Sony presents two new laser projectors with 4K resolutions and 120 Hz refresh rates
Sony has unveiled the VPL-XW5000ES and VPL-XW7000ES, two laser projectors that sit at vastly different price points. Specifically, while the former retails for $6,000, the latter will cost US$29,000 when it launches this summer. Still, both projectors are rated for up to 20,000 hours of use, offer 4K resolutions and can output at 120 Hz. Understandably, there are few differences between the VPL-XW5000ES and VPL-XW7000ES beyond their names and prices.
Specifically, the VPL-XW5000ES peaks at 2,000 lumens, compared to the 3,500 lumens at which the VPL-XW7000ES peaks. Also, the former has a manual lens, while the VPL-XW7000ES can adjust its lens automatically to optimise focus, zoom and shift. Still, the VPL-XW7000ES only has HDMI 2.0 ports, matching the VPL-XW5000ES. In other words, neither the VPL-XW5000ES nor the VPL-XW7000ES can output at 4K and 120 Hz simultaneously. Instead, the projectors peak at 4K/60 Hz or 2K/120 Hz.
Additionally, the pair Sony advertises both projectors have a Triluminos Pro colour engine that promises up to 95% DCI-P3 colour space. Moreover, the VPL-XW5000ES and VPL-XW7000ES rely on Sony's X1 Ultimate processor that aims to minimise image noise, improve the visibility of fine details and increase the contrast of HDR content, among other things. As Sony's marketing images show, the VPL-XW5000ES and VPL-XW7000ES will be available in black and white colour options. You can read more about the VPL-XW5000ES and VPL-XW7000ES on their associated product pages.