Tried & Tested

Projector: Sony VPL-HW10

15 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

This isn’t a petite projector, at 10kg, but in typical Sony fashion, it’s stylish enough not to look out of place on a coffee table. And, crucially, it’s also virtually silent.

The HW10 uses the same high-end Sony projector chips found in its professional models, and it shows. Set-up is relatively easy, and a 1.6x zoom allows you to find the right image size, with horizontal and vertical lens shift to ensure it’s the correct shape on your screen.

Zoom and focus are manual as opposed to motorised but, overall, this is a simple projector to operate. The on-screen display is well thought-out, and the backlit remote is easy to use, if a little on the large side.

Still, it’s the picture quality that really matters, and the HW10 is, for the price, breathtakingly good. Blacks are clean, and colours are sharp and vivid – skin tones in particular look good. The lamp that projects the picture is adequate for most spaces, although not quite as bright as some of the others here.

The unit doesn’t quite have the performance of its high-end cousins, but for the money this is a great projector worthy of any serious home cinema.

PROS Great performance and looks

CONS Weighty and not very bright


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