Posted on March 13, 2018 By Art Feierman
Dell S718QL 4K UHD Laser Projector Review – Hardware 2: Control Panel, Remote Control, Menus
Nothing very fancy about the way the S718QL’s control panel is laid out. It is located toward the back of the Dell projector. Most of the keys have dual function.
The buttons are laid out in three rows of three. The upper left houses indicator lights instead of a button, Enter is in the middle. The navigation up/down/left/right keys are in a diamond configuration, with the up arrow doubling as one keystone adjustment control and the down arrow, the other. The right arrow key, when not navigating, brings up the power focus menu.
The upper right hand corner is power – once for on, twice for off. The lower right corner button isn’t a button at all. It does nothing.
Also of note, indicator lights are located in the top right (Power) and top left: Temp and “Laser,” (except that sadly, the icon for the laser light engine is actually a pic of a light bulb).
The Dell remote control is relatively small, and sleek. Although slightly larger, it makes me think of my Apple TV remote.
All the buttons have good, solid feel, and for a remote that runs on a quarter sized lithium battery, its range is surprisingly good. No problem from 30 feet back. Just pull out the clear plastic battery protector when you unbox your remote. Beats having to install batteries.
While a remote can have more buttons to provide shortcuts to multiple menus, there’s something to be said for simple as well. I do have one complaint about the remote, and that is that the buttons on it aren’t backlit. OK, I know this projector is pretty bright, so it’s not necessary to turn off the lights to view it, but still there are often situations where people will still dim the lights, and that, folks, is when a backlight is a real plus.
Let’s look at the functionality, from start to finish.
From the top:
The Power button is top left – it’s the unusual press once to power up, press twice to power down. At the top right is the Source button – lets you toggle between the source groups.
Right below the source button is one labeled video modes – we’re talking “picture” modes, such as Movie, User, Presentation, etc. The Menu button is in the middle of the second row, while the Back button is on the right.
Navigation comes next – four arrow keys in a round formation, with the Enter button in the middle (the enter button is symbolized as a check mark).
The next (second last) row, is for audio. On the left is Mute, Lower Volume is in the middle, while increase volume is on the right.
Finally, the bottom most buttons consist of one to Blank (the screen) button, and the other to Freeze the screen.
That’s it, folks, and thanks to the Dell remote’s simplicity, this is one of the shortest remote control sections I can recall writing.
Video mode menu (oft called Picture mode, or Color mode on other brands), allows choice of pre-set modes. It offers only one User mode.
Many business/education projectors offer a wall color control, but in the case of this Dell, using the Dark Green (wall) option, improves the color of several modes, and increases color accuracy.
The Advanced menu (found on the main menu) offers most of the control capabilities, so this is followed by images from each of its sub-menus
No real surprises here. There is a fairly large collection of menus and sub-menus. Organization is very good. There is, however, only one User mode. I prefer projectors to have multiple, savable user modes. The images here show most of the main and sub-menus. Where there’s something particularly interesting about a specific menu of feature, I put that info into the caption area below the screen.
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