Canon REALiS WUX4000 - Physical Tour
06/14/2012 - Anthony Arrigo
Canon REALiS WUX4000 Appearance
The Canon REALiS WUX4000 is a pretty standard looking projector. It has clean lines and its simplicity mean you won’t be stuck with an eyesore in your state of the art new classroom or conference room. Starting from the front you will find the lens. The WUX4000 features horizontle and vertical lens shift. It also, allows you the choice of three different lenses depending on your installation needs. The front of the projector is also is where the air intake is, so you will find the simply designed intake screen. Also, the Infrared is located in the front for receiving the signal from the remote.
Moving to the right side of the projector you will find all the inputs, outputs, and menu for interacting with the projector. This projector really has it all in terms of inputs. From left to right you will first see the LAN port for connecting the projector to your network. The WUX4000 can be controlled via your web browser to setup all the projectors functions from anywhere in the building where both the projector and your computer are on the same network. Moving to the right again we have the component/vga input for receiving the signal from your computer or from a HD source via component to vga conversion cable. Kind of unique is that the projector features both a DVI-D and a HDMI 1.3 port. This will allow you to accept multiple forms of HD content. For command and control of the projector Canon provides a RS-232 port. There is also an input for two 3.5mm mini dims and one 3.5mm mini dim output to an external sound system. One last thing that is located on the side of the projector is the power input and the kensington lock slot right below it.
The rear of the projector is where the heat exhausts from the projector. There is also another infrared sensor as well. You can access the lamp by loosening screws on the back of the projector and opening the exhaust door. A nice design since you will not have to take down the projector from a ceiling mount to do maintenance. The filter is the same way in that you can just slide the filter out. The tab for doing this is very visible on the opposite side of the lens. Check your manual for more detailed instructions on removing and replacing lamps and filters.
Setup and Menus
Setup of the projector, if you are just going to set it on a table or stand is going to be easier than ever. Not only do the rear feet adjust to allow you placement flexibility, but the projector features horizontal and vertical motorized lens shift. Getting a true, squared image has never been easier. This helps in avoiding the use of keystone correction, which only stands to degrade the image.
When using lens shift you are able adjust the projector upwards by 55% percent of the original image and you can adjust 15% down from the original image. So, essentially you have a lot more flexibility on the up than the down. Reverse that information if you are going to ceiling mount the projector. The numbers for moving the projector left to right are 10% of the original projected image. Expect to achieve an 100 inch diagonal from 10.5 feet away, assuming you are zoomed out to the maximum extends with the standard lens. When zoom is at the minimum you should expect that the projector will have to be about 15.7 feet from the screen. So, mounting the projector between 10.5 feet and 15.7 feet should allow you to use the zoom to reach a 100 inch diagonal if that is what you desire.
The menus were very descriptive, and the icons to go along with the description made finding what you were looking for easy. A very well designed menu system in my opinion.
The remote was very full featured and laid out in such a way that it seems Canon really wanted to develop a remote that allowed complete control of the projector. Ergonomically it is pretty standard, it is well labeled as well. You will need to more than likely look down at the remote since the buttons are pretty much the same size.
The navigation buttons are clearly separated from the other buttons, but since they are not much larger than other buttons, again, might require you to look down during a presentation. This is pretty common though with remotes because of their size. Some manufacturers however have designed some pretty intuitive remotes that reduce the amount of times you need to look down since the buttons are give very specific shapes and sizes to distinguish their functions.
Best part is, as mentioned, you can get to the functions you need to very easily and that, for the most part, makes this a decent remote in my opinion.