- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 23 June 2014
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 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.
SONY VPL-HW40ES PROJECTOR REVIEW SPECIFICATIONS
- 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.