Epson Home Cinema 710 HD Home Theater Projector Review
Epson Home Cinema 710HD Menus
The last batch of images is being processed as I write this. That batch includes fresh menu images. The ones below, and the desriptions, for the moment are from the older Epson Home Cinema 705 that this 710HD replaces. Interesting is that the newer projector lacks a color saturation control, but the older projector had that control
Epson hasn’t really changed its menu look, and structure is several years. Some projectors have more features or different ones than other projectors, but once you’re familiar Overall, it’s a pretty good layout, that I have always liked.
Text is large enough to readable from a respectable difference. The menu itself can be positioned in different locations. The Color mode selection is located on the Image menu (typical) and gives a choice of 7 options. You can see the choices in the image below. There are four main menus. In addition to Image, there are Signal, which mostly deals with aspect ratio, and controls relating to hooking up a computer.
The Settings menu has one key setting, the lamp brightness control (I prefer when that is part of the Image or Picture menu). It also controls keystone settings, volume control and offers the ability to lock the projector’s control panel, a feature probably here, because it comes from the Epson Powerlite W6’s feature set. There is also an Extended menu, where you can decide to put in your own Logo to project when there is no source, projector orientation (front/rear, ceiling/table), Control of the USB ports and menu language. Epson puts its Reset on a separate main menu, although some menus have their own resets of only their features. Lastly, there is, as is typical of almost all projectors, an Info menu which keeps you apprised of lamp life, input source and other “useful” tidbits.
Home Cinema 710HD Remote Control
While Epson is using the same physically shaped remote control, it has some different buttons.
From the top:
The Power button is a small orange affair on the top left side of the remote control. You press once to power up, or twice to power down. Across from it (to the right) is a button labeled Search. Pressing it will have the Epson projector search the inputs and select the first active source it finds. Directly below those two buttons are six direct “source” buttons, including Computer, S-Video, (composite) Video, USB, HDMI, etc. That means you can take the memory card out of most digital cameras and plug it right in to the USB adapter.
The next row has three buttons, from the left, an A/V mute (mutes picture, and also sound (if you are feeding sound into the projector, which does have a speaker). The middle button freezes the image on the screen. The right one has no function (more on this below). The next row has (from the left) Auto (the projector sets up the image for you, Aspect ratio, and Color Mode (which lets you toggle between the many picture modes. Gone from last year’s remote is the numeric keypad, used for things like security including locking the control panel – basically the type of feature not needed in a home projector.
There’s also a green button with a ? on it. This brings up Epson’s interactive Help system, as discussed on the first page of the review. It’s a nice touch, as instead of just answering questions it lets you make the actual changes without having to leave the help system. I’ve always liked it, but at the same time, it’s rather thin, in terms of the areas of help. It would be much better if expanded to cover more topics, but it’s more interactive help than any of the competition offers.
Below the Help button are the Volume up and down buttons.
All that leaves are the menu controls at the bottom. There’s a small round Menu button to launch the menu system, and across from it, on the right, is the ESC button to take you back one level in the menus. Right below these two, you’ll find the classic navigation system in an oval pattern with up/down/left/right arrows and an Enter button located in the center.
Epson claims a range for the remote of almost feet. From using it, that’s very believable. I had no trouble bouncing the remote’s signal off of my screen, to the Epson projector for a round trip of about 25 feet.
That covers it for the remote. Not bad, definitely functional, but as they say – “nothing to write home about”. Buttons could be larger, and hey, this may be a bright projector for the home, but a backlit remote is always appreciated by users.
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