It should be noted that this is a 1080p projector – straight HD, no 4K capabilities. For many, that’s just fine. The beautiful image, fantastic color, and excellent black level performance will be exactly what they’re looking for. With 4K UHD projectors around this price range, you might get a slightly sharper image, but the color and black levels may not be as incredible as the HW45ES. As we say, there are always trade-offs!
The Sony VPL-HW45ES has excellent placement flexibility as well, thanks to its 1.60:1 zoom lens and lots of lens shift. It features Sony’s Reality Creation, which is their advanced image processing and detail enhancement, and is seen on all of their higher-end projectors. So, even though this projector has 1080p resolution, there is room to enhance the image using Reality Creation. And, for those who love 3D – this Sony has it!
The Sony VPL-HW45ES has a clean image with natural skin tones and color that’s about as perfect as you could hope for, right out of the box without any adjustment! It’s a real plug-and-play home theater projector. The projector also has a lot of picture modes so you can find the color that looks best to you – Reference, Bright Cinema, Gaming, Bright TV, Photo, and several more. You’ll be hard pressed to find a similarly priced home theater projector that can produce as accurate color as this HW45ES. If you do, let us know!