Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector - Appearance

This VPL-VW1000ES is the biggest Sony home theater projector I’ve seen.  From the sides, it just looks large. From a straight on front view, it just looks gorgeous:

The recessed 2.1:1 zoom lens is the the eye candy in its large framed recess. The case is a coarse dark gray finish on the top which curves around to the sides.  The front and back are done in a glossy piano finish.

The input panel – all the connections, as has been common on Sony’s, is located along the side – the left side if you are looking from the front. They are low down.  A bit higher up, and closer to the front, are the small buttons for the basic control panel.

I find it interesting, and surprising, that the VW1000ES vents the hot air out the rear.  The fact that it has a zoom lens with 2.1:1 range, means enough flexibility that in most rooms it could be mounted in the rear of your room, perhaps on a high shelf.

Sony VPL-VW1000ES Control Panel

This Sony has a very small, basic control panel located on the same side of the projector as all the inputs and other connectors.  It’s barely even noticeable.  You can see it in the image in the section below – just barely!  Basically a Menu button, a Source button and a little joystick square rocker that functions like four arrow keys.

 

Input/Output

Sony VPL-VW1000ES projector’s connector panel is located on the left side (if looking from the front). Facing that side, from back of the projector to the front, you’ll find the power receptacle, two HDMI 1.4a inputs, and a standard HD15 connector for the usual analog computer input (it can alternately be used as a second component video input). There’s a standard component video input (3 color coded RCA jacks), a pair of network ethernet connections, and also an RS232 for command and control. There’s a hard wire jack for the remote control, and a pair of 12 volt screen triggers.

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