VW1100ES Hardware Overview
We'll start at the front of the VW1100ES projector, but remember, in this case, there's more hardware than usual.
In addition to the projector itself, and its remote control, you also receive the FMP-X10 4K Server/Player, and it's own remote control.
The Lens - wow. The front of the Sony VPL-VW1100ES is gorgeous, with it's huge lens area and black and gold trim. The Sony makes a statement, which probably will help with the "spouse factor." The projector is large, but finished mostly in a matte dark gray, but that lens impresses.
The lens itself is 2.1:1 motorized zoom lens which Sony refers to as an ARC-F lens, specially created for this projector and optimized for 4K. Based on the image, I'd have to say that's one fine piece of glass.
There's nothing else visible on the front (which is a shiny black).
The top of the projector is bare but for a small Sony logo. If you are facing the front of the projector, then a good deal of the action will be on what is the left side. It has the control panel, and below it the inputs and connectors. The other side is blank.
The back of the projector has the venting!
Inputs and Connectors
Sony VPL-VW1100ES Inputs and Connectors
Located at the bottom of the left side, are all the connectors. Because the top part of the case extends well beyond the bottom, that means these connectors are all well recessed to help with hiding cabling.
Starting from the rear and working our way to the front, first are a pair of HDMI inputs. These are genuine HDMI 2.0 inputs, with HDCP 2.2 copy protection needed for Blu-ray UHD (4K).
Next comes a DB15 connector for an analog computer input, followed by three color coded RCA jacks for a component video input. (That analog computer input can be used as a second component video input instead of computer input.
Moving right along, next comes an RJ45 jack for an outboard 3D emitter, or double as a 12V source. Another RJ45 jack for plugging in to a Local Area Network.
There's a DB9 serial port for command and control next, followed by an IR in. Finally there are a pair of 12 volt triggers, for screen control or other purposes such as controlling an anamorphic lens sled.
That completes the projector hardware, now let's take a look at the accompanying 4K Media Player.