Optoma TX700 Digital Projector Review

In this section we look at a variety of issues, not related to image quality:

Let’s get started.

Optoma TX-700 Menus

The TX-700 menus are really well laid out. Hitting the menu button from the control panel, or the remote brings up the “main menu” which at the top has 6 tabs for the primary menus. It comes up showing the Image-1 menu below the tabs. Using the down arrow key you enter the Image1 menu.

Optoma combines small graphical icons along with text, and all considered, it’s very easy to find what you are looking for. I took this image with a PC source, and in that mode, the Color controls do not come up. You’ll need a video source for that.

there is a degamma control, and also the aspect ratio control.

There is also an Audio menu , and the usual choice of languages. (Sorry, no images of these two menus.)

The next menu shown is the Mangement menu, which allows selection of type of projection: Front table, Front ceiling, rear screen table, rear screen ceiling.

You can also choose from 5 different positions for the menus to appear on the screen. There is a high altitude mode for those over 4000 feet or so, which increase fan performance, security settings, and digital zoom. Lastly, there is a Reset.

Image I

Image II

Management

Lamp Settings

The Image-II menu, is less likely to be used. Most of the functions on it are set automatically, however

The last menu shown here, is the Lamp Setting menu.

Basic stuff, how many hours on the lamp, lamp reset, and and choice of full power or “eco” mode. There is also the option of having the projector automatically turn off, if there is no signal, or a static signal for a long period of time. Shown, it is set to turn off the projector after 15 minutes.

Overall, the menus are easy to navigate, without many different layers of menus to work through. They are easy to figure out, and use!

Remote Control

The Optoma TX700 has a very nice remote. It has a reasonable working range. It fits well into your hand, with it’s sculpted design, and has well spaced buttons, some in angled patterns that also make it easy to find what you are looking for by “touch”.

At the top you will find the power button on the left. Opposite that is a video mute which blacks out the screen. Way down at the bottom are the buttons for manual source selection, although, you can have the projector automatically search for a source when powered up. You’ll need the source selection buttons to navigate between two or more sources, if you have more than one hooked up.

Back up near the top, there is a Freeze frame button and an Auto sync (re-sync is how the button is labeled) Moving down the left are the volume up and down, and a Reset button. In the middle top, are controls for keystone adjustment.

Moving back to the right, below the Freeze, are two Display buttons, one offers choices of aspect ratios, and the other, the Display Mode, let’s you toggle between the presets, such as PC, Movie, sRGB, etc.

Next down on the right is the all important Menu button, and below it, the 4 arrow keypad with a large enter button in the center.

That’s about it. The remote is lightweight, and is not backlit, although a projector this bright really doesn’t need a backlit remote, it’s always nice to have.

Overall, it is a very good remote, missing only one key thing, which is remote mousing capabilities for presentations. Seems, though, like less and less projectors are offering remote mousing on the remotes, quite possibly because better, RF (instead of infra-red) presentation remotes are so inexpensive today, and better suited.

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