Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Appearance

The PT-DZ770UL has a solid, boxy industrial design with a black metal case.  Facing the front panel of the projector, the lens is mounted right in the center.  The lens is easily installed by inserting it into the projector body until it is seated, then a small clockwise turn locks it into place.  Removal is equally simple, requiring only the press of a button on the side of the lens, followed by a counter-clockwise turn, at which point the lens can be pulled straight out.  Height adjustment can be made via two screw feet in each of the front corners.  There is an IR receiving eye for the remote to the left of the lens and indicators for power, lamps (one for each lamp), temperature and filter status on the top left, front edge.  There are two screw-adjustable feet in each front corner.

The connection panel is on the left side of the projector, rather than in the rear as usual.  This connection panel is flanked by two air intake vents.  From left to right, the panel has the following connections: a LAN port for network control, composite and S-video and inputs, five BNC video input jacks, an HDMI input, a DVI-D input and a standard RGB computer input.  In a row below these inputs are remote input and output jacks for controlling multiple projectors simultaneously, a DB9 jack for an external remote control system, and RS-232 serial control input and output ports.  Finally, there is a Kensington lock port, a power cord connection and a power on/off switch.  There are no audio connections as the PT-DZ770UL has no internal speaker (useless on a projector of this type) and all audio would be via an external system.

On the right side of the projector, we have the main intake vents, including access to the air filter cartridge.  The filter pulls straight out from and can then be cleaned by soaking in water or replaced.  The rear of the projector is dedicated to easy access to the lamps, as well as a control panel.  Most of the rear panel is a cover and air exhaust vent for the two lamps.  The cover is easily removed and the lamps are held in place with three screws each and pull straight out for easy replacement.  The control panel has enough buttons to perform almost all of the most used functions without the remote.  In addition to Power on/off buttons, there are individual buttons for each input, accessing the power zoom, focus and lens shift, auto setup and shutter (which blanks the image), menu and menu navigation (left, right, up, down and enter).

The placement of the lamp and dust filter cover on the rear and side panels respectively allows for easy access when the projector is ceiling mounted, without having to unmount it.

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Setup and Menus

Although it’s really designed for permanent mounting, the PT-DZ770UL’s two front adjustable feet, power zoom, focus and lens shift, allow it to be easily set up in either table or ceiling mounting installations.  This adjustability will usually make keystone correction unnecessary, but the PT-DZ770UL offers a digital keystone correction that works quite well with a minimally misaligned image.

Ideally, keystone correction should be kept to a minimum as its potential detrimental effect on the image quality detracts from the super sharp image a projector like the PT-DZ770UL is capable of projecting.  The PT-DZ770UL also includes an assortment of built-in test patterns that can be displayed to assist in alignment setup, as well as for making other picture adjustments.

Once the image is properly aligned with your screen, you can bring up the menu to select the desired Picture mode, as well as additional picture adjustments.  There are seven available Picture modes to choose from and each can be fine tuned with the usual Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint and Sharpness adjustments.  There are other adjustments for the advanced user, such as full grayscale RGB adjustment in the User color temperature mode, as well as full color management of both primary and secondary colors.

If you’re using the PT-DZ770UL in a multiple projector configuration (see the Special Features section of this review), there are other adjustments to create a seamless transition from one projector to the next.

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Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Menu Slideshow

Main Menu

Option Menu

Picture Menu

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL Remote Control

The PT-DZ770UL’s remote is black with white buttons (with the exception of the Power On and Standby buttons which are red) that are well laid-out.  The Power and Auto Setup buttons are right on top, with separate buttons for each input below them.  Below the input buttons are the usual menu and navigation buttons.  There are additional buttons for test pattern, function, shutter and aspect ratio.  Next are buttons to access the power lens shift, zoom and focus.  At the bottom of the remote are number buttons for use with multiple projectors, where each will have its own number ID and/or password.

If the projector is mounted in a location where IR from the remote may be blocked, or if using multiple projectors, the remote has a jack on the bottom of it enabling it to be wired directly to the projector.  By using the wired pass through on the projector to additional projectors, a single remote can control multiple projectors, each with their own unique ID.

The buttons are not backlit, but that is typical for presentation projectors.  For the most part, I found the buttons to be well laid out and spaced sufficiently to avoid hitting the wrong one, even in the dark.

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