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Sony VPL-HW30ES

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews of Sony VPL-HW30ES. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and noise. The usability and price are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-HW30ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony VPL-HW30ES from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Amazon.com. People really like the usability and price. The noise and size are also mentioned favorably.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VPLHW30ES 300-Inch 1080p Front Projector - BlackSony VPLHW30ES 300-Inch 1080p Front Projector - Black

Jul, 2018

Recommended!

Expert review by : John Archer (trustedreviews.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is half the price of Sony's debut 3D projector, but feels twice as good. Result.

Good all-round picture quality ; Much reduced crosstalk ; Great value ; Runs quietly

no 12v trigger output ; Still residual crosstalk in very specific circumstances ; Side-mounted AV inputs

Sony has worked wonders with the HW30ES, erasing the disappointments of the VW90ES from our minds with a projector that serves up a classy, hugely watchable and best of all impressively affordable big-screen 3D - and 2D - feast.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

Nice looks, easy to use, dynamic picture, smooth motion, quiet

Occasional picture noise, fastest motion causes some instability

Very capable, but there are better projectors for the cash

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES review

 

Nice looks ; easy to use ; dynamic picture, smooth motion ; quiet

Occasional picture noise ; fastest motion causes some instability

Very capable, but there are better projectors for the cash

Oct, 2011

Expert review by (homecinemachoice.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES review

 

If I was building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, I would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and I also have some reservations, I've yet to meet anyone...

Gorgeous 2D performance; deep blacks and excellent colour

No 12V trigger; minor crosstalk; separate 3D sync transmitter

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Steve May (techradar.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES review

 

Sony's second-generation 3D projector is a sensation, regardless of dimension

Gorgeous 2D performance ; Deep blacks and excellent colour

No 12V trigger ; Minor crosstalk ; Separate 3D sync transmitter

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Oct, 2011

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony VPL-HW30ES review

 

Cinema-quality 3D effects and stunning 2D images make this the best home cinema projector we've seen this year – but the price makes it only for serious film fans

High definition video playback was crisp and colourful, with Avatar’s blue Naa’vi warriors looking incredibly vivid. Darker images looked very accurate thanks to deep, if not entirely black, black levels and plenty of contrast, letting us pick out...

RECOMMENDED

Expert review by : Steve May (reghardware.co.uk)

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D projector

 

Review I've actually written several introductions to this review. One opened extolling the benefits of 3D projection over 3D TVs. I thoughtfully proposed that the key problem with 3D flatscreens is that they're just too small - rather than confound...

Overall, the VPL-HW30ES is a compelling argument for bringing big-screen 3D home. It’s a solid rival for JVC's similarly-priced D-ILA-powered DLA-X3 [8], and offers both excellent 2D and startlingly bright stereo. 3D flatscreens? Who needs ‘em? ®

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : M. David Stone (pcmag.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

The Sony VPL-HW30ES home theatre projector that supports both 2D and 3D at 1080p and also converts 2D input to 3D on the screen.

1080p resolution for both 2D and 3D. Accepts 3D signals directly from Blu-ray players, cable TV boxes, and the equivalent.

External IR emitter needs line of sight connection for synching with 3D glasses. Comes without 3D glasses or emitter.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (hometheatermag.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector

 

Sony's VPL-HW projectors go back a few years, with steady model-to-model refinements. Last year it was the VPL-HW20; this year it's the VPL-HW30ES. Note that the HW30 now carries Sony's premier ES designation. But there's more than that to account for...

I’ve long since passed the point where I look back nostalgically and yearn for the image quality of those classic CRT projectors. But the fact that even a sub-$4,000 projector can keep us from pining for those good old days is more than just news; it’s...

Nov, 2011

HOME THEATER - TOP PICKS

Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (hometheater.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector

 

Sony's VPL-HW projectors go back a few years, with steady model-to-model refinements. Last year it was the VPL-HW20; this year it's the VPL-HW30ES. Note that the HW30 now carries Sony's premier ES designation. But there's more than that to account for...

Nov, 2011
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Product Specifications

Design

Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Colour of product:Black / White
Form factor:Desktop
LED indicators: Yes
Product Type:Desktop projector

Display

Built-in Display: No

Lamps

Bulb power:200
Lamp Type:UHP
Lamps quantity:1
Service life of lamp:2000
Service life of lamp (economic mode):3000

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):2.5 - 3.4
Focal length range (f-f):18.7 - 29.6
Focus:Manual
Horizontal lens shift range:-25 - 25
Optical Zoom:1.6
Throw ratio:1.5 - 2.3:1
Vertical lens shift range:-65 - 65

Networking

Ethernet LAN: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):35 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Other features

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):407.4 x 463.9 x 179.2
F-number (relative aperture):1.6
Lens shift:V: +/-0.65V, H: +/-0.25H
Lens system:X1.6
Picture size:101.6 x 762
Power LED: Yes
Power requirements:3.0-1.3A
Projection lamp:LMP-H202

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Remote control type:RM-PJ20
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

HDCP:No / Yes
Noise Level:22
Noise Reduction: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
RS-232 ports:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (PowerSave):0.5
Power Consumption (Standby):8
Power consumption (typical):300
Power Source:AC

Projector

Contrast ratio (dynamic):70000:1
Digital gamma correction: Yes
Keystone correction, vertical:± 4
Matrix size:1.55
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Projection Technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:1300
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:1016 - 7620
Supported aspect ratios:16:9

Storage

Card reader integrated: No

Video

3D: Yes
3D-Ready: Yes
Analog signal format system:NTSC, NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL M, PAL N, SECAM
Full HD: Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) / 720 x 576, 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Supported video modes:1080p

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:46.4
Height :17.9
Weight:10
Width:40.7