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Sony VPL-HW30 Review

Sony is one step ahead of rival manufacturers with the VPL-HW30, a 3D projector that’s expected to sell for no more than $3,500. It fits neatly into Sony’s projector range between the VPL-HW20 and the VPL-HW90.


2D and 3D image quality

Deep blacks and high contrast levels

Very quiet: 25 dB

Backlit remote with plenty of shortcut buttons

Effective motion smoothing function


Slight ‘camcorder’ effect and some artefacts with motion smoothing mode

Some crosstalk in 3D mode (the image doubles up)

Video noise could be handled better

Bulky casing


In 2D mode, the Sony VPL-HW30 has the same excellent image quality of the VPL-HW20, with deep blacks and accurate colours. Although the new 3D mode isn’t perfect—notably due to a slight amount of crosstalk—on the whole, it’s still pretty good.

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