HD4000 Projector Review - General Performance

October 15, 2013


Nothing overly fancy with Mitsubishi's menus. There is the small main menu bar, that defaults to the upper left corner (you can change menu position if you want to.)

Select the first icon, and you get the image menu shown here: (You can see the four main menus in the top left.

Gamma mode is your preset control, with Auto, Sports, Cinema, Video...

Color Temperature is interesting. There are several temperature choices, from 5900K to 9300K. I found that they were not particularly accurate, for example, the "ideal" 6500K setting measured just over 5800K.

However, one of the Color Temp. choices is "High Brightness, and when either Cinema, or Video presets were selected, temperature was an almost dead on 6528K and 6538K respectively. (I did note, in the Image Quality section, however, that green was too strong. You can also access User Memory in the Color Temp menu. That allowed me, by selecting User Memory 1, to get to the otherwise unavailable RGB menu (below Color Temp), to correct for the green.

As you can see in the image abovce, Brilliant Color processing is set to 2, the maximum, which is where I left it for my image shots in the previous section.

The next main menu is the Installation menu, where among other things, you can control the lamp brightness (Standard is full power). Other items include ceiling mount, rear screen options, control of the 12 volt trigger allowing the HD4000 to control a suitable motorized screen, and also "Vertical location" which is a digital lens shift. This allows you, when viewing letter boxed movies (for example) to move the image up or down on the screen. For those with a motorized screen, with presets, conceiveably you can drop the screen part way, and move up the image, so that you no longer have the letterbox at the top or bottom. This is a feature found on few projectors, although Optoma also offers it on their home theater models.

It gives you aspect ratio control, password functions (commonly found on business projectors - to render the projector useless to thieves). Also the ability to adjust the menu, Also handling of WXGA computer signals gives you some choices.

For those countries that use SCART, you have that option as well. And of course, a Reset.

That's about enough of the menus. If you are really curious, you can download the entire manual from the Mitsubishi-presentations website.

User Memory Settings

The Mitsubishi HD4000 projector has three savable user memories. Entering the user memory settings allows access to some controls not available when you select High Brightness, or any of the Color Temperature (6500K, etc.) settings. The User settings are found on the Color Temperature menu option.

To calibrate the color for the separate Red Green and Blue brightness and contrast, you do need to use a user memory.

HD4000 Remote Control

Click enlarge. So close. The HD4000 remote is very typical. It is, I should note, backlit - not too common these days for what is officially a business projector, and that's nice to have if you should be putting this in a darker room environment. That said, the backlit buttons are somewhat dimmer than I like, but definitely better than no backlight at all. (Hitting any button lights up the buttons.

Separate power on and off are at the top. This is followed by the input source buttons. Below them are the traditional 4 arrow keys, with a center Enter button, and the Menu button below to the left, and Aspect ratio (right).

The next row allows users to select from the three user savable memory settings.

Next, comes direct access buttons for Contrast, Brightness and Color Temperature.

The second last row has a Gamma button for toggling through the presets (Auto, Sports, Cinema....) and also Sharpness controls.

On the last row, there is Auto Position (auto setup) for analog computer signals, a image Mute button, and Keystone correction.

That covers the remote, except to say the range was fairly decent. I was able to get a decent bounce off of a white surface screen of better than 22 feet, from remote to screen to front sensor. That's as far back as I tested. I should say that this remote probably can't work much beyond that range, as would be typical for remotes running on a pair of AAA batteries. Those remotes using AA batteries tend to have more range.

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