The projector’s 3D performance is outstanding with well authored 3D Blu-rays, such as Resident Evil: Afterlife and Avatar. Crosstalk is negligible and the sense of depth quite pronounced. The latter’s opening sequence, wherein Sam Worthington emerges from cryo, convincingly stretches back hundreds of metres. But on more notorious platters (for example Monsters Vs Aliens), double-imaging remains a visible bugbear.
Lighter and more comfortable active shutter glasses
Sony has made improvement to its 3D projector glasses. There’s no longer a need to add a filter to eye lens (one of the dafter bodges from its first gen 3D projector), and it’s also shaved some 18g off their weight. This makes the new USB-rechargeable TDG-PJ1s pretty comfortable to wear. A 30 minute charge provides around 30 hours of use.
Of course, it’s not just movies that look good on the HW30 – gaming is also a prime attraction. Hooked up to a PS3, the projector provided screamingly fast, sharp images. With Motionflow enhancement on High, MotorStorm 3D looks slicker than a Brylcreemed beaver. If it weren't for the price, I could see a whole lot more people gaming on projectors, as it looks wonderful.
A good compromise of features while preserving quality
Overall, the VPL-HW30ES is a compelling argument for bringing big-screen 3D home. It’s a solid rival for JVC’s similarly-priced D-ILA-powered DLA-X3, and offers both excellent 2D and startlingly bright stereo. 3D flatscreens? Who needs ‘em? ®
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is that Chico and Rita you have on page 2?
I'm waiting for a reasonably priced polarising 3D projector...
...so I don't need to waste money on expensive glasses for my guests.
And for those without 20:20 vision?
Those active (good) glasses look pointless for anyone who can't wear contacts...
I see the sunshine variety bus has arrived...
If you are only looking to pay £300 then you are not after a serious display for your gaming. Therefore this is not aimed at you.
At £3,000 the question is do you upgrade to a £2,000-£2,500 tv or pay the extra for the projector?