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Maxell MP-WU5503 Laser Education Projector Review – Hardware 2

Maxell MP-WU5503 Laser Education Projector Review – Hardware 2: The Control Panel, The Remote Control, The Menus

Control Panel

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The Maxell MP-WU5503 projector has a control panel that is quite unique, but has all the usual suspects. It is located on the top of the projector, centered and near the back, and consists of just three buttons. The first is the Standby/On button, followed by the Input button, and the Menu button. That Menu button can be pressed to access the menus, then toggled up, down, left, and right, to navigate those menus. Next to that configuration are two indicator lights, labeled Power/Status 1 and Status 2. This is something that will only likely be used during installation. For all else, see the remote.

Remote Control

My first impression of the remote control is that it is not typical in its layout. Buttons that I usually see at the bottom are nearer to the top, so it wasn’t immediately intuitive, but I did acclimate to it quickly. Starting at the top left, we have the Input button, followed by two assignable buttons that are named “My Button.” The next row has the Aspect, Picture by Picture, Auto and Freeze buttons.

The section below that has four sets of two stacked buttons. The first set is for Magnify On and Magnify Off. The second set is Focus + and Focus – which is followed by Zoom + and Zoom –. Keep in mind that this is a manual projector, and those buttons are for powered zoom and focus, likely on a different projector that Maxell makes. Manufacturers often use the same remote control across several projectors, and some buttons are applicable while others are not. The final set is for Volume + and Volume –.

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The section below has one set of stacked buttons for Page Up and Page Down. Next to Page Up, and moving toward the right, we have Geometry, Picture (brings up the Picture Mode Menu), and Mute. Next to the Page Down button, moving toward the right, there’s an Interactive button (this projector is NOT interactive), the Network button (opens the Network Menu), and the Blank button.

The final section of the remote control has the navigational buttons. Four directional arrow keys surround an oval Enter button. Each corner of this section also has a button. The button at the top left is the Esc button, followed by the Menu button at the top right. The button at the bottom left is the OSD MSG button, and the one on the bottom right is for resetting the settings. All in all, I found the remote to be well laid out, lightweight and easy to hold.

The Menus

The Maxell MP-WU5503 has a hefty menu system that contains an Advanced Menu and an Easy Menu, which has all of the most popular menus contained in one place for easy access. Check out the slider above to see the menus.