Sony Launches Compact LCD Projector Line


Sony last week debuted a new line of front LCD projectors, including the company's first compact widescreen model. The VPL-E series includes four new models, three of which are shipping this month, with the forth slated for a May launch.

The new lineup includes the VPL-EX50, VPL-EX5, VPL-ES5, and VPL-EW5.

The VPL-EX50 is an XGA (1,024 x 768) projector with a brightness of 2,500 lumens. The VPL-EX5 also offers XGA resolution, with a brightness of 2,000 lumens. The VPL-ES5 is an SVGA projector (800 x 600) with a brightness of 2,000 lumens. And the VPL-EW5 offers a WXGA resolution (1,280 x 800) with a brightness of 2,000 lumens.

All of the projectors have the following features in common:

  • Short-throw lens for smaller classrooms and meeting rooms;
  • Sony’s BrightEra technology, designed to improve the resilience of the projectors using an inorganic alignment layer for light resistance;
  • Control panel key lock and password authentication system;
  • Monitor output and audio output, as well as RS-232C control (except on the ES5);
  • Support for high-def and standard-def signals;
  • HDMI, S-video, and RGB/component input via D-sub 15-pin input;
  • Remote Commander unit;
  • Automatic pixel alignment and vertical keystone adjustment;
  • 4x digital zoom; and
  • Six picture modes, as well as dynamic image enhancement.

The VPL-EX50, EX5, and ES5 are shipping this month for $1,270, $1,050, and $910, respectively. The widescreen VPL-EW5 will e available in May for $1,410. Further information can be found at Sony's projector site here.

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