Projector Reviews

LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review – Hardware Tour 2

LG Minibeam PW800 Projector – Hardware Tour 2:  Quick Menu  – Settings Menu

Quick Menu

The PW800 offers two different types of on-screen menus.  When you press the Q Menu (Quick Menu) button on the remote control, a graphical menu wheel is displayed, as shown in the gallery photos above.  This is essentially a high level menu that provides access to the most common settings that may be needed for using the projector.  The left/right navigation buttons rotate the menu wheel and when you select a given item then the available choices for that item are displayed and can be selected via the remote.

Settings Menu

The Settings menu offers access to all of the projectors setup and operating adjustments and is more detailed in its offerings than the Quick Menu discussed above.

When the Settings button on the remote control is pressed, the top level Settings Menu is displayed as shown in the 1st gallery photo above.  From this the user can access all of the projector’s available settings and adjustment.  Below I have described just a few of the available settings.

The top-level Picture Settings menu is shown in the 2nd gallery photo above.  This menu offers the usual picture settings (e.g., contrast, brightness) as well as Picture Mode and “Energy Savings”, where minimum operates the projector at full power and maximum operates the projector in Eco mode, or the lowest power mode.  As for the Picture Modes, there are 5 pre-set modes plus user defined modes that LG calls “Expert1″ and “Expert2″.    There are also “advanced controls” available for adjusting such picture characteristics color gamut, dynamic contrast and gamma.  Also provided are “Expert Controls” that can be used for fine-tuning the performance of the projector.

The top-level Audio Setting menu is shown in the 4th gallery photo above.  Sub-menus under the audio menu provide access to a number of audio settings including such thing as Sound Mode, Auto Volume, and Sound Effects.

The 6th gallery photo shows the top-level menu for setting up the DTV tuner’s channel list.

The 8th gallery photo shows the Option2 menu while the 10th gallery photo shows the Input menu.

Gallery photos 11 thru 13 are related to the media player function built into the PW800.  For testing I used a USB memory drive containing a few photo files and one video file.

There are several other top-level Settings Menus not shown in the above photo gallery nor discussed above.  These are for Time Setting, Information, Lock Setting, and Option 1 Settings (e.g, language, auto input search on/off, Divx settings, etc.).