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alaScore 98

15 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Sony VPL-HW45ES. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-HW45ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 15 reviews)

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Expert review by: Chris Heinonen (

The Best Projector for a Home Theater


With its superb image quality, easy setup options, and comparable affordability, we think the Sony VPL-HW45ES is the best projector for dedicated home theaters.

The Sony VPL-HW45ES offers the best mix of picture quality, light output, and price. It’s quiet, easy to set up, and a great projector all around. If you want a step up in picture quality (including wide color gamut colors), the Epson Home Cinema...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Steve May (

Sony VPL-HW45ES HD Projector review


Maybe we don't need 4K after all?

Cinematic picture performance ; Top notch detail processing ; Superior motion handling ; Relatively quiet

Too dim for media room use ; Needs professional installation ; Lack of a 12v trigger is irritating

This sensational Sony is a welcome update on a sumptuous 1080p projector design. If you're planning a dedicated cinema room, it's a blockbuster you won't want to miss…

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Sony VPL-HW45ES review


From the moment you switch it on, you'll discover a talented projector

Crisp, detailed picture ; Natural colour pallet ; Easy to set up

Nothing at this price

From the moment we switched on this Sony we could tell we were on to a winner, and that notion never wavered

Oct, 2016

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: John Archer (



The VPL-HW45ES is the successor to a classic Full HD projector, the VPL-HW40ES. That's a formidable heritage, but Sony has had two years to come up with ways to improve on it. The result: it's really, really good. Your movies will look great, but low...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: (

Sony VPL-HW45ES 1080p SXRD Projector Review


Sony has a new 1080p SXRD entry level projector in the shape of the HW45ES and it is an absolute cracker!

Good black levels for this level of the market ; Excellent colour accuracy ; Good shadow detail and dynamic range ; Excellent video processing ; Good motion ; Excellent input lag for gaming ; Good quality lens and sharpness

Not much wrong at this price and performance level

The best way to conclude this review is by stating the obvious. If you want accurate cinematic images with decent blacks, good shadow detail and stunningly accurate colours for under £2,000 there is no other choice to be made. No, it is not perfect and...

Consumer review by: Taw54 (

Sony 45ES Projector


I was looking for a replacement projector went to Richer sounds Maidstone Was helped very much by the salesman who had loads of Knowledge on projectors and showed me 2 models with no pressure no rush about a hour in all i went and had coffee and...

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: Whirly (

Impressive beast


This was a replacement for my 8 year old projector that had performed admirably. However, we were not disappointed by this Sony. It is not a small projector and a comparable size to our old one (perhaps I expected progress to have made all tech...

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: Woody71 (

Great picture...


OK, first thing first...bought this from the Cardiff store and the staff there were excellent as always. Top class service. Projector - it's a beast. I upgraded from an Epson and this has an even bigger case, but still managed to get it ceiling mounted...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: AVAndy (

Simply great picture


Really great picture in all of the preset modes. HD content, especially animated movies like Pixar ones, looks stunning. Blacks are nice and dark too. It's pretty quiet, even sitting directly under it you don't notice the fan noise. The only thing that...

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

Excellent 3D 1080p projector


With default settings this projector was OK. There was some visible jerking in movement but the colours were good. However, after tweaking the settings the motion is smooth and the colours are outstanding. There's lots of contrast, the blacks are deep...

amazing contrast , 3d is immersive and easy to setup , quiet fan , good adjustment (up/down/left/right throw) , great blacks and whites

does not come with 3d glasses , default settings need changing

Dec, 2016

Product Specifications


Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Color of product:Black


Built-in display: No

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (standby):0.4
Power consumption (typical):310
Power Source:DC


Bulb power:215

Lens System

Horizontal lens shift range:-25 - 25
Vertical lens shift range:-71 - 71


Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

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

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes
Remote Control Type:IR


Noise Level:22

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
Remote (IR) output:1
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
Serial interface type:RS-232
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (network standby):1
Power consumption (standby):0.4
Power consumption (typical):310
Power Source:DC


Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Objective projection distance:40 - 300.2
Projection distance:40 - 300.2
Projection technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:1800
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:40 - 300
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.6:1


Card reader integrated: No

Technical Details



Full HD: Yes
Supported video modes:480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

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