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alaScore 94

22 reviews

May, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Sony VPL-HW45ES. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the design and usability. The noise and image quality also get good comments, but there are some less positive opinions about the price.

image quality, noise, usability, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VPL-HW45ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

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 : 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

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 : John Archer (

Sony VPL-HW45ES review


The HW45ES manages to improve on even the efforts of its illustrious predecessor to become the new best sub-£2,000 projector money can buy

Aug, 2016

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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...

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Avoid buying absolute waist of money


Main reason its bulb life and picture jittering issue. Bulb lasting max 1000 hours and replacement not cheap. Although picture quality good, but product not worth money as you spend lots for bulbs really regret buying. I should've read reviews better...

Dec, 2020

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Excellent picture, terrible lamp life


When I bought this two years ago I was delighted with the picture, quietness and general build quality. I had been debating whether to get an LED/laser powered projector around the same price (at the time there were few on offer in that price range,...

Dec, 2020

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Cinema Room


Great advice and a great end product a cinema room to be proud of!

May, 2020

Consumer review (

Amazing picture


Great contrast, even in daylight. Great pictures- and it's a 2k projector. Blu-ray, Apple TV, Sky- all look fabulous. So easy to set up. So easy to adjust. Nice and quiet.

May, 2019

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