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Sony VPL-TX7 XGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Posted on May 10, 2010 by Art Feierman

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Sony VPL-TX7 Specs
Price 1090
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution XGA 1024x768
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2000
Contrast 500:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.20:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 3000 hours
Weight 6.6
Warranty 2-Years Limited Parts and Labor.

Sony VPL-TX7 Projector Highlights

  • 2000 lumens
  • Lamp and filter are syncronized. Maintain filter at same time of lamp replacement
  • Networkable for presentations over an IP network
  • 4000 estimated lamp life in ECO Mode
  • Instant shut-off. No waiting for the lamp to cool before unplugging.
  • Closed captioning
  • Used smaller lamps which means less costly to replace
  • 5 Watt Speaker
  • Competitive pricing for educational institions
  • Monitor projectors status with email updates when connected to your network
  • Accepts high definition up to 720p or 1080i

The Sony VPL-TX7 has a brightness rating of 2000 lumens. The VPL-TX7 is a native XGA(1024x768) resolution projector with the ability to handle higher resolutions. The picture quality of the Sony VPL-TX7 being that is an LCD projector was excellent. Colors were accurate and the sharpness of the image and the nice contrast produced a very nice image. The Sony really is a value priced projector. It may not compete in brightness with other projectors in its class, but it certainly has enough power to handle a room with the lights on.

Although not a stylish looking machine, its white color would make it ideal for mounting. The size and shape of the projector is however a bit large and so I don't really consider it a Road Warriors projector, but about 6 years ago it would have been considered a powerful portable projector.

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All the basic inputs are there and there is little to know source you won't be able to project. The only thing this projector is missing is the USB presenting via a compact flash card that so many projectors in this class have. It is however networkable via its RJ45 input so that is one area where it still competes.

All in all the Sony VPL-TX7 doesn't offer a lot special features, but it is a good value depending on how plan to use it and what type of ceiling mount you purchase. Maintenance also is going to be a little more time consuming if you don't also purchase the ceiling mount from Sony. It appears, from the image they provide that the mount does not obstruct the filter or lamp door(verify before purchase). Universal mounts however would most surely cover the lamp door. Keep this in mind if you plan to ceiling mount. Your maintenance costs could outweigh any value you got out of buying a low priced projector.

Below are some basic specs. In the next section we will take a little closer look at the projectors physical characteristics.

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