Sony's VPL-EW Portable Projector: Big Picture, Small Package

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Projecting a 40- to 300-inch picture from a computer or video source has never been as easy or affordable than with Sony's VPL-EW 3LCD Portable Projector. Producing WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution with 2000 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 1000:1 contrast ratio, the VPL-EW7 is about 200 times brighter than a pico projector. It's like holding a floodlight to a candle. Incredibly, the VPL-EW weighs only 6.1 lb and occupies a square-foot footprint.

The transmissive-type projector passes light through three (red, green and blue) LCD panels to form an image composed of more than one million pixels. Though the recommended projection size is 40 to 300 inches, you can deviate according to taste. Because it's a "short-throw" projector, you can create an 80-inch picture from eight feet away. The projector can be ceiling mounted with an optional accessory.  An IR remote is included. The lens system includes an eight percent tilt angle adjustment for maintaining a rectangular picture—no keystoning.

The projector's 16:9 aspect ratio is a great fit for widescreen movies. The VPL-EW supports HDTV at its native 720p resolution (the same resolution used by ABC, Fox and ESPN). Other resolutions are converted to fit. Sourced from a computer, the WXGA resolution will make PowerPoint presentations or websites look crisp.

There are multiple inputs and a couple of outputs on the rear panel (see below). The inputs are comprised of HDMI, S-Video, VGA (HD D-Sub 15 pin), composite video and stereo audio (mini jack). A small speaker is built in. There's also a VGA out and stereo out (mini jack) for monitoring the presentation. A VGA cable is included. The projector also has an RS-232C (D-Sub 9-pin) control terminal.

The VPL-EW is ready to be used when you turn it on, and there's no waiting around for the fan to cool down the lamp when you turn it off. So, you can pop the projector in the included carrying case and be on your way. Alternatively, there's a Kensington slot for securing the projector with an optional Kensington lock. The unit comes with a three-year Sony parts and labor warranty.

So, if you're tired of being confined to the small picture or are ready to project a decent-sized image in a room that doesn't have to be totally dark, consider stepping up to the simplicity of the Sony VPL-EW.

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That is a good presentation but how much does it cost?

I am sorry, the Sony projector was discontinued and is no longer available. The NEC NP-M260W offers an even higher light output and higher contrast image projection.  It is an ideal projector for use where multimedia projection is desired.

Greetings!  We're pleased to learn about Sony's VPL-EW. Sounds like a great upgrade for our new start-up company... We're bedStuyPop-Up! Cinema... a non-profit, end-market film concern whose mission is to expose and help develop the film-portfolios of "emerging" filmakers.

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Hi Donna -

The Sony VPL-EW 3LCD Portable Projector has ben discontinued some time ago and is no longer available.  You may want to consider the following projector:

With full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and 4000 ANSI lumens of brightness at a tack-sharp 3000:1 contrast ratio, the BenQ SH910 DLP Digital Projector creates a unique theater experience wherever it's used.

The SH910 can deliver 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p high definition signals from a satellite, a cable box and Blu-ray discs. And those images will stay in pristine digital form (no analog conversion required) along the path between the device and the SH910 thanks to the HDMI input.

The part that forms the picture in this projector is a Texas Instruments (TI) DLP DMD panel. It features an innovation that TI calls BrilliantColor. Unlike other technologies such as LCD that use just three primary colors to produce the image, DLP Technology with BrilliantColor uses up to six separate colors.

Color accuracy is paramount to a quality image. BrilliantColor not only improves color accuracy, it brightens secondary colors as well. This combination produces a new level of color performance that increases the brightness of the colors by up to 50% over DLP projectors without BrilliantColor for accurate, true-to-life images.

For the specifics of price, shipping and warranities, repair, etc - please contact us at the e-mail address below:

 Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com