Posted on November 9, 2018 By Chris Kahl
Acer S1386WHN Short Throw Projector Review – Hardware 2: Control Panel, Remote Control, The Menus
The Acer SW1386WHN sports an extremely simple control panel and three indicator lights. The indicator lights appear in a single row just above the control panel, and are for Power, Lamp and Temp. The control panel itself is a simple arrowed keypad with corner buttons and an enter button in the center. Start at the top left and going row-by-row, here’s what we have:
The top row consists of an On/Off button, followed by an up arrow that doubles as a vertical keystone correction button, followed by Source, which opens the source selection menu. The second row consists of a left arrow that doubles as a Volume Down button, Enter in the center, and a right arrow that doubles as a Volume Up button on the right. The third and final row consists of Back, followed by a down arrow doubling as vertical keystone correction, followed by the Menu button, which accesses the main menu.
Yet another remote without a backlight: it’s annoying, but we’ll move past that. The remote is pretty decent, and includes a built-in laser pointer. The remote operates off of two AAA batteries which are included, and fits comfortably in the hand. The remote is laid out in three distinct sections. We’ll start at the top and go from left to right. In the top row, left corner is an On/Off button; press once to turn on, twice to turn off. In the middle of the top row is the 3D button, which toggles 3D mode, followed by Source.
The next row consists of Ratio, which allows quick toggling between Auto, 16:9, 4:3, and Letterbox aspect ratios. Next is a red button with what almost appears to be a black tree – this is the laser pointer button; hold to emit a red laser dot for ease of pointing to different areas of the projector screen. Next is Mode, which toggles between color modes.
The next section is another directional keypad. As is typical, the up and down arrows double as vertical keystone correction and the left and right arrows double as volume controls. The center button is Enter, but doubles as a Play/Pause button for the onboard media player. Below the directional keypad, is a Back button and a Menu button.
The next section consists of a 12 button keypad, and every button has a dual purpose. The first row is: 1/Free; 2/VGA; 3/HDMI-MHL; 0/Hide. The Second row is: 4/Page Up; 5/Component; 6/Video; Zoom In. The last row is made up of: 7/Page Down; 8/Media; 9/LAN-WiFi; Zoom Out.
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Color Menu: BluelightShield, LumiSense, Display Mode, Wall Color, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Tint, Color Temperature, Gamma
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Image Menu: Projection Mode, Aspect Ratio, H/V Keystone, 4 Corner Correction, Sharpness, Tracking
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Setting Menu: Startup Screen, Screen Capture, Source Selection, DC 5V Out, VHA Out (Standby), HDMI CEC, Network, Security, Reset
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Network Sub-Menu: Wake on LAN (Standby), DHCP, MAC Address, WiFi IP/Mask, Lan IP/Mask, LAN Reset
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Management Menu: ECO Mode, Hiht Altitude, Turn Off Mode, Auto Shutdown (Minutes), Menu Display Time (Seconds), Auto Power On, Control Panel Lock, Lamp, Information
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Information Sub-Menu: Model Name, Input Source, Signal Type, Display Mode, Serial No., Software Version, QR Code for Projector Information
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Audio Menu: Volume, Mute
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector 3D Menu: 3D, 3D Format, 24P 3D, 3D L/R Invert, 3D Warning Message
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Language Menu: 22 Language Options
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Aspect Ratio Quick-Menu: Auto, 4:3, 16:9, Letter Box
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Display Mode Quick-Menu: Bright, Presentation, Standard, Video, Education, User1, User2, User3
Acer S1386WHN Short-Throw Projector Source Quick Menu: HDMI 1, HDMI 2/MHL, VGA IN 1, VGA IN 2, Video, LAN/WiFi, Media, Mobile USB Display, PC USB Display
That does it for our tour of the Acer S1386WHN’s hardware! Next up is our discussion of the projector’s picture and sound quality.
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