Sony VPL-HW40ES Three-Chip SXRD Projector Review


Sony VPL-HW40ES Three-Chip SXRD Projector Review Highlights

With the best elements of the $4,000 Sony VPL-HW55ES and selling for only $2,500, the Sony VPL-HW40ES is a budget projector that performs like an All Star. Over 1,500 lumens of light, a clean grayscale and good color accuracy lets the Sony power any size screen you are likely to pair with it.

Panel alignment could be better, and a manual iris to reduce light output would help, but those don't detract much in the end. The Sony VPL-HW40ES gets most of it right and outperforms all other projectors in the price range that I have used.

Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW40ES Three-Chip SXRD Projector Highlight Summary

  • • 1600 Lumens
  • • Accurate Grayscale and Colors
  • • Flexible Setup with Zoom and Lens Shift
  • • Silent in use
  • • No manual or dynamic iris
  • • Color Management System doesn't work

Introduction to the Sony VPL-HW40ES Three-Chip SXRD Projector Review

I love the Sony VPL-HW50ES and VPL-HW55ES projectors. With bright images, accurate colors, and silent performance they are fantastic for the price. $4,000 is still more than many people can afford to spend on a projector. What if you take the 55ES, remove a lot of the features and menu options that you may not use, and cut the price down to $2,500? Then you would have the Sony VPL-HW40ES.


  • Design: 3-Chip SXRD, 1920 x 1080p Projector
  • Inputs: 2x HDMI 1.4a, 1x Component Video
  • Brightness: 1,700 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 120,000:1 Dynamic
  • Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
  • Control: Remote In, RS-232
  • Zoom: 1.6x Manual
  • Lens Shift: 25% Horizontal, 71% Vertical; Manual
  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Dimensions: 7.1" H x 16" W x 18.25" D
  • Weight: 21.1 Pounds
  • Included Accessories: Lens Cap, Power Cord
  • MSRP: $2,499 USD
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The VPL-HW40ES loses the dynamic iris and a few menu options from the 55ES. It doesn't include 3D glasses, but keeps the performance of the 55ES while saving you a lot of money. For $2,500 I believe it is the best projector you can pick up for your home theater right now.

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