control.

If you need a portable projector, though, these minor issues are outweighed by the Sony VPL-CX20A's convenience features like autofocus and remote tilt that make set up easy, and its light weight.

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

Awesome punchy sleek projector


Great little projector, can't fault it, just keeps going, easy to use, sleek and small, xga, 2000 lumens. Stainless steel outer body, remote control, discreet in boardroom or at home

Bright and user friendly

Nov, 2011

Product Specifications

Built for people on the move, the VPL-CX20 is a lightweight but powerful projector. It offers extremely bright imaging and a range of additional features that ensure your presentation can be started effortlessly. Don't settle for less! The VPL-CX20 offers a brightness of 2000 ANSI Lumens and weighs only 1.9 kg. No need to turn off the lights, you can still take notes or read handouts during the presentation. With its extremely slim, compact aluminum body, it is designed to be easily portable. It features an Off & Go function, so you don't have to wait until the cooling fan stops before unplugging the projector. Moreover, its Advanced Intelligent Auto Setup with Auto Focus means that you can start presentations without delay: at the press of a button the lens protector opens and the lens focuses automatically, the projector tilts to the previously set angle, keystone distortion is automatically corrected and the input signal is automatically detected. The J300i is an expressive mobile phone. It plays your songs, and shows your taste in color and style in dress.

Audio Output


Dimensions & Weight




Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Display Resolution Abbreviation:XGA
Image Brightness:2000ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:300:1
Max Image Size:7.62m / 762cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Max Screen Distance:10.4m/14m
Min Image Size:1.02m / 102cm
Min Screen Distance:1.2m/1.5m
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Recommended Use of Projector:Presentation and multimedia
Type:LCD projector


Model:CX20/CX20 with Sony Ericsson J300i
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VPL


Bulb power:165
Lamp Type:UHP
Service life of lamp:3000

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1.2


Number of built-in speakers:1

Other features

Analogue video signal:RGB, S-Video, composite video, component video
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Digital keystone correction:+/- 15°
Dimensions (WxDxH):273 x 210 x 52
I/O ports:1 x D-sub 15-pin (RGB / Component)


Horizontal scan range:19 - 92
Vertical scan range:48 - 92


Power Consumption (Standby):0.8
Power consumption (typical):220


Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Projection Technology:LCD
Projector brightness:2000
Projector native resolution:XGA (1024x768)

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:2000hour(s)
Bulb type:UHP


Analog signal format system:NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL 60, SECAM

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 3.58 / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM/NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video

Weight & Dimensions