Sony VPL-PX41 review: Sony VPL-PX41

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 4.0
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The Good Stylish design; built-in networking capabilities; smooth video performance; accurate colors; full assortment of connections.

The Bad Relatively heavy for its output; inconvenient location of control panel; little support available; low brightness for its size.

The Bottom Line The Sony VPL-PX41 projector features built-in networking and excellent video capabilities, but it is expensive and otherwise undistinguished.

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Sony VPL-PX41: boardroom style and networking

The Sony VPL-PX41 projector makes a stylish and networkable addition to any conference room, and though it displays smooth video and accurate colors, its lack of brightness and high $6,150 price detract from its overall appeal. Most users will be better served by the less expensive and far more portable Dell 5100MP.

As is the case with many network-ready projectors, the 17.3-pound Sony VPL-PX41 isn't built with travel in mind. The white-and-gray body measures 16.6 inches wide by 12.5 inches deep and 5 inches high and could pass for a small suitcase; it even has a foldout handle. It's more likely, however, to be lugged from conference room to conference room than carried coast to coast. If portability is important, the 8-pound Dell 5100MP is a more viable option.

Underneath the stylish plastic casing is a trio of three relatively large 0.99-inch LCD imaging panels. As with most high-end projectors, the VPL-PX41 has native XGA resolution but can also accept additional resolutions ranging up to UXGA. It's capable of putting a 25-foot image onscreen.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun 8, 2005
  • Type LCD projector
  • Native Resolution 1024 x 768
  • Weight 17.2 lbs
  • Image Brightness 3500 lumens
  • Image Contrast Ratio 700:1