Well it is my favorite time of year! No, not Christmas…Cedia! This is when all the new, fun toys are announced from all the big players in the A/V industry. Of course, usually these announcements are followed by months of waiting for product to ship. Nothing like dangling something in our face and making us wait. Ugh. But, sometimes small miracles happen and a company releases product ahead of schedule. Enter the Sony VPL-HW10 projector! This is their newest entry level SXRD 1920x1080 model. It retails for $3495 and is essentially the replacement for the VPL-VW40. They have redesigned the unit in many different ways, all good at that. It also is rated at 30000:1 contrast and 800 lumens. Have I tempted you? Read on.
So I placed the order for these about 2 weeks ago but wasn’t expecting them until mid September per Sony. Much to my surprise they showed up end of last week! Christmas in August!
The boxes arrived and are about the same size as the previous Sony SXRD projectors. However, upon opening the unit I found that the packing was a bit different. It functionally works the same, but just an observation I made.
Upon removing the projector from the box, I noticed some nice changes. First off, it is smaller than previous models. To explain, it is a bit shorter, but about the same height and width. The HW10 is also black now (deep gloss black, not the dark gray metallic of the VPL-VW60). The front of the projector is also slightly changed. There is a curved inset where the lens is…functionally doesn’t change the unit, but gives a nice new look to it. The HW10 no longer has motorized lens. All the adjustments are now manual (lens focus, zoom and shift). That was a bit surprising, but not a big deal as the ease of use is fine. One nice add on to this model is that there is more horizontal shift, and the horizontal shift is now on a knob vs. loosening screws and physically moving the lens. This was a big complaint for many on previous models.
The inputs on the unit are basically the same as well…2 HDMI, VGA 15-pin, component, S-video and composite video. There is also RS232 for automation control.
The remote control is very similar to the VW40, but a few buttons have been relabeled and moved.