Sony VPL-EX120 Projector Comparison
Check out our review of the Sony VPL-EX175 projector.
The VPL-EX120, the second in Sony's VPL-E Series, is a step up from an entry level projector. The following is a comparison between the VPL-EX120 and the most advanced (and consequently more expensive) projector in the series, the VPL-EX175, which we recently reviewed in-depth.
The VPL-EX120 and its sibling have multiple similarities. Both have wired networking capabilities and basic inputs including component and s-video. Like the VPL-EX175, the VPL-EX120 is around seven pounds with dimensions about 5" x 12" x 11" (HxWxD). At this weight and size, the VPL-EX120 is moderately compact, which is beneficial when it is being transported from room to room in your school or office building, or even in your carry-on if you're a road warrior businessperson.
Additionally, the two share XGA resolution (1024x768) for decent picture clarity, as well as 3LCD technology which allows for accurate colors. The lamp life also runs for the same amount of time - 3000 hours when used at full power and 6000 when used in eco-mode.
There are also several differences between the VPL-EX120 and its counterpart as well. Price-wise, the VPL-EX120 has an MSRP of $890, compared to the VPL-EX175's much higher MSRP of $1420. Consequently, the VPL-EX120 is not as bright at 2600 lumens, as opposed the VPL-EX175's 3600 lumens. That being said, the VPL-EX120 is better suited for presentations in a smaller space, on a smaller screen, and where there is less ambient light. There is a significant difference in contrast ratio as well. The VPL-EX175 boasts 4000:1, whereas this VPL-EX120 has a contrast ratio of 2500:1. Since there is around 40% less contrast in the VPL-EX120, the pop in the image that the VPL-EX120 produces is not as striking.
Also, there is a significant difference in sound. The VPL-EX120 comes with a single 1 watt speaker, versus the VPL-EX175 which has one 10 watt speaker. The speaker in the VPL-EX120 is sufficient for intimate settings where audio is not a priority. For large group presentations where sound is a priority, the VPL-EX175 is highly qualified.
The photos Above were taken using the Sony VPL-EX120's sibling, the VPL-EX175. With that noted, the images from the VPL-EX100 projector should look fairly similar to the one we reviewed, save for being dimmer and with less contrast.