Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review

POWERLITE PRO G6900WU PROJECTOR TOUR PAGE 2:  REMOTE CONTROL, MENUS, LENS THROW AND LENS SHIFT

G6900WU Remote Control

Epson’s remote control for the G series is a typically good sized remote, black finish, white buttons and a reasonable backlight that’s amber.  I might complain that the backlight could be a touch brighter, but with something approaching 6000 lumens under the hood, the G6900WU isn’t likely to be spending much time presenting in pitch black rooms.

Let’s run through all the menu buttons.  With our new site, we haven’t figured out how to show the remote at near full size, with the descriptive text along side.  So your stuck with clicking on the large image to get a good look at the remote, but having to close that window to read the notes.  Here goes:

From the top, the left most button is power on. Press once.  Next to it, is a smaller red button which is power down, and also a one press only.  To their right is the backlight button.  The backlight stays on for roughly 15 seconds, fading to black at the end.

Below the backlight button is Source Search, which will look through all the inputs and lock onto the first active source.  For those in a hurry, the next three rows of three buttons each, take you directly to nine difference sources.  Below that section are two more row of three, this group are direct buttons to menu features:  Auto (sync – for computers), Aspect ratio, Color Mode, Test Patterns, Freeze (image), and the AV Mute.  There are, I should note, 9 test patterns, providing a wide range of usable ones for alignment, color, more.

The next section is navigation.  The round navigation layout has the four arrow keys, with Enter in the center.  The buttons for navigation are above to the left (Menu) and right (Escape).

Unlike the arrows on the control panel on the G6900WU, the arrows do not have separate functions on the remote, when not in the menus.

The two buttons below the navigation are Split Screen (left) and Default.  When in Split Screen, hitting Menu brings up options to switch screens, change sources, choose the audio and Exit back to single screen mode.

The next section consists of three rocker switches:  Page (up/down) for remote “mousing”, Volume up/down (no speakers, but controls the volume going out the audio output),  The right rocker is digital zoom which allows you to zoom in to any section of the screen to a magnification of 4X which means you are filling your screen, with 1/16th of the original image size.

You’d think we’d be done by now, but there are three definable User areas.  Default settings have User 1 taking you to the Lamp power menu, User 2 to Keystone correction, and the right button brings up Info.

And there’s more.  Below those,  are a full numeric keyboard, for passwords, and setting ID (such as setting up networking)  Finally at the bottom right is the interactive HELP button which provides four primary questions and takes you directly to adjusting those items.  Example:  The Image is Distorted, which if you proceed takes you to Geometric Correction, so you can adjust immediately instead of hunting down the same control by navigating the menus.

That’s it.  Good remote, very good range.  25 feet was no problem.  Note also that this remote has a hard wire jack so that you can run a long cable from remote to projector, should the projector be placed where the IR remote signal won’t reach it (rear projection is typical for that, but also long throw applications.  For example, a projector might be mounted in a church, 100 feet from the screen, and well beyond the reach of the remote if held by someone up by the screen.  Instead, run the cable, then, no problem!

 

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Menus

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Epson G6900WU Menu System

Picture Menu

Key items here, include the Color Mode sub-menu, and Advanced sub-menu

Six Color Modes available

Advanced Picture Menu

Three sub menus, one for Gamma, one for RGB for grayscale balance, and the last is full color management to tune both he primary and secondary colors.

Color Management

From this menu the individual primary and secondary colors can be calibrated

Grayscale Balance

This menu allows for grayscale calibration, with the usual separate gain and bias for each controlling each color's balance to the the others.

Signal Menu

The signal menu offers 3D (when stacking two projectors, frame interpolation, noise reduction controls, Overscan, image processing (fast or fine) and more.

3D

The projector is not inherently 3D, however a two projector stack with polarizing filters allows for passive 3D.

Geometric and Keystone Correction

A highlight feature, this Epson has keystone correction, but also geometric correction that allows for projecting on curved surfaces, even into a corner with multiple surfaces. Works with edge blending too!

Extensive Networking

The G6900WU offers advanced networking, with notifications, monitoring, remote control, and scheduling. Wifi networking and peer to peer also available with wifi module.

Basic LAN Configuration -

The main Network menu shows the core network settings.

Info Menu

Shows current status, including lamp hours, active source, resolution, sync, and for convenience, the projectors serial number

Lens Throw

Lens Throw –  1.8:1 Manual Zoom Lens For a 100″ Diag. 16:10 Screen
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9 ft. 0 in. 16 ft. 4 in.

Lens Shift

The G6900WU has 67 percent vertical lens shift.  If the screen is 50 inches high (approximately a 100″ diagonal screen), then 67% is 33.5 inches.  Thus the range of placement of the projector can be anywhere from 8.35 inches above the top of the screen surface to 8.35 inches below the bottom of the screen.  The math is based on starting at the center of the screen, so it’s 33.5 inches of range (up or down) which minus 25 inches – from the center of the screen to the top or bottom, gives you that 8.35 inches.

Horizontal lens shift is 30%.  As is standard, vertical and horizontal lens shift affect each other’s range.  The more horizontal shift you use, the less vertical is left, and vice versa.

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