Sony VPL-EW345 Review – A Solid WXGA Projector Despite Some Shortcomings

What is the Sony VPL-EW345? It is a WXGA (1,280 x 800-pixel resolution) projector that offers a 4,200-lumen brightness rating. It gives users added convenience with its 1.6x zoom. Furthermore, it can throw high-quality data images, a better-than-average audio system, and an above average video quality than many of its rivals. It does have its fair share of shortcomings, especially for its zoom control (which is a bit touch to adjust), but it is a decent addition to a mid to large-sized classroom or conference room.

Sony VPL-EW345 Review - A Solid WXGA Projector Despite Some Shortcomings

The Sony VPL-EW345 Brings Above Average Performance for a Data Projector

One of the shortcomings that the Sony VPL-EW345 has is that it does not support 3D. However, this won’t be an issue in most cases considering there are few applications needed for 3D functionality for a data projector.

It comes with dimensions of 4.1 x 14.4 x 10.2-inches, and it weighs 9-pounds and 2-ounces. With these numbers, it makes it fairly small and lightweight enough to carry from room-to-room if necessary. Still, it is best suited as a permanent installation or placed on a cart.

Setting it up is fairly simple as it follows the standard installation procedures as what you would expect from a DLP-projector. Its 1.6x zoom gives significant flexibility, but this feature is a bit finicky and does take some patience to get the right adjustment. This is because the zoom ring offers a little too much resistance. When you push gently on the focus ring tab, it will hardly budge. If you bring up more force, then it can suddenly move too far.

As for its brightness, the VPL-EW345 is bright enough to stand up to ambient light. But unlike most projectors, this particular unit does not use its brightest lamp mode for its default setting. Its Standard Mode is referred to as Eco Mode on most projectors. If the default brightness settings are not enough for you, you can always change that to High.

When it comes to image quality, this particular projector throws data images with near-excellent quality. The images are easily viewable for most purposes. Still, there are some tints that do cause a bit of a color balance issue, but it does not pose a great disturbance unless you’re using gray-scale images. Pictures have enough vibrancy on them albeit the greens should be a little less saturated than what they should be.

Even though the Sony VPL-EW345 does not match some of its competitors in terms of image quality and overall performance, it is still a solid choice for any who are looking for a decent data-projector.


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