Updated 13 Oct 2017



Snapshot: The Sony VPL-HW45ES is relatively bulky and doesn't have speakers. But how well does it play movies?

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Test results

Overall score
HD picture
SD picture
Ease of use

Good points

  • Performs excellently for HD and performs very well for SD.
  • Easy to use.
  • Has an easy to use remote.
  • Has 2 HDMI inputs.
  • Can play via USB.
  • Can be ceiling mounted.


  • Doesn't have speakers.
  • Relatively bulky.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • HD video quality (60%)
  • SD video quality (10%)
  • Ease of use (30%)

HD and SD video performance

To check the picture and colour, the lighting in the room is kept very low and three panel members evaluate the picture quality, watching a variety of footage from DVD, Blu-ray and video game sources as well as a photo.

The panel of testers pays particular attention to a projector's ability to produce images without colour banding, rainbow or “screen door” effects, jerkiness in pans, blurred or vibrating detail, or colours bleeding in high contrast or very intensely saturated parts of the image. They also check that there are no trails behind fast-moving objects on the screen.

Standard definition includes footage from DVD movies, technical assessment of noise levels, jaggies etc. and free-to-air broadcast sports footage.
High definition includes footage from a Blu-ray movie, technical assessment of noise and free-to-air broadcast sports footage.

Ease of use

We assess how easy it is to use the on-board controls and on-screen displays to perform several common tasks. Careful attention is paid to being able to easily find and use the most commonly used controls, as well as finding those you may only need once in a while.

Remote control
The tester checks the size and spacing of the buttons, dials or touch pads to make sure they're easy to reach, logically grouped and not too close together. Labels should be big enough to read and of sufficient contrast to be easy to read in low light. The remote's overall size and shape is assessed for how well it fits in the hand and how easy it is to use with one hand.

This is measured at right angles to the noisiest side. A sound meter is placed one metre from the projector and takes a reading for 20 seconds.

Key data


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More test results (/10)

Sound quality
SD sports
HD sports


H x W x D (cm)
18 x 41 x 47
Weight (kg)
Claimed brightness (ANSI lumens)
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
Screen sizes (cm)
203 - 508
Boot-up time (secs)
Fan noise - standard setting (dBA)
Exhaust vent(s)
Keystone correction
Claimed lamp life (hours)
not stated
Min/Max projection distance (m)
2.4 / 10