This VPL-VW1000ES is the biggest Sony home theater projector I've seen. From the sides, it just looks large. From a straight on front view, it just looks gorgeous:
The recessed 2.1:1 zoom lens is the the eye candy in its large framed recess. The case is a coarse dark gray finish on the top which curves around to the sides. The front and back are done in a glossy piano finish.
The input panel - all the connections, as has been common on Sony's, is located along the side - the left side if you are looking from the front. They are low down. A bit higher up, and closer to the front, are the small buttons for the basic control panel.
I find it interesting, and surprising, that the VW1000ES vents the hot air out the rear. The fact that it has a zoom lens with 2.1:1 range, means enough flexibility that in most rooms it could be mounted in the rear of your room, perhaps on a high shelf.