VPL-HW45ESby Sony

  • VPL-HW45ES
  • VPL-HW45ES
  • VPL-HW45ES
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A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
92%
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PROS

  • At just under $2,000, Sony’s VPL-HW45ES is the least expensive LCoS-based projector to hit the market.
  • The projector’s excellent image clarity and detail can make everything from Blu-ray discs and high-def broadcasts to standard-def cable TV programs look good.
  • Along with having accurate color, the VPL-HW45ES can beam images with solid contrast and sufficient brightness on screens up to 120 inches diagonal.

CONS

  • With 4K programs now widely available on both Ultra HD Blu-ray and streaming services, the projector's inability to accept and display 4K signals makes it a less than future-proof option.
  • The lack of a powered zoom and lens memory feature on the VPL-HW45ES limits projection screen options to 16:9 format models.
  • 3D images look relatively dim on the VPL-HW45ES, and Sony’s active shutter glasses are both flimsy and uncomfortable.
Sony’s VPL-HW45ES is a great option for individuals who are seeking an affordable high-def LCoS projector that can deliver sufficient brightness for projection screens up to 120 inches diagonal in dim or dark viewing environments. Images projected by the Sony display accurate color, crisp detail, and strong contrast. The only real downside to the VPL-HW45ES is that it’s not compatible with 4K, but projectors that can handle 4K-format signals cost nearly twice as much.
NameVPL-HW45ESDLA-X550RPowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBeVPL-HW65ESPowerLite Home Cinema 1440
ManufacturerSonyJVCEpsonSonyEpson
Techwalla Score
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List Price$1999$4000$2599$4000$1700
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The inability to accept 4K signals and down convert them to 1080p may limit the HW45ES's useful lifetime as 4K sources become more common. B…

The inability to accept 4K signals and down convert them to 1080p may limit the HW45ES's useful lifetime as 4K sources become more common. But no HT projector under $2000 has this capability.

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Essentially, the Sony VPL-HW45ES is really, really good - if you want anything better you’ll need much deeper pockets.

Essentially, the Sony VPL-HW45ES is really, really good - if you want anything better you’ll need much deeper pockets.

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The level of detail the VPL-HW45ES ekes out of HD sources is simply stunning. I was able to see subtleties of colour, shade and texture that…

The level of detail the VPL-HW45ES ekes out of HD sources is simply stunning. I was able to see subtleties of colour, shade and texture that I can’t recall ever seeing before at this level.

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There's an appreciable intensity to the HW45ES's pictures that it's difficult not to love, be it in the darkest night-time scenes or ultra-v…

There's an appreciable intensity to the HW45ES's pictures that it's difficult not to love, be it in the darkest night-time scenes or ultra-vivid sequences like Apocalypto's dramatic escape from ‘trial by spear.’

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If you can wait a few more years for 4K UHD standards to settle and the technology to trickle into the projector market, the Sony HW45ES is …

If you can wait a few more years for 4K UHD standards to settle and the technology to trickle into the projector market, the Sony HW45ES is the perfect stop gap. It’s a best buy!

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The Sony VPL-HW45ES is a top class Full HD projector that looks gloriously cinematic. Images are reassuringly dynamic and finely detailed, b…

The Sony VPL-HW45ES is a top class Full HD projector that looks gloriously cinematic. Images are reassuringly dynamic and finely detailed, boasting gorgeous colour fidelity. It makes everything from Blu-ray and Netflix and Amazon Video look fabulous.

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Sony’s HW45ES is the first high quality LCoS based projector to break under the $2000 price point.

Sony’s HW45ES is the first high quality LCoS based projector to break under the $2000 price point.

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Helped by impressive blacks, accurate colours and fluid motion handling, the HW45 therefore replaces the HW40 as our number one choice among…

Helped by impressive blacks, accurate colours and fluid motion handling, the HW45 therefore replaces the HW40 as our number one choice among projectors priced under £2,000.

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