Mitsubishi HC1600 720p, DLP, Home Theater Projector Review

We start facing the front of the HC1600 DLP projector. The lens (with its 1.2:1 zoom), is centered, simplifying ceiling mounting relative to those with lenses off to one side or the other. The hot air from the fan exhaust also exits out the front vents.

The front infra-red sensor about covers it for the front of the projector, other than a screw thread type height adjustable, centered front foot.

Moving to the top, right behind the lens, and recessed, are the focus and zoom controls. In the center, is the HC1600′s control panel.

It is pretty much standard, and the same as on some older Mitsubishi models.

There’s the power button, and slightly further back, are six additional buttons. Five are the usual diamond configuration for the arrow keys to navigate the menus, (four arrows, and an Enter button in the center). The sixth button, in the bottom left position (looking from the rear), is the Menu button.

Three of the four arrow buttons take on different functions when you are not in the menu system. The left and right arrows are for Computer, and Video source selection, respectively. The Computer button toggles between the computer input, and the HDMI, while the Video button selects from the component video, S-Video and Composite video sources.

All the inputs (and other connectors) are located on the back. You’ll find 1 HDMI input, and one computer input (standard computer type HD15 connector), that will take the usual analog computer signal, or a component video signal. There is a second (or primary, I should say) component video input with the usual three color coded RCA jacks. Of course there are the obligatory composite, and S-Video inputs as well. This Mitsubishi projector also has a USB port, a serial port, and a 12 volt trigger for raising or lowering a properly equipped motorized screen.

 

Lastly, there is a rear infra-red sensor for the Mitsubishi remote control, and, of course, the power receptacle. On the bottom of the projector you will also find the two drop-down and screw thread adjustable feet (that makes for a nice, steady, three point stance, should you be running it from a table top). The lamp door is also on the bottom, which is unfortunate for those who ceiling mount the projector, as it will require unmounting it to replace the lamp, every couple thousand hours, or so, of operation. The Mitsubishi handles this tricky image from Aeon Flux, extremely well. Despite the special lighting, the skin tones still have a natural look. The Mitsubishi HC1600 is typical of most DLP projectors in that it has no air filter to clean or replace. Definitely a plus when ceiling mounting! That covers the hardware, except for the remote, which is discussed in the General Performance page.

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