The new Sony VPL-VW95ES projector is physically identical to last year's VW95ES and the VW85 before it. Like the older projectors, the VPL-95ES is a larger home theater projector, It is finished in an almost black shiny finish on the top, while most other surfaces are a flat black. A dark blue speckling runs through the black piano finish. the If you are ceiling mounting, of course, the projector is inverted, with the piano finish facing down, where it is nicely attractive with lights on. The finish itself has a dark blue speckle to it, so, it's not quite mere black. When the case gets hit with some light, it makes for a classy finish.
Once gain, Sony's manual zoom lens, with its 1.6:1 zoom ratio, is recessed.
This VPL-VW95ES projector, unlike the much lower cost Sony VPL-HW30ES, has a motorized lens system that controls zoom, focus and lens shift.
The control panel of the projector, rather small, and all the inputs, are located on the side of the projector (left side if facing the front of the Sony projector). The control panel hides behind a spring loaded door when you don't need it.
Venting is primarily on the front sides, with the warm air exiting from the left front (again, if looking from the front).