Canon REALiS WX6000 WXGA+ LCOS Projector Review
Canon WX6000 Appearance
The WX6000 has a boxy industrial design with a black case with white top. Facing the front panel of the projector, the lens is offset to the right of center. Installation of the lens is not an easy task. First, the top cover of the projector must be removed. This involves the opening the lamp cover (held on by one screw) to reveal the screw holding the top cover in place. Once the top cover is removed, there are four more screws to be removed to release the lens sleeve. Now the lens can be inserted, attached with four more screws and plugged in, then everything else can be replaced. This takes quite a bit of time and cannot be done if the projector is ceiling mounted without removing it, as some of the screws are on the bottom of the projector. Once the lens is installed, height adjustment can be made via two screw feet in each of the front corners. There is a large air intake vent with an IR receiving eye for the remote to the left of the lens. The air filter is right behind the intake vent and easily pulls out from the front left corner of the projector.
The connection panel is on the left side of the projector, rather than in the rear as usual. There is also a control panel there as well. First, the control panel has indicator lights for Power On, Standby, Warning, Lamp and Temperature. Below that are buttons for Power, Input, Lens and Menu, with menu navigation and selection buttons. When the Lens button is pushed, the navigation buttons double as controls for lens shift, zoom and focus. The left and right navigation buttons also serve as volume control up and down buttons. From left to right, the connection panel has the following connections: the power cord connector and Kensington lock port, a LAN port for network control, a standard RGB computer input, a DVI-I input and an HDMI input. These are followed by an RS-232 control port, a jack for a wired remote, two audio inputs and one audio output.
There is nothing on the right side of the projector, and the rear of the projector is essentially one large exhaust port, that also serves as the lamp cover. The cover is held on with a single screw and easily removed. The lamp is held in place with three screws each and pulls straight out for easy replacement. The placement of the lamp and dust filter cover on the rear and front panels respectively allows for easy access when the projector is ceiling mounted, without having to unmount it.
Setup and Menus
Although it’s really designed for permanent mounting, the WX6000’s two front adjustable feet, power zoom, focus and lens shift, allow it to be easily set up in either table or ceiling mounting installations. This adjustability will usually make keystone correction unnecessary, but the WX6000 offers a digital keystone correction that will account for any slight misalignment.
Once the image is properly aligned with your screen, you can bring up the menu to select the desired Picture mode, as well as additional picture adjustments. The menu is nicely laid out and is easy to follow. There are five available Picture modes (three of which change depending on the input type) to choose from and each can be fine tuned with the usual Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint and Sharpness adjustments. Canon has not skimped on the number of image adjustment options. In addition to the usual adjustment mentioned above, there are other adjustments for the advanced user, such as full grayscale RGB adjustment, full color management (CMS) of both primary and secondary colors, adjustable gamma and a unique feature that allows the user to correct the picture based on not only the level of ambient light, but the type of light as well.
The WX6000’s remote is black with gray buttons (with the exception of the Power button which is green) that are well laid-out. The Power, Auto PC and Input buttons are right on top, with separate buttons for each input below them. Below the input buttons are the usual menu and navigation buttons. Next are buttons to access the power lens shift, zoom and focus. There are additional buttons for test pattern, keystone and aspect ratio. At the bottom of the remote are number buttons for entering network information, as well as buttons for Volume, Digital Zoom, picture Freeze and Blank and changing the Image mode.
If the projector is mounted in a location where IR from the remote may be blocked, or if using multiple projectors, the remote has a jack on the bottom of it enabling it to be wired directly to the projector.
The buttons are not backlit, but that is typical for presentation projectors. For the most part, I found the buttons to be well laid out and spaced sufficiently to avoid hitting the wrong one, even in the dark.
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