Color right out of the box is about as good as anyone could hope for. This is why we have calibrated few Sony projectors this past year or so. They are pretty accurate looking when I do a side-by-side with another, but calibrated projector. This was the last one we did calibrate.
Lamp variation is probably going to have about as much effect than any improvement our calibrator tweaked out of the VW285ES!
1,500 lumens, today, isn’t a whole lot – I wouldn’t call the VW285ES a real “bright room” projector, but it topped out at 1,638 lumens, and every mode offered at least 1,473 lumens. Even calibrated, in Eco mode – over 1,000 lumens, and at full power, more than 1,400! Sweet. Most 2,200 and 3,000 lumen DLP’s don’t calibrate that bright!
Those 1,400 gorgeous looking color and white lumens produce a great picture that only lacks a bit, in terms of black levels. That really what separates this projector from the more expensive VW385ES (at $7999.99).
Still, the black levels are pretty good, if not up to, say, the Epson 5040UB. That said, the native contrast is higher than the Epson, so blacks on scenes not using the iris, are darker on the Sony. And it does HDR great! Sony seems to manage to avoid dimness with HDR content, without sacrificing much of the extra “pop” that HDR brings to your senses.
The VW285ES is a minimalist in terms of inputs and connectors, relying primarily on its HDMI, and hardware networking, if you choose. No problem with that. I like the remote control, too.