Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review
The Ricoh PJ Wx4130N projector looks like most projectors in that it is has a rectangular shape. The difference is how it projects. Being ultra-short-throw, the unit shines the projected light in a little different way. The light actually comes out of the top of the projector through a clear plastic cover. This mirrored projection technology allows for larger images without having to have the projector placement many feet from the screen. In this projectors case, just inches away is enough to create a large image.
Looking at the projector from the front you will see a focus knob, and a IR sensor, and LED indicator right above it. In between the black IR sensor/LED indicator is a mesh opening for the 2W mono speaker. The left side of the projector has a large exhaust vent.
The bottom of the projector has three adjustable feet. They unscrew to raise or lower the projector. I was pleasantly surprised to see this, it really helps a lot when you are trying to get a nice square image without having to use the Keystone Correction. The right side of the projector has all the inputs which I will cover in a moment. However, it also has a large intake vent to help bring in cool air.
Ricoh left nothing out when it came to designing the remote. Not only is it really compact, you have total control, and then some with it. You can change inputs on the fly, enter the menu system and easily navigate to the desired screens. Also, you can use it as a remote mouse. The PJ WX4130N really is a fantastic remote. The button layout was smart and intuitive. Once you take a glance at the remote, study it a bit, you should be able to easily navigate the menu without lengthy pauses in your presentation.
The right side of the projector features the input panel. It is a small area of the projector, but the unit has inputs for all the latest technologies. You will find a RJ45 LAN input, a USB Type A input and also a VGA input. The most standard input for projecting content from a PC. A Composite input is also available should you have old content from a VCR to display. Last, but not least, there is a 3.5 mini dim input for sound.
The control panel is full featured and will allow you to control every function of the projector without the remote. Always a plus if you should lose the remote, or misplace it for a while. The control panel features the on/off button, and also a AV Mute button should you want to bring the screen to black while you have your audience focus on another aspect of your presentation without the distraction of the projected image. Next to the AV Mute button is the Input button and you can press this to cycle through all the available inputs until you have selected the one that matches your source.
Hitting the Menu button will bring up the full interactive menu system. The menu is controlled by the round disc to the right. Navigations is done with the arrows and to enter into a sub menu you just hit the center Enter key.
The menu system is pretty involved and you have a lot of control in terms of how the projectors functions. If you want total control this projector provides it.
You can control the projectors brightness, color saturation, contrast and picture mode. Picture mode will allow you to change the preset color of the image for a variety of surfaces that you might encounter.
The system, as mentioned, is extensive. Look over the gallery of images of the menu system to see in detail all the functions you have access to.
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