The VL-BW7 is on the lower end of the spectrum, targeted towards the home user.
Today, I’m looking at the entry level Sony VPL-BW7 Projector that features the Bright Era panel technology. The VL-BW7 is on the lower end of the spectrum, targeted towards the home user. It has a 1000:1 Contrast Ratio and a Brightness rating of 2000 ANSI Lumens along with a 16:9 widescreen resolution of 1280×800 supporting Sony’s 3LCD panel technology. Although this is not full HD, it will allow you to play 720P or 1080i content. The higher-end projectors in the SXRD series are full HD capable but cost twice as much as the BW7 which is roughly available for AED 4,500.
The Projector is reasonably small and light-weight (3.0Kg) as long as you don’t compare it to micro projectors. On the back, it has inputs for HDMI, DSUB (VGA) and S-Video/Composite. You will obviously need a separate audio source to get sound from your movies. Included with the projector is a small remote that controls functions like switching inputs and changing picture mode settings. The remote has backlit settings to operate in dark.
I connected the Projector to an HP laptop with HDMI output and used my white wall as a screen for the projection. I agree that’s not the most professional setup but then again, this is your somewhat budget-end projector. The noise produced by the projector is 29dB which is fairly quiet and did not cause any disturbance while watching a movie. For picture mode, you can select between Dynamic, Standard, Cinema or User-defined.
The screen size produced by the BW7 is upto 80 inches without losing focus and the projector is capable of doing this just 2.3 meters (roughly 8 feet) away from the screen which is good for smaller rooms. The projector’s height adjuster is located at the back to make it easier to see the effects of moving it upon your projected image. Lastly, in standby mode, the VPL-BW7 consumes under 1W which is the lowest power consumption in its class.
I tested the BW7 with two things. First, I watched the sequel to Austin Powers on it which certainly looked quite groovy and colorful. Obviously, the lights in my living room had to be turned down to get the best picture quality. Next I connected it to the PS3 and fired up a couple of games. Its not exactly the best Projector to play Gran Turismo but something a bit more slow moving like Dragon Age or even Guitar Hero looks awesome.
Again, the BW7 isnt on the higher-end of the spectrum but it does a decent job with its short throw and 2000 ANSI Lumens to be used as your budget projector. Like any other projector, you would probably not want to use this for your primary display as projector lamps are still a bit on the expensive side. The replacement costs around AED 800 and lasts 3000 hours in high mode and 4000 hours in standard mode which roughly translates between 2 and 3 years.
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