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Sony VPL-TX7 LCD Projector - Review Summary

Posted on April 30, 2010 by Art Feierman
A summary of the Sony VPL-TX7 projector's pros, cons.

Im summary the Sony VPL-TX7 is a definite contender in terms of being a good choice. The 2200 lumen rating and its measured rating in during the review of 1953 lumens make it from a brightness standpoint a real good choice.

Image quality proved to be extremely satifactory, if not say excellent. The colors it produced were really accurate and the image was spot on sharp. I liked the contrast it offered when viewing menu screens in Microsoft Excel and other software programs. Although it could do higher resolutions, it really only supported 1280x1024 above its native resolution of 1024x768. So unfortunately it falls short as being able to reach the kind of resolutions that most projectors in its class are able to achieve.

If you think you will never have use for higher resolutions than 1280x1024 then the price of this unit and picture quality still might make it a good choice.

The VPL-TX7 was completely capable of excepting just about all the sources you could think of, but did not include the ability to computer free presentations with a USB drive. However since most will ceiling mount this projector, I can't see that being a feature most will need. Just keep it in mind if you are planning to use the projector as a mobile unit.

The projector is however network ready and if you do permanently install it, you can control the projectors critical functions via a web browser and even check the projectors status.

Setup of the projector is also very simplified with an adjustable rear foot and two front adjustable feet. Plan to have it set and ready to go in under 30 seconds. Even on slightly uneven surfaces.

Maintenance is where this projector falls short since the lamp door and filter are on the bottom of the projector which means you will have to take down the projector to maintain it. This may not be an issue if you purchase the ceiling mount from Sony since it appears it was designed to allow the lamp and filter to be replaced without dismantling. As mentioned in the Physical Tour section of this review, you will want to verify that with the reseller. The one good thing about it I can say is that the filter is designed to last as long as the lamp, so when the lamp goes out, that is about the time the manufacturer recommends cleaning the filter. That is a real time saver.

Sony VPL-TX7 Projector: Pros

  • Beautifully sharp image with accurate colors
  • RJ45 port so projector can be connected to your network
  • Easy setup since it has adjustable front foot and two adjustable rear feet
  • Measure brightness extremely close to specified brightness
  • Output for sound in case you need more sound from external system
  • Has Closed caption

Sony VPL-TX7 Projector: Cons

  • No PC free USB drive port
  • Only a 5 Watt speaker
  • 500:1 contrast ratio

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