As is the case with the more expensive Sony projectors, the VW295ES is fairly sparse when it comes to the number of connectors and inputs available, being that that it relies almost exclusively on the two HDMI inputs. That means, for most at least, using an AV receiver, or a 4K switching system. That’s fine, of course, and I personally rely on an Anthem receiver to switch my content sources for whatever projector I happen to be reviewing.
We’ll start at the rear and work our way forward. The RJ-45 LAN connector for networking is found at the back, followed by one USB, and the pair of HDMI inputs. These HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. According to Sony, they’re capable of handling up to 18 Gbps. That means, of course, that it is possible to play 4K content at 60fps with HDR! This was lacking on the previous, VPL-VW285ES model, which the VW295ES replaces.
Bottom line on the VPL-VW295ES’s HDMI: It can handle anything available today, and I’d expect it to be able to handle anything in the foreseeable future.
Let’s move along, shall we? As we move toward the front we find an RS-232 serial port for legacy command and control of the projector over a serial connection. Following that, we have a jack allowing you to hard wire the remote control, but this only comes into play if you have a setup where the remote is too far away, like a rear screen setup. It takes an optional cable, but if you desire, you can mount that remote in another room entirely. The last of our inputs and connectors are two 12 volt triggers, which could be used with compatible devices, such as properly equipped motorized screens, and even some motorized shades, among others.
There’s the usual power receptacle, which is found on the back of the projector, down low, near the other side. That’s it for inputs and connectors!