Sony VPL-EW435 Business and Education Projector Review – Summary

Sony VPL-EW435 Business and Education Projector Review – Summary: Summary, Pros, Cons

Summary

The Sony VPL-EW435 is a 3LCD, WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution projector claiming 3,100 lumens, though it did not quite meet that claim. At full power in its brightest mode, Blackboard, the EW435 measured 2,638 lumens. Not bad – most projectors will measure up to 25% short of claim. It is very competitively priced at just $749 – it is an entry level projector, and will be great for most K-12 classroom or even conference room applications. The Sony has a lamp life of up to 10,000 hours in ECO, 6,000 in Standard and 4,000 at full power.

The Sony has both wired and wireless LAN, via an optional wireless module for $99, and can connect up to eight devices simultaneously, while projecting 4 at the same time. It has its own onboard media player for PC free projection using a USB device, saving presenters tons of time by not connecting to a computer. There is a remote control app available for Android and iOS devices that allows the user to leave the physical remote behind and control the projector from their phone or tablet. The VPL-EW435 has an excellent warranty – three years parts and labor, with 90 days on the lamp. That’s hard to beat.

The Sony VPL-EW435 has a recessed 1.3:1 manual zoom lens, with its lens controls for zoom and focus, also recessed and manual, located on the top of the projector. Also on the top are two indicator lights and a funky control panel that uses a toggle switch as both the enter button and the four directional arrow keys. The hot air exhaust vents are located on the left, while the cool air intake vents are on the bottom, along with the single 16-watt speaker. The inputs and connectors panel is on the back.

Sony VPL-EW435 Inputs and Connectors
The Sony VPL-EW435 has plenty of inputs and connectors for your typical classroom or conference room applications.

The inputs and connectors’ text is printed upside down so that, when ceiling mounted, they’re easily readable. For my own sanity, I’ve pictured the inputs and connectors panel in that position and will write about it in terms of being ceiling mounted. Starting at the top, there is the power receptacle on the left, with the obligatory RS232 connector for old school command and control. Below that, we have some output ports – a Monitor Out and Audio Out. To their left, a mic input and a Kensington Lock.

Moving to the bottom left, there is a USB Type-A port, a LAN input, a USB Type-B port, and two HDMIs, labeled Input D. That’s important to know for using the remote control app, as the inputs are not labeled as “HDMI” or “VGA,” they’re labeled as “Input A,” “Input B,” etc. so familiarizing yourself with these labels may be in your benefit.

Speaking of Input A, it’s located to the right and consists of a VGA input and an Audio Out. Stacked above that is Input B, which is the same thing except the port on Input A is labeled RGB/Y and the port in the Input B area is labeled RGB. The next, and final section of the inputs and connectors panel has Composite Video connectors and an S-Video Port.

The Sony performed admirably in terms of color. It’s 3LCD, meaning it produces as many color lumens as it does bright ones, giving the EW435 vibrant color. There are seven color modes on this projector: Vivid, Dynamic, Standard, Presentation, Blackboard, Whiteboard and Cinema. Four of those modes have excellent color, with Dynamic being the brightest of them, measuring 2,111 lumens. Standard, the projector’s best mode, came in at 1,542. Whiteboard (1,644 lumens) and Cinema (1,278) are the other two good modes, with both of them having a warmer color temperature than Standard, which is on the cooler side.

The other three modes have a greenish tint to them, with Blackboard being the brightest mode. It measured 2,638 lumens, while Presentation, the next brightest (and still green) mode came in at 2,354. That’s a usable mode, though I would suggest Dynamic over Presentation if you need a bright mode with good color. Vivid is overexposed on skin tones and also has a green hue, though it only measured 1,502 lumens. Strange. If you’re going for that level of brightness – use Standard. It will be able to handle most instances of ambient light, though if you need high brightness, again, go with Dynamic.

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Pros

  • 3,100 Lumens
  • WXGA Resolution (1280 x 800)
  • 3LCD Technology – More vivid color, owing to that there are as many color lumens as white ones
  • Good Lamp Life – 4,000 hours at full power, 6,000 at Standard, 10,000 in ECO
  • 20,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 3:1 Manual Zoom Lens
  • Wireless Capability – Using the optional wireless module, up to four devices can project simultaneously, while up to eight can be connected at one time
  • PC-Free Presentation – An on-board media player allows for presenting via USB, without the need for a computer
  • Remote Control App – Use your iOS or Android device to control the projector
  • No Cool Down – Turn off the projector and unplug it right away to move to another classroom or conference room
  • 16-Watt Mono Speaker – Loud enough for larger classrooms and conference rooms
  • Excellent Warranty – 3 years parts and labor, with 90 days on the lamp

Cons

  • Did not meet 3,100 lumen claim – 2,638 lumens in Blackboard mode
  • Remote control is not backlit – could be difficult for teachers to see in a darkened classroom, but this is typical of business/education projectors
  • Strange placement of air filters and speaker – though usable as a table top projector, it makes more sense to ceiling mount because of this placement, which may be difficult in some installations

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