Updated: Jun 6, 2019
The VPL-VW270ES is the latest native 4K SXRD projector from Sony and replaces the VW260ES that was launched back in 2017. It becomes the new entry-level projector in the range and costs MSRP $4999.99 (RM 20,999). In the video above, you'll see one of the most respected reviewers in this field, Vincent Teoh, bringing you through all the features and benefits of this projector.
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The VPL-VW295ES treats you to a great looking, and of course, very sharp picture. There are plenty of preset picture modes to choose from and not one looks less than very good. The Sony barely needs any calibration, so expect to enjoy great looking and accurate color reproduction. Black levels are respectable, so could always be better. The Sony lacks the dynamic found on its $10K big brother, the VW695ES or on JVC’s $7K lowest cost native 4K. Yet, I enjoyed even the darkest scenes in my theater, and for those watching in their living rooms or media or family rooms, with the right screen, the differences between this Sony and those others – on dark scenes, becomes minimal.
Some projectors are rough around the edges. Not this Sony. It even looks great when not turned on – clean, dark, minimalistic, with one impressive looking lens assembly! It’s about as future proof as any.
We can all want more performance, but this Sony delivers good value, and should serve brilliantly for years to come.
What I can say with confidence is that with Sony's VPL-VW295ES, you get a very high level of performance thanks to the excellent native blacks and sharpness of Sony's LCoS-based SXRD 4K imagers and lens, as well as the company's well-engineered signal processing and superb build quality. Putting aside the limitations I've identified, it is most certainly a "premium" projector; one that gave me many hours of joyful viewing with plenty of "wow" moments and only occassionally showed its weaknesses on challenging material. In that sense, and certainly in the limited world of native 4K projectors, it represents excellent value—especially placed against Sony's own step-up VPL-VW695ES at $9,999.
The Sony VPL-VW295ES ($5000) is a true 4K projector that offers affordable high performance HDR. It is the easy way to get a best viewing experience out the latest Ultra HD movies, as well as video games and streaming 4K HDR shows.
While the VPL-VW270ES has decent black levels, it certainly doesn’t offer the last word in black level performance. If this is a crucial requirement for you, it’s worth taking a look at the VPL-VW570ES with its dynamic iris, or even the VPL-VW760ES if the budget allows.
Where the VPL-VW270ES shines is with its excellent colour reproduction, gamma tracking and resolution. Images are solid with a sense of depth and pop. The Sony VPL-VW270ES produces gorgeous images with a high level of colour accuracy.
If watching movies exactly as its creator intended is important to you (and if you love your films it should be), I highly recommend that you give this projector strong consideration.
Sony has produced a ripper of a projector with the VPL-VW270ES. It achieves a price to performance ratio that’s going to strike a chord with many consumers, myself included. So much so, that I purchased the VPL-VW270ES back in December at its launch.
I can’t think of a recommendation that comes much higher than that!
The Sony VPL-VW270ES projector does its lineage proud, upping the picture game slightly while shedding a few pounds. Though you can get ‘4K’ projectors for less money, none do the resolution quite like this Sony. It promises a scintillating home cinema experience, and delivers just that. SCORES