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alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and usability. The noise and price also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VPL-HW40ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : John Archer (



Sony's cheapest 2014 projector still delivers the goods

Detailed and colourful pictures ; Good value ; Attractive design ; Very easy to setup

Not the best for black level

Having said this, though, one of the HW40ES’s most commendable strengths is that some of its out-of-the-box presets are really very helpful, meaning anyone after an easy life can enjoy something approaching the best the HW40ES has to offer with little...

May, 2014

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Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Projector overview



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The VPL-HW40ES is expensive, but its picture quality and frame and detail creation software is superb for the price

May, 2014

Expert review by : AVForums (



Decent black levels and dynamic range, Reference greyscale and colour accuracy, Impressive video processing, Excellent 2D and 3D performance, Attractive design and good build quality, Extremely quiet in operation, Price

None at this price

The VPL-HW40ES is an absolutely stonking projector for the money and, frankly, at this price Sony are almost giving it away. It has the design and build quality of the more expensive HW55; the same menu system, remote control and virtually the same...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Tom Andry (

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Preview


Preview: For $2,500, the new Sony VPL-HW40ES projector has an SXRD LCoS projection solution, 1,700 lumens, a host of gamma modes, impressive vertical and horizontal lens shift, 1080p, and 3D.

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity (

Sony VPL-HW40ES Three-Chip SXRD Projector Review


Given the similarities between the 40ES and 55ES projector, it wouldn't surprise me if they are the same. The 40ES has a subset of the 55ES features and aside from the missing iris there seem to be no hardware differences. I would even guess that the...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Geoff Morrison (

An Awesome Projector


We tested projectors using over $20,000 worth of gear to find the Sony VPL-HW40ES is the best overall performer in brightness, contrast ratio, and color accuracy. It runs quieter than the competition, and extensive lens adjustments allow for placement...

The Sony VPL-HW40ES is bright, has a good contrast ratio, exhibits excellent color accuracy, is quiet, and costs less than its direct competition. It’s an all-around great performer and one awesome projector.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Steven Stone (

Sony VPL-HW40ES SXRD Projector Reviewed


Steven Stone reviews Sony's popular VPL-HW40ES, a 1080p SXRD projector with a rated light output of 1,700 lumens and an MSRP of $2,499.99.

Some early adopters might see 1080p projectors as obsolete in this emerging era of 4K; however, for many videophiles who don't want or need to be at the bleeding-edge of technology, a high-performance 1080p projector can still be an ideal display...

Sep, 2015

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Even right out of the box the VPL-HW40ES’es picture will impress you. The unit Sony provided us, after Mike reset it to all its default settings looked almost dead on in terms of color accuracy. We found the Sony to be one of the sharpest images, with...

Jul, 2014

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So far it's all good. 3d is very good, as good if not better than my optoma HD33 which takes some beating but best of all is the 2d viewing which I'm loving every minute of.

Jul, 2014