Sony VPL-HW45ES is a user-friendly and good quality projector with amazing contrast, brightness, and colors. In addition, it is great for watching 3D content. If your budget is under $2000, this projector has the best value for your money.
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Pro Very low input lag for gaming
This Sony is great for gaming, since the input lag is measured at 22ms, which is pretty much as low as it gets.
Pro Amazing picture
This Sony has a contrast ratio of 120 000:1 which produces very deep blacks. The dark colors are unusually dark even in ambient light. This also helps with the colors, which are very realistic and deep, creating a bit of a three-dimensional picture feeling. It has 1800 lumens of white brightness and the same amount of color brightness. This balance means that the colors are stunningly precise at every level of brightness.
Pro Very quiet fans
The fans are very quiet, making 22 dB of noise. This is one of the quietest projectors overall.
Pro Long-lasting lamp
It has a lamp-life of 6000 hours, which will last for 6-7 years if you watch a movie a day. Though all lamps lose brightness over time so you might want to replace it earlier. Replacements are available for around $300.
Pro Good for 3D content
The VPL-HW45ES has 3D support. Image quality in both 3D and 2D are the same. Though, just as any other 3D projector, the image brightness suffers in 3D mode due to dark glasses. In addition, it has a built in RF 3D Sync transmitter, providing a wider viewing angle and flexible sitting positioning.
Pro No rainbow artifacts
Like LCD projectors, it barely shows any rainbow artifacts thanks to its three-chip SXRD (brand name for LCoS - liquid crystal on silicon) technology.
Pro Convenient set-up
It has a 1.6x manual zoom lens plus vertical and horizontal lens shift. This makes the projector very versatile when setting it up.
Pro Customization options
It has 8 color presets and one User mode, which are all customizable to your taste.
Con No built-in speakers
It does not have built-in speakers. Though, it’s a home cinema, so external speakers will create a better movie experience anyways.